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17th August, 2017

We seem to be in and out of Dover with great alacrity these days. It’s been a month of shorter but exciting cruises.

And what of the British summer - well a blustery day here in Dover. It was up to 33 kts and when we lifted off the pier it started to gust in excess of 40kts but with the help of a powerful tug aft we swung off the Prince of Wales pier. I held station for about 15 minutes before my route was clear of the Ferry traffic to make for the Eastern Entrance.

Once out into the ‘wilds’ of the English Channel we set a course East of the Goodwin Sands. Once north of Ramsgate it became clear it was necessary to return to Dover to debark an injured passenger. This was the best option for the passenger and so we retraced our course and put the foot down, driving into the now easing winds.

With a great deal of cooperation and planning we rendezvoused with the RNLI inside Dover Harbour and effected a seamless disembarkation. Turning short round we were back out in the English Channel, winding the engines up.

Yesterday morning broke with relatively good conditions as we raced the horses up the North Sea.

This morning we embarked the Stavanger Pilot at just after 0600. The skies were sullen again and the proverbial ‘docking’ shower hovered over the Harbour.

Even in these circumstances, the Harbour was most picturesque with layers of rainbows dancing across the western horizon. It became fresh and my manoeuvre had to be re-thought. I turned deep in the port to gain shelter from the wind, then driving back up to the north to facilitate enough sea-room to back-down to the berth.

A great team performance all round after a challenging few days. I take my hat off to my team for delivering what they did.

Captain Stuart Horne

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