Meet the Parents

Written by Pieter Jan on Nov 18, 2019 — 2 min read

From: Calpe, Spain
To: Alicante, Spain

The wind was going to be excellent in the morning. We set the alarm at 6:15. By 7:15, we managed to roll out of our cabin. The wind was coming from over land, so the waves were small. Tiny waves and good wind on the beam, the kind of sailing I — and probably every sailor with me — like best.

We left the rainy, stormy weather behind us…

The weather behind us
The weather behind us

… and sailed straight into the sun. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come!

The weather in front of us
The weather in front of us

The wind speed kept fluctuating between 5 and 25 knots, and Vite & Rêves answered with 3 to 10 knots boat speed. Smooth as butter because of the lack of waves. I was as happy as an Italian who invented a pair of self-removing trousers. A pod of dolphins appeared and swam along for a few minutes, playing around the bows. It felt like nature was making amends to compensate for the gnarly past two weeks. I even mounted the Code D for a while.

Arriving under Alicante's fortress
Arriving under Alicante's fortress

We arrived in Alicante and could stay right in front of the reception, next to the excellent showers, laundry and free wifi. Cruisers’ heaven, I'll tell you.

The Parents arrived an hour later with four huge suitcases, filled to the brim with 80 kilos of books, chocolate, speculoos and all the toys and other stuff we packed in boxes before we left. Vite & Rêves will cross the oceans a little slower now, but her younger crew members will be a bit less bored during crossings, so she'll definitely seem faster.

The Parents and the kids were overjoyed to see each other again
The Parents and the kids were overjoyed to see each other again