World ARC sailing in Indian Ocean

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2020: 7 Sep
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Environment
As this trip is mostly at sea one of our concerns how we deal with waste inboard therefore we have very clear rules:

SOURCE LOCAL & REDUCE WASTE
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 is an effective action that you can take to reduce your carbon 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.

DEALING WITH WASTE ONBOARD
• 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.

Christmas Island is a remarkable eco-tourism destination, there is no fee to enter the park but we will be contributing to the local economy by purchasing our provisions there and eating in local restaurants. If you choose to go reef walking on Cocos Keeling, please stick to our guidelines to reduce human impact and protect the reef flat.

GUIDELINES FOR OFFSHORE EXPLORING :
• Stick to roads and established paths.
•Watch where you are walking to avoid stepping on, and killing, any coral or sea life.
• Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna.
• Follow the instructions of local guides
•Look but don't touch! Some marine life can deliver painful and dangerous stings. Check with an experienced guide before handling anything.
•Don't stand on the edges of coral pools. Corals in this area are often fragile and easily damaged, particularly if you step in and out of the pool.
•Avoid walking amongst coral colonies in water deeper than your knees. This makes seeing into the water and balancing difficult.
• 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.
• We will see a lot of dolphin pods on this trip. 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 any of the islands that we visit 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.


The coral islands over some purely stunning coral diving but please be aware of the impact that diving can cause before you go. Coral reefs are living organisms that need 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 with the corals 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
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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. The islands of Lombok, Christmas Island, the Cocos and Mauritius have a diversity of religions and cultures and you are asked to respect these guidelines on the Island:
• Dress modestly when visiting areas, where many Muslim people live. You might like to carry a wrap or sarong to cover bathing suits, bare arms or revealing clothing.
• Swimwear is perfectly acceptable on the beach, but public nudity is not allowed anywhere on Christmas Island.
• You are welcome to visit the island’s temples and take photos if you like. However, please remember that these are places of worship and show respect at all times.
• Take off your shoes before entering a temple, mosque or somebody’s home.
• Muslims use their right hand for eating, giving and receiving. Our Muslim residents will appreciate you doing the same when interacting with them.
• Avoid touching another person on the head.

SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
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. We will be stopping a Christmas Island to stock up on provisions. 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. The visit to the Banyumulek pottery village is truly an eye opening experience, almost 70% of Penujak lombok people are working as a pottery craftsman, spreading across 7 small villages. This means that your entrance fee and any pottery that your purchase goes directly into the economy

ISSUES OF COSTAL 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 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.

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