Puerto de Sotogrande

British Admiralty 3578, 773. Imray Mil French 4717. Spanish 453

Lights

0016 Dique Levante S head FI(3)G.11s8m4M Masonry tower, green top 3m 0016.2 Dique Levante N head Q(3)10s8m4M E card (with ▼ topmark)

0016.8 External espigón Q.R.2m2M Red post 2m 0016.4 Spur Q.G.3m2M

0016.6 Contradique head FI(4)R.14s4m2M Red post 2m Port communications

VHF Ch 9. Port H 956 79 00 00 Fax 956 79 01 09 Email [email protected] url www.puertosotogrande.com

Major marina village

A marina complex close NNE of the Rio Guadiaro. It has housing blocks with shops and restaurants around the north side of the harbour. The harbour is easy to approach and enter but in SE-S winds entrance could be difficult and despite additional breakwaters, a swell enters the yacht harbour.

Facilities are good; besides those listed below, there are sandy beaches either side of the harbour, golf, riding, polo, tennis, squash etc.

Yachts ashore may be lived in by special arrangement with the marina manager and winter lay-up prices may be negotiated.

Sotogrande is undergoing a huge development to make use of the lagoon to the west of the present marina. There are now 250 new berths over and above the 550 of the original marina with many more to come in the future.

Approach

From the south Having rounded Europa point follow the coast at 500m in a general NNE direction. Torre Nueva and Torre de Punta Carbonera may be identified. The mass of buildings at Puerto de Sotogrande can be seen from afar.

From the NE Follow the coast at 500m in a general SSW direction. The harbour and breakwaters of Jose Banus, Estepona and La Duquesa may be seen but caution is needed as there are a number of rocky sand-retaining breakwaters which can be mistaken for harbours.

In the closer approach the anchorage of Cala Sardina with a torre on each side and the harbour breakwater and a large red hotel located N of the entrance will be identified. The torre de control is a handsome, square, castellated stone tower with cupola and flag-staff.

GPS approach

Steer for -0-12 from an easterly quadrant and then steer for the end of the breakwater (approx. 0.12M).

Plan 1

Rad One Puerto Sotogrande

Water taps on pontoons and quays.

Shower baths, WCs and sauna at sanitary block.

220v AC and 380v AC on quays and pontoons.

Ice from fuel station.

Gasoleo A, petrol.

Club Marítimo with restaurant.

Launderette near the harbour.

Supermarket and some shops at the harbour, more at Sotogrande 1M away.

Plan 2

Anchorage in the approach

Anchor in 3m sand 300m offshore to N or S of the harbour.

Entrance

Approach S head of the Dique de Abrigo and round it leaving at 15m.

Berths

Secure beneath the torre de control and ask there for a berth which will be on one of the yacht harbour pontoons. Two bow lines may be needed.

Formalities

If entering from abroad (e.g. Gibraltar) the office in the torre will arrange for customs clearance, should that be required.

Facilities

Maximum length overall: 50m. Most repair facilities including sailmaker, GRP. 150-tonne travel-lift, large hardstanding, slipways. Chandlery shop beside the harbour.

Water taps on pontoons and quays.

Shower baths, WCs and sauna at sanitary block.

220v AC and 380v AC on quays and pontoons.

Ice from fuel station.

Gasoleo A, petrol.

Club Marítimo with restaurant.

Launderette near the harbour.

Supermarket and some shops at the harbour, more at Sotogrande 1M away.

Communications

Bus service along the coast. "S Area code 956. Taxi "S 61 60 78 or 907 59 26 09 (mobile).

A pleasant anchorage 1.5M N of Sotogrande. Punta de la Chullera is a low sloping point with a conspicuous tower and a few houses in the trees. On the other side of the bay a square fort-like building, Casa Cuartel, is easily seen. Anchor in 3m sand and pebbles about 75m off. There is foul ground 100m off Punta de la Chullera which is sometimes called Punta Europa. The main coast road is behind the beach.

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