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1st September, 2017


After my reasonably early Spanish siesta, having escaped the clutches of the Kiel Canal yesterday morning, we steamed through the Fermer Belt – the southern section of the Kattegat, I guess you could say, that which separates the Danish Island of Sjaelland and the German Island of Fermer.

The late afternoon saw us off the Polish coast before rounding into the Gulf of Gdansk in the early hours of this morning. It was our ‘Welcome’ cocktail party last evening and what a fabulous table I had for Dinner. The cuisine was outstanding too, great job George, you can come to mine anytime!

We embarked the pilot off the breakwaters at 0700 this morning, on the button, timewise before heading into the Port. It’s a bit of a ‘hand-brake’ stop in Gdynia so I took pleasure in advising Tom, Staffy, that it was his turn to park. “Thank you, Sir” he said with a wry smile.

The Guests were off ashore soon after 0800. It was a bit of an overcast & grey day with a chill on the edge of that wind, but it wasn’t raining all day! It was good to get feedback that, despite the weather, it was an enjoyable day in Gdynia.

We were scheduled to sail at 2000 but with all aboard just after 1900 we made preparations to get away and head off across the Baltic to Stockholm.  

The wind was due to get up and I had a weather-eye on the forecasts. It’s surprising how varied ‘official’ forecasts can be – ok, it’s to be expected. That’s why I quite like my Met Office surface analysis. Call me old-fashioned, but it’s good to use your own grey matter.

By 1930 we were clear of Gdynia and heading up to Stockholm.

Captain Stuart Horne

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