Submarine visit. “Race for Water”.

Submarine visits Funchal

Arpao submarineThe Arpão submarine arrived in the port of Funchal yesterday and will stay until the 29th of the month, by coincidence marking the centenary of the attacks on Funchal by German submarines in 1916 and 1917 during the Great War. The Arpão, which translates as “Harpoon” , is a Trident Class submarine, has a normal crew of 44, with room for an additional 14 personnel – intended to accommodate special forces on special exercises. It performs protection for the national maritime area and takes part in international exercises.
The submarine will be open to the public today (Saturday) from 10.00am until noon, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tomorrow morning (28th), various regional dignitaries will be on board for a demonstration of the vessel’s capabilities. Visitors to the submarine will be organised in groups of twelve – children under twelve are not allowed and there is no disabled access

“Race for Water”

Race for Water

Race for Water Catamaran off FunchalThis was an earlier post but somehow never made it onto the blog! The first and only renewable energy catamaran, the “Race for Water” was in Madeira for four days earlier this month, before starting a five-year world expedition, where it will draw attention to eco-technology, the need to preserve the oceans and to combat the pollution of plastics in the seas. Up-close it is a very impressive sight.  More details here.

More than 200,000 passengers in four months

Figures released show that between January and April of this year, the Ports of Madeira received a total of 200,904 passengers, in the 112 visits registered. The Port of Funchal received 111 stopovers, 200,479 passengers and 75,185 crew, whilst the Port of Porto Santo had just the one visiting cruise ship, with 425 passengers and 112 crew. April is the last strong month of the high season of cruises in the port of Funchal. May is the month of transition leading to the three months with the lowest inflow of ships: June, July and August. September marks the start of the new high season.

Earthquake off Ribeira Brava!

Seismic map showing earthquake off Ribeira BravaA small earthquake was recorded off Ribeira Brava yesterday according the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Interesting to sea how much seismic activity there is”locally” on this map

 Classic Cars

As mentioned on a previous post you should be seeing a few classic cars around Funchal this weekend in the “Classic Car Revival”.


Can’t sign off without mentioning the awful events in Manchester earlier this week. As someone who lived and worked in the city for a few years after graduating, I share the same disbelief and disgust that someone can target young people in such a manner.

13 Responses to Submarine visit. “Race for Water”.

  1. helen Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:25 #

    Now that filmon has finished all free channels does anyone know how to get FREE tv on madeira. Failing that does anyone know of a reputable firm where I can get tv programs at a low cost. thankyou

  2. Mick Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 13:50 #

    There is an app you can use, but I’m not sure it can be mentioned on this site. All other options will cost some money. How much do Filmon want? Is it around 120 Euros per year?

  3. mauricereed Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 22:21 #

    There is an app called TvPlayer on Amazon Fire stick that delivers most of the Freeview channels. I guess the app Mick is referring to is kodi

  4. Victor Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 22:52 #

    Try —ADtelly–£5.50 p/m

  5. Jean-Paul Monday, May 29, 2017 at 07:39 #

    There are still some VPNs that are not blocked by the BBC, so you can still watch the BBC – in my case from Belgium, but I have used them whilst in Madeira. They also work with the ITV equivalent. With special offers and discount codes these can work out less than 50€ a year.

  6. Marianne Monday, May 29, 2017 at 08:34 #

    Is today a bank holiday here in Madeira? Will the shops be open in Funchal?

  7. Mick Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 #

    The app I’m referring to can be used with Kodi and starts with an M 🙂
    Also I have a Slingbox and use PIA as my VPN. This seems to work with BBC Iplayer. Mind you for a short time last year it was blocked. I have also enabled Smart DNS on My Sony TV. VPN is $40 dollars a year and Smart DNS similar. App costs nowt. 🙂

  8. Mick Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:03 #

    Don’t you need a VPN to watch TVPlayer Maurice?

  9. Carlos Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:58 #

    Not a bank holiday today – next one is Portugal Day on June 10th.

  10. Dave Monday, May 29, 2017 at 20:24 #

    Hi Mick, more info would be a help, half a storey WITH BEGINS WITH M!!!

  11. Mick Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 09:32 #

    Dave send me a pm and I’ll give you the details. I don’t want the site to get into bother.

  12. david blake Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:24 #

    we see the madeira regency palace as reopened ,now owned by pestana. we owned a time share there,and lost everything.being pensioners we can not afford to ever return to our favourite island.

  13. Carlos Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 13:21 #

    I passed the Madeira Regency Palace at the weekend and there was hardly any sign of activity – not even apparent that it has reopened.

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