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17th March, 2018

El Ferrol

Hello Blog Readers, it’s Captain Stuart Horne back on-board after my rather wintery leave! It’s always nice, for many reasons, to get back on-board. The welcoming faces of the marvellous crew and the friendly chats with Saga guests being notable goodies.

I opened my Welcome Cocktail party last night with the phrase “Nice to see you, to see you……” and our guests retorted with “Nice”. I didn’t know Saganauts were such avid Brucie fans!

After a rather lumpy ride down across the Bay of Biscay on Friday, the headlands of the North Western coast of Spain were a welcome sight. Embarking the Pilot at 0800 this morning - what a sensible time to arrive, we were alongside just after 0900, just a tad late.

The run in to El Ferrol port is entered via a narrow 5 mile-long navigation channel. Narrow but pretty spectacular, and the weather held out for us all to enjoy the vista.

After a forecasted short hail storm early in the stay, the afternoon cleared up beautifully. It was my first call here and, whilst not getting ashore, it was a really pleasant call which our guests seemed to really enjoy. The day tour to Santiago de Compostela was particularly well received.

With the Pilot on-board just before 1800, it was a simple manoeuvre off the berth before swinging the bow to the west and making our way out. Being a Saturday we attracted quite a crowd as we made our way through the narrow channel. The Pilot debarking inside the breakwater, we set a westerly course for some 90 nautical miles before rounding Cape Finisterre at just before midnight, then making for a southerly heading towards the Canary Islands.

Two enjoyable days at sea now - see you on Tuesday in Arrecife.

Captain Stuart Horne

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