Re: IALA buoy system warning

Jean Boucharlat

The French Carribean islands, as well as French Polynesia, are under the American buoyage system. It's a legacy of the American "occupation" of these French territories during the Second World War.


Jean Boucharlat

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From: [] On Behalf Of Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
Sent: lundi 1 juin 2020 19:58
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] IALA buoy system warning


I thought red right return was only in America.



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On 01 June 2020 at 18:59 "Matt Salatino via" <helmsmatt@...> wrote:

Not in Europe

~~~ ⛵️~~~ Matt

On Jun 1, 2020, at 3:30 AM, Courtney Gorman via < Itsfun1@...> wrote:

Red Right Return 



On May 30, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Matt Salatino via < helmsmatt@...> wrote:


He must have been very tired......

~~~ ⛵️~~~ Matt

On May 30, 2020, at 3:32 PM, Oliver Henrichsen, SV Vela Nautica < oliver.henrichsen@...> wrote:



Warning according to an incident yesterday in le Marin, Martinique. 


We observed an AMEL super maramu full sail up entering the bay. The captain left a green buoy at his starboard side and ended up shipwracked on the reef.


We do not know all details of this incident. 


But be warned, here is the IALA buoy sytem B used opposite to europe with IALA system A. 


All european scippers need to pay attention. 


IALA A is used by countries in Africa, most of Asia, Australia, Europe and India. IALA B is used by countries in North, Central and South America, Japan, Korea and the  Philippines .


By mixing up the different color code you my end up on the reef. 


Oliver from Vela Nautica Amel54 #39 




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