Mon 11 Aug 2008 10:02
6th August 2008
Porto Santo - work this one out - with Arc discount one night on a berth in the marina with electric, water, showers etc. = Euro 31.  One night at anchor in the bay outside with no facilities = Euro 25!  Anchoring was free 3 years ago.
The town of Vila Baleira was being developed 3 years ago and is now very inviting to the visitor.  A lovely shady area by the main square has Wi-Fi, good food in the numerous cafes and is a short walk from the old pier and the sandy beach, which is good to swim from.
Having completed our wall painting of B.M. on the harbour wall, Madeira was a short days sail away, the highlight being a visit from a long fined pilot whale, which slowly rose 5 -6 times, blowing huge spouts each time - magical.