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29th December, 2017


Gdansk was interesting, and my first call here. The Pilot was due at 0730 and the ‘big’ discussion was where to swing the ship as it was far too tight inside the port. With the Pilot on-board we agreed the manoeuvre – indeed there was only one option - swing outside. We were about 50 meters too long to swing inside.

Fortunately it was relatively calm, I would not want to do this manoeuvre in any kind of breeze. Backing all the way into the port we berthed on time ready for the tours to get away. It was nice to berth in daylight, that was a welcome change!

A lovely day weatherwise, depending on your definition of lovely! Bright and crisp but with a real chill to the wind that picked up during the morning. It was a welcome overnight and the technical team got stuck into some routine maintenance – overhauling a cylinder and head. They are not small on Saga Sapphire.

On the Saturday morning the weather wasn't quite so nice. Nonetheless the atmosphere on-board was great as we built up to the New Year celebrations.

Matt, the Safety Officer, drove out. Tugs were required as the wind was fresh onto the berth. Required concentration, although we were ‘pointing’ the right way - it is a narrow channel and all a bit ‘wiggly’.

The Pilot debarked shortly after noon, and we are off to Stockholm.

Captain Stuart Horne

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