Monday, 31 August 2015
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heptarchyThe holed and sunken yacht Heptarchy, lying on the seabed just off a busy shipping lane near Farol Island in the Ria Formosa, is to be raised and towed to a position in front of an Olhão shipyard tomorrow, Saturday.

The circumstances surrounding her sinking have been explained in detail to Maritime Police who spend the day interviewing the skipper and crew to establish exactly what happened.

A history of the Guadiana riverSailors from far away have been visiting the Guadiana for thousands of years, the first to arrive were probably the Phoenicians from the eastern Mediterranean, who arrived about 1000 BC, not as conquerors but as merchants bringing with them dyes, fabrics, ceramics, glass, metals, wine, seeds for crops and olive oil to trade with the locals. They established a fishing port at Vila Real de Santo Antonio and ports at Alcoutim and Mértola further up the river.

The Tall ship S. V. TenaciousThe Tall ship S. V. Tenacious, run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, arrived in Portimão for a crew change on the 23rd of March. On a day­to­day basis roughly 43 people are aboard. The boat is permanently crewed by 8 people who are normally assisted by 3 volunteers, a Cadet from the Royal Navy and up to 40 Voyage Crew. All pretty standard up to here - but this is not your regular Tall Ship. Roughly half of the Ship’s crew is disabled.
Of the 40 voyage crew, Tenacious takes up to 8 people in wheel chairs, prosthetic limbs and and any other kind of physical disability.

Nautical ChartsNAUTICAL CHARTS have been in use since the end of the 13th century, the invention of the magnetic compass in the 12th century seems to have been the catalyst for the development of charts. It is only in the last 150 or so years that they have become accurate and generally available.

Medieval charts were just artistic impressions of what people thought a coastline was like, often with colourful pictures suggesting the presence of dragons and other awful sea monsters lurking just over the distant horizon.

“A Surf School is NOT a Tourism Based Activity” so says Tourism of PortugalASMAA, the Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association confirmed today that “Surf Schools” are not per-se considered as being “Tourism Activity” businesses by Tourism of Portugal. And we agree with Tourism of Portugal!

Does that mean that this is the end of Surf Schools in Portugal? Not at all, stated Laurinda Seabra, ASMAA’s CEO.

Surf's upASMAA Welcomes the “Capitania do Porto de Lagos” new Surf Schools licensing process for the beaches of Amado, Cordoama and Arrifana in the Western Algarve.

Lagos, Algarve, Portugal (9 May 2013): ASMAA, The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association announced today that a major breakthrough has been reached in what ASMAA’s members perceived as being an unfair licence allocation process for above beaches.

SOLAS V. If you and your boat don't comply, you are breaking the law!! SOLAS V. If you and your boat don't comply, you are breaking the law!! It is not a legal requirement for British people to have a ‘license’ to operate a private vessel in either British or International waters, nor are our yachts and motor cruisers required to be put through any kind of inspection process prior to their use at sea.
This leads us to think that we can go to sea without any knowledge of navigation and in any vessel however badly equipped.

Importing a boat into PortugalI am often asked by people for advice on importing a boat from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). My answer is always to exercise caution because what at first may seem to be a very cheap boat may well become an expensive nightmare.
Firstly, I think that we all know that VAT of 23% must be paid on boats that are imported from outside the EEC, in addition to this there is an import duty of 2%. These two taxes are based not on what you paid for the boat but on the estimated value of the boat in Portugal, the valuation of the boat is the responsibility of the Customs in Portugal.