Invitation to a voyage

Ilha dos Lençois / Brazil

Published on 23 november 2017 at 0h00

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There are plenty of anchorages and we stop about every 60 miles. It’s better not to sail at night given the number of fishing boats and the flags indicating the presence of nets. Despite the flags we managed to get stuck in a net before arriving at Ilha dos Lençois. Thankfully we managed to disentangle ourselves fairly easily and head to our next anchorage. Ilha dos Lençois is an island that is ripped open by the rivers and mangroves. You can cover the whole island by just following the short estuaries. However if you want to take this on it is better to have a shallow draught ! 

We headed into the labyrinth at the end of the day, without really having any idea of what we were going into… The current pushed us into the interior. 

Behind the mangroves we are surprised to see magnificent dunes of fine sand. It completely takes us aback. The landscape is fabulous. We dropped anchor about 20m from the fine sand dunes. In fact the sand is a little too fine , and quickly gets stuck in the blocks and the travellers when the wind isn’t in the right direction, which is not ideal at all! 

The anchorage is perfectly calm. Not a single wave comes along to disturb our boat. We bob around at the mercy of the current and the tides. 

As we head further into the mangroves we come across hidden houses. These are where fishing families live. It took us a full five days to explore this magical spot in our dinghy… 


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