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Sail Gibraltar and Morocco

Sail Gibraltar and Morocco on this stunning 12 day hands-on sailing trip. Discover the traditions and history of Gibraltar, the charm of Costa de la Luz in Spain, and the extraordinary Moroccan medinas and souks. 

It’s an inspiring sail and you’ll work with the wind and your whim to develop the route as you go – an exciting and spontaneous way to travel.  Your vessel is a 60′ expedition sailing yacht that comes with comfortable bunks, communal areas and two wonderful and highly experienced instructors.  As you sail to Gibraltar and Morocco you’ll be an active crew member and if you like, can work toward RYA qualifications.

This is the melting pot of Africa and Europe and you’ll be inspired at the beauty you find in this region.  Ancient adventurers referred to it as ‘Hercules Pillars’ and believed that the Strait of Gibraltar, with its two mammoth rock formations on either side, represented the edge of the world.  No one dared to go beyond.  Dozens of ancient cultures mingled here to form a land rich with beauty and history. You’ll likely spend 2 to 3 days ashore exploring many of the gorgeous spots along the way – like Cadiz and Tangier.

Trip Highlights:

  • Meet the monkeys at the top of the rock of Gibraltar
  • Pick up beautiful hand made Christmas presents in the Medina of Tangier
  • Wander the sun bathed streets of Cadiz, Europe’s oldest city.
  • Enjoy seafood and tapas in the picturesque market squares of the Andalucian town of Rota
  • Catch your own tuna in the straits of Gibraltar. sun and warm wind
  • Stops each day to explore new area
  • Visit the majestic and ancient Cadiz Cathedral with it’s golden dome
  • Mouth watering Spanish and African dishes and golden sunsets with a cold beer
  • Falling asleep with the gentle rock of the waves

With the chance to set your itinerary by the warm weather and ever changing winds, this 12 day sailing trip is the perfect winter getaway. 

Enquire today and get ready to set sail.

ITINERARY

On this very special 12 day trip, our itinerary will be set by the weather!

The Andalusian coast is as special as it gets

For an unforgettable dose of winter sunshine, join us as we explore the fascinating coastline of Andalucia. This is a magical area that borders both Europe and Africa and is full of the influences of both. Every time we head ashore, it is a superb experience.

But it’s not all about what’s happening ashore, because with almost constant breeze, last year’s trip gave us some of the best sailing we had all year. It’s a great area to practise tidal navigation, and of course there will be ample opportunity to put the colregs into practise as we go back and forth across the shipping lanes.

Sail and train between Spanish and Moroccan cities

You’ll join the boat for safely briefings in Gibraltar and no doubt a beer ashore in the famous Casemates fortification. The next day we’ll head out into the bay for training in the morning, and maybe cross over the the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in the afternoon. There’s the chance of a short day sail to the Mediterranean Moroccan port of Smir and we may then take a day to explore the area, and possibly take a bus ride to Morocco’s prettiest town: the blue-walled Chefchaouen.

Tangier & Cadiz are truly special places – don’t miss them!

From there it’s a long day sail to Tangier where we’ll try not to get too lost amongst the spice stalls and carpet shops of Tangier’s medina. What’s certain is that we’ll have to try a traditional tagine or cous cous meal for supper. From there, maybe it’s a sail across to the Spanish town of Barbate, followed by heading around Cape Trafalgar and the perfect market town of Rota. It’s a great place to spend another day ashore, perhaps with an evening of Tapas and sherry. Then it’s a final chance to hone the sailing skills and practise some manoeuvres in Cadiz Bay before tying up in Puerto America in Cadiz.

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KEY FACTS & FIGURES

  • No previous sailing experience is needed
  • Maximum of 8 crew on most trips
  • Over half the crew join the boat alone
  • Average age range is 35 – 65 yrs
  • Most crews are evenly split male and female
  • We head ashore most days
  • Everything is included – you just need to get to & from the start / finish

Dates: 10th – 21st December, 2016 (11 nights on board)

Start & finish point: This expedition starts and finishes in the same place. The nearest airport is Gibraltar. The marina is a short walk or taxi ride from there. Join on December 10 between 1200hrs & 2000hrs. Earlier is always better. Disembark in Cadiz at 1200 hrs on December 21.

