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Noonsite Messageboards Include:-
Cruising Families - Messages from families with children wishing to meet up with others.
Regional Cruising - Questions relating to a particular cruising area.
Personal - Enquiries regarding other cruisers.
Equipment - Queries about specific items or makes of equipment.
General Queries - Queries which do not fit anywhere else!
Yacht Search - Information on overdue or stolen yachts.
Yacht Search Archive - Messages posted more than 2 years ago.

How to post a message: Just send a brief message with your yacht name and any other details you want to include to and we will post it as soon as possible. Please remember to send us updates if your contact details or other information changes, thank you.

Cruising Families

Around the World with the Totem Family
Circumnavigation 2008 - 2016 (on-going) , Last updated September 2016.
Behan, Jamie, and their children Niall, Mairen and Siobhan, have cruised from North America through the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Africa in a slow but steady circumnavigation. They returned to North America to complete their circumnavigation in the summer of 2016 and continue to live on board and cruise (heading to the Caribbean winter 2016). Their blog provides a huge library of resources for cruisers and a window into the everyday experiences of a sailing family (whose children have grown up on board). They are enthusiastic supporters of people who want to follow their own cruising dreams and when internet allows, happily respond to questions through their blog. Mum Behan is one of the authors of "Voyaging with Kids".

Mexico, South Pacific and on to Japan
Updated April 2016
Leaving Mexico in 2012, the crew of Del Viento (1978 Fuji 40) - Michael, Windy and teenage daughters Eleanor and Frances, have been waiting out the 2016 southern hemisphere cyclone season in Tonga. Next stop most likely Fiji and slowly onwards to Japan. Always on the lookout for other kid boats, please feel free to e-mail or check out their blog.

PACIFIC: Crossing - US to Australia - November 2010
Posted 8 November 2010 - updated Feb 2011
Drew Collins and his family are departing the US around the first week or two of November 2010, sailing down the coast of Central and South America, and then after several stops along the way sailing across to Australia. Drew has set up a forum for any kids under 19 who live on board and want to talk about their sailing adventures, give ideas or tips, or just chat. Soon Drew will be adding a google maps so you can pin on the map where you are. Update February 2011

Regional Cruising

Papua New Guinea, Ninigo Islands: Looking for Yachts to deliver gifts and letters
Last updated April 2016
We are the family crew of Australian yacht "Anui", currently on land in Yamba NSW, but trying hard to maintain links with a very special island in PNG from our time sailing there in 2011. We made particularly good friends with the people of Mal in the Ninigo islands, West of the Hermit Islands and are trying to continue to help them and their community in small ways. We manage to stay in touch with the community through a family member of theirs who lives on the main island of Manus and has a mobile phone, so messages can occasionally be relayed to the island. We would always be very glad to hear from yachts that might be heading to the North of PNG and may consider a stop-over in Ninigo as we would love to be able to send letters/ gifts/ photos of our growing kids (who both have namesakes now on Mal!). Sometimes we also have up to date information about ways in which the community needs help – particularly the wonderful little school there. If you or any of your friends are cruising in that region, please contact Sarah and Scott Armstrong.

Schengen Countries: Non-EU Visitors Exceeding their 90 day Limit
Posted May 2013
We are an Australian yacht, currently in Turkey, and are keen to hear from fellow non-EU cruisers who have had any experience, good or bad, with the Immigration Authorities when they have exceeded the 90 day limit (in a 6 moth period) when visiting the Schengen Area countries?
Stephanie & Pete Peterson
(Editor's note: See Noonsite page/General/EuropeanUnion)


Adams Carina 44: Problems with the centreboard
Posted May 2013.
We have an Adams Carina 44 and are having problems with the centreboard. It became stuck in the up position. We slipped the boat and jacked the centre board out and this was accompanied by about a bucketful of water being released from the slot when the centreboard became free of the slot in the keel. Our first question is where did this water come from? We found a small crack in the fibreglass on the trailing edge of the board. We allowed the board to dry, repaired this crack, ground the surface of the board (a few mm each side) especially in the areas where there appeared to be scratch marks, and replaced the board. When we put the boat back in the water, the board wen tup and down with no problems. When we used the boat a week later, the board came up with no problem, but then became stuck again. We would like to hear from anyone who has had similar problems or has some ideas as to what the cause of this problem might be.
Lesley and Phil, SY Paseafique

General Queries

Seeking Information on S/V Maranoa
Sailing vessel Maranoa is a 45ft ferro-cement boat. The nephew of the original builder is seeking any information about its history.

Yacht Search

Anastacia Lost at Sea: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Posted 18 April, 2016
My name is Marla Martinez and I live in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. My friends (5 men, all experienced captains and dive master) went overnight fishing on Wednesday March 30 and were to return to Isla Mujeres on Thursday. As of now, we have not heard from them. They were fishing near Cozumel, Punta Molas. The Mexican Navy is searching air and sea, we have had numerous private boats searching. Fuel is being provided. There are two planes searching Sunday morning over international waters. The guess is that they have been drifting in the Gulf Stream and are potentially near south Florida or Cuba.

