SV Songbird

Tarifa to La Linea

18 July 2014
Stu & Shar
The wind dropped in the early hours of the morning, I must have relaxed a little and dropped into a deep sleep......waking with a start at 4am as I thought I felt a bump, I went on deck to see the wind had swung to the west and was blowing us gently towards shore. We were anchored far enough out to give us about a metre of clearance on the low tide, but a bit of swell had started to come in with the wind change, so time to move on towards Gibraltar. It was a damp but warm morning, with a heavy mist in the air, not quite fog but enough to enhance the glow of lights from town and highlight the beam of light from the lighthouse on the headland at Tarifa. On went 'Victor' (our Volvo engine) and we motored the 12nm through the Gibraltar Straights to La Linea in Spanish waters. It was Shar's first bit of a night passage, with conditions not quite ideal but visibility was good enough to not present any problems. We motored close to shore to stay well away from the shipping lanes and watched several ships pass us by. We marvelled at the fact Africa was literally an hours sail away with the lights of coastal villages on both sides of the straights lighting the way through. It was amazing to think there is only seven miles between to totally different continents....As first light approached we saw the imposing monolith that is Gibraltar, capped in cloud, as we came around the last headland and turned north into the in the 'Bahia de Algeciras', we negotiated many ships anchored and underway before pulling into La Linea Marina just before 8am. We spent the day tidying up Songbird and trying to sort out a service that was required on the engine. Emails I had sent to the local Volvo dealer were in vain, it all became too hard to negotiate with our original contact on 'holidays'...leave it until we get to Gibraltar. We walked across the border into Gibraltar to check out the Queensway Quay Marina and ran into some friends (fellow Australians) we meet last year in Guernsey...what a bonus.
Vessel Name: Songbird
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 40E
Hailing Port: Fremantle - Australia
Crew: Stuart & Sharanne


Who: Stuart & Sharanne
Port: Fremantle - Australia