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8th February, 2013


After another calm overnight passage in the Caribbean Sea we arrived off of the town of Kingstown with the newly risen sun bathing the bay in in its warmth. With the pilot on board, Saga Sapphire proceeded towards the berth, a finger pier extending from the shore. Once inside the confines of the Bay’s headlands, the 2 knot current that was setting us to port changed to a half knot current setting us to starboard as the natural shape of the bay re-directed the flow.

Turning inside the bay and then using the current to set us down towards our berth, Saga Sapphire docked gently pointing bow out to sea alongside the pier and dolphin arrangement.

Saint Vincent which as the name suggests is part of the island country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Lesser Antilles chain. Discovered on the feast day of the patron saint of Portugal, St Vincent, by Columbus in 1498, it was decided to name the island thus.

The relatively small island is dominated by “La Soufriere”, an active volcano that stands over 4000 ft above the shoreline and last erupted in 1979. The islands volcanic history has given the island a legacy of some black sand beaches to contrast with others that are white sand depending on which beach you park your sun lounger on.

The berth at Saint Vincent is also quite conducive for the crew to be able to swim off of, so with a safety rope enclosing an area on the opposite side of the quay and strategically placed ship’s lifebuoys along its length the area was prepared. Crew from all departments took advantage of the opportunity for a swim and its convenience even enabled those with only a short break to cool off in the Caribbean Sea.

With the evening, and setting sun, Saga Sapphire departed, twisting the stern out using the engines against the current before powering away out into the bay and Caribbean Sea beyond

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