Today we were once again up bright and early this time to
sail to Gibraltar. We had planned the passage
as well as checking and double checking (if not triple checking) the weather. The
cats knew we were on the move again and took up their positions early. Once
under way we negotiated the tuna nets just outside the harbour entrance and set
off towards the straights of Gibraltar. We
could soon see the coast of Africa. It was
quite a feeling to be sailing past two continents.
We had a lovely sail, at one point the wind picked up a bit
so we put a reef in the sail (made the sail smaller for those non boaty people).
Our journey did take us past a couple of Races (rough water) but today they
weren’t too bad as the wind was in the right direction. We were also more
psychologically prepared for turbulent waters this time!
Yoyo spent nearly all of the sail up on deck with us. Koshka
as usual spent the day asleep.
As we neared Gibraltar we
had to keep a close eye open for other traffic. High speed ferries are the
worst, they appear very quickly and once they have passed (even thought they
don’t get at all close) they leave a large wake.
We arrived in Gibraltar
early evening and managed to moor up “Mediterranean” style without
too much trouble (although thankfully with help from the marina staff). The
cats have now used their passports properly as Gibraltar
is not in the EU. They have also “survived” the experience of a
plane landing and taking off from the runway almost next to us (it really wasn’t
too bad at all and there are not many planes).
Tomorrow we will go and explore some of the rock.
We set sail from Barbate on a perfect day…
…and sailed along the Gibraltar Straights with two
continents in view; Europe on the
left (not shown) and Africa
(see picture) on the right….
…and finally Gibraltar rock came into view.