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 Gibraltar - Profile

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  • Yachts from all parts of the globe call at Gibraltar every year and the facilities at their disposal are some of the best in the area. The movement of yachts is virtually continuous, although there are clearly defined peak periods. Spring and early summer sees boats arriving from across the Atlantic or Northern Europe bound for the Mediterranean. The autumn months see a large movement in the opposite direction as many cruising yachts leave the Mediterranean, usually bound for Madeira and the Canaries en route to the Caribbean.
  • Yachting facilities are pressed at peak periods, however the new Ocean Village Marina in Gib and new marina at La Linea just across the border should hopefully ease the situation. It is advisable during peak periods, to go armed with a confirmed pre-booking, as yachts have reported being turned away.
  • Although a convenient place for repairs and reprovisioning, Gibraltar is also a good place to relax and its cosmopolitan makeup serves this function well.
  • Whales may be encountered in the Straits of Gibraltar from April to August. To minimise risk of collision, advised speed limit is 13 knots and keep a good lookout.
  • If heading into Spain from Gib, be sure to top up your tanks before departure as diesel is cheaper in Gib. Note also that diesel is even cheaper in Morocco.

Weather

The tall rock attracts its own weather, often being covered by low cloud. Such mist is often a sign that the Levanter, a strong easterly wind, is on its way. Usually caused by an approaching Atlantic low, the latter can reach gale force rapidly, lasting for several days. About 80 per cent of the winds blow either from the east or west. Poniente is the name of the westerly wind, which is also preceded by low cloud. With the Atlantic Ocean so near, Gibraltar's weather is not entirely Mediterranean. However, it is generally a pleasant climate with warm summers and mild winters.

Gibraltar Weather Forecast.

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Sailress
Sailress says:
Jul 15, 2017 10:48 AM

We sailed from Barbate to Alcaidesa Marina, just outside Gibraltar 12th of July 2017. The forecast said we should expect moderate headwinds of 10-15 knots all the way and the marina in Barbate gave us information about the currents and the best time to leave. Everything started out fine but the currents never seemed to change when they should and the winds eventually went up to 40 knots of headwind! We afterwards learned that it apparently blows above 30kts around Tarifa for 300 days a year! Why culdn't I read that anywhere on here or anywhere else online?

gkraehenbuhl
gkraehenbuhl says:
Jan 14, 2016 04:28 PM

I have my yacht in Mallorca with non EC flag on Temporary importation and the custom authorities here accept Gibraltar as a non EC place to reset the 547 days temporary importation account.
probably a safer place then Tunesia in this period.

Markeprior
Markeprior says:
Sep 06, 2015 03:16 PM

A new 700 berth marina is being built (2015) and should be opening next year. There are two chandlers. If using Hire-You-Shop, be sure to establish terms and conditions before paying for anything. I can only say their returns policy is extremely strict and re-inforced with quite forthright language. I would not shop there again. Don't buy food or drink in Gib except for spirits. It is much cheaper across the border in Spain.

yachtwork
yachtwork says:
Aug 06, 2015 05:40 PM

We have tied up in Gib and La Linia a bunch of times. Gib is outside the SHANGAN (SP?) visa area so it can be used to stop the visa clock. The prices of La Linia were much lower than Gib and there was much more room. The staff at La Linia did our check in for us. Very simple and super friendly. The Gib side seems much more pedantic. The supplies on the Gib side are better and you don't really need to rent a car. The La Linia side really needs a car to get around. Either one is a short walk from the other.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Feb 25, 2015 09:19 AM

Although Gibraltar is outside the EU customs area, it is part of the EU and the Temporary Importation (TI) clock for non-EU boats starts on entry to the port. Nor, therefore, can Gibraltar be used to re-set the TI clock.
The Noonsite Team

yachtpro
yachtpro says:
Feb 24, 2015 02:14 PM

Seeking an advice if calling Gibraltar port resets the non-EU flag yacht temporary VAT importation period (18 months)in EU waters?

pburgess
pburgess says:
Jun 27, 2014 10:33 AM

Entering any busy port at night is never a good idea. Entering Gibraltar at HW and at night could be suicide. As we crossed the bay I commented at how brightly lit the shoreline was, and then it started to move as twenty plus large ships left harbour in unison, all heading in our direction, no obvious navigation lights and each vessel setting sail from a different direction.

If you need to buy anything from a chandlery, buy it in the UK. The prices may be advertised as VAT or Tax Free but the reality is that it will cost you a lot more to buy kit in Gibraltar than at home. Sheppard's Chandlery is as good as most small UK businesses, but they don't carry much stock and they have pretty much cornered the market in Gib. Just around the corner from Sheppard's is the U Hire Shop in the Water Garden area which has a section for chandlery, but their tools, hardware and general maintenance products are really worth a look.

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