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Canadian Sailboat ‘Gulden Leeuw’ Docks in Funchal Port

Built in 1937, Dutch classic sailboat the ‘Gulden Leeuw,’ now under the management of the Canadian non-profit ‘Class Afloat’ Foundation, arrives in Madeira this morning and will be open for visitors at around mid-morning (time to be confirmed).  There are currently sixty-eight students from ten different nationalities and ten crew members on-board, who as part of their nine-month sea voyage will visit twenty different ports around the world.

The Gulden Leeuw left Amsterdam on the 4th of September en-route for Lisbon.  After Lisbon, the ship has called in at several European ports including Ajaccio (France), Malaga (Spain) and Agadir (Morocco) before arriving in Funchal. On leaving Madeira, the students and crew will sail to Dakar.  The vessel is expected to return to Amsterdam on the 25th of May 2020.

Madeiran company, Transinsular Madeira – ETE Group is handling the sailboat during her stay in Funchal, where it will remain until Monday the 18th of November.

For those interested in visiting the ship the agency asks that you contact them and provide them with the following details: name, date of birth, citizen card number, and validity and registration details of your vehicle so that they can obtain authorisation for you to access the port of Funchal.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly