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11th August, 2018


As we came around the top of Estonia, the wind eased off in the early hours of this morning. At 0615 we were turning south towards Tallinn, embarking the Pilot at 0630. The Pilot, a charming, ‘larger then life chap’, enjoyed his coffee ion the bridge wing!

Whilst the wind had eased, I had the foresight to confirm a Tug yesterday for arrival this morning - I just did not want to risk not making Tallinn, can you imagine the disappointment? Approaching on a more or less Southerly heading, the wind was a fresh 20 knots from the west, on the beam and so a tug was needed.

Franko was driving ‘in’ this morning. The approach was between two narrow piers, not wide enough to go sideways and because we were ‘bow-in’, that means driving toward the shallows of the shore and we could not approach with a great alacrity, not on this old lady of the seas – she takes some stopping. Of course, if you go slow, the greater the influence of the wind, pushing you sideways. Yep, just like Visby all over again!

Crabbing across the wind, Franko got the bow inside the first pier and them used the tug to keep the stern up. Good job we had a tug! Alongside for 0800, the wind really freshened so it was wise to put out some extra knitting.

I had the opportunity to get ashore, I have been here so often but never strolled on terra-firma Tallinn. It was really nice walking around the old town for a couple of hours which was swelled by the numbers of tourist from the other (larger) ships in town, as you can see in the photograph.

We were sailing early in the morning as a requirement of the short sailing for Tallinn to Helsinki and thus we had the advantage of a peaceful evening alongside and what a magnificent sunset too.

Captain Stuart Horne

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