On The Road To Morocco

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
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Trip End Jul 03, 2009


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Had a great sail from Gibraltar to Rabat, leaving the straits we did 8 -9knts, no engines, so lovely. The next morning was very calm and pleasant but little wind and so we had to motor all the way. There were large waves breaking against the walls at the entrance to the river making us a bit nervous as we tried to check the conditions thru the binoculars. After radioing the marina a few times of our arrival and knowing we wouldn't get an answer, we started to make our way in. A little edgy but no problems until the marina pilot came out to greet us in his inflatable. He approached us just as we were coming across the bar and stopped right in front of our boat. As we were still under motor a large wave came thru and took us with it as we were expecting, but not the marina guy who we yelled at and he managed to gun his boat out the way before Bella ran right over the top of him.

Coming into the entrance of the river the waves were breaking off to beaches on the left and right where there were several guys surfing. They were whistling and yelling at us as we surfed the waves in too. It was not something we had associated with Morocco although we knew they surfed here, it was still a surprise.

The Marina at Rabat is brand new and just across the river from the old medina and as we pulled up to the visitors wharf the first people we meet are a couple of Aussies Stuart and Ian off a boat Mikado. Unfortunately they are leaving today and taking with them 2 boys very similar ages to Tom and Harri, what a pain but hopefully we'll catch up with them somewhere along the line.

We were woken the next day to the wailing sounds over the loud speakers calling everyone to prayer and fortunately we realised it was alot warmer to wake up here than in Gibraltar. We organised ourselves and walked into the old Medina which isn't far, for a look around. Interesting, although we thought it was not as nice as Casablanca and we didn't feel quite as safe but others we talked to said there were no problems. It's full of the usual Moroccan stuff, carpets, vases, pottery, shoes, leather but more importantly interesting food.  There is huge development going on here apparently Arab Emirate money so we imagine in a few years time it will all look pretty amazing and a lot quiter and cleaner.

It's very friendly here at the marina as most of us are all going the same way and interested in each other's stories although Senor Fish said even he was talked out... Now there's a surprise.... From here it's off to the Canaries and hopefully even warmer weather again.
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