As a well-established delivery professional, Capt. Richard has a number of regular customers. One such charter company, who he's worked for a number of times, needed to move 'Galaxy', their Norseman 43' catamaran, from a resort in the south of Brazil to their charter base in St.Maarten for the winter season 2009/2010, a passage of around 4300 miles.
A large portion of the voyage follows the direction of prevailing winds and ocean currents. The first 1000 miles however are against these, and must be carried out by 'riding' low pressure systems up the coast, which bring with them southerly and south-easterly winds. Such a trip can be quite 'lively', so Richard enlisted the help of two crew, Phillipe and Maarten, who brought with them the necessary experience of these testing conditions. Being a Frenchman, Phil also benefitted the team with his culinary expertise!
The not unfamiliar technical issues this time found us in the city of Vitoria, Espiritu Santo, Brazil where with the assistance of mechanic Isaio, Richard ensured that Galaxy was fit for the remainder of the long voyage to the Caribbean. This allowed some rest time, strolling the promenade of Praia de Camburi, one of Vitoria's magnificent beaches.