Sailing to Cabo Roig in Spain

It’s a nice sunny day in the city Torrevieja, Spain and we are finally leaving this marina.

We have been here for almost 3 months while Spain was in lockdown during the outbreak of the Coronavirus. In the beginning we were confined to stay on our boat but later we could walk more and more around and now we are allowed to even leave the marina and sail to another city in the same province.

The Admiral and I have decided to sail just down the coast to Marina Cabo Roig, a trip of just 4 nautical miles or a little more than 7 kilometers

Todays sailing route

During our long stay here we had a local sailmaker make new sails and a sprayhood/dodger in dark blue color. The dodger and sail were falling apart and we would probably have to change it all later in the season anyway.

Before we had hank on sails but we decided to upgrade to a rolling furler and this is the first time we try this.

Up goes the sails and everything seems to work just fine.

Main sail up.

We are very happy when we finally pass the two lighthouses at the entrance. Finally we are again moving south and exploring new places.

We continued towards Cabo Roig and luckily there were no incidents with the new sails and I am pulling the sails down again as we are just in front of the marina.

We tried to call the marina earlier on the phone and also now by radio but there is no answer. We are not too surprised by that as this is one of the very first sailing days after the Coronavirus lockdown and all marinas are just waking up after the month long quarantine. We are most likely the first sailors they see.

At the entrance there are some very low red and green buoys, not easy to spot and very difficult to see at a distance and they were also not mentioned in the sea map.

Red and green very low buoys

On the left side there is a strange sand pumping device that is constantly pumping sand away from the entrance.

Sand silt machine

It seems this area is prone to silting.

When we enter the marina a marinero is meeting us at the guestbridge, and also another sailor is giving a hand.

As this is the first time this year we are arriving in marina something is sure to go wrong. It is exactly the same every year.

Typical of me not even having my mooring line ready, getting all stressed and being unable to untie it. They must think i’m a complete beginner.

Messing with the line at the guest bridge.

We get the boat tied up but this is not a good place for our size boat, the bridge is quite high and it will damage our boat in any kind of wake. After a brief talk with the marinero he assigned another space to us in the far end of the marina. In this space we will tie up in the normal way with mooring lines.

As we start moving the boat he is already jumping on his bike and biking to the other space at a crazy speed. 

Marinero running to his bicycle

You can see him whizzing by here at the red circle. He arrives there even before we make the first turn.

Marinero bicycling fast

We have arrived at the assigned space and we can finally relax and take a look around the marina.

Tying up in our assigned slip

This big building is storage for jet skis and smaller motorboats, they also have a crane. Not much activity while we were here, but there could potentially be a lot of noise from jet skis in a normal season. 

Storage building

There are also several boat rental services at the first bridge.

Towards land you can glimpse some of the impressive mansions of the neighbourhood. On the cliff there are promenades in both directions with a good view to the marina and the coastline.

This white building is a local shipyard, according to his sign he can fix more or less everything related to boats.

Further to the right on the top is the old defense tower from the 16th century.

Under it are the storage rooms and also there is a restaurant but it was still closed because of the virus.

At the entrance is the 24 hour marina office and here is the fastest marinero bike I have seen anywhere.

We stayed here for 6 days and enjoyed this beautiful place. The marineros in this marina are unusually friendly and helpful and all installations were working as supposed to.

Only problem with this marina is the large amount of jet skis and the noise must be absolutely crazy during a normal season.

Thats all, thank you for reading along…

5 thoughts on “Sailing to Cabo Roig in Spain

    • Captain

      Very nice area and very quit in this Corona time and longer than planned. We are close to the border of the province Murcia and we are still not able to pass. So we are staying much longer in each marina than normal. Maybe this Sunday we can pass….fingers crossed 🙂

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      • frejatravels

        Oh you still can’t move freely around Spain. I Thought they had opened up the border for international travelles already. maybe it was just a trial with some Germans to Mallorca.

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      • Captain

        Different parts of Spain are on a different level of quarantine. We can move freely within the province Valencia where we are now, but we cant cross into other neighbouring provinces. So we are stuck but not completely stuck 🙂

        Even after Sunday I think that some highly infected areas like Madrid will be off limit for us for a week more.

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