Cape Verdes Thefts And Yacht Boarding - A Problem Cured?
This original notice by noonsite was posted in March 2006. See other cruisers' updates of the current (2009) situation below.
Noonsite has in recent months received a number of reports from cruising yachts concerning security specifically in Palmeira on Sal in the Cape Verdes. In March 2006 there have been reports of three yachts being boarded in Palmeira bay and valuables being stolen. Noonsite has reported in previous years a problem with theft of dinghies and outboards but the frequency of these incidents appears to have increased recently. Yachts who have visited Palmeira advise others to make their clearance and then move to one of the smaller islands such as Boa Vista or San Nicolau where security seems to be less of an issue.
Received From: Tony Firth
Date: Saturday 16 May
Subject: Palmeira - theft or lack of it
My boat Amoret entered Palmeira for ten days in early March 2009. We and others present at that time had no problems with theft. Indeed, the fishermen at the quay took pains to assure us that, not only would our boat be safe, but they would keep an eye on our dinghy when it was left at the quay. They were as good as their word and asked for no payment for this "boatminding". We enjoyed our stay in Palmeira greatly. I hope that you will be able to offset the somewhat negative views which might put people off this hospitable harbour.
Received From: Terry McCarroll
Date: Thursday 4 June
Subject: Cape Verdes
We spent a week in Mindelo on our way across the Atlantic in December 2008. We found the people friendly and the officials easy to deal with.
Although limited supplies are available and sometimes of poor quality, we found a number of markets and stores around the town. The new marina is still with out toilets and showers but the staff are helpful and friendly.
The problems of theft from yachts seems to have been dealt with and we certainly never felt uncomfortable leaving Virgos Child at anchor while we were ashore. The only problem we encountered was the discarded moorings or fish nets on the bottom and we and several other boats managed to hook one. Otherwise it was a worth while stop.