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Portsmouth lies on the north-west corner of the island and is an interesting mixture of old and new, rich and poor. It is a lively place to visit.

There is an informal cruising net on VHF Channel 62.

Entrance Notes and Cautions:

If arriving at night, take care as there are a lot of unlit abandoned boats in the bay.

Position:  

15° 34′ N ,61° 27′ W

 

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  1. January 22, 2019 at 2:35 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    DATE: 2019-01-09 21:00
    Country Name: Dominica
    Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay PAYS dock
    EVENT: Theft
    HAND: 1
    Stolen Items: RIB dinghy, 6HP-4S outboard
    SECURED: Not Locked
    DETAILS: Cruisers left their dinghy unlocked at the PAYS dock to attend the weekly PAYS BBQ. When they returned 2-3 hours later, the dinghy was gone. PAYS made an unsuccessful search for the dinghy. The victims filed a police report the next day and received the paperwork after a lengthy 2.5-hour wait.

  2. January 22, 2019 at 2:28 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    DATE: 2018-12-13 00:00
    Country Name: Dominica
    Location Detail: Prince Rupert Bay Madiba dinghy dock
    EVENT: Theft
    HAND: 1
    Stolen Items: 3.1m Highfield dinghy/9.9HP Honda outboard
    SECURED: Not Locked

    DETAILS: The crew went ashore to enjoy reggae night at Madiba at about 11:30 PM, and did not lock the dinghy to the dock. About 30 minutes later, they decided to return to the yacht and found that the dinghy was gone. They advised the restaurant, who summoned both the police and PAYS who did a search, and then returned the crew to the yacht moored nearby. PAYS and the coast guard conducted further searches the next day, but the dinghy was not located. A police report was made.

  3. January 16, 2019 at 11:17 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    We interacted mainly with Lawrence of Arabia (a boat that works for PAYS). Lawrence was wonderful and professional.

    Bring earplugs; they are serious about their late night music on Wednesday night!!!

    If you do an Indian River tour, your guide will drop you off at the Indian River dock, and you will have to purchase a parking pass at the gas station. I think it was the US $5 pp. Bring cash for the Jungle Bar. Also try their Painkiller…it’s a herbal rum, NOT what you get in the virgin islands. Liked it a lot! The coconut punch was also excellent.

  4. April 24, 2018 at 6:14 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Spent about 8 days in Portsmouth, of which 2 were on a mooring buoy: THANK YOU guys of PAYS, you are doing a great job over there! Also, the BBQ on Sunday evening was delicious!
    SALOME III

  5. March 30, 2018 at 2:34 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    I spent three nights on the P.A.Y.S. moorings and felt safe. Those P.A.Y.S guys are friendly, helpful and trustworthy. Highly recommendable is their BBQ every Sunday night. Great opportunity to meet with other skippers or make friends with the P.A.Y.S. guys.
    I’ll be there again in a couple of days an looking forward to joining the BBQ again.
    Skipper Ingo, from Germany, liveaboard on his boat “Faule Haut”, http://www.faule-haut.de

  6. February 1, 2018 at 11:47 AM
    nooData Entry1 says:

    Posted by Eve and Tom on the main Dominica Page:

    We stayed in Dominica in January 2018.

    There is much devastation around the island: trees are ripped bare and many roofs are (partly) missing. Construction and repairs are in full progress, and the trees have new leaves on them already. People are very friendly and helpful. I think the best thing to do right now is to spend some money (go to a cafe, restaurant, get a mooring, do a tour) and spread the word about lovely Dominica.

    PORTSMOUTH

    There is a big anchorage here, but we decided to spend some money on a mooring. PAYS offers the moorings for 25 EC a night.

    We can really recommend doing an Indian River tour with Eddison. Our guide was called Daniel and we loved his early-morning tour. They are on channel 16 and 8 or can be reached on +1 767 225 3626.

    It is amazing to hear first-hand stories about the hurricane from the tour guides and very inspiring to hear how the country is getting back on its feet.

  7. March 15, 2017 at 12:22 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted on behalf of HolRobert:
    During our stay on March 10, 2017, an old neglected coaster sank in Prince Rupert Bay. It is just under the surface. Coordinates 15 34 66N, 61 27 75W. We left Rupert Bay on the 11th, the danger was not yet marked by then.

  8. February 23, 2017 at 8:53 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Last night there was the worst Disco Music we have ever heard – from 9 pm until 4.30am! It was horrible for all yachts in Portsmouth/Prince Rupert Bay. There is music there at least every Sunday and Wednesday!!

  9. January 27, 2017 at 2:57 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    This is an excellent anchorage. Water is available from a floating platform: you just have to moor against it and fill your tanks for about 50EC. Just ask on VHF channel 16. Watch out for unlit rusting boats when you come into the bay by night.

  10. January 18, 2016 at 12:42 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    YACHTIE APPRECIATION WEEK
    February 14 to 21, 2016
    Organised to celebrate the installation of a new mooring field in Prince Rupert’s Bay. All visiting yachts will receive free moorings, discounted island tours, and nightly socials. As a bonus, St. Maarten Yacht Club will help organize a Rally/Race to get boats from the island of Dominica to St. Maarten in time for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

  11. July 7, 2015 at 12:02 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    To all Cruisers who are anchored in Prince Rupert’s Bay, please be advised that the JETTY at Purple Turtle Beach is UNDER CONSTRUCTION so please walk at your own risk. We care for the safety of all our cruisers, so please pass the message on. Thank you, the PAYS TEAM.

  12. March 30, 2015 at 1:38 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    No, anchoring is free and we’ve been assured that the PAYS guys are very amenable to people anchoring.

  13. March 30, 2015 at 1:01 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted on behalf of Ken Goodings, SY Silverheels III:
    After three incidents concerning dinghy tampering over only two days to our dinghy, we’ve decided not to leave our dinghy on the PAYS dock. Unsupervised children playing? or vandals are tampering with dinghies there and last year they did some damage to ours.

  14. March 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Thanks, Sue. Sounds like I should budget $30/night for anchoring the boat. Assume that is fee irrespective if boat size.

  15. March 30, 2015 at 11:47 AM
    Data Entry1 says:

    This from the Dominica Cruisers (P.A.Y.S) Facebook page, posted 24 January: PAYS provide night security, mooring, search & rescue, yachting services, tours, laundry services, taxi, garbage disposal, customs & immigration clearance. WiFi is provided around the pays office area. On Sundays, we do Sunday BBQ. We accept USD( United
    States Dollar) EURO and GBP (British Pound Sterling). Eastern Caribbean Dollar – $30.00 a night. For all mention services, there is a fee.

  16. March 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Not sure if the previous post went through so resending. Are there dockage/port fees if a boat is anchored in Portsmouth?

  17. March 18, 2015 at 9:23 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    SailClear is in use but the officers get rotated every 6 months creating a slight lag in updating the officers. Soon I will install computer terminals at both main ports of entry (Roseau & Portsmouth). Fees are currently EC$4 per person plus $1.50 for forms (within working hours).

  18. March 18, 2015 at 9:20 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Happy you enjoyed yourself in Dominica. Please do come again

  19. March 8, 2015 at 8:11 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    We could clear it with sail clear in Portsmouth Febr 2015. If requested – you get your passport stamped at the immigration office at the police station in town. We loved the BBQ and the bars around the beach. Enjoyed our 10 days stay there.

  20. May 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM
    Data Entry1 says:

    Posted on behalf of Johanna
    We visited Dominica end of April 2014.
    Customs had never heard about SailClear. We paid 10EC for check in and out. Internet: the Hothothotspot net is available in the harbour.