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20th April, 2018

It was an uneventful evening last night as we shaped up for our transit south of the Isle of Wight as we were taking the Pilot at the Nab. The Needles entrance, west of the Isle of Wight, was on a falling tide and that I preferred not to do. The Pilot embarked at 0500, although we were scheduled for 0455, who on earth comes up with these times, and we made for a swift passage up to Prince Consort where the series of tight turns are taken to get around the Brambles and Calshot.

Off the Dock Head at 0715, I took the Conn from the Pilot and shaped for the berthing manoeuvre. It always takes careful positioning on berth 101, down to 25 centimetres. It does amuse me that the Captain has to position the ship to suit the ‘moveable’ air-bridge gangway and not the ‘air-bridge’ be moved to suit the ship.

Alongside, air-bridge in and ship clear at 0800, we were all nicely on schedule. It had been a fabulous cruise and I was genuinely sad to see my passengers go home - we had got to know each other well.

All ready at 1300, our passengers for the ‘Canaries in Spring’ cruise began to embark. We have a lovely cruise to look forward to.

Passenger emergency drill completed at 1600 we were ready to go. Matt, my Safety Officer, was driving off the berth this afternoon. Clear of the berth by 1630 Matt handed the Conn to the Pilot just before Dock Head, who took us down Southampton Water.

Captain Stuart Horne

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