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Date: 15 Jul 2010 05:08:52
Title: Sailing around the World,, ( presently in Vanuatu, South west pacific. )

WEDNESDAY   14th   July  2010
 
06.00hrs,  Another wonderfull start to the day in Paradise. bright and sunny,
We got the blogs, and emails out of the way early,
Then we had a slow light breakfast , ie cornflakes and tea. and went through some of the requirements for Australia,
They are very particular about what you can or cant bring into the country.
example,   no meat, so we must eat it all before we get there or toss it over the side.
                no honey.
                no butter,
                no fruit or veg,
                no mayo,
                no milk ( unless its australian,)
                no souvineers
 
and lots more in the small print...
 
09.00hrs  We did all the clearances at the office for tomorrows departure at midday.
               We were also given tax free certs. so we could buy booze, presents, and diesel, all tax free.
               Aileen then went about seeing how effective the certs were, as only women can do really well.
 
Later, skipper and scotty reset the forward port staunchion, two of the three ss bolts holding it down on the deck had broken off.
that took about 90 mins,
Then we set about resewing the foot line on the headsail, all the stitching had unravelled,  rather disintegrated, this is the second time
we had to repair this sail,  in Feb. we had to get the whole leach line redone as it ripped from head to toe.
And these sails are only in use 14 months,,
 
Aileen sent lots of copy books, pencils , pens, and colouring pens back to the primary school in "Tanna" as promised.
She will sit at the right hand of god for all the Good Works,
 
17.00hrs, we walked up to the other end of town to the " anchor Bar " for the skippers briefing regarding tomorrows trip of 1180 miles to
Mackay in Australia.  following this, we had a few G & T's before returning to the boat to doll ourselfs up to go for dinner
in the Grand Hotel next door to the marina,
Dinner was excellent again, we met the yanks there and joined them after dinner in the hotels " Casino "
This was a change, and most enjoyable, we lost about 10 euros each,  like 2000 local vatu's
Skipper and Bob had a great chat afterwards. before returning to the boats,
 
a late night.  
 
 
Signed :-   Stephen Hyde   ( skipper )

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