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Old 01-12-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default Sailing up the Amazon river?


Is it possible to sail up the Amazon river? I know, that at the narrows of ”bidos, 600 km from the sea, the river goes in one stream, 1.6km wide and current reaches 3-4 knots. It is not impossible to pass it upstream on an avarege sailboat with engine. What is an average current speed? I guess that there is not much wind in the forest, but the river is few miles wide so who knows? Sailing in a jungle would be neat.

I know about Duncan Ross Hobie cats expedition ( www.edge-ventures.com/amazon.htm ). Is it possible on 30' yacht?

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Hi Piotr, As part of your research on this subject, I suggest you perform an internet search of 'Sir Peter Blake' who was on an expidition along the Amazon when he was boarded and, sadly, shot by pirates. I don't submit this as a deterrent to the plans you have but it is important you take sensible precautions against as many outcomes as you possibly can.

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