French Guyana

2 April 2018   Brazil to French Guyana (Day 10)
Dawn brought us a miserable day with low clouds scudding across the sky.  We’d made good progress overnight and in 24 hours we’d covered 190 miles, which is an average of 7.9 knots - maybe our fastest 24 hours ever.  Just before breakfast, a large squall came through with rain for ½ hour and then it sucked the wind away, forcing us to run the engine for ½ hour.

Read more: French Guyana

Sailing To French Guyana

24 March 2018   Brazil to French Guyana (Day 1)
The alarm went off at 06:45.  It’s strange how the sound of an alarm clock makes you want to stay in bed, but time and tide wait for no man and we wanted to leave a hour before high tide.  It took us a couple of hours to get the dinghy on deck and tidy up after two weeks at anchor, but at 09:00, we started to pull up the anchor. The anchor chain was covered in thick, slimy growth, so it took 10 minutes to try to wash off the worst of it.

Read more: Sailing To French Guyana

Leaving Brazil

19 March 2018   Jacaré, Brazil
After an early-ish breakfast, we caught a bus from Olinda to Recife city centre, where we walked to Marco Zero Square, which is supposed to be one of the “must-visit” places in Recife.  We were disappointed - it’s a big square with lots of tourist guides touting for business and a large sanitised tourist souvenir shop, so we didn’t stay long.  Instead we walked to the Mercado de Sao José, which was a bustling local market and interesting to stroll around.

Read more: Leaving Brazil

Brazil

12 March 2018   Jacaré, Brazil
Last night, when I printed out the “Entrada” form for the customs, I discovered that I’d spelt my name wrong, so I was up at 06:00 to go into marina to use internet and fill in the form for the 5th time.  After going back to the boat to print out the form, we took a taxi to Immigration with Peter and Theresa from “Leyna”.  I was relieved to find out that, contrary to what is said on Noonsite, you don’t have to wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts with collars to visit the officials.

Read more: Brazil
Page 2 of 2