The 25 nautical miles from Porto Santo to the Marina Quinta do Lorde in Madeira were a pleasant downwind cruise.
The marina is embedded in a resort so we could make a little holiday, splash in the swimming pool and walk around the area.
We also cleaned our boat thoroughly and Lukas made his first splice on a 12mm haylard. The boys have sawn through a piece of wood with a lot of endurance.
On the trip to Funchal we visited the old town and the well-known Mercado dos Lavradores. There we bought two big bags with fruits and vegetables. The delicious Madeira bananas were also not missing.
On the fish market one can find “Peixe espada preto”, an elongated dark fish, which lives at about 1000m depth.
When the boys saw the gondola they wanted to go with it. So we drove over the rooftops of Funchal to the flower garden at 550 meters altitude.
From there you could go down the street with the basket sled.
For several days already we had been looking forward to the arrival of Nelly and Allan, who then would sail with us to the Canaries. Together with them we explored the island a bit more.
For example the traditional houses in Santana or the grotto of Sao Vincente with its lava tubes, the volcano simulator and the “center of the earth”.