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Location

Lying approximately 300NM NE of Montevideo, it is not to be confused with Rio Grande do Sul or Rio Grande do Norte. Being just about 100NM from the border with Uraguay, it is a strategic destination. It is a good stop either going south or north, as well as a good stop on its own. The lake is really big and is a pleasant sailing ground. There are a lot of birds and sea lions there.

A busy harbour with a difficult entrance, although the channel is wider than it appears. A 4 or 5 knot tide can run out of the entrance after persistant northerlies and it can be very rough.

If conditions are suspect, it is advisable to contact Rio Grande Pilot Station VHF 16/09 when outside of the outer jetties, for current conditions.

Position 32°11.93'S, 52°04.43'W (harbour entrance)

Rio Grande Pilot Station
VHF Channel 16, 09
In strong winds, contact to check on conditions at the entrance.

Clearance

Read Brazil Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of Brazil.

If this is your first stop in Brazil you will need to hire a taxi to go to the Policia Federal, Capitania Dos Portos, and Receita Federal (Customs). At the Receita Federal you will be asked for an insurance policy to establish the value of your vessel.

The Policía Federal is central, the Capitanía less so but close enough. The Receita is at PORTO RIO GRANDE 2 and is quite a hike from the centre (about 3km). The receita closes between 11:30 to 14:00.

Both Policia Federal and Capitania Dos Portos exit papers will be required to depart. Go to the Policia Federal first, then to the Capitania, and then to the Receita Federal.

Last updated February 2018.

Docking

If it is necessary to wait for better conditions before attempting to enter, shelter can be found by anchoring  south of the breakwater.

You will first enter the main port than proceed another ten miles to the city centre. Follow the buoyed channel. The channel is well marked and lit.

Once past the large ship wharf you will turn to port at the naval station. Do not wander too far to the right once you have made the turn to port at the naval station, as it is shallow here. From here you will pass numerous fishing vessels and their respective wharves until you see a dock with a green house on stilts next to it.

This is one of the docks of the Museo Oceangraphico. There is another dock slightly beyond where you can tie or raft to other sailing vessels. Prior permission is required to use the Museo Oceangraphico pontoon.

The yacht club is just beyond the museum dock, the last group of buildings on the portside shore. Moor to the visitor's pontoon. depth 3m.

Last updated January 2018.

Museo Oceangraphico
Location 32°01.46'S, 52°06.52'W
Request permission before berthing here. Keep close to the wall to a good depth.
Limited power and both potable and non-potable water are available. Wi-Fi is also available on board. There is no listed charge; however, a donation to the museum is recommended. There is a security guard. Staff are very friendly.
Rio Grande Yacht Club
Located near Museo Oceangraphico ,
R. Capitao-Tenente Heitor Perdigão, S/N - Centro, Rio Grande - RS, 96200-580, Brazil
Tel:+55 53 3231-6908 ,VHF Channel 16
A friendly yacht club that welcomes visitors. Berth at the Visitor's pontoon. Depth 3m.
All facilities, WiFi, fuel station close to the Capitania (cash only), small chandlery, bar and restaurant, swimming pool, other sports facilities.
Small boatyard with a 9 ton crane, limited space ashore for work, some repair services.
Nearest provisions are a 15 minute walk.
The club accepts credit cards. Secretaria speaks Portugese, many socios speak English and are happy to help.

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Rio Grande Yacht Club
Located near Museo Oceangraphico ,
R. Capitao-Tenente Heitor Perdigão, S/N - Centro, Rio Grande - RS, 96200-580, Brazil
Tel:+55 53 3231-6908 ,VHF Channel 16
A friendly yacht club that welcomes visitors. Berth at the Visitor's pontoon. Depth 3m.
All facilities, WiFi, fuel station close to the Capitania (cash only), small chandlery, bar and restaurant, swimming pool, other sports facilities.
Small boatyard with a 9 ton crane, limited space ashore for work, some repair services.
Nearest provisions are a 15 minute walk.
The club accepts credit cards. Secretaria speaks Portugese, many socios speak English and are happy to help.
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