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27th January, 2019

After a quick departure from Algiers on the 26th we set course for Cartagena Spain. The crossing over was relatively smooth with some occasional swell.

We picked up the pilot at approximately 0700 on the 27th to be Portside to the quay at 0800. Denis the Saga Pearl II Staff Captain did the manoeuvre and drove the ship from the pilot station to the berth bringing her alongside to ‘’Muelle de Alfonso XII C002’’

The weather in Cartagena was splendid considering it is the middle of the Spanish winter. Hitting a high of 14⁰C, it certainly felt much warmer with the clear blue skies and light winds. Cartagena is a wonderful place to get lost around the town with some beautiful architecture. Shore excursions for the day set off with ‘The best of Murcia’ and finished off the day with a tour of Cartagena by trolley train.

On departure we managed to get a closer look at S/Y ‘A’ which is currently largest sail assisted motor yacht in the world. She was built in Kiel by Nobiskrug for Mr. Andrey Melnichenko a self-made Russian industrialist and philanthropist. S/Y ‘A’ features 3 free standing, rotating carbon fiber masts which were manufactured by Magma Structures at Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth our first and final port of this cruise.

She underwent her final sea trials in Navantia ship yard in Cartagena and final inspections in Gibraltar before being officially handed over to Mr. Melnichenko in Monaco nearly 2 years later. On the Departure manoeuvre we had a ‘free tug’ (being the wind) pushing us off the berth. This was another great opportunity for Denis, Staff Captain to do the manoeuvre once again. Denis brought the Saga Pearl II off the berth bodily. Swung the bow to starboard, and lined up with a transit advised by the pilot.

The whole manoeuvre took approximately 45 minutes from letting go lines to disembarking the pilot and being full away on passage. The seas were forecast to be calm all the way down to Malaga where we planned to be at the pilot station around 0700 on the 28th.

Jack Yeo, Deck Cadet

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