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Old 15-08-2020, 19:15   #31
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Re: Fiji to Bundaberg September

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The way I read this https://www.noonsite.com/news/austra...by-case-basis/ Bundaberg is currently the only port of entry, however time at sea counts towards quarantine.

I'd be up for the trip if I could get out of Victoria........

You could just go to North Korea.... https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/...14-p55luj.html
Hi mate, I was put in contact with Qld health by borderforce, see below:

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Under the*Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Direction (No. 5), a person who arrives in Queensland from overseas is required to quarantine in Government Nominated Accommodation for 14 days at their own expense.
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Sea time is not automatically counted towards the quarantine period for recreational/private vessels. With this in mind, you may apply for a Chief Health Officer exemption to recognise time spent at sea, and/or serve the quarantine period on board your vessel. Exemption applications can be made via*Queensland Health’s COVID-19 Exemption and Waiver Service.
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Any request for exemption must include sufficient information to support the request. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer will consider exemption applications on a case by case basis.
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Re: Fiji to Bundaberg September

We all hope a vaccine will appear within 6 to 9 months. I made passage Vanuatu to Bundaberg during October 11 to 20 and found winds light until rounding the top end of New Cal. Then we had NE 15 to 20. Later in November vessels coming out of Noumea encountered storms necessitating heaving to and or use of a sea anchor. So earlier is better then of course cyclone season is around the corner. But . . . I would stay put until COVID resolves. The Fijians are welcoming as we write so put the boat in a pit for cyclone season and await a better time
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My brother and I sailed from Fiji to Bundaberg around November some years ago and sailed past the south eastern shoals of New Caledonia, where there are some shallows spots even several miles off shore.

I did not think much about it until we were overcome by a strong northerly front that blasted through for about three days. The seas that we encountered were some of the worst of my entire sailing career... I wrote in my daily log afterwards , "These waves were true gray beards" we were terrified and especially after dark when we could not see them, but could hear these seas rushing up like locomotives, and crashing into our home built thirty one footer.

We were running under bare poles with two large car tires streaming aft to keep her stern to the seas. My taffrail was stove in and spray dodger window was torn out, but we made it, and I looked closely at my admiralty chart that I was using to navigate (this was in around 1988 btw) and discovered several shallow spots on the ocean floor, which accounted for the large steep waves.... So, my advice to you is to study these underwater shoals and give them a very healthy wide berth...We loved Bundaberg, the Burnett river and the sweet people of Bundaberg, and the rum But do take care in this area mentioned above......
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Re: Fiji to Bundaberg September

Stay in Fiji, friend just arrived in Southport this week from Fiji, four police put him in a paddy wagon straight to a quarantine hotel, he cannot leave the room for 2 weeks. Was so rushed off boat was not allowed to sort food in fridge or organise his boat properly for 2 weeks alone at the quarantine wharf. Add up all the expenses $1400 wharf fee, $2000*2 hotel fee, plus orange disposal fee $150 and others, he is up for just under $10k.
He not a happy Chappy
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Stay in Fiji, friend just arrived in Southport this week from Fiji, four police put him in a paddy wagon straight to a quarantine hotel, he cannot leave the room for 2 weeks. Was so rushed off boat was not allowed to sort food in fridge or organise his boat properly for 2 weeks alone at the quarantine wharf. Add up all the expenses $1400 wharf fee, $2000*2 hotel fee, plus orange disposal fee $150 and others, he is up for just under $10k.
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We have seriously lost the plot. Its actually not ok.
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Stay in Fiji, friend just arrived in Southport this week from Fiji, four police put him in a paddy wagon straight to a quarantine hotel, he cannot leave the room for 2 weeks. Was so rushed off boat was not allowed to sort food in fridge or organise his boat properly for 2 weeks alone at the quarantine wharf. Add up all the expenses $1400 wharf fee, $2000*2 hotel fee, plus orange disposal fee $150 and others, he is up for just under $10k.
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So, if this is what happened (assume it did) did not your buddy inquire about sailing to Australia before embarking? This almost sounds like a Zatara approach. Just go. Not sure I have much sympathy.
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Dale, in case staying in Fiji is an option, take a look here: ENSO Outlook – an alert system for the El Niño–Southern Oscillation

We have a La Nina alert, now. It is 70% chance of more cyclones this season, according to the b.o.m. site.

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Dale, in case staying in Fiji is an option, take a look here: ENSO Outlook – an alert system for the El Niño–Southern Oscillation

We have a La Nina alert, now. It is 70% chance of more cyclones this season, according to the b.o.m. site.

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Hi Ann, yes saw that. Predicted above normal cyclone activity for fiji this year.

I'm heading home in 3 weeks, just dealing with the formalities.
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Anyone else that's thinking of heading home from the Pacific should contact John

downunderrally@gmail.com

I just had a very positive conversation with him, he has a little more insight into what's happening regarding officialdom....good bloke as well.
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So, if this is what happened (assume it did) did not your buddy inquire about sailing to Australia before embarking? This almost sounds like a Zatara approach. Just go. Not sure I have much sympathy.
Theres a couple of reasons the gold coast is not the best place to enter, I'll be heading to Bundaberg. It would suit me better to go to the Gold coast.
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Theres a couple of reasons the gold coast is not the best place to enter, I'll be heading to Bundaberg. It would suit me better to go to the Gold coast.
Definitely safer weather wise. Especially if you are single handed. Been a bizarre winter season in Queensland especially the South East. Lots of strong westerlies & East Coast lows.
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Plus there's a state election coming up in Queensland and they want to exploit the covid thing to the limit for political purposes. Already happening in NT and WA.
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John Hembrow of "THE GO WEST RALLY" is gathering names of Yachties who are stuck in Australia due to Covid. Trying to get the Immi department to be a bit more generous in this hard time. I think this would be a great discussion thread as well. Having a bit of a time figuring out how to start a new thread. Anybody help me with this....
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Definitely safer weather wise. Especially if you are single handed. Been a bizarre winter season in Queensland especially the South East. Lots of strong westerlies & East Coast lows.
I've been watching, I see westerlies between Qld and new cal now. Also I haven't had the set and forget trades across the Pacific either.
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