|Pikin, Memo, Ian, Santiago and Pippa!|
Our weeks in San Fernando (a suburb west of Buenos Aires) had been taken up with familiarization with our new home and the numerous systems that make her tick. Provisioning took Philippa many trips to local supermarkets. Three shakedown day cruises helped identify potential issues. Throughout the process, Memo and Santiago, the two key players at Antares Buenos Aires, were incredibly helpful and responsive to our concerns and needs ensuring final touch ups, fixes and alterations happened efficiently. Rob Poirier of Anatares Yachts also took the time to fly down to Argentina to smooth out the final process. Thanks Rob.
Our only regret was that, as a consequence of boat readiness and a reasonable approaching weather window, we had to leave before we could tick off bucket list items such as downtown Buenos Aires and Igauzu Falls.
|Strong winds from South West|
|Busy place, this South Atlantic|
We had hoped to sail on to Florinanopolis along the Brazilian coast but the winds were projected to turn sharply to the NorthEast (on the nose) and therefore captain Pikin decided discretion was the order of the day, and we turned for Rio Grande - entering this busy port Wednesday night.
We have spent a few days here at the Rio Grande Yacht Club. Winds are projected to weaken Monday and the plan is to motor on towards Angra.
|Phase one of three - checkin Rio Grande Policia Federale|
All our communication equipment appears in order (except SSB radio which we have not tried yet) - our KVH satellite phone/internet; Iridium Extreme sat phone; UHF radio; LAN with WiFi booster as well as cellular internet thanks to a Brazilian sim card. Consequently, we have been in easy communication with friends and family. We have now activated our SPOT tracking device allowing position information to be transmitted to the net.
Pikin has been troubleshooting a few hiccups as well as entertaining us with his bon vivant. We have had technical input from Memo and Santiago from BA and the gremlins seem to have been slayed. Key component, the water maker, appears to be working well.
Adios, Tchau and cheers Ian