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4 August 2012 Gamboa
02/6/2012


4 August 2012 Gamboa
The Anchorage here is very busy lots of ferry's, very nice beach how ever and we had a wonderful stroll picking up some shells.
At lunch time we went 3 km down to Morro de sao Paulo by dinghy for a nice walk and to get some photos.Very touristic here lots of nice shops and Pousada's. This is definitely not a place to anchor unless you are desperate. We left at 6.30 the next morning in a light breeze for Salvador.Unfortunatly it never freshened up and we had to motor sail all the way. We are now at our northern most point and will explore the bay and the islands and go up the rivers for the next 6-8 weeks.

3 August 2012 Morro de sao Paulo
02/6/2012

3 August 2012 Morro de sao Paulo
We departed at 6.30 with the out going tide with main up and engine a little over idling we were doing 5-6knots .All was okay until we reached the river mouth where the out going current meats the ocean swell. We had 3 meter steep waves that made Snatch rear up like a bronco before dipping her anchors into the water. Once in deeper water it was a good sail to Morro de sao Paulo. Easy entrance but the variable depths make for a confused sea. We arrived in Morro at 16.00 ,Very busy here with lots of boa traffic. No wifi here so we went to a Internet Café.

28 July 2012
02/6/2012


28 July 2012 Camamu.
We were up early today to get the 5.40 ferry to Camamu Market, it is a 1 hour 20 min ride up river. Pretty big market so we stocked up on all the fresh produce and bought 5 litres of petrol for the dinghy on the way back to the ferry. We have done lots of washing here no shortage of water. We have been getting water at the water hole on the island. Mainly used for laundry, washing and cooking. Drinking water is purchased in a 20 litre bottle which you return to the store and then get a full one. Initially you have to purchase the bottle.
Bert has also put the old bigger trim tab back onto George and it seems like it is better.

24 July 2012 Camamu
02/6/2012


24 July 2012 Camamu.
We left on the 24th at 7.00 for Camamu and had a lovely sail in 10-15 knots from the East and entered the river Marau at 14.00 at low slack water. This river is very big, about 1 km wide and mostly deep so getting in was easy for a change. We are now anchored in a small sidearm of the river next to the island Goio in about 6 meters of water with mangroves on both sides. Very beautiful here have been swimming a lot and cleaning the under side of Snatch, have a nice fur growing on her which we have removed.

23 July 2012 Itacare river trip
02/6/2012

23 July 2012 Itacare.
We have been here in Itacare now for a few days and have familiarized ourselves with the surroundings , the strong current that flows up to 5 knots at times and with the huge "islands " of water lily's that come floating down river. The islands can be 6 square meters big and could be a threat when snared in the anchor chain due to the shear weight. One night we worked for a ½ hour to cut one of them free from our chain.
We took guided trip with the Brazilian family up river to a very beautiful waterfall. After a few km at speed up river, we entered a very small and narrow tributary where our guide pushed the boat along with the paddle touching the shallow bottom. On both sides many color full crabs where scuttling around in the mud banks we also saw exotic birds sitting in the very lush vegetation. We did not see Any Anacondas that are supposedly to be around here as well. To enter the waterfall area we had to pay a small entrance fee, the surroundings are kept very clean and tidy with lots of Coco bean trees and other tropical fruit and Spice trees. The last day we where there a little French boat joined us in the anchorage he told us he was looking to buy land.

17 July 2012 Itacare
02/6/2012

17 July 2012 Itacare
We left the next morning at 6am with a light SW wind of 7-10 knots and had to motor sail all the way in order to arrive on a rising tide at Itacare. The entrance is not as easy as the book shows, in fact once you pass the lighthouse I had to find my own way following the flow of the river. It appears that the sand banks have shifted since the book was written 6 years ago. We made it with out touching bottom and we are now anchored about 2 miles up in the Rio das Contas. Yacht 'SOBA' is still here so that is nice, since we did not have much time in Santo Andre together.

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