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Sunrise on the Second-Shortest Day of the Year
Mon Jun 22 9:01:00 EDT 2009

The small wooden fishing boat seeming to head towards the sunrise is in 40m of water, several miles offshore. This is a typical fishing boat for the Brazilian coast. Many have no lights other than a big white fluorescent light, which makes it very hard to figure out which direction they are heading in (lights on boats are standardized and different colors and placements of navigation lights indicate what type of boat and what direction it is pointing at night).

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere, so today is the second-shortest day of the year. Now the days start getting longer (though at 10 degrees South latitude, there is not much difference in hours of daylight between winter and summer).

I left Maceio yesterday afternoon. The trip to Maceio was slow, due to winds and current being against me. An eyebot in the windvane (the self-steering system) broke during an accidental tack, but it wasn't a problem because all the sailing was close-hauled (close to the wind), where it is easy enough to get the boat to steer itself without the use of any self-steering devices (by balancing the sails). I got the windvane mostly fixed at anchor in Maceio. The only eyebolts I had to replace the broken one with were shorter, and there is a bend in the eyebolt (an intentional bend I believe), which I was only able to come close to. After some adjustments, the windvane is doing fine steering the boat.

So far the wind has been much nicer since leaving Maceio, and I am really hoping it stays that way :).

Sat Jun 20 14:12:27 EDT 2009, Porto do Suape, PE, Brazil

After taking about 24 hours to sail 20 miles (against the wind and current), we went into the tranquil harbor of Suape for a rest. This is a typical beachfront scene in this very relaxed village.

Full Ferry
Fri Jun 19 15:23:38 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

A somewhat full ferry in Recife.

Recife Street
Fri Jun 12 12:36:14 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Recife street scene on same street as previous entry (Rua Bom Jesus).

Thu Jun 11 12:31:55 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Recife building and statue. This is in a somewhat touristy area (Marca Zero) of the city, where all the shops and buildings are pretty well preserved.

Thu Jun 11 16:32:04 EDT 2009 | George & Marybeth Ray
How are you all enjoying Brazil? The people, the economy, nature?
Fri Jun 19 15:20:43 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, I am enjoying Brazil a lot, and will write more about it later.
Pretty sailboat
Tue Jun 2 12:02:52 EDT 2009, Rio Paraguacu, Bahia, Brazil

Pretty sailboat motoring into the mouth of Rio Paraguacu in a flat calm.

Tue Jun 16 14:02:43 EDT 2009 | Dan
Like something out of a museum landscape painting, great picture! It's nice to follow your progress while "beached" in Jersey City.
Fri May 29 7:34:09 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Little floating clumps of weed that drift back and forth with the tide frequently hold birds in Recife harbor.

Thu May 28 8:46:31 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

There are lots of these birds in Recife Harbor.

Drying out
Wed May 27 10:19:53 EDT 2009, Porto do Suape, PE, Brazil

I needed to do some work on the propellers (change and inspect the anodes), which was much easier to do with them out of the water.

I took the boat about 20 miles south of Recife to Porto do Suape. There is a significant commercial harbor there, as well as a very shallow, sandy harbor, where I wanted to beach the boat near high tide so the propellers would be out of the water at low tide. There is a pleasant village in the shallow harbor.

The shallow part of Suape being, well, shallow, I went aground about ten times on the way in...much of the time staying about 10 metres off a reef, where the deepest water was, for two miles. All the groundings were on sand, and the tide was rising, so none were a problem--just lift the keel a little more and proceed. While doing all this running aground I realized that not always does just lifting the keel free you from the bottom, as lifting the keel also means the weight of the keel is no longer partly supported by the bottom, so the hull floats a bit lower as the keel is raised--this is only an issue when the keel is almost all the way up. The workaround, of course, is to ensure you only go aground on a rising tide, as you would do without a lifting keel :).

The tidal range was about 1.6m, so the boat always remained partly in the water, but it was far enough out of the water to easily work on the propellers.

Thu May 28 1:00:31 EDT 2009 | yann
hello richard, i have been a long time without coming on your blog...
nice pictures, nice trip and nice boat:)
I hope you enjoyed Salvador?
Thu May 28 8:36:57 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Hello Yann, Thanks, yes I really enjoyed the area around Salvador, thanks for suggesting I go there.

Recife Ferry
Mon May 25 9:33:34 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

This is one of the dozen or so ferries that take people across Recife harbor. Two have outboards (one of which is reliable, one isn't), the rest are solely powered by oars.

One day, on a trip across in the ferry with the unreliable outboard, I had the opportunity to row the boat while the owner was cleaning the spark plug to get the engine restarted. The engine did restart, but I'd rowed to the other side by the time it did. The boats are relatively heavy, flat-bottomed wooden boats, and row slowly but surely.

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