In november 2019 Umadum set sail for the next ocean crossing – from Brazil to Tobago. From he South Atlantic Ocean to the North Atlantic Ocean. It was about 2500 nautical miles from Salvador de Bahia to Tobago. The first 500 miles along Brazilian coast we had to tack hard on the wind against wind and current. Luckily our perfomance sailing catamaran is very light and sails well to windward. It was very light wind and it was easy without big waves. We knew it was a racing in progress from France to Brazil. It was Transat Jacques Vabre, the bi-annual double-handed 4,350-mile race, the longest and toughest transat in the sailing calendar, it took them from Le Havre to Salvador de Bahia. We met 5 or 6 of those racing boats. They were doing 15 to 20 knots, we made 8 to 10 knots. So as soon as you saw them on AIS first time – in the next 10 minutes they were here. A bit scary… especially at night.
After the cape Cape São Roque we had south-easterly winds – it was from behind and it was easy sailing again. As nearer we came to the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where two weather systems meet, it was very squally weather. The wind picked up sometimes up to 35 knots and it was fast sailing. And then we has days and days with no wind and incredible heat – the typical doldrums pattern.
After 15 days offshore sailing we made it to the Caribbean! We dropped our anchor in the Caribbean getaway Tobago in the lovely bay of Charlotteville. For us it was and it is the best island in the whole Caribbean. A pristine and unspoilt Caribbean gem. Friendly people, white beaches, wonderful music – Tobago steeldrums, good fishing. We went for a Tobago island tour to capture the beauty of this paradise. It’s the least touristy island in the caribbean and we loved it.
And wait for one of our next films – you wil see the famous Tobago carnival.
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