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pthor 10-29-2012 05:14 PM

Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
I'm posting this for a friend who is sailing from Baltimore, MD next week to Brazil (near Rio) via Norfolk, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, and Lesser Antilles on his Morgan Out Island 41.

A member of his crew backed out at the last minute and he is looking to replace him with an experienced bluewater sailor. Anticipate a 3-4 month adventure.

***Planning to depart Baltimore next week!***

One way return airfare is included. If interested, please contact Captain Kai Hansen:

Cell:(717) 648-9104

mbetter 10-29-2012 05:55 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Was your friend one of the founding members of Helloween?

ughmo2000 11-01-2012 06:00 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Most folks reach Brazil from North America via Europe, the Canaries, and the Cape Verde's.

Trying to buck the Guyana current, the prevailing winds, the mouth of the Amazon, as well as the multitude of fishing vessels an nets, well, it'd be a sail they'd not soon forget!

msmith10 11-01-2012 07:04 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ughmo2000 (Post 941623)
Most folks reach Brazil from North America via Europe, the Canaries, and the Cape Verde's.

Trying to buck the Guyana current, the prevailing winds, the mouth of the Amazon, as well as the multitude of fishing vessels an nets, well, it'd be a sail they'd not soon forget!

I guess that's why they're looking for an experienced sailor.

copacabana 11-02-2012 05:36 AM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
It can be done, but it's a LONG slog against prevailing current and winds. I have a friend who did it and he kept very close to shore to avoid the strongest part of the current (and even pick up a counter current), but this involves navigating in shallow waters with sand banks and many fishing boats. It requires a sharp eye at the helm and careful navigation 24 hours a day. On the positive side, you can put into a lot of beautiful ports and anchorages along the way that you wouldn't see coming from Cabo Verde. You can get all the Brazilian coastal charts for free from the Brazilian government in digital (raster) form that can be used with your laptop. They are excellent charts and frequently updated.

You'll find the charts here:

:: Diretoria de Hidrografia e Navegação

If you're not in a hurry, the trip is feasible, though not often done. Personally, I'd take the suggested route through the Atlantic islands and cut back to Brazil to land somewhere near Salvador. Then I'd sail south as far as Ilhabela, enjoying the the nicest part of the coast, and return north the same way, continuing on up the coast back to the Caribbean (this time with wind and current in your favour).

JulieMor 11-02-2012 01:41 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ughmo2000 (Post 941623)
Most folks reach Brazil from North America via Europe, the Canaries, and the Cape Verde's.

Trying to buck the Guyana current, the prevailing winds, the mouth of the Amazon, as well as the multitude of fishing vessels an nets, well, it'd be a sail they'd not soon forget!

Can you expound on that?

copacabana 11-02-2012 02:18 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Julie, have a look at the 4-part article by James Baldwin:

Atom Voyages - The Long Way Back to Brazil (Part 1)

Basically, at the bulge of Brazil, the current and winds push north. It's an easy sail up to the Caribbean, but a real slog the other way. That's the reason few people do it.

ughmo2000 11-02-2012 04:57 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Thank you copacabana.

I looked into a very similar route and found virtually no information on it. I also found Jim's article and spoke with Jim at length. Yes, it's been done. But it's apparently turned around more boats than have made it. If you stay at sea you have adverse currents and the outflow of the Amazon. If you keep one foot on shore you have a host of lit/unlit fishing vessels, nets, wells, and the mouth of the Amazon river to contend with. Not to mention the wear and tear on both boat and crew.

After doing my own research, IMO the easiest route is to Europe, the Canaries, Cape Verde's, Brazil.

But best of luck to you!

ughmo2000 11-02-2012 05:01 PM

Re: Experienced Sailor for Baltimore-Brazil Voyage
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by msmith10 (Post 941647)
I guess that's why they're looking for an experienced sailor.

I guess so Mark.

I've sailed to a few places. But I turnd that job down.


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