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Closing in on the Cabanga

Closing in on the Cabanga
28th February 2011

Today, it was a busy afternoon of arrivals at the Cabanga Yacht Club in Recife as the World ARC fleet gathered together for the start of their programme in their second stopover in Brazil. The Cabanga Yacht Club is located between the old and new parts of Recife and is a secure and safe place from which to explore the surrounding area. Following today’s arrivals, there are now eight boats in the yacht club basin with a further four expected on tomorrow’s tide.

The yacht club basin and its approaches are not blessed with a lot of depth and so careful pilotage at high water was required to reach each berth. That being said, the bottom is forgiving mud but through careful navigation, none of the skippers found this out for themselves. And once inside the basin, the Cabanga Yacht Club staff were quick to secure the boats and connect services.

The crews really enjoyed exploring Salvador and the Bay of All the Saints in Bahia but for all the boats, the trip north was not an enjoyable one. Most crews experienced adverse currents, winds consistently from the wrong direction and fishing nets to become entangled in. Everyone was glad to have arrived.

The World ARC programme in Recife begins on Tuesday 01 March with a Welcome Party inside the marina. This will be followed the next day by a tour of both the Old Town of Recife and Olinda.

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