Monday, 26 June 2017

May, 2017 - LA LINEA, SPAIN AND GIBRALTAR

We opt for the marina at La Linea in Spain, rather then one of the ones in Gibraltar, as it was cheaper, had side tie docks (vs Med tie) and had repair facilities on site (for the pulpit repair).  It is a very short walk to the "Rock" and we walked over several times.

Passat II and the "rock"
Night view.
The Marina, from the top of the "Rock".

We remove the pulpit.  Virtually all the welds had been broken.  We also had a "seat/step" built in to assist with access to the boat when on a Med moor.










We do a day trip to Gibraltar and take the cable car to the top and walk back down.

You start out by walking across the Airport runway.

Then up by cable car.


The town from the top.

The locals.

Siesta time.


Happy Hour 2 for 1.

May, 2017 - STRAIGHTS OF GIBRALTAR PASSAGE

May 4th, we do an overnight passage from Tangier, Morocco to La Linea, Spain (Gibraltar).  One of the busiest waterways in the world.  We seldom see less then 15 ships within 5 miles on the radar and AIS.

Only one near thing.  As we entered Gibraltar, a freighter was on a collision course.  We were unable to raise them on the VHF.  We came to a halt.  So did they.  Then we saw the Pilot Boat go alongside.  We waited, dead in the water, until they moved off then proceeded.  Other then that, lots of evasive action on our part, but no truly close calls.

The radar view.

Tthe AIS view.
Hillside writing in Arabic as you enter the Med.