Safety Regulations at Sea: Rules and Advice for Responsible Sailing

Safety at sea: advice and regulations to keep in mind while sailing. Always check the fuel level before setting off.
The Ordinance of the Portoferraio Harbour Office sets out clear rules for safe sailing:

• Avoid sailing within 200 metres of the beaches and 100 metres of the cliffs between 8am and 8pm.

• You may sail in the areas facing the sheer coasts only for the purpose of landing, mooring or anchoring, at a maximum speed of three knots, while maintaining a distance of 100 metres from divers’ signals.

• During the day, jet skis and aqua scooters must stay within one mile of the coast, respecting the minimum distances of 400 metres in summer and 300 metres the rest of the year, at a maximum speed of 3 knots. Make sure that you always have individual life-saving equipment on board.

Anchoring the vessel

To anchor a vessel safely it is necessary, after the anchor has been dropped and reached the seabed, to leave a length of rope slack, equal to three times the length of the rope used to reach the seabed. Another thing to pay attention to, when lowering the anchor into the sea, is to keep the line secure, to avoid losing the anchor itself.

Mobile phones on board

If you have a mobile phone, bring it with you; there are watertight spaces on board where you can keep it dry. If necessary, our office is just a phone call away at 347 6870275 – 340 3531059
The office will provide you with all the information you need to deal with whatever emergency is occurring. You can also sail using the suggestions and information on our website:

Landing on an equipped beach

The equipped beaches are equipped with landing corridors. To disembark, you must enter between the two red buoys with white flags and travel along the corridor keeping to the right, both when entering and leaving. Sail at a reduced speed below 3 knots. Anchoring is permitted outside the red biconical buoys.

Landing on an unequipped beach

On unequipped or natural and wild beaches, there is no landing corridor. To get ashore you need to:
1) Turn off the engine and raise the foot of the outboard motor 100 metres from the shore;
2) Continue your approach using the oars. If you want to park on the beach, the boat must be anchored 100 metres from the shore.

Crossing with diver

When you encounter a diving signal, with a red flag and a white diagonal on a buoy or the same flag displayed on a vessel, you must keep a minimum distance of 100 metres. In this specific case you need to reduce your speed.

Signal buoys

For all signals at sea (buoys) which are placed to indicate dangers (shallow waters, rocks, and other) you must pass the signal, facing towards the open sea, at a distance of no less than 100 metres. It is absolutely forbidden to pass between the signal and the coast.

Safety equipment

For vessels with engines up to 40 HP, the equipment covers sailing less than 1 nautical mile (1,850 metres) from the coast: going beyond this point is not permitted. For vessels with engines greater than 40 HP, the on-board equipment is for navigation less than three nautical miles (5,550 metres) from the coast: a greater distance is not permitted.