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26th December, 2017


After a delightful and inspiring passage out of Oslofjorden yesterday, and getting into the lee of the land with Demark to the west, it was a peaceful passage to Copenhagen. Copenhagen is an interesting navigational call - a very tight breakwater entrance and no room for errors swinging the ship inside.

The pilot was embarked at 0700 in somewhat blustery conditions. The seas were good, but the wind sharp out of the west calling for tug assistance was required. With the tug strapped on the aft end I eased the bow into the wind and then dragged the stern across the wind using the tug. Once swung we had a lengthy run going astern to the berth and required the tug to keep the old girl up to the wind.

First line ashore was just before 0800 and the gangway on deck 4. Great access for our guests - straight into town! The local authorities cleared the ship in next to no time and the tours were away briskly before 0830 - sunrise was a few minutes later.

Having Leigh on-board made me put my pen down [aka keyboard] and think about strolling ashore. It’s all quite novel!

We stepped ashore all wrapped up as it was cold, shortly after 1300 and, following the map, walked into town. By good luck we happened upon Nyhaven. What a super little spot. Very festive, lots of people, snack venues, bars and an array of eateries. It was all very nice. Even though George Streeter has been making me eat lots on-board …… I could not resist a local board of meats and cheese, accompanied by a small glass of Glogg, the local mulled wine!

Back home a few hours later, I thawed out.

Last tours were just a tad late back but once all were aboard we landed the gangway and made steps to leave Copenhagen. No tug was ordered for departure, the wind had been forecast to be off the berth but that did not happen. Not quite Michael Fish but equally incorrect. Matt, the Safety Officer was driving out tonight - it was a slow process, easing out the stern and using an increasing incidence of wind to bodily lift the ship. A slow process, but the saving grace being that we had ‘parked’ pointing the right way.

Pilot debarked at 1830 and we were off to Gothenburg - the last time I was here was back in the Summer for the Tall-Ships cruise, there’s some memories for you!

Captain Stuart Horne

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