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13th November, 2016

Mystery Cruise Port No.3

We sailed from Motril and headed south for a while, but only for traffic, then we turned to the east and the shore lights could be seen on our port side. But then the course was changed through 180 degrees and we headed west towards the Straits. Anyone really keen would have seen lights in the far distance on the starboard side, which would certainly have given the game away, it was late however and I do believe they all went to bed none the wiser.

The next day would surely have been a surprise, but not for long, as a call into any North African port is often a slight cultural shock to even the most travelled of travellers. Tangier, the name so evocative to the imagination, is no different. On the quayside, after a certain amount of ‘discussion’with the authorities, the coaches eventually came to a stop close to the gangway. A local group of traditional musicians hammered out their rhythm in no uncertain manner, causing mild deafness to those who passed close by. To add some confusion I did not have the clocks retarded, consequently local time was one hour behind, so I made doubly sure that passengers should be back in time if travelling independently (wouldn’t want them spending time lost in the Medina!).

I waved many of them off, little did they know that when they returned things would be a little different, the curved ball was about to be played. Captain Julian had arrived the day before and we signed the Official Log Book so that he could take over command. By the time he was heading south Mrs R and I were well and truly north. Explanation to follow.

Captain Philip Rentell

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