Price: 1,135 GBP per person

What is included

  • 11 nights, 12 days aboard a 60′ ex round the world race yacht.
  • Two full-time instructors on board, offering as much sailing instruction as you want.
  • Use of tender, sea kayak, tent and bikes.
  • All on-board food.
  • Full foul weather kit and life-jackets.
  • Small group dynamic – max. 8 crew.
  • RYA qualifications available.

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On-board, we provide top quality foul weather kit and life-jackets. You will need to bring the following kit:

Sleeping bag
We recommend a good 3 seasons bag that can open up fully. A silk liner can really help keep your bag clean and comfortable.

Dry bags
About 4 dry bags, ranging in size from 5 to 20 litres. These will keep your kit dry, electronics safe and such like. Maybe get ones with windows so you can see what’s inside. Pack a little silica gel pouch in each one to really keep things dry. If you don’t have dry bags, plastic shopping bags are decent alternative!

Media
I-pod, camera, kindle etc. Put them in a waterproof cases wherever possible. Writing materials, pens etc. Each bunk has a USB charging point, so bring a lead.

Head torch
It has to have a red filter, but other than that, don’t go for anything fancy or expensive.

Hat
We like ones that are a bit waterproof and that really come down over the ears. A wide brimmed sun hat can also be a great second hat.

Gloves
Have a thin woolly pair and a nice thick pair for night helming and such like. Bring more than one set, because they’ll get wet and then they’re useless! We really don’t rate most expensive sailing or skiing gloves, not least because their liners tend to pull out when wet making the glove impossible to get back on. Mittens really are ideal.

Base Layers
There really is no need to buy expensive or technical base layers. If you are on one of our colder expeditions, some woolly long-johns and a couple of long sleeved base layer tops will be your best friends.

Underwear and socks
Bring enough that you can wear a fresh set every day for up to a week. Why not?

Light weight long sleeve top
For hot sunny days and sunburn issues

1 pair long trousers for day to say sailing
There really is nothing to beat fleece-lined snowboarding trousers. Warm, weather proof and cheap. Why pay hundreds more for inferior kit?

Mid layers
These are what will keep you warm, so bring plenty. Thick fleece jackets and woolly jumpers are great. Duvet jackets are also very good, though you have to keep them dry.

Mid weight jacket
Something to wear as an outer layer that is windproof and at least shower proof. If it gets really wet, then you swap it out for our foulies!

Sailing boots
You can spend a fortune but you really don’t need to, especially if you’re just joining us for one or two legs. We’ve sailed in £30 rubber sailing boots and they are absolutely fine (and dry). We’ve also sailed in £200 ocean sailing boots and been wet. If anything, go for rubber sailing boots to start. I fyou think you’ll sail regularly the Musto HPX Ocean boots are great as are the Dubarry Ocean boots.

Other footwear
Flip flops are great once we’re ashore and a pair of cross-trainers or light hiking boots can also be invaluable for exploring ashore in muddier areas.

Sun glasses
They should be polarised and have a safety strap

Toiletries
Tooth brush and toothpaste; small bottle of shower gel; deodorant; SPF 15+ Sun cream (the sea reflects the sun and you will burn); towel (it doesn’t need to be a travel towel). Ear plugs can be very valuable.

Swimming gear and goggles

A knife / pliers combination
Not essential but very nice to have.

Money
An internationally recognised credit or charge card and some local currency for when you first arrive.

Some shore clothes

What we provide
Top quality foul weather kit.
Life-jackets (please note, you are not allowed to use your own life-jacket on board, so please do not bring one)
A pillow for your bunk

Please pack your kit in a soft bag than can be folded away. Hard bottomed cases are very difficult to deal with on board.

We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries.

After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true. The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land.

With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.

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