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5th August, 2017

Scenic Cruising

Saga cruisers, we listen to our guests..... we truly do!

Yesterday, before we sailed from Douglas, I meandered into the Britannia Lounge for the afternoon 'tea-dance', not that I can dance! I sat with a few ladies where upon I talked about 'hoping' to do some 'scenic cruising' on the sea-day between Douglas and Kirkwall. The retort was 'Are we going to see Fingal's Cave Captain?’. I looked blankly at this question as the navigation team had already planned our 'touring' of the West of Scotland shore and the Inner Hebrides.

With a quick stride to the bridge I summoned the troops to locate Fingal’s Cave. There followed a flurry of Smart phone activity! Finally tracking down its location and transcripts about Staffa Island, where the cave lies on its southwest face, I reviewed the passage plan. If the weather was on our side it was do-able!

On the Saturday, after slow steaming around Staffa Island with a close look at Fingal’s Cave, we cruised passed the island called 'Dutchman's Cap' on Saturday morning and then resumed the original plan of scenic cruising round the Inner Hebrides finishing off with a close cruise of the Isle of Skye.

Early afternoon the eagled-eyed OOW spotted the Tall-ship 'Belem' on the western horizon. After a conversation in Anglo-French [she is French flagged and manned] we intercepted her off Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull and passed close on her port-side.

The weather had held out. A sharp cool rain shower passed over as we had a look into the mouth of Loch Bracadale before we finally moved out to the west to navigate the Minches, the water between west Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. What a fabulous day.

Captain Stuart Horne

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