I knew he was a worng 'un
bit of an update.
Life the universe and "immi"
I've been looking for work in Australia. Because I was told I was a lowed to. I entered Oz on what's called an ETA and electronic visa valid for 3 months, given the sail round to Darwin was nearly that I extended it to a long tourist multiple entry (I can go out and come back) visa in Cairns.
When they did that they put a rare "No Further Stay" condition on my visa - I must have looked like a wrong 'un. Explained it to me fine, if that's the way it is that's the way it is. Because of this when I got down to Sydney I went to "immi" the immigration office and spoke to them about what my options were regarding work. They looked at my passport and at their computer and said I could work if I got an employer to sponsor me.
However the guy I spoke to clearly wasn't paying attention cos that's not the case. Because of my non extensible visa, I assumed that the condition "no further stay" meant that no further tourist extension would be granted. After all I was told I could apply for sponsored work visas.
This all sort of fell apart in the last few days, when someone actually tried to sponsor me. I am moderately miffed. I've put a lot of effort into this, and have found out that if I was out of the country I'd be fine. Those of you who follow this blog will know I was in New Zealand a couple of weeks back. Obviously I'd have gone and annoyed Jake and Naz and stayed a while whilst trying to sort it out had I know. Frustrated? Hell yes.
I've appealed against this condition using the above arguments and can "expect to be rejected" within the next three weeks.
In a few weeks my vans "rego" or registration runs out. Its an NT van in need of some TLC. However up there it doesn't need to pass a test for 6 months but down here it would as it would need to be registered in New South Wales. Its tempting to head north and take it home to Darwin a short drive of a mere 4000km. Little more via Campbell in the Gold Coast and Al and Jack in port.
I'm thinking I may have some money and the opportunity to do a few weeks swan song trip up the East Coast. and even if it ends up on the credit card I'm probably going to do it. While I wait to be rejected. Dry season starts in a bit up north so its tempting. Very tempting.
Blue Water Rally Updates.
Hopefully you all heard of the Tragic deaths of Phyllis and Bob who were murdered by pirates in the Indian Ocean. The situation up there has deteriorated so badly that the Blue Water Rally is stopped in Salalah (Oman I think). All but one boat is there awaiting shipment out of danger. There all due to be transported by ship to Turkey.
I have been told that the next BWR has been cancelled.
The boats that left the rally in Australia. Aqualuna, Simaderel and Peregrina were all still around till yesterday when Johnathan and Gabby from Aqualuna flew home to the UK Pete an Margie are probably bobbing around somewhere between here and Cronulla just south of Sydney delivering a Passport 40 yacht.
Due to weather they were held up, so on Tuesday they got the train down from Newcastle, Michael and Ger rushed back into town and Jonathan and Gabby stopped by on their way to the airport. We did lunch in, arguably, Sydney's oldest pub, gave them a send of and had a toast to Bob and Phyllis's memory. Great to see them all together again. The rest of the rally are oftern on face book at the moment as they're all going nowere so hearing alot form them.
Like ships that pass in the night
Obviously that means Pete and Margie sailed into Sydney Harbour last night, narrowly avoiding be run down by the CYC race fleet. Me Included. I also must have narrowly missed them on a road south of Auckland a few weeks back. Its a small planet. I was mooching around Simaderal's mooring lines and shore power a couple of weeks back - Matt's out board was out of petrol and we were filling it up next to their boat.
My trip to Tasmania was due to careering wildly under the Sydney harbour bridge in a squall with full sail up, disturbing Gabby and Johnathan on Aqualuna going the other way.
Its quite a small country Australia.
I've got a second degree burn on my foot, I stood in a volcano. Will try not to do it again, it hurt. Still remember the story about 6 weeks ago where we were out racing and fished someone out of the Drink? Well he's better now and won our division last night. it seems he was in a lot worse way than we though. He broke 6 ribs, then had heart failure and then renal failure and very nearly died. Looks like he's made a full recovery he was thanking us in the pub last night.
Anyway I've got to see a nurse and retrieve the battery from my van cos its flat and I need it.
It sounds like my adventure may be coming to an end, at least temporally. I am poor and probably going to have to come home. I hold all of you collectively responsible for the Tory government. If I do come home you will sell yarns for drinks. Since I've been dealing with foreign beer for so long I now go for quantity over quality. Something that may be remarkably similar to my yarns.