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Mostly light winds so far
Thu Apr 2 10:00:00 EDT 2009

So far, the wind has mostly been light, and sometimes calm, so speed has been low. There was a great tailwind yesterday (the picture is from a few days ago), but it is lightening up now.

Workng on the mainsail
Tue Mar 31 18:00:00 EDT 2009

The wind finally went behind us (it has been pretty much light headwinds and some calms so far this trip), so the mainsail could come down (the other sails stayed set) for some minor work. The slides that attach the sail to the sail track in the mast were originally attached with toy plastic shackles--too weak for the job, but designed to fail so that damage to the sail itself was prevented. Since the shackles all failed so frequently, they have been slowly replaced by either thin rope (which works, but doesn't stretch much to absorb shocks), or shock cord (which is what I'm sewing on in the picture).

Mon Mar 30 10:00:00 EDT 2009

Along the east coast of Uruguay and southern Brazil there are quite a few ships heading to and from Rio de la Plata. It is really nice having the AIS (Automated Identification System) when traffic is near, as you get a display of the ship's position, course, speed and name. Knowing the name of the ship makes it much easier to call them on the VHF to confirm which side they are passing or overtaking on if they look to be coming close. I called a Brazilian freighter the other night to confirm how what side they would overtake us on (and to confirm that they had seen Issuma on their radar). The freighter's crew had already computed our course and speed (their radar likely does most of this for them), and, while overtaking closer than I'd have preferred at 20 knots (a few hundred metres), there was no danger.

Clicking on the map on the right side of this page should show the most recently updated position.

Tue Mar 31 8:34:37 EDT 2009 | george Ray
So your hopping north up the coast instead of taking a big circle around the the S. Atlantic high to get back to N. America? Will make for a lot of great blogging and interesting reading for us armchair sailors.
Keep up the good work!
Sat Mar 28 10:00:00 EDT 2009

A couple of seals came over to play by the boat. Though it looks more like a dolphin in the picture, it is a seal that is turning over while surfacing.

Mon Mar 30 9:56:39 EDT 2009 | will van dorp tugster
richard- i'm enjoying your fotos of the trip. keep em coming
Mon Mar 30 16:20:29 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Great Stuff, keep it coming.
Classic Cars
Fri Mar 27 10:00:00 EDT 2009, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Uruguay has a lot of classic cars kept in good condition, and driving around on the roads.

Punta del Este
Thu Mar 26 10:00:00 EDT 2009, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta Del Este has a lot of foreign yachts, mostly registered in the Delaware, USA. I was surprised about this, as many were powerboats that did not look like they had motored down from the USA. It seems there are no taxes on foreign yachts in Uruguay, no matter how long they stay in Uruguay (most other countries will charge import taxes on boats that have been in their country for a certain number of months), as long as they arrive in Uruguay by water (even if only across the Rio de la Plata from Argentina).

Thu Dec 16 2:59:11 EST 2010 | Dutch
In fact there is a tax but very low to international standards. It is related to the volume of the vessel and it is paid once per year. I am talking of about 100-150 USD per year for a 30 ft vessel.

Punta del Este
Wed Mar 25 18:00:00 EDT 2009, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este is a very pretty and pleasant place on the NE corner of Rio de la Plata. It is a very popular place for (mostly wealthy) people to vacation.

Now that summer is over and children are back in school, many shops are closed, and it is quiet and peaceful.

In the picture, Issuma is at anchor in front of the Conrad hotel. There are moorings and docks to tie up at in Punta del Este, and there is also a big anchorage.

The members of Yacht Club Punta del Este, and especially their Commodore, Horacio Garcia Pastori, are extremely hospitable to visiting sailors and have a very nice restaurant overlooking the picturesque harbor.

Sailing to Punta del Este
Mon Mar 23 17:00:00 EDT 2009, Piriapolis, Uruguay

The hill in the picture is near Piriapolis, Uruguay, which we passed while sailing from Montevideo to Punta del Este.

Isla de Flores
Mon Mar 23 0:00:00 EDT 2009

Isla de Flores, a pretty island in Rio de la Plata, near Montevideo, Uruguay.

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