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Old 04-28-2012
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Re: Strait of Gibraltar: East to West

You are talking with yourself?

I have made that passage several times. It can be a complicated one but there is not much to know.

Take a look:



The current is always from West to East and it its stronger with the tide going full (about 2 hours before High tide) and slower when the low tide is stronger (about 2 hours before low tide). You should go really near the European shore where the current is a lot less stronger. You should no attempt to make it with a strong West wind.

Once I had to do that against a 30K West wind and it was not nice it took a looooooong time and was very uncomfortable.

If you can go with a East wind. Gibraltar is a nice place to stay if you see that the west wind is to strong. There is normally a lot more wind on the Gibraltar strait and in its vicinity than out of it.

Have a nice sail. There is nothing to be afraid off. If the conditions are too rough with West wind, just turn around and look for shelter in Gibraltar.

Regards

Paulo

Last edited by PCP; 04-28-2012 at 06:05 PM.
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