Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Sat 19 Oct 2013 12:18
We left Rio Grande on Wednesday evening, motor sailing down the long channel, the tide helping us a bit. Once into the open sea we sailed downwind all the way, past the Uruguayan border to Cape Polonio, covering 185 miles in 39 hours.
Big excitement came on Thursday morning when Paul caught fish (two) for the first time in Brazil. We've no idea what they were but they looked and tasted like a cross between a mackerel and herring. Ultra fresh fish for brunch was a real treat.
Cape Polonio is an isolated spot, with only a rough track linking it to the main road, some 5 miles away. It's long been a hippie/surfing hangout and there's a large seal colony living on the shore and small offshore islands. The seals are very curious, coming close to the boat, usually just popping their heads up and having a good look and occasionally jumping up and slapping the water to get our attention.
Our next stop will be La Paloma, where we hope to officially enter Uruguay.