Luke and Charlotte were looking for an Atlantic crossing. Chris wanted a passage long enough to count for his YM ocean and practice with the sextant. Dan was returning for the fourth time. Our destination was Madeira
Madeira is a little gem of an island situated in the Atlantic Ocean 550 nm from Gibraltar. As with any long passage the weather was mixed. Although we never had too much wind it came from all directions, forcing us to weave a zig zag course and sail 711 nm across the ocean. Not quite as far as the ARC but an Atlantic crossing never the less, enough to get a taste and want more.
The mileage satisfied the RYA requirements for an ocean passage (600nm by the log) and Chris was there with the sextant whenever the sun shone.
We made good time on our passage, and made landfall at the tiny island of Porto Santo, 25nm north east of Madeira. Here the sun was shining and after a quick visit to the Christopher Columbus museum our hardy sailors turned mountaineers and walked to the top of the 500m peak to look at the view.
Our guest book from last week reads
“Just really, really good. I want to come back for more. Thanks for all the help with the sights and plotting”
“An adventure of a lifetime, a thrill, an education and a test. Dodging cargo ships, spotting whales and just hanging on for dear life. We had a truly wonderful time”
“When can I come again”
Next we are on our way to Lanzarote to spend the winter in the sunshine. With Xmas and New Year already fully booked we are looking forward to a busy time.
Our trips for 2010 are starting to full up fast, and I will shortly be adding 3 more trips to our schedule. We are trying a new route home for August 2010. Starting with a 10 day adventure along the coastline of Norway from Bodo to Bergen, and then a 10 day adventure from Bergen to Oban via the Shetland Islands. We have chosen Bergen as it is easy to get to with direct flights from London Gatwick or via Oslo from your regional airport.