Pesaro

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Pesaro
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Harbour of Pesaro from NNW (the basin shown at bottom is silted & unused)

The port of Pesaro lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy on the E bank of the Foglia river, around seven miles NW of the port of Fano and eight miles SE of the harbour of Cattolica. The port, like many along this coast, consists of a canalized river basin. Extensive shallows along the coast and limited depths in the entrance mean that Pesaro is only suitable for shallow to moderate draft yachts and in settled weather. Depths in the entrance are 3.5 - 4.5 metres and in the harbour 3.0 - 4.0 metres. Entry should not be attempted in strong onshore winds.

Charts

British Admiralty
220
Italian
923
36
214

Weather

During the summer months the prevailing winds in the Adriatic are light to moderate coastal seabreezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the northern Adriatic, where the much-feared “bora” is caused by high pressure over the mountains to the NE coupled with low pressure over southern Italy. Fortunately, the fiercest “bora” is normally to be expected in the winter months. Thunderstorms are occasionally experienced in spring and especially autumn and can be accompanied by violent winds of gale force and above. Luckily they are rarely long-lasting. In the southern Adriatic, the “scirocco”, a S/SE wind blowing up from North Africa which can last for several days, is more common. Unlike the “bora”, which can arrive without warning, a “scirocco” tends to build in strength over 24-48 hours, sometimes reaching gale force (especially in winter).

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts covering the Adriatic are broadcast from stations at Roma, Trieste, Kerkyra (Greece) and Split (Croatia)

Passages

See Adriatic.

Islands

None.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The entrance to Pesaro consists of a narrow channel between a long breakwater, orientated E/W, which protects the harbour and a shorter breakwater extending N from the shore on the eastern side of the entrance channel. Minimum depths in the entrance at low water are 3.5 metres. Entry is from NNE and is difficult and potentially dangerous with strong onshore winds. There are extensive shifting shoals on either side of the entrance and great care is needed in the approach, which should be on a course of 135 degrees to avoid the worst of the shoals.

Note: Along this stretch of the Adriatic coast tidal ranges can exceed 1.0 metre at springs, so judging the tides right can make a significant difference to safe access in most of the shallower harbours.

Berthing

Yacht berthed on the quay, with fuel station and yacht club berths on opposite bank

There are effectively just two options for berthing in Pesaro, the quay on the E side of the channel 200 metres in from the entrance (Banchina di Levante) and the pontoon berths of the Club Nautico on the opposite side of the channel. The basin further in is reserved for members of the Italian Lega Navale.

Banchina di Levante

Yachts in transit can lie alongside the quay for up to two nights free by permission of the capitaneria. Call Capitaneria di Pesaro on VHF channel 16 on arrival and you will then be transferred to channel 11, their working channel, to receive instructions on berthing. Depths on the quay are 3.0 – 3.5 metres. The iron bollards are widely spaced, but there are also some rings set into the wall to which lines can be taken. There are no facilities at these berths and they are subject to frequent wash from the fishing boats. However, shelter is good in all but very strong northerlies, which send in some swell.

Club Nautico di Pesaro

The Club Nautico di Pesaro Website manages around 50 berths on pontoons on the W side of the inner basin, opposite the Banchina dei Levante. There may be space available here if a club member is away. Try Email or telephone +39 0721 220780 for advance reservations/enquiries. Depths at the pontoons are 2.5 – 3.5 metres. There are laid moorings, water and electricity and a clubhouse.

The basin described in some pilot books as Darsena Nuova immnediately W of the entrance is silted up, disused and looking very forlorn. It does not provide a berthing option at present (May 2015).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Club Nautico di Pesaro
  • Italian Lega Navale

Anchorages

No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.

Repairs/Yards

Slipway. Fixed crane at the Club Nautico. Some basic engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the inner basin of the commercial port. Water and electricity on the yacht club pontoons.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

The 16th century Villa Imperiale
The Rocca Costanza, Pesaro

The old town of Pesaro contains several attractions, including a 15th century castle, the Rocca Costanza, a 15th century ducal palace and a 16th century Villa Imperiale with frescoes by several famous artists.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Several provisions shops in the town.

Eateries

  • Numerous restaurants in the town.
  • Restaurant in the yacht club.

Internet/WiFi

At the yacht club.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins at the yacht club.

Transportation

  • Buses to most local destinations from the town
  • Railway station with connections to most destinations
  • Airports at Ancona (65 kms) and Rimini (35 km)

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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