Leaving Archangel 20th July 2011

Minka of Southampton - Cruising Log
Edmund Wigan
Wed 27 Jul 2011 07:23
Checking out of Russia was quite a complicated affair and would have been a nightmare if we had not had Russian speakers with us. We decided to check out of Russia here and miss going to Murmansk because it was simpler to do it before we left the rally. We are therefore going straight to Kirkenes in Norway which is about 400nm.
We had 3 immigration officers on board who wear blue uniforms and one customs officer who wore a green uniform. It took them about half an hour but would have been a lot longer if we hadn't had the help of an agent/translator.
We left Archangelsk at about 1600 and set off in a convoy down the 30nm channel top the White Sea. One of the liaison officers dressed for the part to wave her goodbyes.