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29th September, 2017


It was a rather breezy as we slowed down to embark the pilot. With the pilot on board at 0700 we then sailed the 3 miles to the berth. The pilot was French speaking and certainly a “character” who talked about many things other than navigating!! We kept the con and I conducted the manoeuvre as there were relatively strong winds off the berth. The tug from which the pilot boarded followed us in and then at the last moment helped gently push us alongside as the wind was trying its best to blow us off!! Although breezy and a little chilly it was dry, great conditions for our Guests to go explore.

Sept-Iles or “Seven Islands” is a city in the Cote-Nord region of eastern Quebec. Among the northernmost locations, but with a paved connection to the rest of Quebec’s road network, it lies north of the 50th parallel. It's renowned for its deep sea port capable of handling all the goods and materials required for the sprawling iron ore and aluminium industries. Sept-Iles has a relatively small population so we had to call on the local yellow school buses to operate our 2 tours: Meeting of Two Nations and Sept-Iles Archipelago Zodiac Cruise.

With everyone back onboard and the wind off the berth it was a case of “let go” and move quickly astern to clear the berth. It was a fairly swift departure and the pilot was pretty timely at leaving as well.

With us en-route towards Saguenay I headed down to the Macmillan Fund Raising Afternoon Tea and the 24 hour Macmillan Cycle challenge. I thought I'd better start things off so at 1615 I “mounted” the bike set up outside the Britannia Lounge and, sporting an interesting attire, got the pedals going for my 30 minute slot. Wish I could have cycled longer but had to get myself ready for a cocktail party – at least that’s the excuse I'm sticking with!!

See you in the port of Saguenay.

Captain Julian Burgess

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