Sailing - Sierra Leone

Published on 10 June 2024 at 23:12

An unexpected turn of events on the high seas: when we had to make a stopover in Sierra Leone on our direct course to Sao Tomé due to doldrums and an overstressed engine, nobody had any idea what lay ahead of us. A radio message sent too late meant that we were unexpectedly placed under arrest. But the biggest surprise was yet to come...

Having planned to sail directly to Sao Tomé, our plans were cancelled by calm winds and an overworked engine. As a result, we decided to make a stopover in Sierra Leone to refuel. However, an unfortunate radio call made too late meant that we were unexpectedly placed under arrest on our boat and detained for almost two weeks, one day of which was spent in prison.

After this unexpected episode, we continued our journey, past Liberia and through the first tropical storm, until we had to make a stopover on the Ivory Coast: our injection pump failed and the engine broke down. With the last of our strength and the remaining wind, we sailed into the harbour when, fortunately, a rescue ship came to our aid and saved us from an imminent collision.

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