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Travessia 14 I (St Martin Cartagena – Mai/2008)

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Acordamos cedo para passar sob a ponte da Simpson Bay Lagoon. Ás 09:00 estávamos ancorados do lado de fora da cidade. Enquanto fiquei no Vagabond realizando algumas tarefas – limpeza do casco, quilha e hélice do barco. Cracas! – ; os caras foram resolver algumas pendêncais pessoais: internet banking, IR 2008, upload no site, etc. Crisa aproveitou para dar mais uma olhada na previsão do tempo e para fazer os trâmites de saída do barco e tripulação, na imigração e aduana.

Completamente abastecidos, levantamos âncora ao meio-dia. Mas St Martin não deixaria que partíssemos assim: tão facilmente… Ainda nos arredores da ilha verificamos que a vela principal tinha um rasgo de quase 1 metro. Voltamos. Foi preciso umas 4 horas de trabalho intenso para retificarmos a lona. E nesse particular quesito, Preu deu show de bola na bainha de um metro em lona dura e reforçada. Belo serviço. Perto do crepúsculo, partimos.

Iniciamos a velejada com ventos amenos. Já tinha quase esquecido como era viajar noite adentro. Não gosto muito de velejar quando não enxergamos o horizonte: sempre há o risco de batermos em alguma coisa. A lua minguava e tampouco nos ajudou nesse início de velejada. Entramos no ritmo de quartos-de-hora: fiquei com o horário de 04-06 e 10-12; Crisa: 06-08 e 12-02; Preu: 08-10 e 02-04. Sorteamos.

Durante a madrugada nuvens carregadas ameaçaram desabar muita água sobre nós. Felizmente, a previsão se confirmou e o tempo foi limpando com o passar das horas. Fez um pouco de frio e tivemos que retirar os casacos dos armários. Um dia calmo, sem vento e com ondas pequenas. Aproveitamos para testar o novíssimo sistema do departamento de engenharia de pesca. Ao longo da viagem vimos testando diversos métodos. Peixe é que não falta nos oceanos, mas o Vagabond ainda se faz tímido nessa competência. Há muitas teorias – a maioria não testada –, mas todavia falta chegarmos a um consenso. É difícil.

Finalmente, um amigo argentino: o Jorge – lá se diz: Rorre – veio com um idéia bastante singela mas cujos resultados – segundo o próprio – são de uma eficiência jamais vista. Compramos a sugestão. Trata-se de uma engenhoca simples: sem necessidade de varas de arrasto, molinetes, etc. Amarramos uma câmara de ar de bicicleta no guarda-mancedo da popa do Vagabond e colocamos uma linha de muita resistência, grossa, atada à borracha; na extremidade, uma lula artificial com um anzol de dois ganchos. Pronto! E deveras funcionou. Mas nessa Segunda o dia também esteve calmo no quesito: peixe.

A nova conclusão foi que para pescar é preciso jogar o anzol na água e esperar. É muito simples e ao mesmo tempo complexo. Somos iniciantes nesse ofício. A não ser por um estranho evento que ocorreu logo cedo, às 5 da manhã, diria que a Terça fora uma repetição da Segunda.; em termos de tempo e condições do mar.  Mas aconteceu que um veleiro errante cruzou o nosso rumo e se não estivéssemos atentos correríamos riscos de colisão: talvez tivéssemos que ligar o EPIRB – o equipamento responsável pelo aviso de naufrágio e pedido de resgate. O veleiro – o outro – pareceu nem perceber a movimentação da gente; não mudou um centímetro a sua rota. Será que dormiam enquanto o Vaga rodopiava na frente deles?

Continuamos com pouca sorte nas pescarias, mas como já sabem: é algo que não tardará, mesmo. Outro dia bem normal. Andamos bem, fizemos mais ou menos 150 milhas náutica nesse dia; perto dos 300 km. O sistema de pesca – finalmente – mostrou sua eficiência. Um peixe mordeu a isca, mas levou consigo todo o aviamento. De que adianta funcionar se não conseguimos trazer o pescado? Pior, se o pescado nos rouba os nylons e anzóis? Reforçamos a traquitana e recolocamos a isca na água: agora, não deve demorar muito. Persistimos.

A viagem corre muito tranqüila e acredito que hoje ou amanhã chegaremos no meio da jornada. Estamos fazendo uma travessia bastante ousada. Imaginem o Caribe como uma área retangular, diga-se: uma imensidão semelhante a um grande país. Estamos cruzando toda essa extensão, desde a ponta superior direita até a inferior esquerda do retângulo. São 850 milhas de St Martin a Cartagena, na Colômbia. O total de milhas ficou em 1000 – perto de 2000 km – devido aos bordos inevitáveis que nos tiraram da rota em variados momentos.

O mar mantêm-se calmo e ventos tempestivos nos empurram para o rumo desejado. No meio da tarde, um novo evento veio alterar o cotidiano do mundovagabond.com. Percebemos uma aeronave que sobrevoava o mar do Caribe numa altitude bem suspeita. Voava a poucos metros da água para uma máquina tão grande. Achamos o fato engraçado e construimos diversas conjecturas sobre os motivos desse procedimento. De repente, o avião iniciou uma seqüência de manobras e em menos de 5 minutos apontava seu bico na direção da gente. Gelamos! Mesmo assim, corri para pegar a máquina fotográfica – que senso prático! Pensava: “Vai ficar bala no site!” Era um avião grande; um bimotor turbo-hélice; um avião da Guarda-costeira. Talvez da Venezuela, ou das Ilhas ABC holandesas (Aruba, Bonaire e Curaçao). Patrulhava seus limites territorias, mas somente deu um rasante sobre nossas cabeças e sumiu no céu brumoso segundos depois.

A noite está bastante estrelada. O cruzeiro do sul aponta na direção austral com uma onipresença invejável. “Aparecido” que só ele. Não é à toa que serviu – e serve – como guía para marinheiros e naus. A noite escura está ideal para namorar: pena não poder desfrutar de tal privilégio a bordo do Vaga. Namoro no escuro!

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