Year 2014 in review
2014 is almost over. We'd like to use this opportunity to look back on our year - from the Canadian winter to the blue waters of Bonaire, Colombian indigenous villages and Ecuador's Amazon region and back to Germany...
We started the year on the west coast of Canada. We showed our new film in Vancouver, Victoria, Courtenay and Deep Bay. We also used the opportunity to show Thorsten a few corners of Vancouver Island and introduce him to the area's inhabitants - sea lions, bald eagles, deer and seals.
Q&A period after our second film screening at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay on Vancouver Island.
At the end of February we returned to Curacao, back to our boat. We found her standing in Curacao Marine just as we had left her - no one had done the work for us. After completing some work on the boat we put her back in the water and soon set sail.
With their new tractor, Curacao Marine skillfully puts Corinthian back in the water.
And she floats!
Our destination was Bonaire - against wind, waves and current. Although the straight course is only about 60 nautical miles, we covered considerably more ground as we tacked against the wind. We divided the crossing into three day sails.
We explored Bonaire above and below water. The waters around the entire island are a marine park, an invitation for us to go diving. We found the perfect partner in Dive Friends Bonaire with their friendly, knowledgeable staff who are involved in nature conservation initiatives.
Thorsten filming the underwater scenery in Bonaire's marine park.
This colourful little lizard greeted us in the national park in the north of Bonaire.
It took us only 20 minutes to collect this plastic garbage on a small beach on Bonaire's east coast. Dive Friends Bonaire organises the "Debris Free Bonaire" program to collect garbage from the island's beaches.
After approximately 6 weeks we set sail again, heading for Santa Marta, Colombia. In Santa Marta we had one further repair to take care of - fibreglassing the bathing platform. After that we hiked to "Ciudad Perdida", the "lost city", a round trip of 5 days. We hiked though the rainforest, swam in the river and explored the ruins of the city. The city was founded in approximately 650 A.D. (about 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu) and was the main city of the Tayrona indigenous people.
We needed to fibreglass the bathing platform so that no more water gets into the boat.
The sail sock that protects our foresail from UV radiation and dirt in harbour also needed to be repaired.
Ciudad Perdida, the "lost city".
On our hike to Ciudad Perdida we met many indigenous peoples who live in the mountains.
From Santa Marta we sailed further west to Marina Puerto Velero, near the Colombian port city of Barranquilla. We stored Corinthian and flew to Ecuador. From Quito we headed to Yasuni National Park, an area of the Amazon rainforest with an extremely high biodiversity. Below ground lie several oil reserves that were opened up to exploitation in August 2013 by the Ecuadorian government.
Laura hangs the plankton net, which she uses to collect microplastics, up to dry.
Corinthian lies securely tied up in Marina Puerto Velero in Colombia.
From Ecuador we flew to Germany. We arrived just in time for the Green Screen Wildlife Film Festival, where our film "The Wild Windwards" was shown. We were very pleased with the success of our film at the festival with two sold-out shows. After that we set off on a Germany tour with the film.
We wish you success, new adventures and experiences, and above all joy and health for 2015.
- Laura and Thorsten