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29th April, 2017

So, I return for just three weeks, my final swansong before retirement when the garden and many other ‘chores’back in Cornwall will beckon. In the meantime there are still seas to cross and our first passage on this itinerary to Spain and Portugal was a quick jaunt from Dover down the Channel to Guernsey.

Seas were calm and there was blue sky the following morning as we negotiated the Roads off St. Peter Port. A fresh breeze made the tender run into the harbour just a little ‘interesting’until the tide changed, but our experienced Saganauts took everything in their stride. In fact, because local conditions can be somewhat inclement at this time of the year, there was a great deal of the ‘We’ve done it’mentality when they all came back.

Just as the noon day gun sounded from the castle ramparts Mrs R and I ventured ashore for a few hours, only my second time as it happens, so it was a pleasure to stroll around the cobbled streets of the ‘capital’. They were busy with locals and tourists on this Bank Holiday weekend so we took some refreshment in the Old Government Hotel before strolling around the Candie Gardens, then back to Market Street and the old quarter.

The morning tours had all returned by the time we returned and the chilly breeze had eased, ensuring that those who wished to sit on deck did so with considerable comfort. The pilot clambered back up the ladder at five and we chatted amiably as the anchor was brought home, a certain degree of reminiscing of course, as we are unlikely to meet again.

The strong northerly tide was racing as the channels were navigated and once in open waters he hopped back onto his boat. Speed was increased for the Bay where the forecast is less than ideal, adjustment to schedule is likely I feel. But first, my penultimate welcome on board cocktail party.

Captain Philip Rentell

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