La Plata

La Plata, Argentina
La Plata is a fair-sized city, with universities, an oil refinery, and the government of the province of Buenos Aires (the city of Buenos Aires is the federal capital). The harbor is exceptionally well-protected, and the yacht club (Club de Regattas) is very welcoming of foreign boats.

Hard Dinghy

Buceo, Uruguay
Matt and Ted (rowing) in the hard dinghy. The choice of dinghies in Santa Catarina (where I bought this one) was quite limited, and this one has more modifications (mostly raising the freeboard) required to make it suitable for our purposes. It does row well. Issuma has three dinghies, which is a bit excessive, but nice if you can store them all. There is an inflatable (with an outboard engine), the above hard dinghy, and a Nautiraid folding dinghy (which has been the main dinghy used for the last 1.5 years). The folding dinghy stores easily belowdecks, the hard dinghy is stored on deck, and the inflatable is, with some work, stored inside the hard dinghy.


While we continue working on the boat, other people are sailing :). The picture is of a 49er–a class of boats–that has just set its spinnaker (the dark sail). South American 49er races were held in Uruguay last weekend, and we had a good view of the boats leaving and entering the harbor before and after their races.