Probably this does not come as a surprise to you: The impact you have on the places you visit is simply huge. Especially when you travel in a way that is not as nicely facilitated as staying in a holiday resort. Like sailing. Some call it environmental impact, some call it a footprint. Whatever it is called, if you are the one causing it, you can also be the one to avoid it.
We at Moorspots are very happy that this topic gets more and more attention around the world. It is a topic close to our hearts and we know for many of you as well. However, even though there are a lot great initiatives going on to raise awareness and to give advice, we noticed that it is difficult to find what you can actually do from day to day. The simple and actionable things.
That is why I wrote this blog. Because everyone who reads this also leaves a footprint on the world, whether you are cruising around the globe or chartering a boat for a sailing holiday. I hope you enjoy reading it.
As you know, Moorspots is made possible for and by the community. This large community of nautical enthusiasts can be found across the globe and therefore we run into them once in a while. Last year we were cruising along the Turkish coast when we suddenly found one of the most active users, Dedanann, when we were mooring in a harbour. It was great to meet him in person, hear his experiences and enjoyed the feedback we got on Moorspots. This year during our sailing trip in the Lefkas area we ran into another very active Moorspots user, Skadi. We know Skadi a little, but you might not and therefore we decided to throw a few questions at them:
Who are the cruisers on sailing yacht Skadi?
Peter Tilburgs, Dutch nationality, is 69 years and on September 1st, 2009 he started early retirement. He started to work as a freelancer later but stopped working permanently on the 15th of May 2015. Peter has been sailing for over 30 years, the main areas of operation the Ijsselmeer & the Wadden Sea (Netherlands), the North Sea – the east coast of England, the South Coast of England and the French coast to the English Channel Islands. He also made a tour around Scotland, the Irish Sea and back down the south of England. For a long time it has been his dream to make a multi-year sailing trip with his own ship. He has purchased Skadi specifically for this purpose in 2007. At first he wanted to skip the Mediterranean and sail to the Caribbean and perhaps even further. Because Annelies likes the Med they started sailing there during the first years of the trip but the Med ties you down . . .
Have you enjoyed a journey on the water already this season? The Moorspots team spend quite some time on the water and we saw and learned a lot. The trip that gave us the most insights was a tour in the Lefkas area in Greece. We spoke with many sailors and marina owners during our trip and we wrote down the highlights of this area for you.
On the first day the winds were in our favor and we set course south. The original plan was to stay overnight in a bay but the weather forecast showed rapidly changing windspeeds and directions. We decided to head for Sivota. A place known for its lively atmosphere in the many restaurants at the quay. Most have their own piers where you can stay for free if you dine in the restaurant. Continue reading
If you are looking for freedom to decide where to sail to, renting a bareboat is the way to go. It will let you explore those great anchorages and marinas. And will give you the possibility to choose yourself where to moor or drop anchor. I have booked bareboats myself in a number of different countries and regions. And I had to dig into the rules and regulations around renting a boat. The tricky part is that the requirements in terms of skipper-classifications differ per country. They can even differ per charter-company. To give you guidance I have created an overview that will help you to understand what is needed for a safe and wonderful holiday.
It is quite simple: What qualifications you need to charter a yacht, comes from the individual operator or owner of the yacht. He or she always makes the final decision. This means that in practice these owners will base their decision on the requirements of their insurance company. And they will ask for proof of your sailing skills and capabilities.
We have seen a few lists here and there, but we felt that all of them missed a thing or two. That is why we prepared this list for you, based on 15 years of sailing on a rental boat. If you feel some is missing, let us know!