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Friday 27 May 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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Rarotonga welcomes first yacht since 2019
Memo Glasgow moored at Avatiu port yesterday. Photo: Melina Etches/22052612

The Memo Glasgow yacht moored at Avatiu port yesterday, the first yacht to enter the port in over two years since the maritime borders were locked down in late 2019 due to Covid-19.

Sailed by two men on board – the captain and a crew member – the yacht arrived from Tahiti and will be here for over a week before continuing her journey.

Ports Authority harbour master John Jessie expects more yachts to call in to Rarotonga as a stopover, the only open port of call in the Cook Islands.

The ports of all the other islands in the Cooks group are closed to visiting maritime vessels.

Also in port was the Taunga Nui barge loading cargo for its next journey.

The Lady Moana arrived back on Tuesday returning from Manihiki, Penrhyn and Rakahanga. Yesterday cargo was being loaded onto the vessel for her next voyage.