BRally - Europe or Africa to Angra dos Reis


Route CapeTown 2 Sta Helena 2 Trindade 2 Ilhabela

NOTE: The NEW landfall is now proposed for Bracuhy, Ilha Grande Bay, Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro. You can use the same proposed route, but stop at the new landfall WP as proposed on the NEW Landfall posting.

The direct route from Cape Town to Ilhabela is only a couple of days shorter then the one via Sta. Helena, because of the winds and currents, so I used Visual Passage Planner to propose an optimnized route, maximizing wind and minimizing passage time and got the following results.

The first leg, from Cape Town to Sta. Helena has 1657 miles and can be sailed in 10 days, following this route, at average speed of 6.5 knots. We can stay some 5 days in Sta Helena for resting and provisioning, then head to Martim Vaz and Trindade, two Brazilian islands for some rest and maybe some diving and fishing. Not great anchorages, but we are also not expecting any big wind at this time of the year.

You can learn more about the Sta. Helena island on: 

The leg to Martim Vaz and Trindade has 1.385 miles and can be sailed in 10 days at 6 knots. You can learn more about these islands on:

And finally, the last leg to Ilhabela has 911 miles, that sailed at 6.1 knots will put us there in 7 days.

The total crossing will take (10+5+10+2+7=34) 34 days if we stop 5 days in Sta Helena, 1 day in Martim Vaz, and 1 in Trindade, so we need to plan to be leaving Cape Town between the 2nd and 4th of January, to make it on time for first day of Carnaval. 

You can learn about Ilhabela on:

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