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Spitsbergen on the horizon

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Our night passage (sun 10 degrees above the horizon at midnight) went well with favourable breeze. Our puffin and curlew watches lead by Tracy and Albert had us sailing towards Spitsbergen with ease, all of us settling into life onboard in Polar conditions guided by our crew. Fladen suits are definitely our dress code now. Soups and plenty of hot drinks are passed around but we also managed to Heave To for a spot of Humpback Whale watching (very close encounters). As we write this for the last few hours the ice covered mountains of the southern tip are emerging, guiding us now towards our check in point of Longyearbyen still 150 miles away.