2016   Porto Santo

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We had planned to sail further South along the Portuguese coast than Lisbon, but open water and the islands beckoned, so we set sail for Porto Santo 500 miles SW from Lisbon.  An easy three day passage took us there, in steadily warming weather.
Denis and Pam Moonan joined us in Lisbon, so we had lots of crew for the overnight passages.

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Porto Santo is a very small island just East of Madeira.  The early explorers and the Portuguese Empire liked it because it has a good natural harbour, whereas the larger, more beautiful and much more fertile Madeira has no good anchorages.

We of course appreciated the anchorage too, but our principal interest was the variety of excellent hiking trails.  The quality and extend is quite surprising for such a small, relatively poor island.

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