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9th April, 2018


It was delightful passing through the Gibraltar Straits early hours of yesterday morning. The Moroccan north shore illuminated like New York, could we see Casablanca well to the south, just about, and then of course Tangier. Once in the Mediterranean we set an easterly course for Cabo de Gata and onto Ibiza.

This morning, with daylight creeping in at 0700 as we embarked the Pilot and approached our berth. Staff Captain Tom drove in this morning and required us to swing off the berth and back-in. It was quite cramped as there was a ferry on the opposite berth leaving it quite tight to squeeze the ‘ole’ girl in.

Nice manoeuvre Tom, and we were all-fast alongside before 0800. The gangway rigged shortly after and immigration cleared the ship verbally form the quayside - so ‘ship-cleared’ within minutes, luvly-jubbly..

A little cloud first thing, but then as the sun rose we had blue skies and were set for fabulous day.

I was curious how Ibiza, the famed ‘party-island’ would go down with my Guests, but what a fabulous port of call. All the feedback was marvellous.

Departure was planned for 1800. The wind had freshened a lot during the afternoon so a Tug was required. As we singled up the moorings, that is to say we reduced from 6 lines, each end, down to 3 mooring ropes, the wind gusted to 50 knots. Given the proximity of the now vacant berth to our leeward, it was necessary to do a drag start out of the berth. With all lines gone and the Tug holding position the engines were pushed ahead and we raced out of the berth. What’s that saying, “proper preparation provides perfect performance”.

Clear of the breakwater, the excited Pilot debarked at 1830, after which we set a NE’ly course to clear the north-end of the Island and make for Barcelona.

Captain Stuart Horne

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