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November 2017: Security section expanded following report from Peter Wolff.
July 2017: Clearance, docking and comms updates from Nuvola.

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Pewo
Pewo says:
Nov 13, 2017 01:21 PM

Don't go to Praia. We are currently with my sailing yacht in the bay of Praia and will leave today.
Yesterday our neighbour boat got robbed and the skipper tight inside to the mast. The other crew member got hostaged by the robbers to sail with them in their dinghy with the stolen electronics to shore. Captain was able to untie himself and alarm the police at VHF 16. Police was quick at site, able to catch one robber. We were with 3 boats on 12 nov 2017. Fortunately skipper and crew were not harmed. We already got warned by a local in SAL not to go to Praia. We were there to have 1 crew member to disembark. We do not feel save here and move onwards to Brava. The robbed boat was from Norway attending the rally to Barbados. We feel sorry for these 2 sailors. Could have been us instead. Very bad experience.

Nuvola
Nuvola says:
Jul 03, 2017 03:18 PM

We anchored here at the end of June2017. We took the dinghy to the fuel jetty (14 54.81N, 023 30.13W) and turned right for a short walk to the gates of the port for immigration (14 54.79N 023 30.07W) -they were at the airport. Then took the dinghy to the Maritime Police (14 54.86N 023 30.64W) putting the dinghy on the beach as neither of the quays are suitable for dinghies. They kept the ships papers and did not need anything else. They called immigration and arranged a time for them to be at the office so it might be better to go there first? The fuel was still 0.60Euro/L and easy to refuel. A short walk from the Maritime Police is the Telecom Building where you can get a SIM with 5GB for 13Euro and airtime for 8Euro.They speak good English in there (Most people only speak Portuguese) They put me in touch with Clovis (GadaLomba) who acted as a guide and organised security (for a fee) I organised security as the only other boat in the anchorage had been broken into twice in the last week by people swimming out, breaking a substantial padlock and taking all electronics and money. The last time was in the 3hours between 6pm and 9pm. This is despite being anchored in front of the Maritime Police. We anchored a long way out (14 54.75N 023 30.43W) and had a swimmer on our boat the very next day at 1pm as we napped. He jumped off when he realised we were on board and was not a kid. We only stayed 3 days. There was no charge to check out. Holding seemed to be good, Water was not clear but we swam. I would not use a watermaker in here.

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