Departure Papers in Hand
31 May 2018 | Uturoa
We awakened this morning at 0730, planned a great breakfast of fresh baguette (the patisserie is about 100 m from here), French butter, orange marmalade, and pamplemouse, the local "grapefruity thing". At 0800, a very rude skipper on a 62-ft catamaran from DreamYacht Charters, accosted us and demanded that we leave the dock. Conni was incensed and confronted him, but to no avail. We had to pull lines and tie up at the big wharf with no sea protection and rubbing on large black fenders, deeply staining our hull. Grrr...
We made friends with a pair of guys from SoCal in a big Beneteau when they pulled in front of us on the wharf. We know the place so well that we could direct them to grocery stores and restaurants.
We had chores to complete, regardless of our location. We strung our jack lines, the life protecting strap onto which one attaches a tether when leaving the cockpit. We did some sail work. We bought some groceries.
Conni and I traipsed through town to the local Gendarmerie to submit our paperwork for cleaning from French Polynesia. The officer with whom we spoke gave us grief for our terrible French, but was very helpful, and damn, that air conditioning was great! Unfortunately, he said that he couldn't guarantee our paperwork would be completed tomorrow and perhaps not until Friday. Damn!
To enter the Cook Islands, our destination, we had to submit a full schedule of forms and documentation but at least it was all done on-line. With our delay, I had to re-submit our advance declaration for entry. I do hope that it will be sufficient. If we depart on Thursday sometime, we'll arrive a day before Julia, our crew, arrives in Rarotonga. If we leave on Friday, we'll arrive on the same day. Interesting.
A 46-foot Nordhavn trawler docked near us today, a truly beautiful vessel. It's got at least two of everything: well outfitted. Her name is "Starlet" but we know nothing else about her other than that she's American-flagged.
If things go as planned, and when do they ever, I posted a photo page of a collection of photos since my last page.
We decided to keep the battery that we mistakenly bought just as a backup. If we need it, fine, if not, too bad. It's stored low and near the centerline so shouldn't be in the way.
Update Thursday: We have our departure papers in hand and we depart French Polynesia on Friday morning, early. Wish us luck!