World cruising is challenging and difficult, but we have tools to avoid struggle. Mentor and good friend James Baldwin has generously given us his invaluable advice, and the simple insights that have echoed most in my mind are “keep the boat driving,” and “it doesn’t have to be a struggle.” To prevent or reduce struggle we adapt. To adapt we endure and adjust. Over time we are becoming stronger and smarter.

We are currently adapting to some new circumstances, and have an opportunity to learn and grow. On February 25th, we were boarded by armed pirates while at anchor off the town of Maragojipe . They approached in a small fishing boat just after nightfall, surprising us minutes after they had quietly robbed our German friends aboard Lotte. We were the only two cruising boats in a very dark anchorage that felt quite distant and separate from the town center, busy with carnival.

No one was harmed in the incidents, and together with our friends, we motored away from Maragojipe, to the the mouth of the river Paraguacu that night, and then back to Itaparica the next morning. We followed charts on our backup iPad, which we are very glad to have, as most of our devices are gone. Without our computer, etc. our blog will be more delayed and limited, but we hope to eventually share videos and writing from our recent Atlantic crossing. For now, we will try and post short updates with a few pictures as we are able.

Here in Itaparica, we are enjoying the small neighborhood of cruising sailors, the town and its friendly people, and the preparations for our next passage to Ilha Grande. Thoughts of the robbery still crowd into our minds, but we continue to focus on next steps, what we can learn from the experience, and how to adapt, now that our simple boat has less electronics. We look forward to sailing south soon, to Ilha Grande and beyond.