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Madeira Fireworks and New Year Festivities

We had been disappointed to hear from the Captain that the weather was too bad for us to anchor in Madeira and operate our tenders, in compensation we had longer in Gran Canaria. Madeira, particularly in the Christmas period is one of our favourite and we have written it up so many time before that we will not do so again.

The Fireworks however were what we came for. They stretch from side to side of the bay at Funchal in an arc of some 7 kilometres and we were moored in the the perfect place to watch, right in front of the main launching barge. 16 tons of fireworks are released in a coordinated ballet of light lasting eight and a half minutes. It is impossible to describe, one sees it and feels it, and marvels. The following video lasts from start to finish and says it all.

Gala Dinner

The festivities started with a gala dinner with a special dinner, complete with hats, in the Britannia Restaurant. the tables all had bunches of balloons and many more hung round the restaurant.

The fireworks

Starting the Year, Party Time

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