Have some Madeira Ma' Dear.. 17th May

Chiscos - Atlantic Cruise
John Simpson
Tue 17 May 2005 10:29
The skipper at the helm as we make landfall in Madeira
Yes we have finally made it to Madera! We arrived yesterday mid - morning after a temendous last 24 hours spent under cruising chute in rising NE winds. Total passage time form Cascais -Portugal was just under 4 days. Distance 530 miles. After the mid passage panic and worry of running out of diesel, we eventually arrived with 1/4 of a tank left!
We spent yesterday anchored off Funchal - the tiny marina there was abosolutely full (even though it is low season), and went ashore and explored. The P&O cruise ship Arcadia was in town as well, so there was no shortage of slightly deaf, jumper carrying old people( all commenting that it was hot!!), going round the town in gangs looking for innocent locals to accost!
In the evening we left for Calheta, which is about 14 miles west of Funchal. There is a new marina here where we can leave the boat for the next two weeks.
Total log so far is 1557 miles. No real issues with the boat - a slightly weeping diesel tank being the most serious. However, she has inspired total confidence - particularly in heavy weather and we are really looking forward to the next legs to the Azores and then to Southampton.
We will resume this web diary on the 29th May, when the new crew return and the next leg commences.
John and Regis