We didn't spend too much time exploring.
We could save that for our return. Our main priorities were to
find a marina where we could confidently leave Samarang for the next six
months or so, sort out all of the paperwork associated with leaving her
and get her mothballed. We had already been recommended the marina
of Amyr Klink at Parati and had phoned ahead to make a provisional
At this point it's worth a few words
about Amyr Klink himself. Brasil's most famous navigator, though
we confess to never having heard of him before we arrived. His CV
goes something like this
1984 Rowed the Atlantic from Namibia to Salvador de
Bahia (7000KM). He had planned to leave from Cape Town, but the
South African government wouldn't let him because it was too dangerous.
So he put his boat on a trailer and took it up to Namibia and left from
1989 Sailed the yacht he'd built himself (Parati)
single-handed to Antarctica. Stayed for winter stuck in ice, then sailed
north to Arctic before returning to Brasil in 1991.
He then built the marina that we would be leaving
Samarang in and also his next boat, the massive Parati 2, pictured right
(and moored on the next pontoon to us in the marina).
He continues to explore with a particular interest in
Antarctica and his web site at
http://www.amyrklink.com.br/ is really worth a visit.