Bússola apontando para o norte
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What is?

At the beginning of the last century, Madeira was known for the brandy island. Excessive consumption of this drink becomes a social problem. In 1927, 34 sugarcane plantations were closed, production decreased and their commercialization was controlled. Alternatively, the people clandestinely began to produce their own brandy from the dregs of wine, an activity severely punished by the authorities. From the North to the South of the Island, illicit transport began, covering 25 km with about 50 liters on their backs and, despite several arrests, the activity lasted roughly 50 years along tracks that became known as the route of smuggling.

What is intended?

Given the historical importance of the events that took place, within the scope of the Festival Aqui Acolá 2016 - Ponta do Sol, a work of investigation and data collection was started that allowed, from the outset, the schematization of a historical reproduction through a documentary. From the interviews carried out, it was possible to glimpse the risk and the courage of a people who, with 'art and ingenuity', managed to overcome the adversities that were imposed. In fact, there is not a single route, but several "Routes of Contraband" in order to deceive the authorities who, faced with such a feat, saw their mission made difficult.

In view of the above, it was decided to reproduce and experience, according to the data collected, some of the routes used to smuggle wine lees brandy. To this end, on March 11 and November 18, 2017, RETOIÇA - Cultural, Sports and Recreation Association, in partnership with the Municipality of Ponta do Sol and the Camping and Mountaineering Federation of Portugal, started a Cycle of Hiking dedicated exclusively to the Smuggling Route(s).

Activity.

07/24/2021 
6th Anniversary of Retoiça - Cultural, Sports and Recreation Association

07/31/2021 
Madeira Rogaining Race 2021 | Pereiro's Montado
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS

04/09/2021 
Orienteering Trophy Serras de Santa Cruz
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS

09/19/2021 
XXXV CMoF Orientation Open | Sea Garden
Organized by: Clube de Montanha do Funchal
RESULTS

10/05/2021 
Seixal orientation
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS

10/16/2021 
Guidance Saint Vincent | Thin tip
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS

10/30/2021 
I Rogaining of Santa do Porto Moniz
Organized by: Clube de Montanha do Funchal
RESULTS

12/08/2021 
Seixal Rogaining
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS

04, 05 and 06/02/2022 
XII Madeira Orienteering Meeting
Organization: Clube Aventura da Madeira
RESULTS