Originally Posted by paulbennett
Impi, I'd love to get the coordinates and more information about your trip along the north coast of Brazil as we're planning a cruise
there next year—perhaps.
What a bummer ... I just sent a LONG message with all WP details and comments and CF 'lost it some how' ... man !
Sorry for the elay but my daughter is out from South Africa
and we are sailing her to as many places in mthe British Virgin Islands
as possible before she leaves ... really fantastic!
Ok Will summarise this time:
DO not be dissapointed as you travel down the big river toward Ilha Dos Lencois ... you will really love it once you get there!
Watch out for long line nets which normally have bouys marking them ... head
for the little fishing
boats as they are anchored and go around thier 'clear side'. They waved frantically at me as I innocently headed for thier nets and did not appreciate my wave back!
Wp 1 = 01*21'.396S 044*53'.679W You will want to anchor
somewhere in the vicinity and wait for low tide (can be 6m diff) so to take the dingy and make sure sand banks have not shifted. Boats with 2 - 2.5m drafts have made it up here so do not worry too much about the challenge but do NOT go in at high tide until you have checked it out ! You will want to enter the river 2 hours before high tide. Avoid springs (tides) ... I lowered my dingy in 5 knots current
to investigate ... not a time you do not want to be without a powerful yamaha engine!
WP 2 = 01*21'.262S 044*53'.945W
WP 3 = 01*20'.909S 044*53'.773W keep an eye out to starboard side as there is a wide area that is shallow and difficult to see. Itkinda sneaks up on one so don't be tempted to look at the beautiful RED IBIS birds in the trees there ... The port bank is deep in places but I observed some underwater obstacles so keep as far to Starboard as possible just off the shallows.
WP 4 = 01*20'.713S 044*53'.679W
WP 5 = 01*20'.713S 044*53'.653W
Keep close close enough to the dune as the water is deeper here except for where there is scrub at the base (one section ... you cant miss it) as that area is a bit shallower)
WP 6 = 01*20'.163S 044*53'.510W
WP 7 = 01*19'.918S 044*53'.419W
WP 8 = 01*19'.725S 044*53'.380W
WP 9 = 01*19'.539S 044*53'.266W
WP 10 = 01*19'.189S 044*53'.182W
Paul ... the tidal currents tend to arrive from no where at one hell of a pace ... we bent a stainless steel
bridal shackle 90* as the boat took off over the anchor and stopped DEAD on the opposite side ... broke cups, plates and glasses so we eventually discovered the trick is to anchor as close to the dune as possible and just around the corner between WP 9 and WP 10. The aggressive river tide seems to miss this patch ... I observed this by watching local fishermen from the villiage who place bow against the sand dune and tie up thier boats on the sand bank. They leave one guy there to adjust things as the tide rises and falls and the boats literally do not feel it. In the day time you may want to anchor higher up near the little island (near WP 10). Hundreds of red ibis birds nesstle in the trees on this little island ... I took my canoe and got nice photos but got NAILED by mosquittos so repellant is a 'must!'. Also ... have enough petrol for the dingy ... you will ant to explore all the river systems and may even find a hand held GPS
handy if you want to do other rivers in the area ... it is really great fun!
One can swim in the river ... no crocs or anything like that ...