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8th September, 2017


Sareema, the largest Estonian Island, came over the horizon early morning and sunrise was at 0645, just before the scheduled Pilot embark time. The Pilot was super chap, very relaxed. I berthed alongside and was ‘all-fast’ [you know that term now, yes?] before 8am. We were parked, the gangway was rigged, the Pilot left the ship and the linesmen were gone. A few minutes later two chaps hurried along the quay and ‘cleared’ the ship.

Our Guests had a fabulous time here. I was bowled over with surprise at the rich enjoyment the call had received - contrary to my initial thoughts of ‘why are we here’. How wrong one can be!

All our Guests were back on board for 17.00 and it was Charlotte’s turn to drive tonight, our young 3rd Officer. From Last Rope to being ’Full Away’ [a term used to put the ship into a non-manoeuvring but sea-going mode of operation] was a mere 11 minutes.

What a splendid day. We are now off to Riga, in Latvia.

Captain Stuart Horne

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