Responsible travel on our adventure sailing holidays

"When we weigh anchor in a bay, the only trace that we have ever been there will be the mark in the sand where our anchor once was. We are totally self-sufficient, and that's part of the magic."

 

We aim for minimal printing

Print uses masses of energy and chemicals. It also consumes large amounts of water, paper, aluminium and plastic. On top of that, printed stuff gets lost, disorganised and out of date (well, ours does anyway!) As a result, you'll see that almost everything we send you is in electronic format. We avoid the use of paper and printing wherever possible. Other than your joining manual, you'll get all your trip information, booking confirmation, terms and conditions, trip notes and feedback forms electronically. Hopefully you can help us with this by printing as little of what we send you as possible.

Environmental concerns - paper printing

"Your travel to and from the voyage will probably produce close to 200 kilograms of CO2"

 

Offsetting your Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Carton dioxide (CO2) Is the primary greenhouse gas. In 2012, CO2 accounted for about 82% of all greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.

A return flight from the UK 10 Sweden produces about 200 kilograms of CO2. That's a lot of CO2 just for a holiday. Now though, not only can you easily contribute to a project that completely offsets that CO2 emission, you can also help developing communities at the same time. Research carried out by Imperial College London in partnership with 1he International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA) showed that offsetting one tonne of CO2  brings $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based. That means poverty alleviation, infrastructure development and nature conservation.

 

It only costs about £1.10 to offset a flight from the UK to Sweden. With those environmental and social benefits, we really hope you'll do it. In fact, you can do it right now!

learning about other cultures

"Bring only yourself and a desire to understand the community you are visiting"

 

Respecting local cultures and sharing our own

On these voyages we form a very tight group which is a huge part of the experience. However, as a result it can be all too easy to make landfall and then forget that we are guests in someone else's country, with their own culture and customs. Once ashore, you'll find it can be quite the information exchange. The locals are often just as fascinated about you and your journey as you are about them. It's not often a yacht the size of ours arrives in town, especially with the giant birds on the side. The locals love to hear about the voyage you are on; where you've been to and where you're headed. You will find they are usually delighted that we have chosen to stop at their town and will want to tell you all about it.

supporting the local economy

"Bring only yourself and a desire to understand the community you are visiting"

 

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 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.

clearing up rubbish

"100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution"

 

Our very clear rules on how we deal with waste

  • 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.
rules for exploring ashore

"100 million marine mammals are killed each year from plastic pollution"

 

Our guidelines for exploring ashore and visiting historic sites

 

  • When exploring the local countryside we ask you to stick to roads and established paths.
  • Avoid causing any damage to local flora and fauna.
  • Follow the instructions of any local guides
  • Do not feed any animals and approach them sensitively.
  • If possible use a camera with a long-range lens so you disturb animals as little as possible.
  • Never go to attractions which use animals as entertainment for profit. These animals are often taken from the wild, mistreated and are trained to perform unnatural behaviours which can be harmful to the animal.
  • Don't approach dolphins In the wild - let them approach you and be very careful with them if they do.
  • Many of our expeditions sail to very special places such as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When going ashore and exploring them you must respect any signs, take only photographs and leave no litter even if others have done so.
  • Do not attempt to bring home any rocks or stones or other souvenirs from the location and don't purchase these types of items from the locals as this can encourage the ongoing destruction of these places.
  • Do not leave any rubbish behind, even if it is biodegradable.

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No smoking sign

We operate a strict no smoking policy

The smoking of any form of tobacco is forbidden on board or on the dock next to the boat. We also very strongly discourage the smoking of any tobacco at any time between the start and end date as the smell comes on-board into confined living space. The use of e-cigarettes is fine.

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The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for WZ Lmited t/a Rubicon 3, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following: 1. non-flight packages and 2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad.  Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Rubicon 3. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here.

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Responsible travel on our adventure sailing holidays
Environmental concerns - paper printing
learning about other cultures
supporting the local economy
clearing up rubbish
rules for exploring ashore
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
Responsible travel on our adventure sailing holidays
Environmental concerns - paper printing
learning about other cultures
supporting the local economy
clearing up rubbish
rules for exploring ashore
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
Responsible travel on our adventure sailing holidays
Environmental concerns - paper printing
learning about other cultures
supporting the local economy
clearing up rubbish
rules for exploring ashore
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo
Responsible travel on our adventure sailing holidays
Environmental concerns - paper printing
learning about other cultures
supporting the local economy
clearing up rubbish
rules for exploring ashore
No smoking sign
ABTOT logo RYA traiinng centre logo