Madeira - Travel and further information

Adventure Holidays to Madeira

All our BlueWater Sailing Holidays that go to or from Madeira will embark or disembark in Marina Quinto do Lorde situated at the eastern tip of the island, close to the airport.  There is only one airport on Madeira and that is Funchal, (FNC) 10 minutes in a taxi from the marina.  On arrival in Funchal Airport please take a taxi to Quinto do Lorde Marina - or alternatively if you are going to be early hire a car and look around the island first.

Flights to Funchal are available from most UK airports with both scheduled airlines and charter airlines. Please see Flightmapping for further information on which airline serves your local airport.  As you browse the internet there are various search engines that specialise in cheap flights, why not try Essential Travel or  Skyscanner which are two that we regularly use as well as looking directly at individual airlines.

Arrival on board
Please let us know your flight details so that we know when to expect you.
Embarkation time is 1800.
Disembarkation time is 1000.

If you arrive earlier or your flight is due to depart later than theses times, you may leave your bags on board whilst you explore ashore. If your flight is due to arrive later than 1800 do not worry, we will adapt the evening programme to suit your arrival time. If you experience any delays whilst travelling, please let us know.

Travel Documentation

You require a valid in date passport for this trip.

Currently no visas are required by British subjects or any citizen of an EC country, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States. Please check with the Portuguese Embassy for visa requirements for other nationals.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you require travel insurance. Please bring evidence of travel insurance with you together with the emergency contact numbers. This travel insurance must cover you for medical evacuation from the boat and repatriation. Please be aware that a lot of travel policies have exclusions for hazardous sports, and sailing is often listed as one of them, this means your regular insurance provider may not be giving you suitable cover for this trip. Please check with your insurance company.
For insurance that does cover sailing try GH Insurance or Dogtag Insurance
We also recommend that you carry your EHIC with you. Apply for one free on line here

Guest Information form
To ensure your comfort and safety on board we need to know a little bit more about you. After we receive your booking we will e mail you a guest information form.  Please complete it and e mail it back to us to ensure that we have the relevant information to make your holiday a success. Please check that your tetanus vaccinations are up to date.

What to Bring

The temperature in Madeira at this time of year ranges from 14 to 19 degrees. Warm and sunny during the day time but often cool enough to need a jumper in the evenings.  A small amount of rain may fall during the month of April

Whilst sailing especially on overnight passages, the wind chill can make it cool enough to need a lightweight jacket. It is also important to remember that it is possible to burn from the reflection of the sun off the water even if you do not feel very hot. In this instance it is advisable to have a long sleeved thin shirt and a thin pair of trousers to protect you.

When packing please remember to use a soft bag – there is no room for hard suitcases on board. Please also note that whilst we have more stowage space than a smaller yacht, space is still limited.
We provide you with;
Use of breathable foul weather gear
Use of lifejacket and safety harness
Duvet, pillow, linen and one large towel
When packing for a sailing trip please remember that lots of thin layers are better than one thick one. It is easier to cool down than to warm up, so we recommend that you start with a lot of layers, and if they are too much you can always take one off.

Bearing this in mind we advise you to bring

T Shirts/Polo shirts
Long sleeved shirt
Fleece Jumper – not wool as this is difficult to dry
Fleece Trousers or tracksuit bottoms
Light sailing/walking trousers – please do not bring jeans as they do not dry
Light weight waterproof jacket
Fleece Hat
Cap to keep the sun off
Deck shoes with a non marking non slip tread (fine treads are more effective than deep treads)
Sailing boots if you have them if not a second pair of deck shoes

Much of this clothing is available from specialised sailing shops, but can be expensive. Any outdoor clothing for walking, skiing, hiking etc will work just as well.

Casual clothes to wear ashore
Shoes for wearing ashore
Light weight waterproof trousers (the waterproofs we loan you are heavy duty and not suitable for wearing ashore in drizzle)
Swim suit
Wash Kit
Personal medication - please bring enough for the trip plus spares and any medication you might need in an emergency
Small selection of your favourite CD’s and books
Camera and film
Small pair of binoculars

There is a hairdryer on board for your use, please do not try plugging your own hairdryer in There are 240V sockets available to charge up phones, cameras, electric razors etc

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