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April 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Oct 20, 2017 03:31 PM
The water is warming up in the northern hemisphere as we receive the first feedback from cruising boats in the Med last month. May sees the final Caribbean regattas and the departure of many cruising boats for ocean passages and pastures new. The South Pacific cruising season is well underway and in SE Asia, Indonesia has made big changes to ease the process for international yachts who want to visit this incredible archipelago. We have reports from cruisers who have been some of the first to try this new system.

Published: 2016-05-01 23:00:00

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Last month saw a great many cruisers updating their profiles on our Cruiser Websites page. Featuring cruising blogs from yachts on the water all around the world, do get in touch if you would like yours included for the benefit of those following in your wake.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during April can be found below. Cruising reports, port updates, news, recommendations, comments and other interesting titbits added to noonsite by both the noonsite team and you our readers. Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute and help keep noonsite up to date.

As always, a very big thanks to all our readers who made a donation in March (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers - whose decision to promote their marine business through noonsite helps keep it free for our users.

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Bahamas: Dockage rates increase

Bahamas, Great Inagua: New facilities for yachts in Matthew Town

Bahamas, Little San Salvador: Watch out for the Cruise Ships

Cuba: Havana & Marina Hemingway Updates

Cuba, Trinidad: Guarda Frontera make Clearance painfully slow

Curaçao: Spanish Water Updates

Dominican Republic: Fees for Cruising Boats in the DR

Jamaica, Port Antonio: Good for a short stopover

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Marina at The Landings

Sint Maarten: Clearance advice

St. Martin: Clearance now possible at Budget Marine

South America

Chile, Puerto Natales: New Marine Travelift

Central America

Costa Rica, Golfito: Outstanding customer service at Immigration

Mexico, Acapulco: Recent visit to Marina Santa Lucia

Mediterranean

Italy, Brindisi: Wintering in Marina Brindisi

Italy, Elba, Portoferraio: Amazingly cheap off-season

Italy, Roccella Ionica: One of our favourite ports in the Med

Italy, Sicily, Licata: Cruisers comment on Marina di Cala del Sole

Italy, Sicily, Messina: An expensive port of refuge

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Ascension Island: Remote South Atlantic

South Africa, Port Owen: Highly Recommended for Extended Stay

Western Europe & North Atlantic

Azores, Horta: Mid Atlantic Yacht Services

Canary Islands: Visiting Graciosa

Morocco, Essaouira: We loved it!

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: LPG/Gas information

Indonesia, Batam: Trying out the new Clearance system for yachts

Indonesia (Eastern): Cruising West Papua

Indonesia, Lombok: Gili Gede Island Update

Indonesia, Sumatra, Sabang, Pulau Weh: An Island not to be missed

Malaysia: More reports about Malay fishermen

Singapore: No more clearance at Raffles Marina

North Indian Ocean

India, Andaman Islands: Agent recommendation

Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Reduced Fees Now being Charged

South Indian Ocean

Tanzania, Zanzibar: Stone Town updates

Red Sea

Djibouti: Port Djibouti Updates

South Pacific

Fiji,Savusavu: Directory of yacht services

French Polynesia, Marquesas: Useful reminders re. Customs and Immigration

New Zealand: Landfall In The Auckland Islands

Papua New Guinea, Ninigo Islands: Looking for Yachts to deliver gifts and letters

 

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Anastacia Lost at Sea: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Caribbean - Completing the Circle: World ARC 2015-16 ends in Saint Lucia

Caribbean, Trinidad to Grenada: Missing on Passage

Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Dutch couple found dead; their yacht found upturned

Pacific, Fiji: Sea Mercy Recovery Fleet Plan Update

Panama, San Blas: Exit by the AMP – Clearance here no longer possible

Cruising to Australia: Bundaberg Port Marina Partners with Down Under Rally for 2016

UK, Lymington: Choosing for Offshore Cruising at the Bluewater Weekend

Vanuatu: Cyclone Pam Relief Report

 

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS

Belize, Placencia Harbour: Attempted Theft - March 2016

Philippines: Abducted Cruiser Brutally Murdered

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mayreau, Salt Whistle Bay: Armed Robbery

Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking

 

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Communications

Pacific List of Radio Nets Updated

 

Cruising Information

TransEurope Marinas

 

Cruisers Websites

Northern Europe

Yacht Suwena sailing on the Baltic Sea and in Northern Europe

Mediterranean & Caribbean

Mediterranean & Caribbean Cruising

The Voyages of Gilana

Cygnus III - Circumnavigating (Slowly) – Med First

Single-handing around the Caribbean

Central America

Cruising Pacific Mexico for 4 years

Jacaranda Journey

Mexico, South Pacific and on to Japan

Circumnavigators

INFINI's Adventures

13 years and still counting . . .

Yacht Adina - Sailing around the world

Circumnavigation in an Ovni

Circumnavigation Completed

Tales from twice around the world

Around the World with Nine of Cups

Around the World with the Totem Family

Circumnavigation in stages

 

Global Yachting Services

Peters & May: Global Marine Logistics

Hitchsail your Way from Novice to Pro

 

Routing

Atlantic Ocean East to West: Ascension to Barbados

 

Weather

Charter weather – WHEN to sail WHERE – by Yachting Monthly

 

NOONSITE TWEETS (and RETWEETS) YOU’LL WISH YOU HADN’T MISSED

Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

A 'cold blob' in the North Atlantic may be the wild card for this hurricane season: http://ow.ly/10lVjF

Hurricane season outlook ramps up after tame 2015 | Caribbean360 http://buff.ly/1SmXGxT

Skip Novak: think about a jury #rudder before you have to set one in anger #emergenciesatsea http://www.yachtingworld.com/skip-novak-comment/skip-novak-think-about-a-jury-rudder-before-you-have-to-set-one-in-anger-70809 …

Did ya hear the news... New Procedures for Pleasure Craft Entering the #US http://goo.gl/73JaTo #PYNews

#Learning About #Lightning http://goo.gl/fb/Zh96T8

Eastern Mediterranean cruising update – regarding the migrant crisis http://bit.ly/1S9KzQF

Beautiful piece about Malta from Boat International... http://fb.me/7hKaHSkdl

See previous monthly report summaries here

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