World ARC sailing, Mauritius, Reunion & South Africa

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2020: 26 Oct

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Although we mention the land sites that we visit, this is predominately a sailing trip and much of our time is spent at sea. Sailing provides a different experience of the planet. It helps us to realise that there is more to the world than the land we reside on. We are driven by the weather, and it is an exhilarating and humbling experience. Wildlife is also part of this experience; we get up close to wildlife that we wouldn’t be able to see without spending money on dubious attractions that abuse animals for entertainment.

• We ask you to not use single use plastic bags on board.
• We encourage the use of dry bags, which is a great alternative to using plastic to keep your stuff dry (they are also reusable)
• We encourage reusable bottles for drinks
• No plastic bottles are brought on board, with the exception of an emergency supply.
• We hope that during your trip you will become more aware of the pollution in the ocean and maybe inspire you to do more.

• No metal. plastic or glass will ever be thrown overboard, no matter how far out to sea we are.
• Food waste will only be thrown overboard If we are more than 6nm offshore.
• The skipper and mate will brief the crew on when it is appropriate to use the on-board heads and when not. This will depend on how far from land we are, whether we are in tidal waters and on the sensitivity of the environment. In some locations. no human waste at all will be ejected from the boat: Instead it will be diverted Into a holding tank and removed at a suitable time.
• Local resources such as water and electricity can be in short supply, especially on remote islands and a large yacht arriving can put too much demand on these services and supplies. To counter this, where the skipper feels it is appropriate, he will inform the crew and ask them to maintain the 'at sea' approach: that is to say minimal usage and wastage.
• Except for our emergency supplies, we will not buy bottled water.

• Stick to roads and established paths. This prevents damage to the beautiful islands that we are visiting.
• Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna.
• Follow the instructions of local guides
• Don't feed animals in rest camps in the Kruger National Park and other nature reserves, especially the 'cute' animals such as monkeys, baboons and warthogs.
• If possible use a camera with a long-range lens and not to use flashes so you disturb animals as little as possible.
• Never go to attractions which use animals as entertainment for profit. These animals are often taken from the wild, mistreated and are trained to perform unnatural behaviours which can be harmful to the animal.
• In Mauritius you will see lots of dolphins playing in the wild we ask you to not approach dolphins In the wild - let them approach you and be very careful with them if they do.
• Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs from Mauritius or Reunion and don't purchase these types of items from the locals as this can encourage the ongoing destruction of these places.
• Many wild plants and animals are in great danger ... you can contribute to protecting them by avoiding buying souvenirs made from endangered species (jewellery made from red coral and turtle carapace, shatoosh and many others). Be careful if you're bringing plants or seeds back from your travels - check that they couldn't become invasive species.
• Do not leave any rubbish behind, even if it is biodegradable.
• Mauritius offers scuba diving opportunities that are on a par with the Maldives. The Dive centers have the highest priorites on the preservation of the sub-aquatic landscape. The dive sites, won’t be crowded and only mooring buoys are used inline with the MSDA guidelines.
Wind is our main sources of power, which reduces transport emissions and energy use during the trip. As the yacht is your accommodation, there are no issues with searching for sustainable accommodation.

The Impacts of this Trip

On these voyages we form a very tight group which is a huge part of the experience. However, as a result it can be all too easy to make landfall and then forget that we are guests in someone else's country, with their own culture and customs.
Once ashore, you'll find it can be quite the cultural exchange. Our trips are designed so that you get to mix with the locals as much as possible. The locals are often just as fascinated about you and your journey as you are about them. It's not often a yacht the size of ours arrives in town, especially with the giant birds on the side. The locals you’ll meet on this trip will love to hear about the voyage you are on; where you've been to and where you're headed. You will find they are usually delighted that we have chosen to stop at their town and will want to tell you all about it. Going on guided tours with locals or adventure companies are great ways to discover Mauritius and the history and culture of its people.

Unlike many vacations, on these voyages you will be the ones heading out into the local towns and markets and buying all the food we need. Not only does this mean we are eating the local produce, but it also means many hundreds of pounds is put straight into the local economy and not just via trinkets and souvenirs. We often also need to buy spares for the boat and employ a local tradesmen to help us carry out repairs. This again is a really powerful source of funds to local workmen and companies. As most or this expenditure goes directly to the locals rather than to large multi-nationals, it means that it stays in the community and directly benefits them.

Many coastal areas are experiencing particular pressure from a change in lifestyles and economic realities. They are very attractive places both for tourists and for vacation home owners, meaning that the local population are often squeezed out to accommodate the influx. Previously they may also have been very reliant on the fishing industry which now has real problems of its own. The combination of these factors has put many off our stop-over’s under huge economic and social pressure. Our use of marinas and berthing fees, purchase of food and supplies and use of the local tradesmen and companies all produce very real benefits along the way and we're delighted that that's the case.

We eat very well on board and all food is sources locally, usually from local markets, these policies also lower food miles. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and always offer a vegetarian option which meat is an effective action that you can take to reduce your carbon emissions.


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