10 September 2018 | Glasson Basin Marina, Glasson Dock
03 September 2018 | Belfast City
02 September 2018 | Ballycastle, N.I.
31 August 2018 | Port Ellen, Islay
29 August 2018 | Craighouse, Jura
27 August 2018
24 August 2018
20 August 2018
19 August 2018 | Dochgarrock, Caledonian Canal
16 August 2018
11 August 2018 | Ramsland, Lindesnes Peninsula
09 August 2018 | Kristiansand
06 August 2018 | Near Lillisand
05 August 2018
04 August 2018 | Lyngor
01 August 2018
30 July 2018 | Björkö
23 July 2018 | Sjötorp

The Dominican Republic - A country of contrasts

21 January 2017 | Las Salinas
Kath - Sunny and warm with a light breeze
The Dominican Republic is known for it's vast all-inclusive resorts- but they are a long way from our route in both distance and experience! I knew from my research this was not going to be an easy country to visit by yacht, and so it has proven to be. Its the norm for officials here to supplement their very low salary by expecting a significant 'propina' (read tip, or bribe) for every service. We checked into Marina Zar Par at Boca Chica on the south coast. The official fees for entry add up to about $120, but the marina has done a deal with immigration to charge every boat arriving a flat fee of $250, to include everyone's little extra. Despite this, we still had three officials in the cabin with their heavy boots on within an hour of our arrival, and suffered the routine intrusive but pointless search. We are now only allowed to travel from one named port to another, with a new 'dispacho' for every journey. Lovely anchorages on route are off limits for overnight stops, and as you have to leave within an hour of getting your dispacho its almost impossible to complete each passage in daylight. When we arrived here yesterday the coastguard was alongside demanding our paperwork before we had even set the anchor. They need a bit of customer service training!
But rant over, here we are at anchor in Las Salinas, a beautiful sheltered spot where we are planning to spend a few days, chill, and get stuck into the jobs list. Having paid up, we may as well stay a while!
Vessel Name: Yarona
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy, HR43
Hailing Port: Lancaster, UK
Crew: Barrie and Kath Stott
We came late to sailing in 2001, first on flotilla holidays then on various courses and "mile builders". By 2008 we had a plan, blew caution to the wind, downsized our home and sold our business. We bought Yarona and lived on board for six months each year, sailing in Scotland and then the Med. [...]
Extra: Yarona was launched in 2003. She had already done a circumnavigation when we bought her. We believe her to be the perfect yacht for a live-aboard couple. She is safe at sea and comfortable at anchor. She is our first boat, and probably our last!
Home Page: https://www.yarona.co.uk
Yarona's Photos - Main
The Azores was just a delight! We loved our time there.
16 Photos
Created 30 May 2017
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Created 15 October 2014
The Adriatic: Croatia and Italy
18 Photos
Created 12 October 2013