Wild Song

from the UK to the south Atlantic Ocean

01 August 2013
26 May 2013
24 May 2013
23 May 2013
23 May 2013 | The Continental Shelf!
17 May 2013
14 May 2013
10 May 2013
08 May 2013
08 May 2013
07 May 2013
05 May 2013
03 May 2013
30 April 2013

A few final thoughts on this leg

19 February 2012 | back home
Piriapolis has turned out to be as welcoming as we were led to expect. As usual, there are men in offices who seem determined to spoil your day with paperwork but we survived it, with only an occasional loss of patience and humour. I cannot stress this enough - if you sail in S America, then allow plenty of time to get the admin done. There is nothing quick or simple about it.
I feel very confident leaving the boat in the hands of Imperial Yachts, and it shames me to say it but you do breath a sigh of relief when you have English speakers to take care of things for you.
If you are thinking of cruising Brazil, the general opinion seems to be that it is not a relaxing place as it might appear to be. Sure, there are palms trees down to the sea, white sandy beaches and all the stuff that draws people to the tropics, but you are forever looking over your shoulder, uncertain that your boat is safe or that you are safe.
Almost everyone says the Uruguay can be a bit dull, but after Brazil a bit of dull it what you need. And virtually all the cruisers we have met said how much more relaxed they felt when Brazil was behind them.
And that's pretty much how I feel now.
Signing off, probably till September.
Vessel Name: Wild Song
Vessel Make/Model: Victoria 38
Hailing Port: Falmouth UK
Crew: Paul and Libby Heiney
Paul Heiney and Libby Purves are writers and broadcasters in the UK, are married, and have sailed together for over 30 years. Libby is also a monthly columnist for 'Yachting Monthly' magazine. [...]
Both Paul and Libby have written about their sailing adventures. 'One Summer's Grace' is Libby's best-selling account of their voyage round Britain with their, then, two small children. Paul wrote of his solo transatlantic experiences in 'The Last Man Across the Atlantic'. The clue's in the [...]
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