Doca do Cavacas. Madeiran car parking.

Madeiran car parking, and other offences….

Resultado de imagem para psp madeiraFigures in the Diario today reveal that the PSP, responsible for policing traffic on the island, fined 16,994 drivers (down 2656 on 2013) and arrested 616 (down 15) during 2014. Irregular parking accounted for 78% of total road crimes with an average of 38 vehicles penalised each day. However this figure is falling quite rapidly – in 2010 an average of 67 were fined each day.
Speeding, as in previous years, was the second most committed offence, representing 8% of the total – radar caught 1,431 drivers during 2014, an average of four per day. This is a small increase on previous years – apparently the PSP enforced the rules more strictly, particularly with those driving more than 20 km/h above the speed limit (€60 minimum fine). Interestingly the majority of speeding motorists are caught on the outskirts of Funchal.
Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for 5% of the total offences in the year, with 856 drivers being stopped, 60% of whom were held for having blood alcohol levels exceeding 1.20 g/l. There was a small reduction in “very serious” offenses (0.80 to 1.19 g/l) which incurs a fine of €500. The decrease was most marked in the classification of “serious” offenses (0.50 to 0.79 g/l), punished with a fine of €250 , which went from 237 to just 98.

Doca do Cavacas

imageThe heavy seas that affected much of the southern coast of the island during the last week have closed the tunnel at Doca do Cavacas  – this seems to have been open for an unusually long spell recently, having regularly been closed by storms over recent years. It also looks like the duckboards providing the pathway along the eastern end of Praia Formosa have been washed away, and the Regency Yacht Bar has been closed for a few days. Not sure if this has suffered any damage, but you have to feel sorry for the place – it might as well close when the tunnel is not open, as I guess the tourists using that route accounts for the majority of its custom. The photo was taken at Praia Formosa on Wednesday lunchtime – thank you David.
Update Sunday pm: I am reliably informed that the Regency Yacht Bar has opened again today, although with barriers preventing access to the pathway to the tunnel to Doca do Cavacas, and more tape stopping access to the beach

Bizarre cloud formation

Finally, a couple of photos of the “blimp” that appeared over Funchal last night – these taken in Ajuda at around 7.00pm.

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4 thoughts on “Doca do Cavacas. Madeiran car parking.”

  1. Lenticular clouds, technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction.

    Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. Lenticular clouds sometimes form at the crests of these waves. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form, creating a formation known as a wave cloud.

    Power pilots tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them, but glider pilots actively seek them out. This is because the systems of atmospheric standing waves that cause “lennies” (as they are sometimes familiarly called) also involve large vertical air movements, and the precise location of the rising air mass is fairly easy to predict from the orientation of the clouds.

    “Wave lift” of this kind is often very smooth and strong, and enables gliders to soar to remarkable altitudes and great distances. The current gliding world records for both distance (over 3,000km) and altitude (14,938m) were set using such lift.

    Lenticular clouds have been mistaken for UFOs (or “visual cover” for UFOs) because these clouds have a characteristic lens appearance and smooth saucer-like shape.

  2. Re:Doca do Cavacas

    We are fortunate to have a lovely apartment in Funchal, not too far from the Casino.

    We have been coming to Madeira for the last few years for the New year celebrations and we have had a wonderful time.

    While we are there we always walk to the lovely fish restaurant, have lunch and then the excitement is whether the Cave is open or not. If so yippee! and a lovely walk along the promenade to the Yacht Bar. Lovely setting watching the sunset -paradise! So I am pleased to hear that the bar is open again and I hope the cave has better fortune in the future.

    Hope to be back soon…..

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