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Report on Brazil from Italian yacht "Jancris"

By doina — last modified Jun 05, 2006 10:10 AM

Published: 2006-06-05 10:10:48
Countries: Brazil

We left the friendly yacht club de Natal to sail to Fortaleza, where we stopped at Marina Park. This is the best and safest place for a visiting yacht. The yacht club area is dangerous and the yacht club is now closed. Mr. Armando, the manager of the marina park is a good man and does his best to help solve any problems. It is also possible to drop anchor close to the marina entrance channel and then go to the marina with your dinghy.

The moorings in the marina are few and we don’t know how strong they are. We prefer to drop our anchor and after take that take an additional line to a mooring.

As a marina’s client you have the same facilities as a hotel client, such as a large swimming pool, showers, including water and electricity 220V or 110V. The price we paid per day for our 56 ft JANCRIS, was 25 U.S. Dollars. Fortaleza is a city with a population of 4 million people and of course you can find everything. It is an excellent place to provision the boat and close to the marina there is a popular market for fruit and vegetables.

From Fortaleza we had a fast sail with a good winds from SE to the small village LUIS CORREIA. Luis Correia is accessible for yachts with a maximum draft of 2.5 m and it is better to navigate the one mile river during high tide. The bottom is sand and not dangerous. But be careful for the current is very strong.

Close on the left side, you can see MARINA ALBATROSS and its wooden pontoon. This is the best place to stop. There is electricity 220V and water, but you must check your ropes every time that the tide changes. There are few services for yachts but you can get help from the friendly French sailor who has a house close to the marina. The Albatross is not a real marina, but is a good place to stop and visit the beauty of the river, or to make an excursion into the Amazonian forest. The price we paid at Albatross Marina for 56 ft JANCRIS, was 12 U.S. Dollars per day.

From Luis Correia we sailed with a good wind to Tobago. The best anchorage in Tobago is on the south coast, close to the airport.

We lifted JANCRIS in Trinidad at PEAKE yard. They are very professional and there you can find everything you need. There are several good yards close to Peake like Powerboat or Coral Cove, but we prefer Peake for their big travelift of 130 ton. For JANCRIS, 9 days on the hard, lift and launch, we paid 650 U.S. Dollars. Once back in the water we prefer to moor at Coral Cove because it is quieter and less swell.

Alfredo and Nicoletta Giacon, Martinique June 2006