Gib to Africa Adventure Joining Instructions

Gib to Africa Adventure Joining Instructions

Weekend sailing trip Joining Instructions 

Jolly Parrot Sailing

The Tower

Queensway Quay Marina Gibraltar 

Thank you for choosing to sail with Jolly Parrot. We look forward to welcoming you on board in Gibraltar. We have compiled some useful information regarding your course and time in Gibraltar and recommend you take time to read through it. 

Contacting Jolly Parrot

Phone: 02380 970824/ 07925784407

Email: info@jollyparrot.co.uk 

Cruise times

0930 hrs on Saturday until 1630 hrs on Sunday 

Upon arrival at Queensway Quay Marina, please meet your Instructor at the Jolly Parrot office located next to the facilities block overlooking the marina at 0930hrs. If your arrival is delayed, please call the above number to let us know. If you wish to stay on board on Friday night please advise via email prior to Friday. 

Flight information

Many airlines fly to Gibraltar airport which is a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Queensway Quay Marina. You can also fly to Malaga airport and catch a bus or taxi (approx 150euro) to Gibraltar. 

What to bring

Your training yacht will be comfortable and equipped with all necessary safety equipment, waterproofs, bedding and towels. For your comfort please bring sensible comfortable clothing. Hard suitcases cannot be stored on board so please pack your clothes in a soft holdall. 

In addition to your usual clothing we recommend packing: 

o Wash kit & toiletries o Sunglasses o Passport o Warm layer for night sailing o Quick dry trousers for sailing (not jeans) o Sun cream o Pocket torch & batteries o Sailing gloves o Deck shoes or soft soled trainers o Sun hat / cap o Euros / Sterling o Personal medicines o Clothing for trips ashore o Camera o Long sleeve top (sun protection) 

RYA Logbook & recommended reading

We recommend all clients to have an RYA Sail Cruising Logbook (G15). It is available to purchase on arrival from Jolly Parrot in Gibraltar. 

Additional Expenses

Flights, transfers and travel insurance are not included in your cruise costs. As most clients prefer to eat ashore in the evenings you will also need to purchase some meals. 

What is the climate in Gibraltar?

Temperatures can rise above 30°C in summer. Gibraltar has an average 300 days of sunshine a year and the climate is Mediterranean. The sub-tropical sun is tempered by gentle sea breezes in summer. January daytime temperatures are usually around 16oC-18oC and it is possible to top up a tan. 

What currency does Gibraltar use?

The official currency is the Gibraltar Pound (GIP), however UK notes and coins are also accepted and have the same value. Please note that Gibraltar Pounds are not accepted in the UK. You will be spending a lot of your time in Spain so please take Euro’s with you. Cash machines are available in most ports during your cruise. 

I would like to spend some time in Gibraltar before or after my course. Do you have any information on local facilities? 

Please see our website links page, www.jollyparrot.co.uk/links for local hotel information 

Can I be contacted whilst sailing?

Mobile phone coverage is good in most ports and messages can be passed on through our head office. Most marinas now host WIFI hotspots. 

Will I need a Passport?

Yes, you will need to travel with your passport. There is no visa requirement for British citizens, but non EU citizens may be required to obtain a visa. 

What should I wear on my cruise?

You should wear clothing that dries quickly and is comfortable (jeans are not ideal). Soft soled trainers or deck shoes should be worn when on board. It can get chilly in the evenings so you should bring a warm layer, and to protect yourself from the sun a light long sleeve top is ideal. It is easy to get burnt on the water so sun cream should always be applied. 

Are there toilet & showering facilities on board?

Our training yachts are equipped with a shower and toilet. Most evenings involve an overnight stop at a marina which provides these facilities ashore. 

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you take out a Travel Insurance policy that covers sailing. These companies offer policies that include sailing: GH Insurance Tel: 01892 549822 Bishop Skinner Tel: 02075 665800 

I’m arriving early can I leave my bags somewhere?

Bags can be left at the Jolly Parrot office, next to the facilities block at the marina. If you wish to store your bags call Clive or Jennie upon arrival in Gibraltar and you will be advised of the security code to gain access to the office. 

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02380 970824/ 07925784407 or info@jollyparrot.co.uk