The volunteer tech team at CSSN has been busy, take a moment and check out the newest version of our always popular Zoom-Tap, Know & Go Maps on the CSSN website.
Now, the presence of multiple incidents in a location are easily and quickly visible from the higher level maps with a new numeric icon. The feature is scale dependent, and will expand as you close in to reveal multiple events in proximity, taping/clicking on the marker will present an expanded “spiderweb” cluster with individual markers that can be queried for the details of each incident.
Stay well informed, subscribe to our (free) email ALERTS! and receive CSSN Incident reports and News on whatever schedule you prefer. It’s become even easier to Know Before You Go!
CSSN has become aware of several recent piracy events against local fishermen in the cays and coast of Belize. Outboard engines, fish and electronics have been taken. Local officials have responded with patrols, and some detentions/arrests have been made.
No reports of piracy against cruisers/yachts have been reported. Read a local newspaper account here.
CSSN has received a report from a witness to a dangerous situation in Barbuda. Two cruisers who had been kiting had just packed their things into the dinghy to return to their yacht when they were aggressively approached, harassed and nearly attacked by 3 large and very aggressive dogs. This is a remote area with no road access or persons living nearby, described as the sand spit close to the wrecked/abandoned Lighthouse Bay resort, near Low Bay.
These dogs should be considered feral, and dangerous.
CSSN has informed an animal rescue organization in Antigua of the situation, and will update this report if any action is taken by them. The Antigua Department of the Environment, and the Barbuda Island Council have also been informed.
CSSN again congratulates and welcomes the ARC/ARC+ participants to the Caribbean. In its 35th year, this year’s 81 boat fleet made the 3000nm passage from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (with some stopping in the Cape Verdes) to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Always a diverse fleet this year’s group, representing 24 countries, of 58 monohulls, 21 catamarans and 2 trimarans brought 408 crew (including 39 kids) aboard vessels from 9.3 to 27metres. The group includes seasoned veterans of the ARC/ARC+ rallies as well as first timers experiencing Caribbean cruising for the first time.
CSSN wishes all new and returning ARC/ARC+ participants safe and secure cruising and we are glad to share our many resources with this well informed group. It’s easy to Know Before You Go! Visit and bookmark www.safetyandsecuritynet.org and if you have not already, subscribe to our very popular ALERTS!, and use our popular Zoom-Tap, Know & Go maps as you plan your cruising adventure.
Ryan and Caroline Spott have been cruising since 2016 with their teenage daughter and middle-aged dog. They left Puget Sound so their daughter could experience the world and their dog could gain enough sea time to get his captain’s license. (he is a terrier; he dreams big) So far, they have traveled from Seattle, WA through the Panama Canal and are currently hunkered down on their catamaran Fizzgig on the US east coast trying to decide what their next destination will be.
Communications and networking are their specialty. Ryan is a full-time systems architect and Caroline owns a business designing, installing and maintaining fixed wireless and fiber optic networks. They enjoy sharing their technical expertise to help other cruisers stay connected. We welcome Ryan and Caroline to the CSSN team!