We crossed the Atlantic! And we arrived in paradise!
After 26 days we safely arrived on Grenada and steered Naïma into the beautiful Marina „Le Phare Bleu“ in the south of the island. Even now, more than a week later it’s difficult to grasp that we have finally arrived and that we have crossed an ocean. We are both relieved that everything went fine, that we are safe and sound and that Naïma didn’t have to suffer any damage during the crossing.
The last night before landfall, we thought we would take it easy and prepare our inner selves for the first steps on firm land. Our fishing-line didn’t think so. Just when I wanted to say good night to Bernie and get some sleep, the line started to move and both of us knew that a big fish was involved! Oh oh… It turned out, that another mahi-mahi (dolphinfish/Goldmakrele/”coryphaena hippurus”!) had been fascinated by the false squid that was hanging on our line. It took us about 4 hours to cook the fish and preserve some of it by steaming it in marmelade-glasses. The beast was 95 cm long and weighed at least 5 kilos.
After some sleep (not enough!) we saw a growing piece of land on the horizon as we slowly approached Grenada. During the days before, we had seen more and more birds – a definite sign that we were getting closer to the islands. But when we finally saw Greanada, we had the physical prove that we had reached the Caribbean.
At the Marina, Dieter, the Swiss owner of the marina greeted us in Swiss German (loved it!) and invited us to a concert that would take place on a deserted island in the afternoon. We were definitely up to it! But first: We proudly made our first steps on land, took a really nice and well deserved cold shower, smelled the fresh scent of trees and grass, had a green-flash and hung out a few hours in the beautiful Marina that is full of palm trees. Later on we still felt that we had enough energy to go to the concert and it was worth it. Sabrina, a 22-year old singer from Grenada made a really impressive, soul-like performance with her band and sang songs that she wrote herself and that made us feel like we never wanted to leave this island. Cruisers from all over the place had come with their dinghies and many locals were there as well. It was a perfect welcome party for us and the crowded party-atmosphere stood in complete contrast to the meditative month that we just spent at sea.
After the concert we were definitely ready for bed and enjoyed the non-rocky, non-shaky sleep that we got in the Marina. Nothing is better than a bed that doesn’t move! We had the best sleep ever!
Even though there had been moments during the crossing, where we would have gladly traded our situation with any land-based activity, both of us feel that the decision to do the crossing was the right one for us. It did take some time for us to figure this out and some courage to let go of our landlines in Gran Canaria but it was all worth it. Having arrived to the other side of the Atlantic, we are now eager to discover this island paradise.
Enjoy the picture gallery we put together with images of the whole Atlantic crossing and our arrival on Grenada.