Our sailing future remains unclear, it is costing a small fortune every month to keep Revelations in Trinidad and we miss our yacht. For these reasons, in October 2017 we decided to bring Revelations back to her home port - Cape Town, South Africa. On 2 November 2017, I flew to Trinidad for a 2 month period to prepare and get her ready for the return voyage. Barring a few great people, almost everybody there sees you as a walking US Dollar sign - the place is ridiculously expensive. Labour is expensive, food is expensive, yacht parts are expensive - even common labourers earn a small fortune simply to stay alive.
I had a hectic (shit) time in Trinidad and spend a small fortune fixing, repairing and hammering Revelations into shape. It is astounding the number of things which went wrong, broke for no reason or simply did not work anymore. A lot of "supposed" work previously done to the engines had to be redone due to the thieving, lying and cheating Adian Gittens, a Yanmar agent in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. What a thief! What an arsehole! Then to get the local tradesmen to work a fair number of hours per day was simply an uphill battle. Some of the workmanship delivered was pathetic to say the least and had to be redone a couple of times before it was done proper. For me, it was a very frustrating two months. On top of it all, when I arrived, I found a large number of items stolen - these items were locked up inside one of the cabins. Somebody gained access to the yacht by removing a set of burglar bars over a hatch and helped himself (herself) to almost five hundred thousand Rand of items and equipment. Damn thief! Now we probably face another big fight with the insurance company!
The delivery crew arrived in Trinidad on 30 December 2017 and had to work their backsides off to get the last remaining things done. Revelations finally managed to leave Trinidad on 20 January 2018 and set sail for Antigua - they safely arrive there in the early evening of 22 January 2018. They will leave Antigua within the next couple of days for the next leg to Natal, Brazil where they will stock up on supplies before the long voyage home. We simply cannot wait to have Revelations back home!