Atlantic ocean sailing tour

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2021: 2 Apr

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"100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution", something which is in the forefront our minds as sailing operators.

It’s great that there is more awareness about the destruction of single use plastic bags. They create havoc to marine life They can be mistaken for jelly fish, birds often think they are food. Bags get tangled up in propellers, stuck to freedive and surfboard fins. There’s seriously nothing more disgusting than being out in the wilderness of the ocean, feeling a connection with nature and then seeing a plastic bag float past the boat. So, what do we do to play our part in the reduction of single plastic bag use?

To begin with we can ask you to bring a dry bag: Bags, that can keep our stuff dry is pretty important on a sailing vacation, and we also recommend that all kit is separated into waterproof bags for reasons of organisation and prevention of water damage. This is why we recommend dry bags as often the obvious choice is to buy single use plastic food bags from the supermarket.

Reusable shopping bags on our kit list. Bring a reusable shopping bag or two and this reduces the amount of plastic being brought onboard it's that simple.

We ask you to not bring water in single use bottles.

Recommendations for bringing toiletries
We don’t supply toiletries, but we do provide the accommodation, which means our guests bring their own. We recommend that soap is used rather than shower gel, which comes in a plastic bottle. Bamboo toothbrushes, metal razors, and decanting from home into reusable bottles rather than bringing minis.

Protecting the environment starts on board. Our very clear rules on how we deal with waste on board:
• 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.

"When we weigh anchor in a bay, the only trace that we have ever been there will be the mark in the sand where our anchor once was. We are totally self-sufficient, and that's part of the magic."

The Impacts of this Trip

We strive to support local communities, by buying local everywhere we go that means our expenditure goes straight into the local community. Shopping local significantly reduces the use of single use plastic bags, as they aren’t offered in the first place. This is why we include reusable bags on our packing list.

Supporting local economies
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 or 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.


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