The History of Port Ginesta
Applications for the development of a marina on the site were made to the Catalonian authorities in 1984 with consent granted in 1987 the Port Ginesta history would begin. It’s over 35 years ago that two passionate local sailors had the dream to build a marina on the Garraf coast in this location. Jordi Tubella and Elda Balletbo decided to pool their resources together with Lluis Velilla and Jaume Puig. The objective was simple and much needed at the time. They would build a marina where ordinary people of Barcelona and the surrounding areas will be able to keep their boats. Little did they realize what such an undertaking would achieve for local people and now for the broader population of Europe. It’s been a fantastic success and one that has defined the area.
Planning the marina
The plan was bold from the beginning. It was to be a big marina, a base for over 1,000 boats and yachts. Port Ginesta will be deliberately different from the exclusive sector that had dominated yachting in the Mediterranean for the last hundred years. Port Ginesta was to offer an alternative in both style and cost, and all will be welcome. In 1986 the modern marina, designed by the naval architect Norman Cinnamond, was opened.
Port Ginesta could offer a haven for boats and yacht from 7 to 24 meters in length. As the idea had developed it was decided that the marina would not only be an excellent haven for yachting and boating but a place where owners could embark on boat building and restoration projects. Therefore commercial premises were included in the plan for Port Ginesta from the beginning.
During its development, a small but vibrant cluster of apartments was added to the plan. In 2018, we have 80 apartments on site that for many are second homes, but for the lucky few they are permanent residences. Port Ginesta has co-existed with many companies from restaurants, riggers, painters, electricians, to Yacht Brokers over the years. Network Yacht Brokers arrived in 2017, the company has over 20 offices throughout Europe. They hope to bring international marketing to Port Ginesta as this is much needed. Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona moved within the marina to new premises in January 2018, just one year after embarking on the Port Ginesta brokerage project.
In 1992 the Olympic Games came to Barcelona, this presented a fantastic opportunity for the Port Ginesta history to be documented. The games led to an improvement of facilities within the marina. The A-Class Catamaran World Championships and many festivals went on in the port during that time and were a great success.
Just as we all thought life was one long party the oil crisis came along. This plunged Spain into a deep recession, Port Ginesta only survived thanks to the careful management of resources.
Happier times returned, the port underwent an extensive development to keep in step with modern marinas that we now take for granted. A further 404 marina berths were created on the west side of the port. The naval architect Norman Cinnamond designed what has now become the jewel in the crown of Port Ginesta. This design remembered the natural surrounding of Garraf National Park. In June 2006 the extension to the marina was opened and was hailed an immediate success.
2018 painting booth improvements
After the improvement works carried out in Port Ginesta to the yacht paint booth, the marina decided to celebrate Port Ginesta history by publishing this old photo of Fjord III German Frers designed 14.8 meter-long sloop built-in 1947 to participate in a regatta between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. She achieved a decisive victory in that race.
Restoration works of her undertaken in Port Ginesta were completed in 2017. This photo was taken in 1952 where Fjord III is being maneuvered before boarding a freighter to New York, in order to participate in Bermuda to Newport race. This is where after victory she became one of the most appreciated and celebrated jewels in the recreational Yachting associated crown. The Fjord story continues today.
Improvements to Port Ginesta
At the time of writing the Port Ginesta history, plans for the re-development of the old part of the marina had not been released to the public. However, it is expected that an ongoing restoration and development plan will be released sometime from 2018 to 2019. Due to the economic climate, the number of empty units in the marina remains a challenge to overcome by Marina Management. Ideas such as the construction of further apartments in a section of the marina area at the moment speculation. When improvements are made public this document will be updated.
Visitors often stay in Port Ginesta
Port Ginesta Marina is one of the largest marinas in Spain. It is in the district of Sitges, just south of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. With over 1500 boats and yachts, this busy marina tends to be a place where people visit when thinking of commissioning boats and yachts to be used in the Mediterranean, rather than the holiday resort that it is.
Many people come to Port Ginesta near the sleepy Catalonian town of Garraf that sits between Port Ginesta and Sitges. People come, often they stay and never say goodbye, as it’s very easy to fall in love with this place.
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