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December 2013: New Information posted on noonsite

By Val Ellis last modified Oct 23, 2014 01:07 PM
A very happy New Year to all our readers. We hope you will enjoy and make use of noonsite in 2014 as much as you have in the past, and perhaps make it your new year resolution to send us an update or two, or pass on any useful information for fellow cruisers from the area you are currently cruising.

Published: 2014-01-01 00:00:00

All the latest information posted on noonsite.com last month is outlined below. Whilst it was a “light” month for feedback, we’d like to thank all our users who got in touch with cruising reports, updates and corrections for the site during the holiday season. We greatly appreciate your contribution and assistance in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource.

How to get more out of noonsite

Whilst noonsite continues to be a free resource with no log-in required, there are some ways you can get more involved with the site:

Register with noonsite: This is quick and simple to set-up. Being registered means you can contribute comments to all ports, countries and reports on noonsite. A great way to pass on quick recommendations, comment on service done on your boat or feedback any new port information you have encountered. Please remember that comments are moderated and may take 24-48 hours before approval.

E-mail us with updates and reports: Those of you with more detailed updates for noonsite (i.e. more than just a paragraph) can still pass these on to the noonsite team at noonsite@noonsite.com and they will be used for site updates and/or published as a noonsite report. Try to include as much information as you can about places visited, routes taken, contact details etc. and don’t forget to send us a photo or two as well.

Follow us on Twitter: With nearly 500 followers (@NoonsiteEditor) this is the perfect way to receive notice of site updates, new info. as it is added, news relevant to cruising sailors and any useful articles we want to share with our followers.

See previous monthly report summaries here

NEW COUNTRY INFORMATION

Caribbean

Cuba: New Law means yachts can now stay up to 5 years

Grenada: Great News on Visas

Central & North America

Honduras, Roatan: Latest Info.

Mexico: Many Boats Impounded due to Confusion over Documents

Panama: Season starting soon

USA, New York Harbour: New NOAA Chart Provides Post-Sandy Updates

South America

Brazil: Useful Advice when Visiting the Country

Suriname: Notes following a recent visit

South Indian Ocean

Madagascar, Hellville: Everything you Need to Know

Madagascar, Mahajanga: A Port worth Visiting

Mauritius: Grand Baie, Port Louis and Rodrigues Updates

Mediterranean

Turkey: Tourist Visas Important Update

South East Asia & East Asia

Cambodia: Clearing In and Out at Ko Khong

Thailand, Satun: Hauling at Phithak Shipyard

South Pacific

New Zealand: Entry period extended for visiting yachts

Vanuatu: The Lakona Bay Kastom Festival - 23 & 24 August 2014

Vanuatu: Year-end report from OceansWatch

NEWS

UK: Environment Agency issues multiple severe flood warnings for worst tidal surge in 60 years

NEW COMMENTS FROM CRUISERS

Albania, Saranda: Agent recommendation

Australia, Bundaberg: Recommended as a port of entry

Australia, New South Wales, Coffs Harbour: Recommendation for galvanising

Bahamas, San Salvador: Fuel at the Riding Rock Marina

Canary Islands, Tenerife, San Miguel: Marina and services update

Greece vs Croatia: Further comment

Honduras, Roatan: Clearance costs

Italy, Sicily, Licata: Positive feedback for Marina di Cala del Sole

Marshall Islands: Immigration and fees updates

Mayotte: Visiting now

Mexico, Isla Mujeres: Clearing in without an agent

Morocco, Agadir: News on facilities at Agadir Marina

Morocco: A visit to Casablanca and Mohammedia

New Zealand: Extension of the Temporary Import Exemption from the ICA

New Zealand, Auckland: Feedback on Viaduct Marina

Panama, Caribbean: Thumbs up for Turtle Cay Marina

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Recommendation for mechanical services

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union: Security report

Thailand: Actions of Thai Fishing Boats

Turkey, Fethiye: Recommendation for Yacht Classic Marina

Sevenstar Yacht Transport: Our experience

OTHER NEW REPORTS & INFO.

Cruising Information

Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts at World Cruising Club UK and USA

Rallies

ARC Course Record Broken: New New fastest crossing time from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia by SY Caro

ARC 2013: 28th ARC Complete

ARC DelMarVa: A new rally for East Coast USA

BVIs: A Challenging 24th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay

Cape Verdes to Saint Lucia: The first ARC+ arrivals make landfall

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: The first edition of ARC+ comes to a close

Vanuatu to Australia Rally identified as favourite for drug cartel

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