We arrived at 0900 having spent half an hour going further south to await daybreak so we could enter the harbour in light. We called the marina and were told we were too big and heavy for the mooring buoys especially with high winds expected, so we went into the marina instead. It is a small marina but there is a lovely long pontoon just behind the concrete mole and one of the marina staff was waiting to show us where to tie up and take our lines. After a long passage it is comforting to find an easy berth!
He welcomed us to Porto Santo, showed us which offices I needed to visit for customs clearance and we were done, all safely tied up after 505 miles logged in just under 4 days. I had a shower, not wanting to offend the police with the state of me and headed off with the ship’s papers and personal documentation. The police officer was very friendly and the process didn’t take long. I then went to the marina office, got the Wi-Fi info, keys to the showers and found out where the supermarket is and they also offered to call our next port of call for us to reserve a berth when we are ready to leave in about 3 days time. This is a very helpful and friendly marina with a stunning backdrop of arid hills.
In front of us was ‘Full Circle’ a boat we have seen in Lymington back in June, in Povoa and Cascais. This time we had a long chat and exchanged cards so we can meet up in the Caribbean where they are also spending some time next year.
There is a beautiful beach next to the marina, some 3.5 kms long, so we will go there tomorrow and have our first swim of the trip. The island is famous for Christopher Columbus living here as he married the first governor’s daughter and tomorrow we intend visiting the museum in town as well as walk to the summit for the views but due to the heat we may wait until the evening before the climb. We also need to buy paint to leave a ‘Beyzano’ painting on the harbour wall as is the custom!
In the meantime I caught Rob being nosey, something he obviously missed during the past 4 days!