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TBT Sales Prosecuted
Date: 9th October, 2014
Executives of Sea Hawk Paints, Florida, plead guilty to selling banned TBT paints and are heavily fined.
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Monserrat joins the CMA
Date: 23rd January, 2014
The CMA expands further with the addition of Montserrat to its membership
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Jean-Claude Garric leaves after 20 years
Date: 9th January, 2014
Jean-Claude Garric of French Customs returns to France.
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CSA PROGRAMME
Date: 1st September, 2014
Caribbean Sailing Association Annual Programme of Events and Regattas
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ANTIGUA MARINE ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Date: 10th October, 2014
All the on water events taking place in Antigua during the 2014/15 season.
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CRUISING TIPS FOR VISITORS

Obtain a copy of your local marine association's guide or directory.  It will provide you with all the information you need during your stay - they are free and usually available at marinas, Customs & Immigration offices and other marine outlets.  Most marine associations will have website and if you click on the country you are visiting at the bottom of this page you will find their website plus some other useful websites.

Remember that you are legally obliged to clear in and clear out to and from each country.  Some procedures are simpler than others.  In some countries you can clear in on line either using eSeaClear or a country's own programme, however, there are a few things which are common to all countries.  Always fly your Q flag until you are cleared in.  You will need the passports of all crew and the ships papers.  Only the skipper should leave the vessel until the clearing procedures are complete.  When visiting Customs & Immigration offices remember that it is courteous not to wear hats and sunglasses.  Always be polite.  It will always get you a lot further than rudeness.  If you have any problems contact the local marine or yachting association who will be willing to assist.

SAFETY & SECURITY

It does not matter where you go in the world, if you do not take care, criminals will seek you out but with a little thought and preparation you can avoid becoming a victim.

Holidays are a time for relaxing.  We often drink more than we would at home.  Our guard is down.  Why not? We are on holiday. We sometimes go into areas we would never dream of going to at home and, perhaps worst of all, we may dabble in a few recreational drugs.  Behave responsibly.  Remember that you are more vulnerable after a few drinks and avoid those drugs.

A FEW SAFETY TIPS

  • Always ensure that your boat is properly locked and secured at all times.
  • Do not anchor your boat in deserted anchorages.
  • Ensure that you hire contractors known to the boatyards, the local marine trades association and other cruisers.  Do not hire someone “off the street” to work for you. 
  • Become acquainted with the cruisers around you, look out for suspicious behaviour by unknown persons and let your neighbours know.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when handling cash and/or credit cards in public places (ATMs, banks, shops etc.)  As always, it is preferable not to carry large sums of cash with you; leave your cash in a safe place: the bank, hotel safe boxes or ask your boatyard/marina if they provide services for securing valuables.
  • Do not invite strangers onto your vessel.  People met in bars may not be as friendly as they first appeared.
  • Pull your dinghies out of the water at night and make sure that they are properly locked to your vessel.  Dinghy and outboard motor theft ranks amongst the highest yacht related crimes committed in the Caribbean. 
  • Travel in groups as much as you can – particularly when taking public transportation or walking on the road
  • The use of controlled drugs such as cocaine, marijuana etc. is against the law.  If you are approached to buy these drugs firmly decline.  Breaking these laws carry stiff penalties – not just fines but prison sentences.
  • Report all incidences of crime to the relevant authorities
  • In the unlikely event you are confronted do not resist. Give the criminal whatever he wants, wallet, keys, jewellery, credit cards, mobile ‘phone, etc.. Your possessions are replaceable.  An injury to you or worse could ruin your holiday. If confronted don't make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a concealed weapon. If the robber claims he has a gun or knife in his pocket, you may not believe him but never call his bluff.  You could be wrong. Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal just notify police as soon as possible.

 

COUNTRIES

Antigua
Antigua is home to some of the world's premier sailing events including the Charter Yacht Show, Super Yacht Cup, RORC Caribbean 600, Classic Yacht Regatta, two annual Fishing Tournaments and, of course, Antigua Sailing Week.

Bahamas
The first Caribbean country to recognise the value of tourism 160 years ago and still the leader with over 3 million visitors per annum

British Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands (BVI) consists of dozens of islands including Virgin Gorda, Ginger, Cooper, Salt, Peter and Norman, Guana, Camanoe and Jost Van Dyke.

Grenada
Grenada is a tropical paradise with lush green vegetation, panoramic views, beaches, & waterfalls.

St. Lucia
St. Lucia is a strikingly beautiful island and is the largest of the Windward Islands with classic white sand beaches and secluded coves.

St. Maarten/St. Martin
St. Maarten/St. Martin is a duty-free port so there are no restrictions on what you may bring with you.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines
St. Vincent & The Grenadines consists of 32 lovely Caribbean islands. The islands have everything from lush rainforest to coral reefs and turquoise lagoons.

Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago is home to many Festivals and events throughout the year and is the birthplace of the steel pan and home to the biggest and best Carnival in the Caribbean.
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