SV Songbird

La Linea to Gibraltar

19 July 2014
Stu & Shar
Had a sleep in and a lazy Saturday morning, the trip to Gibraltar took less than an hour and we were tied up before lunch time in Queensway Quay Marina 'Mediterranean style'....this is a different style of mooring which we hadn't done before, so it was going to be interesting. We scored the pen next to Mike and Sue (on Macnoon), Mike was at hand to fend off as I told him I hadn't done this style of mooring before...and....didn't have a bow thruster. We got in without any problems.....I'm not convinced on this style of mooring, but it certainly has its merits as we can jump off/on of Songbird via the rear platform....I think it will get easier ......After we tied up we spent the next two days exploring Gibraltar (and got the service done on the engine).. It's a unique blend of English and Spanish and the local Gibraltarians have mixed both cultures together well and fiercely want to remain independent of Spain (the Spanish are trying to reclaim it back at the moment). It is totally geared up for tourists but still has an air of mystic about it and is not over the top. The history is rich and there's too much to summarise in the blog, but the main thrust of it was when the British took control over 300 years was originally an island until the Second World War, when the section of water between the mainland was reclaimed for the airport..... If you haven't been to 'The Rock' it is definitely worth a visit.
Vessel Name: Songbird
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 40E
Hailing Port: Fremantle - Australia
Crew: Stuart & Sharanne


Who: Stuart & Sharanne
Port: Fremantle - Australia