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Cross the bar today 3.30 pm - Bahia de Caraquez

07 June 2009 | Bahia de Caraquez
Joe
Raisng the anchor at 5.30 am at Cabo Passado we head around the reef as the Ecuadorian sun rises red. There is Lanakai, Iwa, Windsong and us. No wind.

We are headed south, a few miles from the "Waiting Room", a spot located 00 deg 35.8' S, 080 deg 26.8' W, outside the river entrance. This is where we will meet the pilot, who will come out in a panga, along with the health inspector, wearing a mask on account of swine flu (but no one else wears a mask!) - and he (the pilot, not the health inspector) will guide us in. Four boats go in together at high tide, with only a few feet to spare under the keel., and then we will anchor at Puerto Amistad. At low tide you can watch the channel dry out enough to paddle in. The scary bit - I'm told by Bill of the yacht Lanakai, is that the pilot has you steer straight for the beach where surf is breaking, and then, at the moment you will drive up onto the beach you make a sharp left turn!!

Adios for now, we are getting close!

Joe
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Vessel Name: BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)
Vessel Make/Model: Lidgard 49' steel ketch
Hailing Port: Hobart
Crew: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
About:
We have completed our trans-Pacific voyage - from Panama to Hobart via Ecuador, Mexico, French Polynesia, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Bundaberg, and are now pausing before resuming land life. [...]
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When the port authorities here were approached to renew our Panamanian boat registration, they said "You can't call your boat Aura - that's taken" so we decided to call her Bluebottle! If you know the Goons, you know of Bluebottle, that little twit! He was always getting into trouble with his thin [...]
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BLUEBOTTLE (ex-Aura)

Who: Adrienne Godsmark and Joe Blake
Port: Hobart