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26th April, 2017


After the snow in Oslo, this morning’s arrival into Skagen greeted us with a sunny and calm start. This is my first ever call to Skagen (pronounced skaine) and we embark our pilot at 0700 on our approach to the harbour. It’s a relatively small marina so our swing through 180’has to be very precise before we move astern towards the berth. We are all fast alongside at 0800 as scheduled and with clearance shortly thereafter our Guests are free to proceed ashore.

Skagen is Denmark’s northern most town and in the far corner of Jutland. It is a real gem, and the feedback from our Guests has been very positive. Warm, friendly people who speak excellent English, they are only too willing to help. This was exemplified by our tourist guides on the quayside who were there to offer guidance and answer any questions.

I took the opportunity to sample the delights of Skagen by joining Joey, one of our Quartermasters (QM’s) for a bike ride. We headed through the town centre and passed many traditional yellow houses framed by white picket fences and red-filled roofs. Everywhere was so neat and tidy. An excellent cycle path took us out to an 16th century replica Basule Lighthouse, as shown in the attached picture. This was primarily used to prevent ships being shipwrecked on the off lying reefs.

We then cycled against the wind across the sand dunes towards Grenen . After parking our bikes up we walked approx. ½mile to the tip of Grenen where you can stand with one foot in the Kattegat and one foot in the Skagerrak. It is a beautiful long white beach and on arrival we were greeted by an exceptionally friendly sea-lion (see attached picture) . Whilst at this delightful spot we met many of our Guests who were on a ship's tour. A tractor and trailer were provided to transport our Guests to this magical spot.

A swift pedal back to the ship and we were back on board by 1400. I then decided to sample some Fish'n Chips from the Beach Club. Everyone loves it as the batter and fish are so light and the chips perfectly cooked.

With everyone back on board we made our preparations to sail. We got a terrific send off from the local Sea Scouts Orchestra on the quayside. With lots of whistle salutes we let go our lines and headed out to sea, around the Northern tip of Denmark, and back to our home port of Dover.

I will be going home for 3 weeks once we arrive in Dover and will hand over to Captain Rentell who is completing his final 3 weeks with Saga before retiring. I’ll be back on the 19th May and ready to pick up again on the adventures of Saga Sapphire.

Captain Julian Burgess

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