FOR OWNERS IN THE CARIBBEAN OR THOSE WITH YACHTS IN THE REGION INTENDING TO VISIT
Earlier this week, British Airways announced they they are not proposing to provide flights for their customers to Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines until at least 1 July 2020 having previously talked about resuming a full flight schedule in June.
Virgin Atlantic have permanently terminated their St. Lucia route and flights to Grenada and Tobago are to transit through Antigua but without any information (you might know better than us) on when flights will resume.
Meanwhile, all of the jurisdictions in the Caribbean are currently closed, in lockdown and/or in quarantine.
Here at DBH Deliveries we are taking it month by month. In May and June we are concentrating on delivering boats around the UK and into the Mediterranean. The aim is to complete these jobs by the middle of June so that, if airlines fly and Covid19 restrictions are lifted in the various jurisdictions, we will be able to collect a boat for delivery to Europe (and Europe to the Caribbean) and depart ahead of any bad weather arriving.
Unfortunately, the weather experts are forecasting an increase in weather activity due to the fact that water temperatures are two or three degrees higher than average. We will see but, what this means for us, is that any departure would be best at the start of July.
All we ask is that if you have a a friend or a client who needs to reposition their boat then ask them to contact us so that we can be ready to travel at short notice should the situation change and we can get to the boat sooner than expected.
We aim to provide the most comprehensive service to our clients to the highest standards in the industry. Only safety is a higher priority than a satisfied customer. With this aim in mind, our goal is to see all owners and crew benefit from working with us.
We will update this information as regularly as possible.
Peter & Dave
UPDATE MAY 13th 2020.
The UK has decided to open it's borders to a limited extent from today but this won't actually come into effect until much later this month. The UK government reached an agreement with France that anyone visiting or returning wouldn't face any restrictions. There is still some confusion as to the status on non-schengen region residents, transiting through France to the UK, or vice versa, as to how they will be treated. We will be looking into what exemptions (if any) apply to owners of yachts wishing to simply relocate their boat to another region.
Ferry services for Spain, France, Ireland and the UK are scheduled to resume from the 2nd of June 2020. More information can be found on the Brittany ferries website.
Please feel free to contact us with links and information you believe to be accurate and helpful to all sailors that this may affect.
Peter & Dave
*UPDATE 21st MAY 2020*
Latest news from the Cruising Association regarding the COVID 19 Restrictions plus a link to Greek destinations. Please follow the links for more information. Check back regularly for further updates.