It was time to leave Porto Santo. We have had such a great time on this island but we have now seen all there is to see and experienced some very fine cuisine. We were initially going to leave from Porto Santo to the Canaries but a last-minute decision meant that we were to head to Madeira instead. The weather is becoming very peculiar as of late and we were concerned that we would not make the Canaries before another area of low pressure reaches us, plus we had come all this way and not to see Madeira would have been a bit silly.
We said goodbye to a few friends who decided to leave on the Thursday and joined them to paint our yacht name on the harbour walls with whatever paints we had available.
We left Porto Santo on Friday the 26th and were followed by Spirit of Argo on the way. The wind was a good 25 knots and with one reef in the main and two in the genoa Troskala sailed very well. The swell however was significant and an hour into the journey I was popping the seasickness tablets and Carlotta was showing the face of panic.
The journey took around 5 hours to complete the 31 miles to a new marina on the South East coast of Madeira. The entrance to Quinta do Lorde is extremely narrow and you would not want to try and enter in any southerly winds. We were greeted by a guy from the marina in a dinghy and he escorted us in.
Quinta do Lorde really is fantastic. It is a new marina with a new resort built around it. Most of the apartments have not been completed yet so the area is very quite. There is a bar that does ‘Happy Hour’ at 17:30 every day so all the boat owners meet and catch up in the evening. All of us now are sat in the inter-net room that is provided as it is raining. The showers and facilities are the best we have experienced since leaving England.
Another bonus for us is that the marina will be sourcing two electricians for us tomorrow (Monday) so we should be able to have most of our electrics replaced before the week is out.
There is set to be more bad weather on Tuesday so it looks like we will be here for the week.
This morning we all found a rock-pool that is not quite completed but part of the resort. Seven of us went swimming in it this morning at high tide in the rain, as good British do. I am sure that once the resort is complete it will cost a fair amount to use this facility so we made a pact to come every morning for a swim.
Apart, from the above there is nothing more to update you with. We are slightly concerned about arriving to the Canaries at our agreed date but I would rather have all jobs on the boat completed before we get to Las Palmas as it sounds like it is already busy down there.
Total Miles: 2,120
Engine: 1 Hour
Latitude: 32º44′.466 N
Longitude: 16º42′.661 W