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The 10 Best Boat Trips and Sailing Tours in Barcelona

28 Aug 2019 Last update: 29 Aug 2019

With 11 years experience in the Barcelona boating scene, Skipper Dave has worked with, sailed with, and shot the breeze with just about every skipper in town. This is my selection of the best sailing tours in Barcelona.

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Gemini's first owner

23 Jul 2019 Last update: 25 Jul 2019

Gemini was built in 1947 for a decorated Motor Torpedo Boat commander, Donald Henry Ewan (Richie) McCowen DSO, DSC, RNVR (1908-1998).

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Dave's guide to Barceloneta

12 Jul 2019 Last update: 26 Jul 2019

The old fishing district of Barcelona retains much of its charm

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Special event - Perseids meteor shower

6 Jul 2019 Last update: 27 Jul 2019

Come and watch the best meteor shower of the year, far out to sea and away from the city light pollution.

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A sunset hen party on Gemini

2 Jul 2019 Last update: 3 Jul 2019

A perfect sunset for an intimate hen party on the classic sail boat Gemini

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Escape the heat in Barcelona

25 Jun 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Cool off on the high seas during the Barcelona high summer

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Real sailing in Barcelona

16 Jun 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

For those who go down to the sea in boats.

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Characteristics of a classic

23 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

39 Gauntlets were built between 1934 and 1951. They were designed to be seaworthy and fast.

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Characteristics - comfort

22 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

What makes Gemini a comfortable, easily-handled boat at sea?

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Characteristics - seaworthiness

22 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Gauntlets are famously seaworthy yachts. What are the key features?

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Characteristics - speed

22 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Gemini is not only pretty, she has an impressive turn of speed when the conditions are right.

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Bling

21 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

You can never have too much bling on an old boat.

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Bill in Barcelona

20 May 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

My good friend Bill is a true Barcelona aficionada. Hidden gems, historical curiosities, restaurants the locals love, tips and tricks to getting the most out of your visit without breaking the bank.

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Mast maintenance

2 Apr 2019 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

The Herculean task of looking after a wooden mast.

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Skipper Dave is obsessed by the sea

21 Nov 2018 Last update: 29 Aug 2019

In the summer, I'm Skipper Dave, captain of Gemini. The rest of the year, I'm Dr. Baird, lecturer in Oceanography and Climate Change.

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Getting around

17 Oct 2018 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Barcelona is blessed with a truly excellent public transport system. Here's how to make the most of it.

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Menú del día

17 Oct 2018 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Not many of us can afford to splash out on something special every day, even when we're on holiday. That's when the menú del día comes to the rescue of the cash-strapped tourist.

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Dave's fave restaurants

17 Oct 2018 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

A few of my own regular go-to places and one or two treats.

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Weather resources

24 Jul 2017 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Weather resources | Useful sources of weather information

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Weather bulletins

23 Jul 2017 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

NAVTEX forecasts for METAREA III

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Current astronomical data

2 Jan 2017 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, planets etc.

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Useful links

2 Jan 2017 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Useful links for sailing in Barcelona

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Gemini and Barcelona videos

19 Jun 2016 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Sailing from Scotland to Barcelona.

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The Sailing Club at Classic Sail Barcelona

12 Apr 2016 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

If you would like to come sailing regularly on Gemini at a reduced cost, join the club!

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Eating out - tapes!

12 Apr 2016 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Tapes is Catalan for tapas. You pronounce tapes as... tapas! Easy.

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About Gemini, 1947 Berthon Gauntlet

14 Oct 2015 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Gemini is a 14 ton Berthon Gauntlet built in 1947 by the Berthon Boat Company of Lymington, on the south coast of England. I became her owner in June 2008.

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Skipper Dave

1 Aug 2015 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

In 2008 I sold my house, found the boat of my dreams, and embarked on an adventure voyage around the UK and then across the Bay of Biscay to Spain.

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Products and suppliers

2 Jan 2014 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Products and suppliers I use.

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What our customers say

Over 250 ★★★★★ reviews

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence & Hall of Fame 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Amazing afternoon

My sister and I spent an afternoon on Dave's boat and it was one of the best things we did on our trip. The views are amazing, the boat is beautiful and Dave is a great captain. The views from the ocean are incredible and really lets you see Barcelona from another perspective. We were able to bring lunch and cava and just lay in the quiet sun for a few hours. We were originally scheduled for a Monday but the weather was bad so Dave was very accommodating in rescheduling with us. Would definitely recommend!
avs1029 | New York City, New York | 15 July 2014

Sailing in Spain, at Sunset - A Must Do

I got a hold of Dave through a friend that had sailed with him a week before and he came highly recommended. I can see why. He is truly a good soul and a gentleman and his boat speaks volumes about his charm and debonair. Gemini is a little dated but it is spacious and has a lot of character. I had a group of 6 and it fit very nicely and for its price, it's definitely as good as it gets.
Brian L T | Los Angeles, California | 7 September 2015

Fabulous morning sail with helpful host

We booked a morning sail and as I have restricted mobility Dave the skipper moved the boat to an accessible berth. The cruise was beautiful with great views of Barcelona and Dave giving some local knowledge and flavour. The boat was full of character and comfortable and stable even when the wind got up. Half a day was plenty and it gives you an opportunity to explore Port Olympic afterwards.
J L | | 10 August 2014

Excellent option for a relaxing and romantic experience in Barcelona

My wife and I enjoyed a sunset cruise in July. Although the weather was warm in the city (roughly 90 deg F), the temp was definitely cooler on the water, even with limited breezes. Marina easily accessible from the old city. Great views, smooth sailing, comfortable one-of-a-kind sailboat, and a personable and cordial skipper. Slight downside on supposedly "limited" bathroom facilities, but if you plan ahead . . . :)
Christopher S | Chicago, Illinois | 24 July 2015

A must in Barcelona!

We enjoyed our sunset cruise w Dave! Great way to relax and see the city! It's a very comfortable boat and ride (didn't feel motion sick) his sail boat can handle the waves. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
purplenimen | Fort Myers | 28 August 2018

A great sail

This will easily be one of my highlights from Barcelona. Very few things could be as relaxing as this lovely morning/afternoon voyage out into the sea. Dave was an excellent host, and took excellent care of us.
Kyle M | Dartford | 28 July 2018

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