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The Sail Maldives Rally Welcomes Its First Participants


The first sailors have arrived in the Maldives for the inaugural Sail Maldives yacht rally that happens in about a months’ time.

On January 26th, the crew of British and Germans reached the shore of Maldives through Cochin, India.  They announced that the weather was good for a safe passage via the route. The rally schedule was set delayed from its previously set date until February 25th as a precaution due to cyclones off the coast of Sri Lanka, which have fortunately scattered.

The Multihull is captained by George Calder. The British captain and his crew, his family and friends, are all in the Maldives for the first time. They were given a special gift by Sail Maldives’ organizer, Adeel Ahmed, on arrival at Uligamu island in Haa Alif Atoll.

Mr. Adeel said “We were really pleased to give our first participants a friendly Maldivian welcome and are looking forward to meeting many more over the coming weeks.”

He also presented the crew with coconut drinks in welcoming them and gave them a tour of Uligamu which also included meeting the island officials. These gestures reflect the spirit of Sail Maldives, which exhibits the charming cultural features of the fascinating island nation. On showcase for the rally, would be aspects such as traditional Maldivian drumming as well as offering a host of free activities including snorkeling and water-sports.

Mr Calder’s daughter, Mairi said: “We are happy to be in the Maldives and are really looking forward to Sail Maldives 2017!  We arrived on the 26th from Langkawi, Malaysia after a good 11-day passage. Everything went smoothly and we made good time”.

“We arrived to meet Assad and his colleagues who have been tremendously hospitable. The clearance was quick and hassle-free and we were even brought a bouquet of frangipanis and fresh coconuts”.

“In the past three days, we have enjoyed a fish BBQ hosted by the local mayor, visited the nearest resort, learnt how to fish, climb a coconut tree and swam with dolphins and manta rays. We are looking forward to meeting everyone and enjoying what promises to be an amazing rally”.

“The Calder family is already having a wonderful time and everyone on-board is very excited to be here” Sail Maldives’ Yachting Agent, Assad Mohamed stated. “Our priority is providing a quality service, and no-one will be disappointed by the experience, now that a clear passage to the Maldives has opened up.”

Uligamu is the starting point of the rally, which proceeds south for 60 days, crossing the equator and eventually concluding in Addu Atoll. More participants can join at any point along the way.

Many more sailors are now preparing to embark on the journey to the Sail Maldives rally via India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, with a large number anticipated from Phuket.

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Canareef Resort Maldives Goes Green: Embracing Solar Panels for a Sustainable Future

The Maldives has been moving towards embracing a more sustainable future, and here is Canareef Resort Maldives' contribution!

Canareef Resort Maldives just took a bold move towards embracing a more sustainable future for the resort. The resort has just announced its initiative to install 720 solar panels on the property, marking a significant step in reducing its carbon footprint.

The final installation process for the solar panels is scheduled to be completed within one month. With this, Canareef Resort Maldives will be taking a major step towards environmental stewardship and responsible tourism practices. Upon completion, the solar panels are projected to generate an impressive 400kw of power. This will be a major contribution towards the resort’s energy needs.

This initiative extends beyond the guest area, as the solar panels cover the resort as well. With the solar panels, Canareef Resort Maldives will have a renewable energy source for various operations throughout the resort. In addition to this being a step towards sustainable tourism in the country, this will also integrate sustainability into the guest experience. Upon completion, the solar panels will provide sustainable energy to everything from the accommodation to the recreational facilities as well.

Additionally, the solar panels are also expected to reduce 10% of the fuel consumption at Canareef Resort Maldives.

About Canareef Resort Maldives

Canareef Resort Maldives is located in the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. This resort offers guests 271 beach villas, 2 restaurants, and three bars to enjoy. The resort is surrounded by turquoise waters, and 25 different dive spots guests can explore. Additionally, historical sites are abundant and protected areas guests can learn about as well.

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