Up and at em by 0830. Brekkie then customs to get ourselves “cleared out” i.e. Taken off the boat papers (we think that means just put a line through our names and stamp it). It’s kind of complicated. When you arrive you’re “cleared in”, your passport is stamped and the boat is given paperwork stating who’s on which boat. Then you’re meant to leave on the same boat. If not you need to get taken off the boat papers otherwise the skipper gets into trouble when (s)he leaves as they’re responsible for who they bring in. They don’t want people arriving by boat then never leaving. We get 28 days without a visa but if you leave the boat you’re meant to have (a) proof of new boat to go to (b) a flight ticket (c) proof of sufficient funds to get yourself out the country.
We plan to fly out around the 4th Jan to Panama but as yet (Internet really ropey!!) we haven’t got flights sorted. So we thought there’d be loads of hassle but because of all the ARC boats and all the paperwork that that’s brought we think the couldn’t be bothered. They just said when you fly out you’ll get your exit stamp. As for the boat papers they said it didn’t matter. Oh well.
After that we tried yet again on Internet with little success and then returned to the boat. Cuthbert let us know he has been in touch with some friends about good accommodation options for us and he’ll let us know later. Great service :0) We’re thinking a couple more days here at Rodney Bay as we haven’t actually explored it much, then head to a different part of the island. So we’ll see what happens. We leave New Dawn tomorrow morning.
There’s been some rain showers the last day or so. But nothing prepared us for the near monsoon we’ve been having today. It hasn’t let up. It was quite refreshing to start with but now it’s just plain wet!!
But we can’t complain. We’ve hardly had any rain on our entire trip and it’s not snow like you guys all have in the UK! It’s not like it’s cold or anything!!