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Archive for June, 2010




Madeira Island Lifetime Achievement Award



Captain Anibal Fernandes of Balancal was recently honoured by receiving a lifetime achievement award for his services to big game fishing in Madeira.  It was an emotional night for Anibal as shortly after receiving his award he was given another award for best captain of the competition!
The tournament was held at Marina da Calheta – Madeira – 11th to 13th June 2010

Foreword: The second Madeira Blue Marlin tournament is organised by the Big Game Clube de Portugal and Marina da Calheta in order to honour and perpetuate the name of the physician and surgeon Dr. António Ribeiro that is actually 96 years old, probably the oldest living legend of all blue marlin fishermen. 
Due to the great success of the first tournament, this year about 20 boats are expected to enter the competition with teams from Madeira, Azores, Portugal Continental, England, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain and Canary Islands, South Africa and USA.

General information: This trophy is exclusively a Blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) “ALL RELEASE” tournament. It is qualifying for IGFA – Offshore World Championship and is also integrated in the BGCP – Big Game Fishing Circuit whose winner will represent the BGCP in the HIBT – Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in Hawaii.

Madeira Island is considered one of the best spots in the world for blue marlin fishing. 

Be welcome in this beautiful Marlin Paradise.

Visit Madeira Marlin – Balancal here.



Following the exciting experience that took place at Palheiro Golf in the summer of 2009 the junior holiday programme is back again this year, bursting with action.

The programme will run Monday through Friday, mornings only, for 2-week periods from June 28th to September 3rd, with golf activities and a whole lot besides. Juniors of all levels of ability and/or expertise may participate, aged 6 to 18.
Last year over 50 youngsters took part in this programme, including 12 non-residents, most of whom were children of Madeirans living in Britain.

For the grand finale, a closing tournament will take place on the last day, September 3rd. All the youngsters that participated in the 2009 programme will be invited to play and get in a fair fight for the 2010 edition of the Holiday Open Cup.

Last year’s champion was Gonçalo Araújo from Funchal. After taking part in the Palheiro Holiday Golf Programme and getting his first taste of the game last summer, Gonçalo joined the Palheiro Golf Academy. Almost one year later, at 14 years of age, he is one of the Academy’s most consistent players with a 24 Handicap.
Calling all youngsters: Come and participate in this great summer golf party!

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The Funchal Town Hall, through its Department of the Environment, held an award giving ceremony on 1st June 2010, for local companies that were awarded bronze, silver and gold environmental awards.

It comes as a surprise to nobody that Palheiro Golf was awarded a gold. As part of the Palheiro Estate, environmental issues have always been at the forefront of the company’s priorities.