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12th August, 2017

We were in and out of Dover in no time, or so it seemed. Sailing promptly in somewhat blustery conditions, we slipped out of the Western Entrance and made for the Channel Islands. By late afternoon it was blowing a good Force 8, if not tipping into a Force 9. The great thing about this ‘ole girl’ of the sea, is Saga Sapphire is built like a battle ship so she never murmured.

Early evening saw the weather ease off as we approached the mid-point of the traffic lanes and crossed over to the ‘French-side’ - after all this is the ‘French Interlude! Shortly after 0400 this morning we rounded Cap de la Hague on the North West tip of Normandy and transited the tidal race running at 6 knots off Alderney.

I had been put under pressure by my table guests of the previous evening, who noted that sometimes the weather had interfered with the call to Guernsey. Hmm, I had wondered about the ‘swell’ having had our brisk-blow in the English Channel yesterday. Fortunately, or is it me [!] the weather was on our side, a gentle breeze from the shore line and a slight swell running up from the south was in evidence. We managed to anchor well west of the advice initially given, a little bit of negotiation required there. We finally anchored by 0800, well in the lee of the land and out of the swell.

And the sun shone too!

It was so idyllic sitting off St Peter Port, watching life go by, but I had to earn my living and drive to Cherbourg! So after a successful day we weighed anchor and set course back on ourselves from our arrival passage, just around the corner really. Another great Saga day.

Captain Stuart Horne

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