DATE:09-05 GMT:19.53 POS:31.45 N,17.08 W COG:210 SOG:6 Kn

Ahoy,

‘Madeira may be shortly described as one mass of mountain, rising to the highest summits in the centre, descending on the north to a range of lofty cliffs, bounded by the ocean, and to a a lower and gentler character of coast on the south. The island is riven throughout with deep ravines and valleys, which radiate to the sea in all directions.’

About the anchorage in Funchal:

‘These SW or SE gales are, in general, preceded with a swell in the road, often accompanied by gloomy weather, drizzling rain, and a very unsettled breeze from the land,veering backward and forward very suddenly. Under such indications, ships generally proceed to sea; for, should it blow strong from the southward, it would be almost impossible to clear from the shore; the anchorage being so close to the land.’

These words come from a Sailing Directory from 1838 about the Atlantic Ocean by John Purdy.
Since we are expecting a strong Southwesterly wind Tuesday, I decided to stay at sea and hold sail till these winds have passed. As it looks now we will drop our anchor wednesday in front of the harbor of Funchal

Lammert

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR & SPD:WNW 5/6 Bf with squalls

CURRENT DIR:S

CLOUDS:8/8

SEA STATE:moderate to rough

SEA TEMP:19.2 C

AIR TEMP:14 C

AIR PRES:1009

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