Pescara

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Pescara
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Pescara harbour from NE, showing the marina and Porto Canale

The city of Pescara lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy around 12 miles NW of the port of Ortona and 22 miles SE of Giulianova, at the mouth of the river of the same name. In antiquity the city was named Aternum and was an important port for trade between Rome and the eastern empire, being connected to the capital by the Via Tiburtina and Via Valeria by the time of the Emperor Claudius (49 BC). The city was subsequently a battleground between Lombards, Normans, Venetians and various adventurers until its fortification by the Aragonese in the 15th century. The city beat off a determined attack by a Turkish fleet in 1566. It was, however, very badly damaged in a later conflict, being almost flattened during world War II. Since then the city has been substantially rebuilt and is a popular summer resort. It hosts every July an internationally famous jazz festival and also boasts one of the largest marinas along the central Adriatic coast, the Marina di Pescara with over 1000 berths, as well as further moorings for smaller yachts (mostly occupied by local vessels) at the Porto Canale in the canalised River Pescara.

Charts

British Admiralty
200
Italian
922
34
211

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).

Fog is also a common problem along the coast, especially in the early morning, although it usually clears by early afternoon.

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

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Clearance under the new footbridge is only 14.5 metres

The town of Pescara straddles its own river and can be identified from distance by a cluster of tall aerials on the hills behind. Closer in, the buildings of the city and the long detached breakwater protecting the harbour will be seen. A tall white-painted lighthouse is also conspicuous on the S bank of the canalized entrance to the river.

To enter the Porto Canale pass either side of the detached breakwater and head for the channel between the two training walls, leaving the green buoy marking a shoal patch to starboard. The berthing areas lie around half a mile up the channel to port and starboard below the road bridge. Depths in the Porto Canale are 3.5 - 4.0 metres and along the quays 2.5 - 4.5 metres. The channel is narrow and care is needed on entry (fishing vessels tear in and out). Important note: a new pedestrian footbridge at the end of the entrance channel restricts access to yachts with a maximum air draft of 14.5 metres.

To enter the Marina di Pescara pass to the SE end of the curved breakwater that protects the marina, which will be evident from the numerous yacht masts. The marina is entered from SSE between this breakwater and a short western mole. It is important to pass down the centre of the channel bounded on the W side by a series of four orange buoys and on the E side by the marina breakwater, leaving each buoy about 10 metres to port. Depths in the channel are variable between 2.5 and 3.5 metres and if in doubt call the marina on channel 06 and a RIB will guide you in. Yachts drawing over 2.5 metres should not attempt to enter.

Note: Strong northerly winds can make entry difficult or even dangerous to both the Porto Canale and the marina.

Entrance

Pescara is a port of entry to Italy.

Personal experience checking into Pescara October 2016... we arrived from Croatia, called Marina di Pescara on the VHF radio to inform them of our arrival into the country. We had previously booked our berth & notified them of our intention to winter our boat here, so they were expecting us.

Almost as soon as we were secured into the marina berth, officials from Customs and Immigration showed up at our boat. I have no information to offer about the location of their office other than that they were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. They processed our paperwork and stamped our passports/cleared us in there at the dock. They did not board our vessel.

Shortly after that the marina manager informed us that we needed to go to the Coast Guard office which was a few kilometers away just up the river. He actually drove us to the office, dropped us off and we walked back to the marina after we cleared in with Guardia di Finanza and the Coast Guard. The entire process from arrival at the marina to finishing up at this office took no longer than a couple of hours. --Barbjgladney 19:20, 4 June 2017 (BST)

Submit details about facilities for checking in - location of immigration & customs, etc.

Berthing

Porto Canale

In the Porto Canale, a small visiting yacht with suitable air draft may find a berth on the N quay, wherever there is space. Most of the N quay is reserved for concessionaires L'Ancora, Circolo Nautico Mimadea Club and Club Nautico Porto Canale and it is usually necessary to seek permission from them to take up a berth. There are electricity and water points at the club berths. The remainder of the N quay and all of the S quay are reserved for fishing boats.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

The four buoys mark the port side of the entrance channel to Marina di Pescara
Marina di Pescara from SW
Yacht club berths in the Porto Canale, Pescara
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Anchorages

No anchoring is permitted in the harbour.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water in the marina.
Electricity Eelectricity in the marina.
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry Marina di Pescara has a fairly new onsite self service laundry facility. The washer €4 per load, including soap. Dryer costs €1/10 minutes

--Barbjgladney 19:30, 4 June 2017 (BST)

Garbage Bins at the Porto Canale and in Marina di Pescara
Supplies
Fuel Fuel station in the marina
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs In Porto Canale: Slipway. Mobile crane (120 T). Wooden hull repairs. Divers. For details of marina yard services, see Marina di Pescara
Internet In the marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Numerous rental outlets in the city

Provisioning

  • Conad supermarket 15 minutes from marina, half way down Viale Amerigo Vespucci
  • Vodafone, 3 and Wind mobile 'phone shops in Viale Guglielmo Marconi

Eating out

  • Several restaurants and café/bars in the marina.
  • Filippo fish restaurant half way along Viale Amerigo Vespucci (and close to Conad supermarket) is excellent value and much frequented by locals.

Transportation

  • Buses to most local destinations from the city. Direct buses to Rome.
  • Railway stations (three) with connections to most destinations.
  • Airport (4 kms) with flights to several international destinations.
  • Ferries and hydrofoils to Croatia.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

Typical landscape of the Parco Nazionale della Majella

The old town centre, inside the line of the line of the Aragonese defensive walls, is pleasant to stroll around. Not much of Pescara’s older architecture survived the attentions of World War II. The city is, however, only some 40 kilometres from the Parco Nazionale della Majella with its wild, mountainous landscape and rare wildlife, including wolf, bear, chamois, otter and golden eagle and is probably the best place to base yourself for a visit.

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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