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When Corona was not (yet) an issue for cruising sailors: approach to Madeira early March © Ole Sal
Lockdown on the Ocean

Stranded in Madeira

🇬🇧 What started as a routine sailboat transfer trip, turned out to be the discovery of slowness – as Corona fear locked down Madeira.

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Everything was still relaxed then: Transfer trip from Tenerife to Madeira © Ole Sal

Speedy trip from Tenerife to Madeira

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A fast cruise... © Ole Sal
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...with the navigation app Boating HD © Ole Sal
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Marina Quinta do Lorde in the island's south before the lockdown © Ole Sal

Our personal Black Friday

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Cruise ship in Funchal on Madeira © Colin Watts

No safe harbour on Madeira?

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No safe haven within 500 nautical miles? © Wikimedia CC BY SA 3.0

The Corona punch

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The fear of Covid-19 makes cruising sailors unwanted © Martin Sanchez

We may stay, but not on land

No entry, stay away! At sea?

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No more entry to Funchal for strangers © Ole Sal

Stranded on Madeira

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Sailors, you better are in a safe harbour now © Ole Sal
Airport Funchal Madeira
Funchal airport in lockdown mode © Ole Sal

No better place to get stuck?

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Shutdown chats... © Ole Sal
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... at a distance © Ole Sal

Afraid of strangers – afraid of me, too?

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Improvised reporter workstation © Ole Sal

Safe Haven?

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Routes for the Atlantic crossing © Public Domain

Liveaboard sailors are bored or busy

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