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Old 14-10-2010, 18:39   #1
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Brazil to Cape Verde and to Spain

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has anybody sailed from Eastern Brazil ( Fortaleza ) to Cape Verde and then up to Spain??

Just wondering about safety and seas on the coast of Africa.

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Old 15-10-2010, 08:45   #2
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Its not the general way because you are going against the wind and current. But thats not to say it can't be done.

I would love to do that side of Africa and also the Cameroon/Gabon area.
Occasionally there have been articles in Cruising World about people doing parts of it.

Some areas (Senegal???) have a good (but dirty commercial) port and want tourists.... but then that may be the country in a new civil war / revolution / incursion / famin / Gihad etc etc etc

I don't remember anyone from this forum having gone there recently.

Notes on a Circumnavigation.

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Boats going up from Brazil normally try to make northing / easting but often end up in the Azores (trying for, but missing the CV and Canaries), where from they continue on to Spain or whatever.

But a well sailing, well sailed boat can do whatever you ask her to do. I would try from Recife or thereabouts. Fortaleza is a bit to the West and the Guyana current will be taking you even further W untill you clear it and get some of the counter-current to your help (mind the counter current is seasonal and weak - quite unlike the Guyana thing).

My friends sailed this passage 2 years ago - they were forced onto the Azores route (a heavy steel boat).

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