Sailing course holiday in Norway

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2020: 30 Aug, 5 Sep
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Environment
This sailing course is not about being a tourist, the majority of your time will be spent at sea, however that does not mean that we can't be sustainable. We have very strict rules about how waste is dealt with and recommendations regarding what you bring with you.

• 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.

Encouraging the use of Dry Bags
Bags, that can keep our stuff dry is pretty important on a sailing holiday, and we also recommend that all kit is separated into bags for reasons of organisation and prevention of water damage. This is why we recommend dry bags as often the obvious choice is to buy single use plastic food bags from the supermarket.

Recommendations for bringing toiletries
We don’t supply toiletries, but we do provide the accommodation, which means our guests bring their own. We recommend that soap is used rather than shower gel, which comes in a plastic bottle. Bamboo toothbrushes, metal razors, and decanting from home into reusable bottles rather than bringing minis.

• We ask you to not use single use plastic bags on board and to bring your own shopping bag.
• 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
• We hope that during your trip you will become more aware of the pollution in the ocean and maybe inspire you to do more.
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. 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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