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No matter where in the world you prefer to sail and you keep going back to, you would no doubt be sad if it was suddenly overflowing with plastic waste or if the corals were dead due to bleaching.
Here are 4 simple things you can do to help preserve your favourite destination and to keep it in its best condition.
In general, there are no requirements for a visa for Scandinavians when sailing in the Caribbean (stay max. 1 month). Only a visa / Visa Waiver is required for sailing in the US Virgin Islands. Always check this with the Embassy in Copenhagen, as changes happen all the time. If you fly over the USA, you must also have an ESTA
Read more about Visa Waier and ESTA
The following is not written to scare our guests. All sailors in the Caribbean will often cross borders, and this is completely unproblematic - as long as you follow the procedures (check with the relevant embassy well in advance of departure). Always remember to clear both entry and exit at CUSTOMS when leaving or calling on national waters. When clearing, the authorities will often ask for documentation from the last port of clearance.
For each clearance, 4 copies of the crew list, passports from everyone on board and the boat's papers are brought. Kindness and good appearance (no swimwear and bare chest) as well as a little patience make things completely problem-free. An amount is paid for this.
Please note that a significant fine is charged if you have forgotten to clear entry as well as exit upon arrival in a new area. In some places the boat can be brought up. Also note that there is a special "overcharge" at weekends.
There will be certain areas, bays and islands that cannot or must not be sailed. These are disclosed during the briefing for the individual sailing areas, and are also described in the manual on board.
Night sailing is only permitted by agreement with the base. Sailing from BVI to St. Croix is not allowed without prior application. The entry is difficult with reefs, and the return trip to Tortola is rough sea crossing.
Since virtually everything has to be shipped in and cleared through customs, the price level is higher than in DK. No food (meat and fruit) may be brought in - it is confiscated to keep the island free of plant diseases and the like. Be a little ahead of the curve with provisioning, as you are too prone. Shopping opportunities are limited in many places. The boat is equipped with a barbecue. Remember charcoal.
You can walk fairly close to the coast - but be aware of the corals. Many coral reefs with their amazing animal and fish life have been destroyed by sailors with a trailing anchor chain! Use buoys where possible.
There are mooring buoys laid out in many places = Night Time Moorings = “Moore Secure” which is paid for mooring at these buoys.
Should always be secured to the boat or on land. Sometimes local young people come out in boats and will help with moorings, possibly "keep watch at the boat"! They also offer to take waste ashore. Assess the value of this for yourself - they expect a tip in return. Take it with good humor and a smile, even though they may be ongoing.
In some places, buoys = "Day Time Moorings" in different colors can only be used during the day when anchoring/diving in protected coral areas. In the Virgin Islands you get a Day Time Mooring Permit - paid in advance in the boat rental.
The local small fishermen put out nets and nets in many places, and they can be difficult to see. They are tedious to get in the screw, so keep an eye out for a small fishing ball and the long loose string, or two buoys connected by a line or a net.
Fishing with a harpoon is not allowed. A fishing license in the BVI for all types of fishing must be applied for no later than 4 weeks before the sailing trip. Certain tropical coral fish may contain the toxin "Ciguater" and should not be eaten. Ask locally which areas it applies to. Tuna, swordfish and many other colorful fish are not affected by this and are served in restaurants in exciting dishes with the nicest spices and tropical fruits and vegetables.
There is the possibility of lovely excursions to the islands. Open jeeps can be rented for a mountain tour. The view over the sea and the islands is absolutely magnificent. A visit to a Rhum Distillery or a Plantation will be a typical historical insight. The street life is festive and colourful, and a shopping day at the local markets is a wonderful meeting with the local population
Money, valuables, passports etc. should probably be carried on you when you travel around or disembark from the boat - there is no reason to tempt weak souls. Unlock the boat - also when it is too swaying, and you take the dinghy ashore.
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