World ARC sailing in Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef

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2020: 5 Aug
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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Our very clear rules for dealing with waste
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 (toilets) 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.
We ask you to bring a reusable bottle for drinking water

We operate within the GBRMPA responsible reef practices.

Port Douglas has a plastic free initiative asking visitors to not bring single use plastics. The people of Lizard Island are all about the protecting and nurturing the diverse ecosystem, there is a complete ban on plastic bottles and plastic straws which we fully support.

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.


You can get a tour of the Research Station on Lizard Island where they offer the opportunity to speak to marine staff who live and work in the surrounds, who can provide insights on the day to day health of the marine environment as well as advances in reef conservation and research breakthroughs. If you want to combine your sailing adventure with eco-tourism this is something we definitely recommend. Visitors of Lizard Island give back to the local environment via the Environmental Management Charge fee, which goes directly towards the conservation and protection of the Great Barrier Reef, as is evident through the Lizard Island Research Station.

Diving
The Great Barrier reef is a living organism that needs extreme care and attention. Water pollution, touching or bumping into the corals can really have a negative impact on the coral reefs.

If you are planning to dive we ask you to
Learn about the maximum limit of interaction with corals before the trip
That you are aware of the impact on coral reefs
Obey the guidelines of safe diving
Dive with a respectful attitude to coral-friendly diving
Learn how to control your buoyancy movement and breathing
Take pride in lessening your impact
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Supporting local economies
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. Lizard Island for example have initatives in place where 90 percent of all food and drink are offered by local suppliers. 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.

The particular issue of coastal communities
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 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 of our stop overs under huge economic and social pressure. Our use of marinas and berthing fees. our purchase of food and supplies and our 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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