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13th December, 2012

Ponta Delgada

After a rather “roly-poly” night with a full gale blowing and a 4 metre swell lifting us along, we arrived off the port of Ponta Delgada at 2.00pm.

Three very wet pilots appeared on the bridge after their soaking from the flying spay that enveloped the pilot cutter as it pounded its way out to us.

Berthing the Sapphire was a tricky affair in the weather conditions, but I managed to safely do the manoeuvre and secure her alongside a little before 3.00pm. All on board were looking forward to getting their legs on dry land for the first time in five days, and as soon as the ship was clear it was as if someone had fired the starter's gun. I’ve never seen our guests move so fast down the gangway!

For those who wanted to do a bit of shopping the centre of town was just a few hundred yards away. Here there were all sorts of shops, from designer stores to souvenir emporiums. Whilst the port itself was a delightful complex, filled with a number of bars and restaurants. Most of the crew were out and about here, enjoying the wonderful facilities or catching up with family or friends back home.

Once all were back on board the ship, it was time to brush up and dress for a formal dinner prepared by Chef Thierry. Meanwhile the deck & engine teams were preparing to sail the ship for El Ferrol in northern Spain.

A brief but enjoyable stop at Ponta Delgada was had by all and now we faced another two days of indifferent weather. You never know it may not be as bad as the weather forecast!

We shall see...

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