AN Madeira to Azores

lower latitudes, where the likelihood of finding favourable winds is always higher. At the beginning of winter, however, the trade winds rarely extend beyond latitude 20 eN and if this is the case one might as well stop in the Canaries as the course runs virtually through the archipelago. If only a short stop in the Canaries is envisaged, one should choose one of the more westerly ports, such as Santa Cruz de la Palma, which makes a better starting point for the subsequent transatlantic leg. Detailed routeing information for the transatlantic passage is given in route AN51 (page 72).

Best time:

May to August

Tropical storms*.



BA: 4104

US: 12


BA: 1, 67

US: 143

Cruising guides:

Azores Cruising Guide, Atlantic islands.





Destination Distam c i.lfi

AN430 Funchal

AN432 Pargo

AN433 Sta Maria

Vila do Porto 482

32'37'N, 16'54'W

32'48'N, 17'20'W

36'55'N, 25"07'W

36:56H 25"08.5'W

AN431 off Porto Santo

AN433 Sta Maria

Vila do Porto 490

32'58'N, 16'25'W

During summer, when the Portuguese trade winds reach as far south as Madeira, this will be a close hauled passage, although the Azores can normally be reached on one tack. If leaving from Funchal, the high island of Madeira normally blocks northerly winds so that a light westerly breeze will be felt until one reaches the end of the island. From Funchal, the course runs parallel to the coast as far as Ponta do Pargo, the western extremity of the island. From WP AN432, off Ponta do Pargo, a direct course leads to WP AN433 in the SE approaches to Vila do Porto, the main

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