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August 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 07, 2016 09:10 AM
Reflecting the truly global nature of noonsite we received cruising reports last month from all corners of the globe; cruisers in the Indian Ocean, SE Asia, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Pacific.

Published: 2016-09-06 23:00:00

Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite last month with useful cruising reports, comments, recommendations and port and country updates.

As always, a very big thank you to all our readers who supported noonsite with a small donation last month (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during August can be found below.

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Caribbean Cruising & Cell Phones

Bahamas: Long Island updates

Grenada, St. Georges: Marina recommendation

Central America

Panama, Colon: Shelter Bay approach navigation warning

Panama, San Blas Islands: A Report on the Current Situation

Mediterranean

Croatia, Dubrovnik: Anchoring advice

Greece, Dodecanese, Patmos: Useful Information for first-time visitors

Greece, Eastern Sporades: Vathi (Samos) update

Greece, Ionian: Lefkas Floating Swing Bridge Update

Greece, Ionian, Lefkas: Yacht Service Company recommendation

Greece, Ionian, Preveza: Shortage of DEKPA forms

Greece, Peloponnese, Koroni: Not a happy visit

Italy, Brindisi: Boatyard recommendation

Italy, Sicily, Trapani: Marina recommendation

Spain, Malaga: Marina information

Turkey: Paperwork and the Blue Card

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: Protected Marine Areas around Lanzarote

Ireland: Anchoring in Cork Harbour

Portugal, Lisbon: Boatyard & rigger recommendation

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Kupang: A Very Smooth Check-in & Obtaining a Cultural Visa

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: Anchoring tips

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: Cruiser recommendations

Singapore: Agent recommendation

Thailand, Phuket: Marine Recommendation

Thailand, Phuket: Phuket Yacht Club (previously Ao Chalong YC)

East Timor (Timor Leste): Visiting Pante Macassar (Oe-cusse)

North Indian Ocean

India, Andaman Islands: New visa rules

South Indian Ocean

BIOT (Chagos): Moorings near Boddam Island, Salomon Atoll

Mauritius: Clearance updates

Reunion Island: Plaisance Pointe des Galets Marina updates

Tanzania, Mtwara: Report of a Visit in July 2016

South Pacific

Australia: Deckee.com

Fiji, Rotuma, Oinafa: Ideal clearance port for those cruising to or from the Marshall Islands

French Polynesia: Options during the cyclone season?

French Polynesia: Obtaining a Long Stay Visa

Papua New Guinea: Anchoring in PNG - How we nearly lost our boat (twice)

Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby: Arrival information

Samoa: Apia Updates from Cruisers

Tonga, Neiafu, Vava'u: FAD and navigational channel marker locations

Wallis and Futuna: Updates from a recent visit

 

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Australia: Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources increase fees for cruisers by an average of 17.5%

Reunion Island & Rodrigues: An Outbreak of Foot And Mouth Disease

 

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS
Information Partners with the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN)

Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

Costa Rica, Golfito: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen - August 2016

Grenada: Burglary at Port Louis Marina - August 2016

Philippines: A cruisers’ perspective on security when cruising these waters

South Pacific, Tonga: Theft in Vava'u

St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay Murder March 2016: Call for witnesses

Tobago, Buccoo Bay: Robbery at dinghy beach – August 2016

Trinidad: Attempted Piracy on Passage from Grenada - August 2016

 

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Communications

Atlantic Radio Nets: Re-founding the UK/MM Ham Net

List of Mediterranean Radio Nets

List of Pacific Radio Nets

Cruising Information

Big Passages, Small Kids

YIT (Yachts in Transit)

Cruisers Websites

Anchorages from a Circumnavigation

Equipment

Why Cruise a Catamaran?

Liveaboard cruisers - most useful smartphone & tablet tools

Software & Electronics for long-distance cruisers

Rallies

How to crew in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers)

Routing

Sailing the Atlantic.com

Yacht Search
SE Asia: Philippines - SY Isaac and Crew Missing

 

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

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 1
Passage from #Vanuatu to #Darwin - looking for advice on #Torres Strait http://www.worldcruising.com/forum/messages.aspx?TopicID=4485&lastpage=1 …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 2
#Turkey cruising: Get your Blue Card scanned every 2 weeks or risk a hefty fine http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Turkey/view#1470137800664985 …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 10
|#Atlantic gear survey: long-range #communications at #sea - yachting world's findings http://www.yachtingworld.com/how-to-sail-across-the-atlantic/atlantic-gear-survey-long-range-communications-sea-83429 …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 15
#Reunion: A beacon of civilization in the midst of the #Indian #Ocean http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/ReunionIsland/PointedesGalets%28LePort%29/port_view#1471253852372847 …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 22
Log of s/v Del Viento: Bula! #FIJI - inexpensive for cruisers http://logofdelviento.blogspot.com/2016/08/bula-by-michael-taveuni-fiji.html?spref=tw …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Aug 22
#Vanuatu to #Darwin - what to expect from the #Torres Strait? Can you offer advice? https://www.worldcruising.com/FORUM/messages.aspx?TopicID=4485 …

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Aug 23
Could shipping containers pose a threat to your yacht? http://fb.me/1k4ZP7qnJ

AccuWeather.com ‏@breakingweather Aug 25
On the heels of deadly Typhoon Mindulle, Japan is bracing for Typhoon Lionrock next week: http://ow.ly/N9MO303Ac8n

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Aug 30
What is your method for staying safe when sailing shorthanded? http://fb.me/1zRlHokvJ

NOAA ‏@NOAA Aug 30
The Atlantic basin is active w/1 #hurricane & 2 tropical depressions. For latest info visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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See previous monthly report summaries here

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