LET’S THROW OFF THE BOW LINES!
After four intensive months of preparation we finally started the aqua power expedition at the end of March in Guadeloupe. A 50 ft. catamaran owned by a Norwegian captain was the perfect vessel for this kind of adventure. Equipped with a lot of boards, sails, diving equipment and provisions for the weeks ahead, we set sail to discover the island.
To be honest, I felt a bit worried if everything would work out. My sailing experience was quite limited as I have never been on a boat for more than 3 days. I felt like an average hiker trying to climb Mount Everest.
Guadeloupe showed great surf potential and we had a few really good days on spots called le Moule and St. Anne, where local boy Camille Juban showed us why Guadeloupe is one of the most consistent places to windsurf in the Caribbean. Most of the waves are located on outside reefs with powerful sections to play around. Besides windsurfing and surfing we organized a beach clean up with local kids on a remote island in front of this paradise island. After a week in Guadeloupe, we sailed on a three day passage to the Virgin Islands and set up a watch schedule, where each crew member had certain responsibilities to take care of navigation, cooking or cleaning the boat. 3 hours on watch, 6 hours off.