Jolly Parrot Sailing

The Tower
Queensway Quay Marina

Contacting Jolly Parrot

Jolly Parrot:  +44 7925 784407           
Jolly Parrot Office: +350 200 77609

Thank you for choosing to sail with Jolly Parrot. We look forward to welcoming you onboard in Gibraltar.  To help you make the most of your course, please take a moment to read through the following information.

Jolly Parrot Sailing Logo

Adventure Joining Instructions: 

  • Gibraltar to Africa Weekend : starts 09:30 Saturday: Joining Instructions
  • Milebuilding: arrive 18:00

Course joining times:

  • Please note, the earliest return flight you could catch from Gibraltar Airport is from 17:00
  • The Joining time for most of our courses is 18:00.  
  • RYA Start Yachting : Starts 09:30 Saturday : Joining Instructions
  • Novice to RYA Day Skipper: arrive 18:00 Sunday - ends 16:30 Sunday
  • Saturday start Novice to RYA Day Skipper : Starts: 09:30 Saturday
  • Competent Crew / Day Skipper / Sailing Refresher : Monday to Friday, arrive Sunday 18:00 - ends 16:30 Friday
  • Competent Crew / Day Skipper / Sailing Refresher : Wednesday to Sunday, arrive Tuesday 18:00 - ends 16:30 Sunday
  • Day Skipper Fastrack : starts Saturday 09:30 - ends Sunday 16:30
  • Coastal Skipper Combined : starts 09:30 - ends 16:30
  • Coastal Skipper Practical : arrive 18:00
  • Extended Yachtmaster Prep : starts 09:30
  • Passage Making & YM Prep : arrive 18:00
  • Yachtmaster Prep : arrive 18:00

For courses starting at 09:30, accommodation on board is available the night before by prior arrangement at a cost of £50. Contact us to reserve your berth.  Your accommodation on board will be available from 18:00.

If joining a course with a start time of 09:30 - RYA Start Yachting, Novice to RYA Day Skipper (Saturday start), Day Skipper Fastrack, Coastal Skipper Combined, Yachtmaster theory or Extended Yachtmaster the meeting point is on the quayside by Queensway Quay Marina car park.  Your Instructor will be waiting there to meet you. 

If joining a practical sailing course, mile building adventure or a Yachtmaster Prep, on arrival at Queensway Quay Marina, make your way to the meeting point from 18:00hrs - The Rendezvous Chargrill Restaurant on the quayside.  The Jolly Parrot Duty Skipper will be nearby to welcome you and will be wearing a Jolly Parrot shirt, so should be easy to spot! 

We are aware the Friday and Sunday easyJet flights arrive late in the evening.  If you have a late flight, you will need to let us know so that we can give you insturctions on how to access the boat as there may not be a member of the Jolly Parrot team to on board you.  

It is not possible to gain access to the boat before 18:00.

If you arrive early, bags can be left in the Jolly Parrot storeroom next to the facilities block at the marina.  Pop upstairs to our office to let us know you're here.  If you can't find us, just ping us a message or give us a call when you arrive.


If your arrival is delayed, please call / whatsapp us on +44 7925 784407

Flight information

Many airlines fly to Gibraltar airport which is a 5-10 minute taxi ride from Queensway Quay Marina.  This costs approximately £13.  You can also catch a the 5/10 bus across the road from the airport to Queensway Quay.  This costs approx £1.60. 

You can also fly to Malaga airport and book a reliable minicab transfer (approx €120).  Alternatively, there is a bus from Malaga Airport to La Linea which takes approximately 2 hours and runs up to 5 times a day.  Avanza Bus

What to bring

Your training yacht will be comfortable and equipped with all necessary safety equipment.

Waterproof trousers and jackets are supplied free of charge.

Bedding and towels are provided.

For your comfort please bring sensible comfortable clothing. Hard suitcases cannot be stored on board so please pack your clothes in a soft holdall.   

If attending a course in the winter months of November, December, January or February, be aware the temperature drops dramatically as soon as the sun goes down, so bring thermals or extra warm pyjamas, hat, socks to wear whilst you sleep at night. 

