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12th December, 2018


After a lovely sunset sail form Almeria yesterday evening, we made good for Gibraltar, just a short hope around the corner. The team had worked hard to make the call at Gibraltar a port of two ‘countries’. How’s that then? Well - it’s another first for Saga. The plan was to take our Guest across the Border into Spain! Would they be allowed back I hear you think…?! That was the morning adventure, then in the afternoon we had the Rock of Gibraltar to explore, two countries – poetic license, in one day.

I drove in this morning, just in case I forget how to handle the old girl - we were berthed inside the harbour, which is somewhat tight. Being inside the harbour sounds like that how it should be, but the best berth in Gibraltar, from a navigational perspective, is the berth on the outside wall of the harbour, straight in and straight out. That would be too easy... so just to keep the challenges coming this cruise, we were berthed inside. I didn’t order a tug as it was only blowing a handful of knots at the time, but at the time I was trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot, the wind blew up and we had to be quick with the moorings. Great job by the team, we were berthed and gangway at the ready for 0745. Not a bad day on offer, dry, clear with some sunshine. On reflection, once in the Mediterranean we have had some really smashing weather and sunshine.

As the Guests came back from the Spanish border, it was clear it was a great day for those that took the excursion, perhaps the best ’Gibraltar’ experience of all time, but it wasn’t Gibraltar was it? Great plan Nat, you pulled it out the bag again.

Departure was planned for 1700 and a tricky manoeuvre it was. The only way to get out, without expensive Tugs, was to use the wind and as they say in Italian, Piano piano… Even the Piot quoted, “you earn your money driving this girl”!

With the Pilot off at 1745, we set course south to clear Gibraltar bay, then west along the Gibraltar Straits. The weather, yet again, was forecasted to play its hand and I readied the ship for a rough ride up the Portuguese coast.

Where are we going now? Well, that depends upon the weather…

Captain Stuart Horne

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