24th December, 2021
I love Barbados. The first time I came to Bridgetown was back in 2009 and I have grown fond of it. The beaches are amazing and the food is great. Simple pleasures of life. Our arrival today was different to all my previous ones, as I would go bow in and then turn 90 degrees to go alongside. There were two other ships already docked, and I planned to swing just past the breakwater and back in to the Sugar berth.
The pilot confirmed that with 20 to 25 knots of easterly wind, this was the safest and fastest way of executing the arrival manoeuvre. We were docked in 20 minutes.
The plaque exchange was pleasant and I had a long chat with the Harbour Master and recently retired senior pilot who still assists in the port when needed. I told them that I have been coming to Barbados for 12 years now and that my dad was coming to Barbados until 2006. When I mentioned the name of the ship, the pilot remembered him. Small world…
Departure was delayed by half an hour as we had to wait to complete the bunkering operations and load all the fresh provisions needed for our trip home. We also had to wait for the ship on the breakwater to depart first. Staff Captain Denis took Adventure out of the Bridgetown port. Off we went across the Atlantic Ocean to the Canaries where we plan to arrive just in time for a New Year’s celebration and the fireworks.
Captain Franko Papić
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