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Old 25-09-2013, 10:56   #1
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Charts for BVI's, Trinidad & Tobago, and Northern Part of Brazil

Hi guys, 29 year old novice sailor looking for advice on good charts for these particular areas. My older brother recently purchased a boat, 44ds jeanneau, that is coming to Miami late next month. We have sailing experience for the past two years, two dozen hours or so with captain, ASA up to 104, and we have a plan on having an experienced captain that we know teach us once we're aboard next month for a few weeks or so, depending on our comfortable we get. We're taking precautions as well in getting the ASA 105 & 106 just to give us even more experience. We're novice sailors, cautious, but we are trying to make small, short term goals, far as making it across to Bimini, or West End, because this is a first for both of us. We are the types to really get our heads down and we found a groove together very quickly once sailing, but realize that there is so much more to learn. Our grand goal is to make it to Fortaleza, by June, for the World Cup. We have recently purchased good explorer chartbooks, all editions for near Bahamas, Exumas, etc, but we really haven't found anything too detailed for the Trinidad and the Brazilian Coast area, up to Fortaleza. Does anyone happen to know good charts that are worth purchasing for these particular areas? I understand this is a lot for our first post, but have been following this site for awhile now, and there always seems to be knowledgeable advice. We are in over our heads, but we're willing to work and try and see if we can make it. Any advice is welcome. Thank you.

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Old 03-10-2013, 18:06   #2
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Re: Charts for BVI's, Trinidad & Tobago, and Northern Part of Brazil

Hi guys.
From Trinidad to Brazil is a interesting and very difficult trip. Many miles against the wind and current,
only a few highly trained or very uninformed make this track.
You must have a lot of time, patience and much Diesel.
The recommended way is for the other side, Azores, Canary Islands, Cape Verde and from there to northern Brazil.
If you are looking for nautical charts, the Brazilian Navy publishes them free. They are in raster format.
Suitable for programs like SeaClear, OpenCPN, OziExplorer, etc..
Here is the link in Portuguese:
Some are not available at this time as they are in the stage of renovation.
Do not miss to visit Fernando de Noronha, a natural paradise of sailing and diving. Only allowed to stay a week.
In Brazil 2014 I'm going to see Messi.
Greetings from Buenos Aires.
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Old 03-10-2013, 19:11   #3
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Re: Charts for BVI's, Trinidad & Tobago, and Northern Part of Brazil

Wetdoc is right - Bermuda, Azores, Canaries, Cape Verdes - Fortaleza, Natal or points south. You cannot do it planning to be there in May, had to leave one season prior to the cup - you should have left already.
Another way is to leave for Bermuda late April then go east until you find the southeast trades and hang a right. Even this route, to reach Fortaleza before the cup is a long shot, unless you want to go off-season - can be done, but not recommended. Coming back up is another story - I was stuck in Salvador for 6 months waiting for a cold front (not a bad place to get stuck at).
Good luck with your planning.
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