Joining Instructions

Joining Instructions

Jolly Parrot Sailing

The Tower

Queensway Quay Marina




Thank you for choosing to sail with Jolly Parrot. We look forward to welcoming you onboard in Gibraltar.  To help you make the most of your course, please take a moment to read through the following information.


Contacting Jolly Parrot

Jolly Parrot:  +44 7925 784407           

Jolly Parrot Office: +350 200 77609



Adventure Joining Instructions: 

Gibraltar to Africa Adventure

Gibraltar to Palma Adventure  

Palma to Gibraltar Adventure 

Gibraltar to Seville Adventure

Seville to Gibraltar Adventure


Course joining times:


For courses starting at 09:30, accommodation on board is available the night before by prior arrangement at a cost of £50.   Contact us to reserve your berth.

When you receive the results of your lateral flow test that you are required to have at the airport on your arrival, we ask that you forward us the text message along with your name to +44 7925 784407

When you arrive at Queensway Quay Marina, make your way to the meeting point - Pontoon B, by The Lounge Restuarant from 18:00hrs.  The Jolly Parrot Duty Skipper will be nearby to welcome you and will be wearing a Jolly Parrot shirt, so should be easy to spot! 

If you arrive early, bags can be left in the Jolly Parrot storeroom next to the facilities block at the marina.  Pop upstairs to our office to let us know you're here.  If you can't find us, just give us a call when you arrive.

If your arrival is delayed, please call or whatsapp us on +44 7925 784407


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 book a reliable minicab transfer (approx €100) or a pre bookable shuttle bus (approx €35) 

I need to have a day 5 / pre departure covid test

Not a problem!  Everyone is in the same boat, pardon the pun!  We will make sure the boat is back in Queensway Quay Marina so that you can go to the airport to have your lateral flow test.  The easiest way to get to the airport is the number 5/10 special service bus which can be caught across the road from the marina.  It’s £1.40 single, or £2.40 return.

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. 

You should also bring a water bottle. This can be refilled from the tap water on the boat.   As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce single use plastics, we do not provide bottled water onboard.


Please note: A passport size photo (with your name on the back) is required for the Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper Certificates.  Certificates cannot be issued without this.


In addition to your usual clothing we recommend packing:

  • Face mask
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Passport (must have 6 months validity before expiry date)
  • Quick dry trousers for sailing (not jeans)
  • Sun cream
  • Deck shoes or soft soled trainers
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Euros / Sterling
  • Personal medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing for trips ashore
  • Long sleeve top (sun protection)
  • Mosquito repellent / Bite relief


It can be very hot during the night in the summer months, you may like to bring your own small portable clip on fan to use in your cabin.  These can be purchased through Amazon. 

Please note that in the winter and at times in the summer months it can still get cold when at sea so ensure some warm clothes are packed.

Theory Courses

Novice to Day Skipper, Fastrack Day Skipper and Coastal Combined all include theory instruction in the classroom.  You will need to bring a notepad, a 2B pencil, a rubber and a pen with you.  

RYA Logbook & recommended reading

All students should have an RYA Sail Cruising Logbook (G158). These are available to buy on arrival at Jolly Parrot for £15. 

We also recommend the RYA Competent Crew  / Day Skipper practical course notes book. These are available to buy from

Jolly Parrot on arrival for £25.

Additional Expenses

Flights, transfers and travel insurance are not included in your course costs. Most students prefer to eat ashore in the evenings, so you will also need to purchase some meals.

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 some of your time in Spain or Morocco so please take Euro’s with you. Cash machines are available in most ports during your course.

Where will we sail to?

Our sailing courses start and finish in Gibraltar and visit some beautiful and historic towns and ports along the coast. Overnight stops will be in neighbouring ports in Spain and Morocco.          

Will I sleep on board overnight?

Yes you will.  Sleeping bags, pillows and towels are included.  There is also a hair dryer onboard.  Sleeping on board is all part of the adventure of yachting.  However, not all of our RYA courses and Adventures are residential.  You may prefer to find yourself some accommodation ashore each night, however you need to be mindful that we cannot guarantee the boat will return to the same place for the duration of your course.  If you choose to stay ashore, this would be at your own cost and there would be no reduction in the course fee.

Are there toilet & showering facilities on board?

Our training yachts are equipped with a shower and toilet. Every evening involves an overnight stop at a marina which provides these facilities ashore.

Can I smoke on board?

No.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our boats.  We have a strict non smoking policy. 

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:

Topsail Insurance: 01273 573 727

Bishop Skinner: 0800 783 8057


If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can't wait to meet you! 

Have a Question?

If you have any questions please email us or call on +44 7925 784407 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.