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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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Meet the skipper

21 Nov 2018 Last update: 28 Jun 2019

Meet skipper Dave, a man with an obsession.

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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

Relaxing family excursion with a great skipper!

We had a terrific 3+ hour cruise on the Gemini with David. He welcomed my wife and I and our three boys (6, 10, 16) on board and despite the cloudy skies and chop we really had a great time. Packed some bread, charcuterie, cheese and drinks enjoyed the view of Barcelona and some interesting conversation with David. Since we couldn't jump in the Med we really just spent the 3 hours in relaxation, and it was still the highlight of our 3 days in Barcelona. Just an FYI, there is paid PARKING literally right next to the boat, just drive down Carrer de la Marina and swing a left where there is the parking barrier but the underground pay garage at Port Olimpic is an option as well. Thanks David!
Sami C | | 22 August 2015

Rough waters, but fun!!

We enjoyed our morning with Dave. He let us participate in piloting the boat. It was too rough for swimming, but it was still fantastic to view Barcelona from the water. Thank you!!
Cathy P | | 8 September 2018

Relaxing Sail after Touring

Capt Dave is very accommodating and knows just how to customize the experience to his customers. We booked the sail after a few hard days of touring and we enjoyed just relaxing on the boat while Capt Dave took care of everything else. We highly recommend sailing with Dave.
RossTonyB | Pensacola, Florida | 2 May 2015

Excellent, relaxing time :)

Spent a brilliant few hours out on the water with Dave last week. Really nice guy and the boat is a real classic, not much in the way of automation! Weather was gorgeous of course and we just pootled about, absolutely perfect. Even my perpetually grumpy teenage daughter admitted that she enjoyed it, I can think of no higher praise!
Matt P | London, England | 9 August 2015

Beautiful

A beautiful sailing trip with a great skipper :). Nice sailing boat , I had a very cool experience on sea.
Ioan C | | 5 September 2014

Excellent romantic excursion

My fiancée and I went on a sunset cruise with David. It was an incredible and memorable experience. David was very easy to work with and responsive beforehand, providing advice on what to bring. The actual trip was fantastic. It was a bit rocky to start, which seems to be typical during the early evening in Barcelona. We took some anti-nausea pills before heading out so we were fine, but I'd recommend this for anyone who is prone to seasickness. However about halfway through it calmed down a ton. The sunset itself was unreal. Barcelona doesn't have a great view of the sunset in the city since the sun sets over the mountains but out on the water you can see everything. The trip was so romantic and is something we are going to always remember.
Dave B | Boston | 31 July 2018

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