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8th November, 2014

St. John, Antigua

The morning of our landfall in Antigua arrived in a manner somewhat unexpected, at least to our eager passengers. Strong winds and torrential rain came over as we passed around the north of the island. Fortunately the wind abated as we approached the pilot boarding position, but the heavy showers kept on falling out of a leaden sky. Hardly appropriate, and it is not always easy to concentrate on docking the ship with water running off the end of one’s nose. We did, however, manage to berth 90 minutes earlier than scheduled.

The rain eased during the morning, but it remained rather drizzly for most of the day. The only folks I found who were totally unperturbed were the ones who went off on the ‘Swimming with stingrays’ tour, hardly surprising. Everyone else made the best of things, going ashore in an odd variety of rain protection, some of which looked pretty close to being just an oversize plastic bag. Darkness had fallen by the time we came to depart and the town of St. John, literally a hundred yards in front of us, started to look a little more Caribbean as we backed off the berth, swung around and headed west one again.

Captain Philip Rentall

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