Monday, 19 September 2016

Passage planning from Vuda Marina to Luganville

Customs officials charge extra to work over weekends.

We want to get to Vanuatu as soon as reasonably possible, to avoid getting too late in the season and getting unpleasant weather on the way home to Australia.

We fly in to Nadi, Fiji, on Fiji Airways (FJ 920) Friday 21st October
11:30 AM Brisbane Brisbane (BNE), terminal I. Eta 05:00 PM Nadi Nadi International (NAN)

Provisioning and odd-jobs will be done over the weekend
  • Fit capacitor to genset.
  • Install seawater pump.
  • Pay Ali
  • Webbing on mainsail
Clearing out of Vuda Marina is significantly cheaper than Denarau.

What is the best time to leave, without incurring extra charges with check-out customs in Vuda, or check-in customs at Luganville?

The implication of these times is that it would be batter to check out of Vuda on Wednesday, spend the night in Momi Bay, and then sail to Luganville on Thursday. The earlier departure would involve rushing, and assumptions about speed which might not be met.

Below is the Bundy Rhum route recommended by the Port2Port Yacht rally. It goes north of both the NewCal northern reefs as well as the Chesterfield Reefs.

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