IS IT SAFE THERE?
Are you in a safe anchorage anywhere on planet Earth?
Has anything unpleasant happened lately?
We'd like to hear, either way.
In these modern times, there are very few places left in the world where crime is
Whilst some feel that countries desirous of attracting yachting and other forms of tourism should take more steps to police their designated areas, others shrink from the idea of compounds and big brother.
Many of us take precautions against becoming victims of crime, many do not.
We are interested to know your views on the topic.
How do you safeguard against becoming another unpleasant statistic if, indeed, you do so at
Whilst we do not want to add to the problems of authorities struggling to increase their nation's wealth, we do not want our fellow
travelers, or ourselves come to that, to be exposed to risks which could be
We are asking you to share with us your experiences both good and otherwise, wherever you have been, are now and arrive at
We will publish details of places which receive sufficient good reports to warrant designating as 'safe' until further
We will also publish verifiable reports of incidents occurring to members of the
maritime community, which do not, necessarily condemn a place as unsafe - even
in the quietest place there can be an occasional problem, this is called life.
If one wants total security it can probably be obtained by staying at home in a
fortified building - sailing is for those who are prepared to accept some degree
We will try to follow up on any incident and find out what the
relevant authorities have seen fit to do about it, which should give us all some
idea of how seriously they take their yachting market.
We can then, with your continuing help, monitor situations and publish the good news or, if need be, the not so good news. If the authorities want their areas to appear on our 'safe ' places lists, they will know that they must ensure your
If there are problems, they must take matters in hand or face the resulting loss of visitors.
Modern communications have their advantages for some and the reverse is also
We by no means expect this page to be a comprehensive guide to 'safe' places but
any information which helps with cruise planning is better than no information .
In general, good news travels fast but bad news travels faster. We can only
promise to do the best we can with the information we receive.
You may be interested to read our 3-page Special Feature about a hi-jack
attempt in Dominica in May 2000.