Madeira: Waiting for storms to pass before making the two day crossing to the Canaries (take a look at those clouds). The rain lashed down on us last night in a force 6 to 8 gale!!To add to the problems, our Atlantic trip from the Canaries to St Lucia looks seriously threatened by becalmed seas. The tradewinds don’t look like they are behaving this year. Will 6 months of prep come to nothing? Coming in to Madeira (from Lagos, Portugal) my boat, Reunion, had to endure 45ft waves with serious risk of pitch poling. Global warming seems to be affecting normal weather patterns.