Strait of Gibraltar

  Thursday, December 20, 2018 / Stephanie / Sailing  

At Ayamonte, Spain we ended our Guadiana River excursion. Our travel plans from the Guadiana were still developing, but a fabulous forecast set the sails in motion toward Gibraltar.  Gibraltar was close, only an overnight 24-hr-ish trip, and we figured, "why not see what this big 'ol rock has to offer?!"  Wind conditions were ideal to trial our drifter sail and new continuous line furler; a beautiful combo!  Detour moved so smoothly with double head-sails that we'd hardly noticed we'd left the dock! Just at sunset, as we were mulling over what the heck to cook for dinner, our trolling line landed a perfect tuna. Dark, starry skies and calm weather made for an easy overnight as Brian and I exchanged shifts.  As the sun rose the next morning the wind died and we had to motor to our destination.  I had a lovely view of Africa's coastline approaching the Strait of Gibraltar. I've heard harrowing stories of sailors passing through the Strait of Gibraltar, yet this experience was one of my least exciting sailing moments.  We had fantastic weather, which is always worth the wait and generally takes the harrowing out of any story.  But, weather aside, I had a vision of a very narrow strait with a cluster of ships, a smattering of pleasure boats, and all maneuvering of all vessels (in a very narrow strait) all the while avoiding a ginormous rock!  In reality, the strait is HUGE, the shipping traffic is light, and the rock of Gibraltar - well OK, the rock is impressive! After the dreamiest of overnight trips, we docked at Alcaidesa Marina in La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain and enjoyed our new view!