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The marina
09/26/2010, La Linea

We are here in the new marina now which looks very good in the brochures and on the little model in the marina office but it is not finished and only about a quarter full. Not a surprise as it only opened mid July and it takes time for word to get about. Only alternate pontoons have power and water so far and there is only one shower block with one washing machine and dryer. All the planned shops and bars are absent so far and the hard standing and lift are not started yet. The staff are very friendly and we are berthed alongside an American called Spenser and his Colombian wife. They have been living aboard for about 17 years and have been all over so he is a mine of information. Just up the pontoon are a couple bringing up their family aboard, I admire them, I can not imagine caring for a toddler and 9 month baby in a boat the size of ours!

We discovered why we could not get through to Marina Bay on the phone. They have introduced a prefix to all Gibraltar numbers and this was not mentioned in our Pilot Book which is a couple of years old.

Bay of Gibraltar
09/25/2010

Another fast ferry from Morocco whizzes past.

Bay of Gibraltar
09/25/2010

Here we are passing Passing Europa point the most southerly point of Europe.

Hurrah - Gibraltar at last!
09/25/2010

We have finally arrived having had to motor here on the 23rd when there was no wind at all. The passage was uneventful but we don't mind easy though sailing would be better. To starboard we could see a lot of traffic in the separation zones and hear ships checking in with Europa Point for clearance etc. It was busy around Tarifa as we arrived about the time the entire fishing fleet decided to come in along with a fast ferry from Tangier. Along the coast there are regularly placed watch towers built hundreds of years ago. As we neared the bay of Gibraltar it became foggy and the shore disappeared from view until we entered the bay.

The bay was busy with many tankers moored waiting to go to the refinery at San Roque and several fast ferries zoomed in from Africa. We tried to phone Marina bay in Gib but could not get through for some reason so headed on to the newly opened marina in La Linea Spain.

Paella but no Wifi
09/19/2010, Babate

We walked into town today to find a Wifi place but were unlucky, there must be an Internet café somewhere. However we did have a Paella and I made a bit of a pig of myself and had an ice-cream as well...............and why not!

The forecast for heading to Gibraltar looks good for the day after tomorrow.


Barbate
09/18/2010

We have finally arrived in Barbate having been delayed by the Levanter in Chipiona. On the way we passed Cape Trafalgar and theTrafalgar bank. It was here in 1805 that the Royal navy commanded by Nelson defeated Napoleon's combined Spanish and French fleet.

The marina here has improved since our last visit, there are new showers and there is a café/bar on site but the drinks are rather expensive so there will be no return visit from us, shame as there is a nice view out to sea. The restaurant next door is rather too pricey for poor sailors like us as well.

The walk into town is quite long and not really pleasant, especially in hot weather, so we walked through the fish dock area to avoid the dusty and busy main road where the traffic races past dangerously. Halfway between the marina and town is a Super Sol supermarket. We had a look at the bar/restaurant that has opened just outside the marina but the staff did not seem to be very keen on serving anyone so we left. To make matters worse the Wifi was down as well - typical!

There is no working Wifi on the marina either so we are relying on the forecast from the marina office.

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