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26th May, 2018


After a quiet night at anchor we mustered at 0530 and shortly afterwards started to “weigh” the port anchor. This does not mean we have a large set of scales on the fore-deck!! However it does mean we started to recover the cable into the chain locker. With 6 shackles in the water this equates to 90 fathoms (which is 540 feet or 164.6m). After 30 minutes the anchor was “aweigh”, which meant it was off the bottom.

Once the anchor was sighted and clear, and clean we brought it home. Tom then guided the ship away from the anchorage and handed the con to the pilot for the 10 miles transit to our ”drift” position off Rosendal. Emmeline took the con for the last 3 miles to the “drift” position and got us into a perfect position just under ½ mile from the tender pier.

I managed to sneak off on my latest bike which I am so pleased with. I cycled 20 miles in 1hr 15mins so a great workout. Emmeline our Chief Officer Navigator went running up the local hill and took these fabulous shots of Rosendal bay.

Once everyone was on board Matt, the Safety Officer, manouvered us clear and then handed the con to one of the Norwegian pilots as we retraced our tracks back out of Hardangerfjord. We cleared by 2030 and then it was time to settle down to watch the Champions League final with a bunch of great Officers in the Wardroom. Although not a Liverpool fan (Chelsea is my team), I was so angry with Real Madrid’s Ramos and his foul on Mo Salah. Mo going off injured turned the game, as prior to this Liverpool was “all over” Real Madrid. I must just add that Gareth Bales’ overhead goal was simply outstanding – maybe he is heading for Chelsea!!!

See you in Stavanger.

Captain Julian Burgess

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