Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Wed 21 Oct 2009 07:29
Our outboard has arrived and is being run-in. The
boat full of diesel, fresh water and fresh provisions. |
All we have to do now are the exit formalities, which will take more than a day. Immigration officials now have our passports and later we must collect a clearance letter for the harbourmaster. The harbourmaster collects outstanding harbour dues and then returns our ship's registration papers (which he's been holding while we've been based here). After that we can move to the customs quay where they will inspect us, then the chaps from immigration will turn up, return our passports and say goodbye! So we expect to leave tomorrow sometime.
We'll be at sea for 8 to 12 days, maybe 14 as we are now getting into the period of transition between the south monsoon and north monsoon, so the trade winds will be less reliable and we may get more light winds. We probably won't have satellite phone coverage until we're fairly close to the African coast, so we may be out of touch for some time.