World ARC sailing, French Polynesia to Fiji

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CLEAR RULES WITH DEALING WITH WASTE ONBOARD

Much of this trip is at sea. We have very clear rules about dealing with waste so that we are not leaving behind a trace.

• 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 EXPLORING OFF SHORE WE ASK YOU TO:

This trip is an amazing opportunity to explore UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taputapuatea, the largest marae in French Polynesia and conservation areas. We want these special places to still be there in years to come so we ask you:

• stick to roads and established paths.
• Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna.
• Follow the instructions of local guides
• not feed any animals 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.
• Don't 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 the islands 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.


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.
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The Impacts of this Trip

RESPECT FOR CULTURES AND SHARING OUR OWN
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.

On this trip is an opportunity to visit the Yakel tribe in Tanna. Visiting the Yakel tribe in Tanna is an extraordinary experience that transports you back in time, but we ask you to follow the following guidelines to ensure that your visit has the least impact possible.

• They are always happy to accept a bag of rice as a gift, some aspirin, plasters, or a “bush knife”.
• Handmade carvings etc., are for sale at great value (please don’t barter for a better price) buying these gifts helps them to get emergency medical assistance or get their truck fixed.
• Don’t buy shells if presented as this only assists in destroying the reef from which they feed themselves
• Only go at the set visiting times or it interrupts their daily chores

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 meat is an effective action that you can take to reduce your carbon emissions.

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