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South Africa, Cape Town to Rio de La Plata, Argentina

By doina — last modified May 22, 2008 05:00 PM

Published: 2008-05-22 17:00:46
Topics: Atlantic Crossing
Countries: Argentina , South Africa

I'm Massimo Marchi from Italy and on the occasion of the bicentenary of Giuseppe Garibaldi's birth, I'm planning a three year world circumnavigation onboard my multihull a Nautitech 475 (you can visit the site Italian only)

Giuseppe Garibaldi was a great mastersailor.

Question: After South Africa I need to get to Mar de la Plata Argentina where Garibaldi sailed and fought. In your book I find a route South Africa - Brazil and the suggestion to go NW for about 1200 nm and after go West.

The start from S.Africa may be in December - January, what are your suggestions: - land in south Brazil and afterwards sail in Uruguay or sail to S. Brazil and at a certain distance to the coast take the track?

Jimmy Cornell writes: You can easily sail directly from Cape Town to Argentina, although you may have the current against you. What you must not do is go too far south and lose the SE winds. So, on leaving Cape Town, sail NW until you find steady SE winds, then turn west and try staying with them. It may help to get some help with up to date weather information.