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7th July, 2018

Sea Day

Our first of three days at sea, yesterday, was comfortable but with a wind in from the west. Fortunately this morning when I awoke, still lots of daylight around, the conditions were quite lovely, with a breeze from astern and fabulous conditions and some sunshine!

Today, Francis, Exec Chef and his team put on a sumptuous lunch in the Pole to Pole, the “Viking Feast” so I just had to get some photos - it’s no wonder the waistline continues to grow!

As the conditions were so nice, and guests were enjoying a bracing stroll on the open decks, the Chief Officer and I looked at how we could ‘do’ something navigationally - I knew we were coming up on the Orkneys later today. There was an opportunity, within the navigational plan, to have a look at North Ronaldsay, the most northern of the 70 Islands that make up the Orkneys and one of the 20 islands that are inhabited.

Passing by the North and Eastern shores just after 1400 I was able regale my guests with some interesting trivia about the island, not least the rare breed of sheep on the island that only eat seaweed. Indeed, these sheep are ‘kept’ on the foreshore by a wall, known as a sheep dyke, and are only allowed to graze beyond the dyke on the pastureland when they are lambing.

It was a glimpse of something you would not normally see. I should not imagine many of us think about taking a holiday on North Ronaldsay.

Farwell Cocktails tonight so I best go and get ‘sorted out’. Onward to Dover.

Captain Stuart Horne

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