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La Plata
Tue Dec 22 4:23:28 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

tying down the fisherman
Thu Dec 10 0:00:00 EST 2009

Ted tying down the fisherman sail as the wind picks up.

Fri Dec 25 17:11:05 EST 2009 | bonnie
Happy Holidays!
Adjusting the pole
Wed Dec 9 16:34:39 EST 2009

Adjusting the pole that is holding the jib out.

Wed Dec 9 17:50:00 EST 2009 | George Ray
I keep seeing the line reels suspended along the rail as part of the lifeline system. What is the story about them?
Thu Dec 10 6:06:56 EST 2009 | Richard Hudson
The line reels are attached to the lifeline stanchions. They are mostly intended for shore lines -- when you want to tie the boat to shore as well as anchor. They are also used as general purpose warps. They are extremely handy, and make it much easier to use warps than dragging coils out of lockers.

At the moment, one reel has about 110m of 22mm polyester (this is also used for the galerider drogue), the other has about 110m of 18mm polyethelyene.
A Short Sail
Mon Dec 7 10:01:00 EST 2009

Matt steering on another pleasant sail across Rio de la Plata.

La Plata
Sat Nov 28 15:00:00 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

La Plata is a fair-sized city, with universities, an oil refinery, and the government of the province of Buenos Aires (the city of Buenos Aires is the federal capital). The harbor is exceptionally well-protected, and the yacht club (Club de Regattas) is very welcoming of foreign boats.

Sailing to Argentina
Tue Nov 24 15:00:00 EST 2009, Rio de la Plata

We had a lovely sail from Montevideo, Uruguay to La Plata, Argentina. The wind was always from behind, varying between Force 3 and 6, pushing us pleasantly across the muddy waters of the Rio de la Plata. If only the sailing was always this nice :).

Mon Nov 30 14:31:27 EST 2009 | Michael Ody
Richard - If sailing were always this nice, you'd be bored! ;-) I expect you are like the guy described in the prolog of Tracy Kidder's book "The Soul Of A New Machine", in which the protagonist is dubbed "a good man in a storm". While you enjoy the placid sailing, you do like the challenges, as well.
Thu Dec 3 17:10:16 EST 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, Mike. I guess I am fortunate that reality keeps things interesting :)
Pilot entering port
Mon Nov 16 0:00:00 EST 2009, Buceo, Uruguay

Pilot boat entering port.

Hard Dinghy
Sun Nov 15 5:27:35 EST 2009, Buceo, Uruguay

Matt and Ted (rowing) in the hard dinghy. The choice of dinghies in Santa Catarina (where I bought this one) was quite limited, and this one has more modifications (mostly raising the freeboard) required to make it suitable for our purposes. It does row well.

Issuma has three dinghies, which is a bit excessive, but nice if you can store them all. There is an inflatable (with an outboard engine), the above hard dinghy, and a Nautiraid folding dinghy (which has been the main dinghy used for the last 1.5 years). The folding dinghy stores easily belowdecks, the hard dinghy is stored on deck, and the inflatable is, with some work, stored inside the hard dinghy.

Mon Nov 16 5:15:12 EST 2009 | george Ray
Multiple dingy families smile more !!
Have look at very nice and practical dingy plan: The Danny Greene 'Chameleon'. . .
The folks at Bebi did one in aluminum. I have a set of plans and have started lofting a scale model. Would like to do it in Alum. but have more pressing projects in the near term.
Tue Nov 17 3:04:08 EST 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks for the links, George. Chameleon looks like a very nice nesting dinghy.
Sun Nov 8 0:02:00 EST 2009

While we continue working on the boat, other people are sailing :). The picture is of a 49er--a class of boats--that has just set its spinnaker (the dark sail). South American 49er races were held in Uruguay last weekend, and we had a good view of the boats leaving and entering the harbor before and after their races.

Sun Nov 8 0:01:00 EST 2009

49er tacking.

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