Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, is a perfect destination for sailing enthusiasts. With its warm climate, rich marine life, and stunning landscapes, Madeira offers an unparalleled sailing experience. This blog post will explore the best sailing areas in Madeira, including the exciting opportunity to observe dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.
Madeira: A Perfect Place for Sailing
Sailing All Year Round
Madeira’s subtropical climate allows for sailing all year round. The mild weather, influenced by the Gulf Stream, ensures a comfortable sailing experience even in winter. The water temperature remains above +20°C, making it ideal for various water activities.
Sailing Routes and Marinas
Madeira offers diverse sailing routes with anchorages in different bays. You can plan a 7-day sailing yacht route that includes stops at Canisal, Funchal, Calheta, Porto Santo, Ilyas Desertas, and Santa Cruz. With five marinas and new moorings being constructed in Funchal, the island is well-equipped to accommodate sailors.
Almost 30 species of cetaceans, including Common dolphins, Atlantic Spotted dolphins, Pilot whales, and Bottlenose dolphins, can be found around Madeira. The chances of encountering these magnificent creatures are high, and the experience is truly unforgettable.
Dolphin & Coastal Sailing in Madeira
An Incredible Experience
Sailing along Madeira’s coast to observe dolphins is an incredible experience for all ages. The tour takes place on a beautiful traditional wooden sailing boat, providing a cozy and comfortable environment.
Marine Wildlife Guarantee
Though encounters with marine wildlife are not guaranteed on every trip, the success rate is extremely high. If you’re unlucky on your first ride, you can join another trip at no cost.
Swimming at Cabo Girão
Weather permitting, you may have the chance to swim at the base of Cabo Girão, the 2nd highest sea cliff in Europe. This unique experience adds to the adventure of sailing in Madeira.
Responsible Whale Watch Partnership
The tour operator is part of the Responsible Whale Watch Partnership ‘Planet Whale’ and follows the best practices when with dolphins and whales. This ensures a responsible and ethical experience.
Sailing holidays in Madeira offer an extraordinary opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes, enjoy the mild climate, and observe the rich marine life. Whether you’re planning to sail around the island or use it as a starting point for crossing the Atlantic, Madeira is a destination that promises a memorable sailing adventure.
The Sea Training Centre and Regional Sailing Association, organized this week-end (9 and 10 November 2013) the first proof of the UEFA Madeira Dinghy.
The program of races consist of three races for all ages, set in the bay of Funchal from 14 pm on Saturday and 13:30 on Sunday. Already the awards ceremony is scheduled at the headquarters of the CTM in San Lázaro, by 18:30 on Sunday.
Note that the proof is open to boats of the following classes that are usually with their obligations to their Class Association:
Optimist (Children and Youth), Laser (4.7 / Radial / Standard), Techno 293 (Children and Youth), Techno 293 and RS: X 8.5 (Junior), and other Raceboard (Raquero, 420 and Snipe).