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30th June, 2012


Saga Sapphire in Falmouth

It was with some degree of quiet satisfaction for me to take Saga Sapphire into what is basically my own home port (it would have been a little much to have expected her to go any more than half way up the Truro river). It was a fresh day though and the outer anchorage would have been unworkable for the tenders, so with the help of the two harbour tugs and the skilful David Barnicoat, pilot and long time friend, we made a running moor off Cross Roads, well inside the sheltered but rather shallow Carrick Roads.

The first tours were off before we had set the second anchor and by the time I had finished, it was time to meet up with the chairman of the Harbour Commissioners, deputy Harbour Master and Port Operations Director to exchange plaques. We chatted about the proposed building of a new berth and the relatively small area of dredging that needs to take place in order to encourage the cruise industry to really believe Falmouth is a viable all weather port, because at the moment it certainly isn’t. I find it difficult to understand why there are still environmental objections when the relatively small amount of work envisaged could bring such an economic boost to the local area.

With plaques, opinions and good wishes exchanged, I then had the opportunity to have a few hours with my family who popped over for lunch along with a couple of friends who were, not only impressed, but who may be prospective passengers sometime in the future. No chance, however, to go home and mow the lawn. Although not a perfect summer's day, it was bright enough with just the odd shower, for passengers to come back suitably impressed with the Eden Project, Trebah Gardens, the drive to Lands End, my own home town and of course Falmouth, which my son tells me is ‘where the action is’. (I must be going at the wrong time of day, or night I suppose).

So an excellent day I believe, and suitably rounded off by David Barnicoat, after he had disembarked, roaring around the ship in the pilot boat taking dozens of photos of us with the wonderful coastline in the background, hopefully one of which will be attached to this blog.

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