Atlantic Ocean:Yacht Missing Since July 2015
Posted 1st October 2015
Tel:+549 115 148 2686 or +542246 420411
The SV Maratonga had a last known position 800 miles off the US coast north of Bermuda on July 26th. Since then nothing has been heard of it. The boat is a 52ft steel ketch with a blue and white hull and 10 portlights each side. It was en-route to Spain/Portugal, maybe via The Azores. There are 3 male Argentinian crew on board.
Please contact Monique Nollen de Echevarria if anything is known about this boat or its crew.

Atlantic: German Yachtsman Missing
Posted April 2015
Axel Verlohr, an experienced German yachtsman is missing. His yacht the "Offshore Pergola" was washed up on a beach in Guyana April 17th 2015. No liferaft has been found. His last known location was Praia, Cape Verde from where he set off in mid March for Trinidad and Tobago.
Anyone who has seen him or has come in contact with him should kindly contact the nearest German Embassy or consulate. We are worried for his safety.

Brazil, Itaparica-Salvador: Missing German Yacht since November 2014
Posted May 2015
Tel:(+49) 07531/5902-300 Fax:(+49) 07531/5902-309
SV Anni 2 was last spotted on 24th November 2014 on the island of Itaparica, Salvador de Bahia. .She is an Irwin 52 ketch, 15.6m long, white hull, blue stripe, raised solid sprayhood with fixed white bimini. Built 1978, hull no. XYM52035M78J. Registered Friedewald/Germany.

Canary Islands to Senegal - Overdue yacht
Posted 4 September, 2015
SY Walk About 1 (Belgian flag) left La Graciosa (it is believed as confirmed by the local coastguard) on 20 August 2015 bound for Dakar in Senegal. Single hander Jean Pol Dheedene, had stayed in the marina for several weeks. Jean's family contacted noonsite on 4 September when there was still no news of his arrival in Dakar. SY Walk About 1 is a blue steel schooner with white sails. The boat is about 43 feet long. During the passage it is possible Jean sought shelter from Hurricane Fred which passed over the Cape Verdes at the end of August. Please contact Jean's son Johan Dheedene if you have any information as to Jean's whereabouts.

Indian Ocean Cape Town to Phuket: Missing Catamaran
Posted March 10, 2015
On December 14th 2014, the catamaran, Sunsail RC044-978 set out from Cape Town harbour on a delivery trip to Phuket, Thailand. The delivery was on behalf of Tui Marine. On February 12th 2015 the catamaran was reported as overdue to MRCC Cape Town. Read full details via the link.

Malaysia to Philippines: Overdue Vessel
Posted 15 July, 2015
I have serious concerns for the safety of my friend (Ricky White). He was temporarily in Puteri Harbour (14th June), Malaysia, before making way toward the Philippines (Manila area?). On 22nd June, I received a brief message from him informing me they had anchored for the night in a spot called “Pirate Point” – no specific geographical information.
The vessel name is “Zenity”, a 1993 built Prout Snowgoose 37 Elite (catamaran). White hulls with green horizontal band (@15 cm wide). Sails appear to be white with green UV protection band. Sail covers etc. are green.

SE Asia: Philippines - SY Isaac and Crew Missing
Posted August 2016
Koreans MyungChul Lee (aged 71) and HweSuk Hwang (aged 65) left Davao City, Philippines for Palau (or possibly to Port Bonbonon on Negros in Philippines). in April 2016 in the sailing yacht Isaac (type similar to a Spray 28).
They have not been heard from since. Please contact with any news.

South Pacific or America: Looking for a yacht my father built
Posted June 2015.
I am looking for a Yacht my father built, started in 1974, an Adams, Ferro Cement ketch, with two wishbones. “Kotick” from PNG. I believe the new owners changed her name to ‘Sea Dog’. It was sold from Perth Western Australia around 1990-91, from my understanding, to a gentleman who wanted to sail her to the South Americas. The interior had beautiful rosewood and teak. Any leads would be much appreciated.
A. Milligan

Yacht Search Archive

Aruba to Colombia: SY Jeri last seen 22 December 2012
Posted 21 January 2013
Dutch yacht "Jeri" and skipper Frederik Wustenhoff, having departed Marina Santa Marta in December last year, have currently not arrived in Aruba. Frederik is officially a missing person and his family and friends are asking for any assistance fellow sailors can give. See full report above. Contact the family via their website:

Atlantic: Looking for SY Isabelita Betancor built 1948
Posted May 2013
I am looking for a sailing vessel by the name Isabelita Betancor. It was built in Las Palmas in 1948. It was 15,26 meter long. In December 1969 it was moored at Muelle Santa Catalina in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. After this they probably sailed to Brazil via Cap Verde Islands. I would be extremly grateful for any information about the boat. Ingrid Frohlich (Sweden).


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