we’ve been in Brazil for a month, it feels much longer. Brazil has been a fresh experience for us, we are still exploring it.
Beautiful dugout canoes
Salvador is HaiYou’s port of entry, Brazilians love their paperworks, formalities require going to 3 different places that took us 3 full days. We took all the advices about securities, We taxi to places unsure, took enough cash in the pocket and brought nothing valuable, we even removed our wedding rings. Drug addicts usually hunt at night, so we got things done in mornings when they are sleeping.
Favela kids playing
Brazilians love their music, even in the protest. When we do the immigration in police station, there were a group of people joyfully singing and dancing in the lobby. It took me a while to realize that it was not a party, but a protest for some fishery matters. The city marina is right under the historical old town, we stayed there for 10 days, waiting to see the Carnivals on my request. loud music blasted every night, I even got a few tunes stuck in my mind. Walking in “Bloco” behind a huge “Trio Eletrico” (Truck with a band), the loudspeakers were so powerful that you need a strong heart to stand them. At last we have participated the Carnivals.
Lynn in front a Bloco 18 wheelers truck stage
We really enjoyed meeting local people. The owner of marina boat shop took us under his arms and brought us around. He dinghy us to a local water front restaurant which would be too dangerous to go by the road. Teenagers dive to catch fish and bring them to the restaurant. The freshly caught fish tasted so much better than the farmed ones. Brazilian foods are simple but delicious, with weather not favored to grow wheat, lots of traditional dishes are gluten free! (Rice, beans, manioc, tapioca, etc). The restaurant also acts as a fish dealer and seemed fuel the village economy. It was fun to watch locals interacting with each other. Brazilians are very pleasant, low key and helpful.
Enjoying lunch with Marcello
We’ve been to some really beautiful anchorages, one of them is in front of a 17th century monastery. It is hard to imagine an armed robbery happened here just a few days ago, if we knew we wouldn’t have anchored here! We had the boat door locked at night, and hatches tied down. Chris had a fog horn and fishing harpoon handy, in fact in case of being mugged.
Nice anchorage off a Franciscan abandoned monastery
At night , in usafe surrounding, we lock ourself in and i tie down the atches so they cannot be open from outside
Sailing is good in Brazil, with steady trade wind and very calm sea. We made 48 hours sail to Abralhos Islands. With light trade wind less than 15 knots, we ran gennaker all the way. The sea was smooth like velvet, It was the best sail I ever had. There was only one thing which is stressful: fishing boats. We had caught fishing net, and once nearly had a collision with a turning trawler.
Abrolhos light house, fabricated in France and built in 1861. Everything is original including the Fresnel lens.
2 days stay in Abrolhos National Park was another highlight, for the first time we could feel free to snorkel around and leave the boat unlocked. Plenty of fish and turtles here. All the lighthouses are run by navy in Brazil, we got the permission to go on island to watch sunset on the light house, 160 years old lighthouse is a French design, the Fresnel lenses are original. I got the honor to switch on the light. It felt very special since I had watched this lighthouse flashing every 6 seconds on my watch.
Pressing the button to turn the light on at dusk
We are in Vitoria now. The weather will change soon, we are keen to move down south , We will head to Rio tomorrow.
Lynn & Chris