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21st March, 2019

An upside, if I may be so self-indulgent, was that with the early sailing last night I was not so late into bed after dinner. 2200 is so much earlier then midnight - which would have been the case if we had sailed on schedule.

It is a lovely navigational passage form La Gomera; approaching Las Galletas on the southern tip of Tenerife, you can see the lights of Los Cristianos, a memorable spot for me. We then make a NNE passage off the eastern shore of the island where the busy coastal lights illuminate the western horizon.

With a lovely sunrise, we embarked the pilot close off the entrance on time at 0700 where Tom, the Staff Captain, manoeuvred bow-in, into the port. Alongside swiftly, text book stuff, the ship was cleared just before 0800.

Tenerife often experiences cloud in the afternoon at this time of year, so it was an added benefit that the day remained generally with blue skies through to sunset.

It was a late departure from Tenerife to satisfy the Mount Teide Sunset & Stars tour, what an experience. With the last of the Guests back at 2245, we prepared for departure. An interesting manoeuvre this one. Limited space astern to lift the stern off the quay, then the need to back out passing the navigational restrictions both to port and starboard and finally, and unusually, going astern out of the breakwaters.

Having swung through 270 degrees, the pilot was disembarked just before midnight before setting our course towards the seaway between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Bed time.

Captain Stuart Horne

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