Marina Bay, Gibraltar
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Marina Bay, Gibraltar
Marina Bay is the largest of the three marinas with around 210 berths, and is right alongside the Airport runway. The marina can take vessels up to 70m and a draft of 4.5m. The marina was completed in 1981 and the facilities are fairly modern.
Upon arrival moor alongside the reception berth by the marina office to be allocated a berth. Ensure you have first visited the reporting station at Waterport. Berthing is Mediterranean style, bow or stern to with a lazy line leading to a mooring line. A swell can enter the marina particularly in westerly winds.
There is Electric and Water to all berths which is metered, and additional to the berthing fee. There are restaurants and bars around the marina and a supermarket. The centre of the town is just a short walk away. Chandleries and repair yards are also to hand. Diesel can be obtained from the fuel dock next to the customs berth at Waterport.
The proximity of the airport runway can make for exciting if noisy viewing.
Besides the marina to the south is Ocean Village Marina www.oceanvillage.gi/marina
Marina Office Telephone 73300, (prefix 956 7- if dialling from Spain)
When approaching Gibraltar during the day the towering Rock can be seen for miles, though when approaching from the north and west it only fully opens after rounding Punta Carnero. The bay is wide and holds few hazards on approach but there are numerous wrecks from various eras if considering anchoring. These wrecks are popular as dive site so it is important to keep a keen eye out for the International Code Flag “A” and then give the dive boat a wide clearance.
The bay can produce sudden wind shifts and gusts especially during a levanter and it may be necessary to shorten sail quickly. Commercial and naval traffic makes the approach very busy and yachts must give way to both. There is always a lot of anchored commercial vessels just off the harbour with bunker barges, water taxis etc plying between ships and the port.
By night the two main lights to be first spotted are the red aero light on top of the rock flashing Morse GB and the Europa point light. Identifying lights when closing the marinas is difficult with the backdrop of the town’s lights.
When heading for Marina Bay or Sheppards marina it is necessary to call first at the customs and reporting station at Waterport and present the usual papers. Then proceed to the reception dock to be allocated a berth.
If heading for Queensway Quay marina then pass between the south breakwater “A” head and the detached breakwater “B” head. The marina entrance is 0.4M to the east.