During the warmer months (May - September), it's a good idea to bring mosquitto repellent / bite relief. 

During the height of summer (June-August), a hat and suncream is essential as it's incredibly hot and shade can be hard to come by! 

You should also bring a water bottle. This can be refilled from the tap water on the boat.  As part of our ongoing commitment to reduce single use plastics, we do not provide bottled water onboard.

If completing RYA Day Skipper theory in our classroom, you will need to bring an electronic device. 



In addition to your usual clothing we recommend packing:
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Passport (must have 6 months validity before expiry date)
  • Quick dry trousers for sailing (not jeans)
  • Sun cream
  • Deck shoes or soft soled trainers
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Euros / Sterling
  • Personal medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing for trips ashore
  • Long sleeve top (sun protection)
  • Mosquito repellent / Bite relief
  • For Novice to RYA Day Skipper and RYA Day Skipper Fastrack, remember to bring a 2B pencil, pen, rubber & notepad.  Until further notice you will also need to bring an electronic device. The RYA currently have a production issue with their hard copy RYA Day Skipper Theory packs and are only able to provide training centres with digital packs.  Therefore, please ensure you bring an electronic device as you will need to download and install the RYA e-books app.
  • If you wear spectacles, remember to bring them.  You may also find it useful to bring a magnifying glass.

It can be very hot during the night in the summer months, you may like to bring your own small portable clip on fan to use in your cabin. These can be purchased through Amazon.  We also recommend bringing mosquito repellent / bite relief if you're prone to being bitten.

During then winter months, the temperature drops radily as soon as the sun goes down.  We strongly suggest bringing some warm clothes to sleep in.

Novice to Day Skipper, Fastrack Day Skipper, Coastal Combined and our Yachtmaster Fastrack Program all include theory instruction in the classroom.

You will need to bring a notepad, a 2B pencil, a rubber and a pen with you.

For RYA Day Skipper Theory, until further notice, you will need to bring an electronic device. The RYA currently have a production issue with their hard copy RYA Day Skipper Theory packs and are only able to provide training centres with digital packs.  Therefore, please ensure you bring an electronic device as you will need to download and install the RYA e-books app.

The RYA production issue does not effect RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory.

If you wear spectacles remember to bring them!  You may also find it useful to bring a magnifying glass - this is useful for chartwork. 

Students on our Yachtmaster Fastrack Program should bring an ipad or laptop for completion of the VHF course and RYA Day Skipper Theory. 

All students should have an RYA Sail Cruising Logbook (G158). These are available to buy during the booking process and on arrival at Jolly Parrot for £15.

We also recommend the RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper practical course notes book. 

Flights, transfers and travel insurance are not included in your course costs. Most students prefer to eat ashore in the evenings, so you will also need to purchase some meals.

The official currency is the Gibraltar Pound (GIP), however UK notes and coins are also accepted and have the same value. Please note that Gibraltar Pounds are not accepted in the UK. You will be spending some of your time in Spain or Morocco so please take Euro’s with you. Cash machines are available in most ports during your course.

Our sailing courses start and finish in Gibraltar and visit some beautiful and historic towns and ports along the coast. Overnight stops will be in neighbouring ports in Spain and Morocco.

Yes.  Bedding and towels are provided.  There is also a hair dryer onboard.  Sleeping on board is all part of the adventure of yachting.  However, not all of our RYA courses and Adventures are residential.  You may prefer to find yourself some accommodation ashore each night, however you need to be mindful that we cannot guarantee the boat will return to the same place for the duration of your course.  If you choose to stay ashore, this would be at your own cost and there would be no reduction in the course fee.

Our training yachts are equipped with a shower and toilet. Every evening involves an overnight stop at a marina which provides these facilities ashore.

No. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our boats. We have a strict non smoking policy.

We recommend that you take out a Travel Insurance policy that covers sailing. These companies offer policies that include sailing:

Topsail Insurance: 01273 573 727

Bishop Skinner: 0800 783 8057

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can't wait to meet you!