Trish and I returned to Novara after her 3 months on the hard in Piriapolis.
She had already had lots of work on the hull, topsides and pilothouse and Trish and I spent 3 hard weeks getting her ready for the trip north.
A new transmission, flex and thrust couplings, Aquaseal stern gland, main engine raw water pump, etc, etc, just a few of the major items we replaced as well as many minor items.
The 2 years spent down south had taken its toll and the work list had grown and grown.
We did manage to take a couple of days off to meet up with Omar Sanchez in Buenos Aries.
Omar was sailing with Terje and I to Salvador and he gave Trish and I a great tour of BA, a fascinating city but suffering the same problems of rampant inflation, corruption and inefficiency as the rest of this wonderful country. The people of Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina do not deserve such terrible governments but seem unable to do anything about it.
With Trish flying home and Terje flying in, we left Piriapolis and the friends we had made to take advantage of a great weather window, making a fast, smooth passage to Rio Grande do Sul to check into Brazil. From there we sailed on to San Francisco do Sul on flat seas but zero wind and on again to Ilhabela, one of the major yachting centres in Brazil.
This is a beautiful island with many anchorages but also can be a mosquito hell in the summer. They are still a problem now in winter but manageable.
Omar is a very experienced sailor and diver, speaks his native Spanish but also is fluent in English and Portuguese and has been a great help in dealing with the Brazilian beauracracy.
A cardiologist by trade he also knows and has sailed with just about everyone in the world of sailing in Uruguay and Argentina.