Originally Posted by jipcho
I am hoping to sail from Capetown, South Africa
to Brasil in January 2014.
Some people have told me that Salvador is a better first port of call than Rio because it is difficult to sail north from Rio, and Salvador is easy to reach on an Atlantic crossing
. I have also heard that it is very expensive to stay in a marina in Rio, and that access to the reasonably priced yacht club is nearly impossible. That said, I can't imagine sailing to Brasil, and not seeing Rio. I have also heard that there are beautiful cruising grounds around Ilha Grande and the nearby islands just south of Rio. Any advice or suggestions for where to stay in Rio? Is Salvador a more relaxed place to stay with good facilities. Any Brasilian gems that I shouldn't miss, or interesting off the beaten path anchorages and ports
that are relatively safe and secure?
I agree with most of your info. I sailed all the Brazilian coast between last year and this year.
The only marina in Rio (Marina da Gloria) is expensive and not a good place to stay these days. In fact the regulators have just cancelled the lease
because the operator (billionaire Eike Batista) did not meet the contract
obligations. There are no good services and it is impossible to get a bus or taxi from there much of the time. It is also not a safe area...
I recommend that you visit Rio two but leave the boat elsewhere. Logical places are Buzios, Cabo Frio or somewhere in the Angra/Ilha Grande area (I suggest a mooring
ball at Marina Porto Frade near Angrathat will be safest). If you insist in leaving the boat closer to Rio try the Navy
club in Niteroi but access is almost "impossible" as you say. By the way, buses from ANgra or Porto Frade are cheap
+1 on the recommendation of Angra as port to clear in. In my experience that is the easiest place in the whole country. If you arrive in Buzios or Cabo Frio you will have to go to Rio to do papers and I am not sure they will like it.
+1 on recommendation of the area around Angra/Ilha Grande area as cruising ground.
The other classic cruising area in Brazil is the bay of Salvador aka Bahia
de Todos os Santos, much less developed than Ilha Grande. Unfortunately safety
can be an issue there (unlike in Angra/Ilha Grande). If you PM me I can hook you up with local sailors who can give you the latest..
Regarding the difficulty in sailing from Rio to Salvador, it depends on time of the year. Half of the year it is very difficult with NE in your nose, but the rest of the year (say Feb-Aug if I recall
correctly; see pilot charts) it is OK. That would drive my choice of arrival port.