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