Angra dos Reis 18032011 Friday
Pos 22:59.91S 44:15.00W
Up and off to Verholme Marina in Angra dos Reis on the main land about 8nm and 45mins away where
arrangements have been made to meet a mechanic to repair the Generator and and engineering problems
as well as take on water. Our stay will be brief as they with to charge R$10 (£4 approx) per foot per day, we are 65ft .
The approach Verholme Marina
At first sight the marina looks quite until you realise that most of the boats are stored in a collection of
massive wharehouses, the smaller ones upto 20ft hoisted up in racks by an enormous forklift truck that also
launches them, the largest in open fronted buildings. Their liftout facilities are impressive and they
can launch even the largest boat in 25 minutes.
Add to this a mini airport with
facilities to land upto 6 helicopters at a time (Most owners live in
and fly down) all the support facilities
you would expect of a 1st class
Landing Pad Restaurant
We go to the chandlery to pick up our new freshwater pressure pump to replace our failed unit but they are
closed for lunch so off to the restaurant. Pump aboard and arrangements to have the Mechanics dealt
with the Genset in the morning and its of to a new bay on Ilha Grande opposite Angra and where sits a gigantic drilling rig.
The anchoraged called Lagoa Azul or Blue Lagoon is located between a collection of small islands.
Very pretty and though not “Carribian” blue our snorkelling reveals colourful coroals and sponge
ormations on the rock and plenty of fish life, with Boxfish, Sergeant Majors, Pipe fish and a Turtle
which came drifting past.
We discover that
the positioning systems for the rig we ask nicely if he might move it behind one of the islands as its spoiling our view!!
Fred's rig Lunch
After our excellent lunch at the
Thomas makes and apple crumble and it, served with icecream purchased that morning washed
with a cheeky little red wine finishes the day.
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