sunnuntai 8. tammikuuta 2012

January 6th 2012

Enjoyable Sailing

We left Jacare on the 2nd of January eager to continue our journey. We have come to the conclusion that river anchorages as we have experienced them so far, are not for us. There are a number of reasons of which the three most important ones are that the strong tidal current too often keeps the boat turned at an awkward angle to the wind effectively preventing the use of a wind scoop, the river water is so murky and filthy that swimming is unthinkable, and at most river anchorages, there is a village or a town close by which invariably means harassing motor boats and water scooters, and most annoyingly, LOUD!!! and mostly bad music till the wee hours of the morning.

Although the conditions at sea were otherwise near perfect, the winds were a bit too light and so, on our second day, we decided to hoist the cruising chute. For the next two days, we were being pulled by the 144 square metres of this magnificent sail steadily towards Salvador at an average speed of 5.5 knots. Unfortunately, the joy derived from the chute was shortlived as, during the third night, its halyard broke and the sail plummeted into the ocean. As a result, we were forced to make use of the more conventional sheets but made good progress nonetheless. After four days of enjoyable sailing, we arrived in Baia de Todos os Santos (All Saints' Bay) and are now anchored in a small bay on the northwest corner of Ilha de Itaparica, 12° 53, 244 S, 038° 41, 237 W.

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