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greetings Catnap Crew,

Re customs in PNG:- there are no customs in Misima although you can get Pratique clearance there from John in the health department. Cost is 50 kina.

There used to be customs at the Conflict Group but they closed down on 25th September. The nearest is Samarai which is 30 miles closer to the Louisiades than Alotau. Most yachts just cruise the Louisiades without clearing. Some stop in at Misima for Pratique. We have been trying to get customs back at Misima and I think if enough boats do the Misima clearance and not the customs clearance then they might get the message that they are needed there.

It is a very hard slog back from Alotau/ Samarai to the Louisiades as both the current and the wind are against you. We are currently anchored at the Conflict Group and it has been blowing 25+ knots for the past week – not good weather for going east!! Some have taken up to three weeks to do the trip. If you are going to Australia after the Louisiades the Australian customs are aware of the problem of getting clearance in PNG.

Trust this has been of some help to you.

God bless,

Phil

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Admirals Update No. 2

Greetings All,

I think we’ve made the Guiness Book of Records for the slowest trip from Townsville to Samarai. The winds were fickle, the seas were sloppy and confused due to the disturbance on the Australian coast and we had a knot and a half of current against us almost all the way which added over a hundred miles to out trip so that we sailed 600+ miles through the water to do 500 miles over the ground. I think God is trying to teach me patience — and I’m a slow learner.

We cleared Customs at Samarai and scored an overtime fee for arriving on the Queen’s birthday holiday. We then went to Alotau as the plumbing on the sink had broken and we needed to replace a part. When we arrived we had trouble anchoring and took five goes dragging through the soft mud before managing to hook onto a ridge of rock — the approved method so one of the local yachties told us but certainly not our favorite.Now the good news. On the shore waving to us was John Cameron from Kimuta Island; one of the first friends we made in PNG. The first year we were here we collected money for his daughter Miriam to be operated on as she was born with club feet. He was there with her having further physio. He filled us in with all the local news and went with us looking for a part for the sink waste — typically unavailable. Finally an Aussie plumber married to a PNG woman made something up for us and Phil got it working again, hopefully until we can get the correct part from Australia.

The other good news is that a doctor from the church here was going to Port Moresby the next day and offered to take our passports to Bethel so our visas can be renewed. That is a real answer to prayer as everyone told us not to trust the post.We heard about the devastating storm on the NSW Central Coast. If you have any news of the local conditions please e-mail us. We are praying for you as you are for us. The tougher the start, the better it’s going to be we always find.

More later,God bless you all,Pam and Phil

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