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La Coruna

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19th December, 2017

The run up to La Coruna was indeed such a pleasant affair compared to the run down to Madeira! With a nice high pressure sitting over the Iberian Peninsular the skies were blue and the sea relatively calm, particularly on the Monday, wow, what a lovely day.

We closed up to the NW tip of Spain at 0530 and headed due east to the port entrance. Still in darkness, remember we are one hour ahead of the UK so the mornings are black, we embarked the Pilot at 0700.

A calm slow approach required the ship to swing before the berth. We were alongside for 0745 and gangways in and the ship cleared by immigration just after eight. An hour later - the sun rose.

As the sun rose Saga Pearl II came around the breakwater and berthed Bow to Bow. What a lovely sight!

The two ships exchanged passengers and crew, just visiting of course. Fortunately everyone was back on their correct ships when we were ready to set sail! So with all our own passengers and crew on board we slipped our mooring and sailed passed Saga Pearl II - what a fanfare of whistle blowing. I am sure the locals wondered what on earth was going on!

Setting course to the NE we started our crossing of the Biscay. The forecast is good, calm seas and clear skies.

Captain Stuart Horne

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