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A pleasant day
Tue Feb 23 9:30:00 EST 2010

The weather is pretty consistently humid here, when it is windy, there is much spray as well. This is a pleasant sailing day, the wind is from ahead, but not directly, the waves are small, and there is a mix of sun and clouds so it isn't really hot.

All sails are set. The mainsail is the only sail not visible.

Using the storm jib
Sun Feb 21 9:30:00 EST 2010

In the picture, the storm jib (the sail with the orange parts) is setting nicely in the pleasant sailing conditions. I set the storm jib for the Force 7/8 wind that was expected the other night. I went far enough offshore to be clear of the continental shelf, to be in deep water. Waves coming from deep water into shallow water, as they would be with the expected wind direction and speed, get steep, unpleasant and dangerous.

The Force 7 (28-33 knots) subsequently arrived and we spent the night sailing to windward (it was coming from the direction I wanted to go in) in it. A lot of slamming and banging as the boat hit the waves and the waves hit the boat. Lots of spray keeping things wet. The sails performed well.

The following day the wind moderated to Force 6 (22-27 knots), and the following night to pleasant, light winds.

Once set, there seemed no reason to drop the storm jib, so, even in the very light breeze there is now, the storm jib is still set, along with all the other sails.

Wed Feb 24 5:35:17 EST 2010 | george Ray
What sort of Wx system gave you the the Force 7 winds? Did the winds have south in them and so allowed you to make progress on your northward journey or were you hove to and waiting?
Sun setting astern
Fri Feb 19 15:30:00 EST 2010

A couple of days ago the weather was beautiful for sailing. Light headwinds, small waves, pleasant temperatures.

A fish got away with fishing lure (the fishing rod is visible in the picture).

View from Aloft
Wed Feb 17 15:30:00 EST 2010

This is a view of the entrance/exit to the harbor of Punta del Este. It was taken a few days ago.

I'm at sea, heading up the coast of Brazil now. I planned the departure from Punta del Este closely with the forecasts. Unfortunately for my plan, the wind did not read the forecasts. So the conditions were not what I was hoping for (strong headwinds, lots of steep waves in the shallow waters just off the coast) the first couple of days. The constant waves over the deck did a good job of scrubbing it clean.

Things are much nicer today, with sunny skies and a beautiful light wind that allows the boat to point in the right direction.

Fri Feb 19 6:08:30 EST 2010 | george Ray
You are getting comfortable aloft it looks like. Have you had many occasions to go up the mast when off shore? Did you have any sail up to steady the motion?
Isla De Lobos
Mon Feb 15 15:50:00 EST 2010

Isla de Lobos (island of seals), a few miles east of Punta del Este, is just visible under the mainsail in the picture.

Punta Del Este from aloft
Sat Feb 13 0:00:00 EST 2010, Punta del Este, Uruguay

A sailing school's fleet of Optimists sails towards the marina at Punta del Este

Sat Feb 13 1:08:20 EST 2010 | George Ott
Your still in the Rio de Plata area??? You need to go sailing!!!!
Sat Feb 13 14:29:29 EST 2010 | george Ray
Looks like your on the move. Will be following your route and comments.
Best Wishes for a safe trip,

Our schedule finally seems to be set, plane tickets are purchased. We fly into BA April 14 to pick up the Cat and head north. Being that late the winds from Cabo Frio may have a bit if south in them.
Punta Del Este
Fri Feb 12 13:22:04 EST 2010, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este is the beautiful holiday town at the southeast corner of Uruguay, where animals and people come to soak up the sun.

I'm here for a few days, waiting for the wind to change.

Overtaken by a Hobie Cat
Thu Feb 11 12:03:20 EST 2010, Rio de la Plata

On a pleasant morning, nearing Punta del Este, Uruguay, we were overtaken by this Hobie Cat. Being fast, much lighter boats, being overtaken by one of these is to be expected.

Fuel Truck
Wed Feb 3 7:33:18 EST 2010, Ensenada, Argentina

There is no fuel dock in La Plata/Ensenada (La Plata is the city built near the harbor of Ensenada). In the picture, Issuma is taking on 800 litres of diesel fuel from the tank on the trailer connected to the 1949 truck. There are lots of old vehicles still in use in Argentina.

After bringing the boat to the dock, I went with the owner of the truck and tank to the service station to buy the fuel. After returning to the dock, the fuel was transferred to Issuma partly by electric pump, partly by gravity feed. It took a few hours, because I was filtering most of the fuel before it went in the tanks. Now there is lots of fuel aboard.

Wed Feb 3 14:50:39 EST 2010 | yann sergent
where are you going now with this fuel my friend ?
Thu Feb 4 5:16:03 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
I am soon heading North.
Sat Feb 6 6:08:45 EST 2010 | george Ray
As you prepare to sail north to the trades, I hope you will share your thoughts on weather and routing to help to educate those that come after. For example, Martin and George on the Anteres Cat in early march
Storm Jib
Wed Dec 30 4:27:02 EST 2009, La Plata, Argentina

I've had this storm jib for almost a year, but haven't gotten around to getting all the bits together (halyard block, tack attachment, etc) to be able to actually use it until now. It looks good...will try it next time I am sailing in high winds to see how well it really works.

Wed Feb 24 15:35:18 EST 2010 | sylvia Sanders
Cam anyone tell me where I could purchase items that are put on sale during the Great American Schooner Race out of Baltimore. Last year I purchased the "North End" fleece vest with the insignia "The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race" I would like to purchase men's and women's sizes. Thanks for your help.

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