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15th August, 2017


The overnight passage from Cherbourg drew to a close as we adjusted our course just North of East to shape up for the Pilot station at the mouth of the Penfeld River. It was a lovely morning, if not looking a little ‘stormy’ to the east - the clouds a bit heavy and menacing.

Tours were due away promptly today so I was keen to get alongside ahead of schedule, given the ‘clearance’ experiences of Cherbourg - which took longer than expected! We embarked the Pilot at 0700 for our run up the river to the berth. The flood tide took some considered thought for the berthing manoeuvre, but the ‘still’ conditions were a bonus. All done at 0830 we were ahead of schedule, and there was a treat in store for me ….

I was asked if I would join a couple of my colleagues ashore for Lunch at an establishment called Crab Marteau. As the name suggests it is a venue that specialises in Crab. I had been onboard for some six weeks all told, and this invite was a delight, my first ‘run ashore’. Whilst knife and fork were available, the preferred weapon for the table was a wooden mallet and we had a smashing time!

In the picture, on my left is Ashley, the Cruise Director, across from Ashley is Ursula, the Food and Beverage Manager and across from me is Kirsten, our Maitre d’. It was really nice to get a few hours ashore and with such lovely company.

At 1930 all our tours had returned and ‘all’ were onboard - so it was time to slip our moorings and head back out to sea. Tom, the Staff Captain, drove out. A nice little manoeuvre there Tom. By 2030 we had dropped the Pilot and we were off back to Dover with a day at sea tomorrow. Seemingly a long day today but with very little of my ‘to do’ list achieved!

Time for bed said Zebedee!

Captain Stuart Horne

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