World ARC sailing, Brazil to the Caribbean

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2020: 14 Feb
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World ARC sailing, Brazil to the Caribbean

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

When visiting Fernando de Noronha, we have to pay and environment preservation tax, and then there is an additional ecological tax to enter the national park. The entrance fee goes towards the continual conservation of the park and the island.

At Fernando de Noronha there are the amazing spinner dolphins we ask you to not approach dolphins In the wild - let them approach you and be very careful with them if they do.

Most people visiting Devils island come from cruises or via helicopter so we are by far the most sustainable way to visit.

Diving in Coral Reefs
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

In the Tobago Cays don’t buy lobster on this trip as it is out of season.

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

Community

Respecting local 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 information exchange. 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 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.


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. 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 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.

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

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