14th June, 2019
It was a windy at sea yesterday, however, fortunately the wind was from the SSW - a wholly following wind so the net effect on the open decks was ‘calm’, perhaps a zephyr or two!
We closed onto the Southwestern shore of Norway at 0500 with the mountainous shoreline rising from the eastern horizon we embarked the Pilot at 0600. It looked somewhat cloudy and miserable. The run into Stavanger is attractive, not so much in the way of outlying islands, nonetheless, a nice pilotage in that takes around 90 minutes and offers an interesting spectacle over a morning coffee.
Passing through the narrows between Hundvag Island and the mainland, I took the Conn form the Pilot. Just north of the berth, I swung the ship round and backed down onto the berth. A tight squeeze with one of the Viking ship crowding the small harbour. First line, the technical time we call arrival, was at 0800; just about on time.
It was a cloudy start to the day but proved to be a very warm and sunny experience by midday. Feedback was good, the sun makes such a difference when you are in picturesque surroundings.
The speed required from Stavanger to Haugesund was very slow, after all, it is only 32 nautical miles from Stavanger. So, with that in mind I elected to stay in port overnight and sail at 0530 in the morning. It was such a lovely evening and pleasant on the open decks, clearly a great decision Captain! And, a peaceful night’s sleep for me tonight.
Captain Stuart Horne
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