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08/06/2015 14:16:32

Tom Fisher<br>United Kingdom<br>Arctic Smoke
Tom Fisher
United Kingdom
Arctic Smoke

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Hi all. We attempted to leave Funchal a few days ago to head for the Azores. Forecasted winds were fair - N/NE 4/5. We headed out to about 1 mile off shore and turned west parallel with the coast. We had delightful light breeze sailing for a few hours often accompanied by Dolphins. A couple of miles from the NW end oh the island we were completely becalmed. We decided to motor further out. Within 5 minutes we were hit by F7 winds from N/NE and during attempts to reef down got the genoa tangled up. Only option then was to head back for Lee of island and were once again becalmed. To cut a long story short 17 hours later we towed the boat into Calheta using the dinghy and outboard. We are now awaiting delivery of new exhaust system before we try again. Does anyone have experience of this coast? Is ours typical in the prevailing northerly winds. We have deduced that the wind was squeezed and accelerated around the end of the island and would prefer to avoid the same next time (although we have -we hope- fixed the problem with the genoa). Any advice on the best way of getting away would be appreciated. Thank you. Tom Arctic Smoke, Calheta, Madeira, 8/6/15

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