Erik the Green Eco warrior of the Atlantic –
Saving our planet one soul at a time.
Erik the Green I decided to call him. Well Erik the Red is already taken. Anyway green is his favourite colour and green is his ethos. We reckoned he needed a pirate name. His mission in life is to inspire everyone he meets to give more of their time, energy and consciousness to helping our planet stay lovely and green. An honourable mission into which he puts his own heart and soul.
He is on his way to help his friend in Puerto Rico rebuild his house after Hurricane Maria. But he wants to get there as far as possible by the power of the wind leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible. In any case his style of living, travelling from place to place, couch surfing where he can, meeting interesting people, learning new skills; spreading ‘peace and love to all he meets and cramming as many experiences into his young life as he can, lends itself to trying the cruising life for the first time ever. He carries his world in his backpack and what he doesn’t own he asks the Universe to provide and with pure blind faith, is lucky enough to receive most of the things he lacks from her.
Well he wondered down our pontoon on the morning before we were about to leave with a big smile and a lot of charm and charisma, and he got his lift to the Canaries from us. We sent him running to the supermarket to pick up some provisions while we fuelled up and an hour later we were off. In his week on board he has tried to cram as much sailing and boat knowledge as he can, he has found his sea legs, learned to steer, kept a couple of night watches with minimal supervision and generally kept us entertained with stories of his travel packed life.
He has already seen more of the world than most of us could hope to peruse in a lifetime. He has Hitch-hiked all over Europe including lesser visited parts of eastern Europe such as Albania, Kosovo and Armenia. He has travelled South East Asia, Japan and Australia and now he’s on his way to experience the delights of the Caribbean and later South America. He has been everything from a Pizza man to a tree planter in Canada. He has been a fruit picker in Australia, a Customer Relationship Management Advisor in Prague and many more random jobs in between.
He has a sunny disposition and a can do attitude. He was a pleasure to share the first leg of our trip with and seemed to soak up all the knowledge we were able to share with him like a sponge. We wish him lots of luck, fair winds and lots of good green vibes for his future. We hope he can avoid the bad greens such as feeling green about the gills and green ones over the bow on his onward voyages. x
P.S Check out Erik’s Acting/Sailing debut on our latest Youtube Video Pirates, Blow-outs and a Ship Sandwich .
Click on this link https://youtu.be/iAdw_purh3w