Preparing to Leave the the Rio de la Plata

A year ago we sailed into the Rio de la Plata. We slowed to a pace I have not known before. We became abstracted to time. Our normal clock keepers became irrelevant: Immigration officers said we could stay as long as we pleased, there was no correct or incorrect sailing season, and our wavering long term plans were not there to pull us along. Hidden on this featureless coast of murky brown water we found a serendipitous paradise. We savored the stillness of the perception of paused time. We made friends. We were part of a community. We rested, deeply, in comfort. We got to know true Uruguayan tranquility and Argentine hospitality.

Our first port on the Rio de la Plata was Piriapolis, Uruguay and Piriapolis will be our last. Rested and ready we once again look south. When the winds go fair, hopefully within a week, we plan to sail to the southernmost town in the world, Puerto Williams, Chile.

Next week, you can track our progress on our delorme tracking page, find the link on the sailing page of our website. This blog post is a test of our email to post function of our satellite phone and will not contain pictures.

We came to the gates of Patagonia a year ago, and now we sail through.

Thanks Juan for encouraging us to write more and for the wine.

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  1. Brian and Deb, I was reading your description of your time in Uruguay and it left me dreaming so I had to write and say Hi ! Vickie and I had met you along the way back in 2016 in Porto Santo island, Portugal when we were moored close by. Since parting way, we sailed cross the Atlantic, then the Pacific and made it to New Zealand. Then life intervened, so we shipped BOYSTEROUS back to the Med, currently south of Taragona Spain. We are now back at home in Geneva Switzerland where it’s been snowing, so reading your blog and looking at your photos brings back nostalgia and envy. We wish you continued adventures and safe sailing. Don’t ever stop cause life on land is no where as peaceful and beautiful as life at sea! πŸ™‚
    warm regards,
    Joe & Vickie Hayek

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    1. Great to hear from you Joe. You’ve sailed far since we met in Porto Santo. The Med sounds like a smart location for Boysterous with warm weather and proximity to Geneva. She will be waiting for you!

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  2. As always it’s GREAT to hear of your travels… Prayers for a wonder-filled passage – we’re on the waiting list for your book!
    Peace

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  3. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» Safe sailing!

    On Wed, 28 Nov 2018 at 10:47 sailing dawn treader wrote:

    > briandeb posted: “A year ago we sailed into the Rio de la Plata. We slowed > to a pace I have not known before. We became abstracted to time. Our normal > clock keepers became irrelevant: Immigration officers said we could stay as > long as we pleased, there was no correct or in” >

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  4. Nice to hear from you. Glad you had a good time in Uruguai and Argentina. We are in Suriname right now. Going up to martinique tomorrow. Wishing you fair winds. Wagner and Neusa from Leva Vento

    Em qua, 28 de nov de 2018 11:47, sailing dawn treader <

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  5. Hi Brian and Debbie,
    I just spent the evening watching your previous videos. I love Jason’s music. It fits so well with the beauty of the sea and the movement of dawn threader as she sails through the water. I find peace, joy and thankfulness in the blessing of seeing my children happy. Happy birthday,Debbie and merry christmas to you both. Love ya. Mom

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