Jamaica to Cuba sailing adventure

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2021: 22 Feb
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Environment
"100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution" so we are very clear on how we deal with waste. These are our rules:
• 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.

Our guidelines for exploring offshore

• Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna.
• Follow the instructions of any local guides
• Do not feed the camels and approach them sensitively.
• If possible use a camera with a long-range lens 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.
• When going ashore and exploring them you must respect any signs, take only photographs and leave no litter even if others have done so.
• Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs from the location and don't purchase these types of items from the locals as this can encourage the ongoing destruction of these places.
• Do not leave any rubbish behind, even if it is biodegradable.

SOURCE LOCAL & REDUCE WASTE
We eat very well on board and all food is sources locally, usually from local markets (as mentioned above), 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 reduce CO2 emissions.

SUSTAINABLE POWER
Wind is our main sources of power, which reduces transport emissions during the trip and energy use. As the yacht is your accommodation, there are no issues with searching for sustainable accommodation.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITIES IN JAMACIA & CUBA
Unlike many holidays, 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.

ISSUES OF COSTAL COMMUNITIES
Many coastal areas are experiencing particular pressure from a change in lifestyles and economic realities. The caribbean and Cuba are very attractive places both for tourists and for holiday 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: Port Antonio, in Jamaica and Cienfuegos, Cuba provide 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.

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