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Thu Apr 30 11:00:25 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Pelhouinho street scene.

Bahian Fishing boat
Wed Apr 29 18:32:29 EDT 2009, Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil

This is a fairly common type of fishing boat in Bahia de Todos Santos, Bahia, Brasil, which go out pretty much every day.

Wed Apr 29 0:00:00 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Pelourinho area of Salvador

Mon Apr 27 15:51:36 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Making a sugar cane drink on the street.

Mon Apr 27 15:43:26 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Sun Apr 26 16:49:14 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Salvador night scene.

Fri Apr 24 9:20:00 EDT 2009

Waitress in Salvador tourist restaurant.

Tue Apr 21 6:09:52 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Thu Apr 23 11:55:03 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Would like to here about the paperwork such as travel visa issues and the the boat gear import tax you have had to deal with.
Sun Apr 26 16:42:51 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
I'm struggling with suitable ways to phrase comments on the bureaucratic processes of the country I am currently in.
Salvador, Brasil
Sun Apr 19 9:20:00 EDT 2009

Arrived in Salvador, the fourth-largest city in Brasil, Wednesday afternoon.

Mon Apr 20 16:19:41 EDT 2009 | George Conk
Congratulations, Richard, on reaching safe harbor.

Jesse would love to come lend a hand - but Pascale is due in 3 weeks and has made clear that he won't be venturing far for a while.

He sends his regards.

- George
Mon Apr 20 20:54:43 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Very exciting that you have that difficult stretch of coast behind you. Looking forward to reading about Brazil.
Notes on The Route
Thu Apr 16 16:26:26 EDT 2009, Salvador, Brazil

Leaving Punta del Este, Uruguay, the forecasts I had indicated five days of light winds. I needed to get a ways offshore to get away from fishing boat traffic and a part of the coast with few suitable harbors in case of easterly gales.

The Brazil current sets strongly southwards along the coast, and a long way offshore. There is a countercurrent going north very close to shore. With the light winds forecast, I doubted I could make much way against the Brazil current offshore, so kept close enough to land to use the countercurrent to get to about where Florianapolis is (point #6). I don't like being close to a coast, in case a storm comes up, and because there tends to be more traffic to deal with, but keeping relatively close to the coast also gave me an option to enter a port in Brazil and refuel if there was no wind and I motored a lot (in total, I motored about 100 miles, and fuel was not a problem).

When I got to near Florianapolis (point #6), the forecast was for light NE winds, going N along the coast to Rio de Janeiro. I figured the normal current and countercurrent were likely to be less than normal due to the winds having been not from the typical direction over the last few days (a gale in Rio de la Plata had affected the winds at this latitude).

If I stayed along the coast, using the countercurrent, I figured that the countercurrent would not be very strong, and the wind would be totally against me. Also, there is a military exercise area along that coast, and an offshore oil field off the corner (off Cabo Frio, near point #13).

Between Cabo Frio and the offshore oil field is a relatively shallow area full of fishing boats. Staying farther offshore would allow me to avoid a lot of traffic, and didn't seem like it would be significantly slower at this point to go against the Brazil current instead of with the countercurrent. I was alone for this trip, so the concerns about traffic I had would probably not be as great if I was not singlehanding.

Around point #11, the wind became more and more favorable, and around point #14, I was starting to get into the SE Trade Winds, which are really favorable for going north.

Fri Apr 17 7:10:34 EDT 2009 | george Ray
very interesting to read some of the thinking/planning that goes into a run up the north east coast of south america.

Look forward to more pictures and write up of the work done in BA. Have not yet seen the new Aux rudder or heard about improvements in the reefing and the new winch arrangements.
Sun Apr 19 7:06:24 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Sorry for the poor image limited to 400 pixels wide on the blog. A bigger version of the image is at

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