Posted: 9th November 2011 12:18:27 PM AEST.
All their fears about over zealous officials proved false. Clearance by Customs and Quarantine was over in less than one hour and they were given a years entry which can be renewed for a further two years if they behave themselves and report in every three months (a little like being on probation). Quarantine didn’t confiscate a single thing and left with only their rubbish, even the brie survived. However, a combination of having been in Fiji for long periods and having too much marine ply in the build classified Scallywag as high risk. This means that in one year’s time they have to pay for a Quarantine Officer to inspect the boat for stray termites before their Certificate of Pratique is extended.
The Captain and First Mate had a little celebration last night and have a catch-up in the bar with fellow cruisers planned for tonight. They have had a great welcome from the Port to Port rally organizers and are currently enjoying the beautiful weather, currently 31c.
Paul & Glor
24 45’00.00 S, 152 23’00.00 E
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