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2nd May, 2013


Saga Sapphire

We probably had the best sea day so far as we headed in a westerly direction towards the Straits, a light easterly wind and almost flat calm. The following morning, before twilight defined the Rock, its presence was only shown by the large number of brightly lit ships anchored just to the east. We passed Europa Point, even more ships lay anchored ahead, most of which were taking oil bunkers from smaller tankers that lay alongside.

The ex-pat pilot who boarded told me he’d been up all night and ‘would I like him to take the con’? I politely refused….he seemed somewhat relieved. ‘Quest for Adventure’ came in behind us and, after the tours had departed, there was a minor rush of visitors between the ship, crew who knew each other and passengers who wanted to ‘investigate’ what they had not as yet travelled on. Captain Mark came over for a cup of tea and we also caught up on the ‘gos’ as it is apparently called by the young folk. He was off with his charge to Seville, an interesting pilotage up a river which neither of us has travelled. I could offer little in the way of advice, but I assume he made it as there has been nothing in the international press. 

Gib was a little cool and a fresh easterly blew up during the morning. The folk all came back, as did some of the crew, many loaded up with bags from Morrison’s. Pilot Matt Kent came aboard to take us out, I first met him when he was about ten, his father being a Falmouth pilot who we used to meet from time to time. Where has all that time gone?

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