.... The figures (crime stats) also demonstrate growing discontent among cruisers, many of whom have vowed never to return to Trinidad. For 2010, yachtie arrivals have dropped by 50 per cent. Marinas which are usually full to capacity this time of the year have been especially affected, Niels Lund, of Budget Marine Rigging, told the Express.
"The sentiment among cruisers is that they will not be returning, they don't see why they should travel long distances only to feel threatened and be at risk when they get here," Lund said.
"What a cruiser wants is safety, to anchor and not have to lock the boat. We want good anchorages, a clean environment where we could swim ... If anyone asks whether I will be coming back, I will tell them no. Most of the cruisers I socialise with have said they will not return," said South African cruiser Larry D'aguiar. ....
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