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On 6 December 2001, pirates shot and killed Blake while he was on an environmental exploration trip in South America, monitoring global warming and pollution for the United Nations. The two-month expedition was anchored off Macapá, Brazil, at the mouth of the Amazon delta, waiting to clear customs after a trip up the Amazon river. At around 9 pm a group of six to eight armed, masked robbers wearing balaclavas and crash helmets boarded the Seamaster. As one of the robbers held a gun to the head of a crewmember, Blake sprang from the cabin wielding a rifle. He shot one of the assailants in the hand before the rifle malfunctioned; he was then fatally shot in the back by assailant Ricardo Colares Tavares.[3][4] The boarders injured two other crew members with knives, and the remaining seven were unhurt.[5]

The only booty the attackers seized from Seamaster was a 15 hp outboard motor and some watches from the crew. Authorities eventually captured the pirates and sentenced them to an average of 32 years in prison each; Tavares, the man who fired the fatal shots, received a sentence of 36 years 9 months.[3]

Prior to the attack, the yacht's crew had been very careful when travelling up the river and back down again; they always had crew members on watch. Only upon return to Macapa did they relax their guard.
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Killarney-Sailor, another consideration is the time limit imposed on foreign boats in Brazil (6 months) and the distances involved along the coast of Brazil. Brazil is a BIG country and the logistics of getting up the Amazon far enough to make the trip really interesting within your 6-month limit is going to be difficult, especially if you want to see some of the coast as well and take in places like Salvador (as you should). A lot of foreign boats stay 6 months in Brazil then stay a spell in Uruguay or Argentina to reset the clock and return again for another 6 months. This way they have enough time to really enjoy some of the coast. Most will leave Brazil heading north to the Caribbean, taking advantage of the prevailing winds and strong north-setting currents in the north of Brazil (only the truly insane try to sail to Brazil from the Caribbean).

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Our plan is to only stay in Brazil for a short time unfortunately to give us a break on the long trip up the Atlantic from Cape Town. According to Cornell, the trip up the coast of Brazil from the Rio area is very hard because of currents and adverse winds. We thought that going to Salvador was a reasonable compromise since it is not too far from the 'corner' of Brazil (400 nm?). Just bought a Lonely Planet for Brazil and will start considering where to go visit. Also have to get a cruising guide for the country.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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