Blogger: Abrão Laranjeira
Location: Itajai, Brazil
Olá! I am Abrão Laranjeira, feeling a little bit more comfortable to blog this time, once we are in Itajaí, Brazil. The city is located in Santa Catarina State on South of Brazil and has less than 200.000 habitants but with beautiful beaches and one of the most important ports of south region in Brazil and among other things, fishing is still source of wealth.
The boat arrivals are in the Itajaí River that joins the sea exactly in the finish line of this stopover. The race also helps to emphasize an important local environmental project called “Juntos pelo Rio Itajaí” (“Together by the Itajaí River”) that focuses in keeping the rivers clean and recycling materials. The project is very similar to the “Keep the Oceans Clean” Volvo Ocean Race project.
The first boats have arrived, Puma first and Telefonica approximately 14 minutes later. After the two boats started sailing in the Brazilian sea, the crews kept “line of site” of each other (…like our mini-links!) The arrival in Brazil indeed has been more exciting than it always is (according to race crew).
The crews have had a warm welcome from the “Brasileiros” and the local organization says that more than 30.000 people have been in the race village to welcome the crews of one of the most important races in the world.
The public could follow the boats all the time on the big screen in the Volvo Pavilion. The information from the Race Tracker coming from the boats is been sent via the Volvo IT network that uses micro-wave technology (Mini-Link) where we can have 1Gbps. The IT infrastructure has been fully used!