Dec 01, 2018 - Day 106 - Rabat to 33º54'N 007º46'W

Dec 01, 2018 - Day 106 - Rabat to 33º54'N 007º46'W

At sea again. Finally. As much as I love to explore new lands, I am still a sailor and I love to be at sea. We got stuck a few days because the ocean swell was too high for the marina to open. At the day of departure we moved the boat to the customs pontoon, cleared out and followed the pilot through Bouregreg river to the open sea. We chose a Western course at first to stay clear of the plenty of unmarked fishing nets and unlit fishing boats closer to shore.

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Nov 16-Nov 30, 2018 - Day 91-105 - Rabat

Nov 16-Nov 30, 2018 - Day 91-105 - Rabat

It is a pity that so many sailors sail past Morocco for very different reasons. I guess, Morocco still needs to work on its reputation and we are willing to help :-) The best way to find out more about our stay in Morocco is to watch our videos on our YouTube channel. We also published an ‘approach video’ in our series “Maik’s Nav Corner” that gives some guidance in how to approach Marina Bouregreg on a sailboat.

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Nov 15, 2018 - Day 90 - 34º30'N 007º30'W to Rabat

Nov 15, 2018 - Day 90 - 34º30'N 007º30'W to Rabat

Today we fight head wind and decreasing wind speeds to just 1 Bft. We arrive on time at the estuary of Bouregreg River and call Marina Bouregreg on radio. As the sand bar in front of the river is changing its shape and position constantly and the approach of the river is challenging, they send out a pilot in an RIB to guide us into the river. They guide us to the customs pontoon where immigration, customs and police officers are waiting for us. After clearing in we are guided to our berth in the marina.

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Nov 14, 2018 - Day 89 - 36º00'N 008º53'W to 34º30'N 007º30'W

Nov 14, 2018 - Day 89 - 36º00'N 008º53'W to 34º30'N 007º30'W

After a little rough night with wind speeds up to 6 Bft when we made good time the day is characterised by lighter winds and a wind shift to the South. In order to make it to the scheduled arrival window we use our engine. Marina Bouregreg in Rabat is located inside Bouregreg river at which estuary a sand bar lets the ocean swell break which makes the approach possibly dangerous. So this marina can only be approached during rising tide around high water with swells smaller than 2 m.

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