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2nd July, 2018


After a glorious six hours cruising inside last night, after our departure from Hammerfest, [I now have found a picture of the vista) - we emerged in to the open Norwegian Sea. Midnight sun was lost because we were so close to the western shoreline and the mountains blocked the lower limb of the sun… but opportunities later today!

My team had lined up a fabulous day’s cruising down to Bodo, indeed the route was well planned all the way from Hammerfest to Bodo. I have attached a chartlet of our route.

We came back ‘inside’ around 10.00 this morning and got really into the tight ‘interesting bits’ from 1230 onwards. Again, I have attached a chartlet of the route. This was for about 3.5 hours, intense focus for the team, great weather and an absolute spectacle for my guests enjoying this wonderful moving scenery.

At one point the Norwegian Pilot ‘Roger - the Viking’, got quite animated as we passed off the shore line, he could see his house. The ‘people’ picture is of Pilot Roger, foreground, my 4th Officer Chris and Helmsman Rico, a cracking team - a great job today. This also marked the approach to the Bridge that connects Hinnoya to the mainland. Hinnoya island is the largest of the Norwegian Islands and the bridge is situated at Gausvik. The picture is a little misleading, but the distance between the piers is only 90 meters and the height, well Saga Sapphire scrapes under with three feet to spare.

The afternoon was glorious as we passed many interesting points, of which I attempted to relay, with some veiled expertise, to my adoring audience! Seriously, it was lovely. This evening, around 1800, we opened into the waterway between the Lofoton Islands and Norwegian mainland and then did some zig-zagging, why? My objective was to get a view of the midnight sun, steering westerly at midnight. The conditions were ideal, the peaks of the Lofoton islands were just above the horizon, but the view of the sun coming to its lowest elevation before rising again was visible and occurred just after midnight.

After that we set course back to the east to setup for our arrival into Bodo; a new port of call for me, and Saga Sapphire. More tomorrow.

Captain Stuart Horne

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