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December 2014: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 07, 2016 07:02 AM
A very Happy New Year to all our users. The end of 2014 was relatively quiet for noonsite, with just a few cruising reports trickling in and several security reports – predominantly from the Caribbean. We hope you will all add "contribute to noonsite" to your new year resolutions list for 2015!

Published: 2015-01-01 00:00:00

For all the latest information, updates, news and a selection of comments posted by users last month, read on . . .

COUNTRY REPORTS FROM CRUISERS POSTED LAST MONTH

(See Piracy/Security Reports & News from last month further down)

Caribbean

Curacao: New Immigration rules not as straightforward as they seem

Dominican Republic: Problems en-route to Isla Beata - assistance from the DR Navy

Central America

Panama: New Season 2014/2015 Report from Karsten Staffeldt

North Atlantic Islands

Cape Verdes, Mindelo: Feedback from Cruisers

Mediterranean

Mediterranean Almanac 2015/16

Greece, Ionian Islands: Reports from Cruisers

Italy, The Strait of Messina: Cruisers Report

Italy to Tunisia: Spring 2014

Indian Ocean

India, Andaman Islands: Visit in 2012

South East Asia & East Asia

Bali to Singapore in the transition season November 2014

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: The new Senibong Cove Marina

Malaysia & Singapore: Day Trips to Singapore from Senibong Cove Marina, Malaysia

Philippines: Dangerous High Voltage Wire Near Surigao Strait

Thailand: Checking into Thailand - Payment of Bond

South Pacific

New Zealand, Opua: MPI to consider charges for two yachties over concealed fruit

Papua New Guinea, New Britain: Clearance at Rabaul

COUNTRY NEWS

Caribbean Bonaire and Curacao: No Coast Guard Patrols by Sea

Sweden: Discharge of sewage from pleasure crafts will be prohibited in 2015

PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS

Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Armed Boardings and Theft

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Night boarding and burglary

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Watch out for Dr Feelgood

Caribbean, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Attempted break-in

Central America, Honduras and Guatemala Border, SE of Cayos Miskitos: Pursued by Suspicious Vessel

South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, New Britain Island, Rabaul: Boarded and Robbed at Knifepoint

OTHER NEWS

2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted

Rallies: ARC+ 2014 first arrival reaches Saint Lucia

Rallies: ARC Course Record broken for 2nd year running

Rallies: ARC+ 2014 Beach Party Wraps Up ARC+ for another year

Rallies: The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers wraps up in Saint Lucia

Frank Virgintino receives SSCA’s Growl Tiger Clean Wake Award

A SELECTION OF NEW COMMENTS FROM CRUISERS

Atlantic, Cape Verdes: Credit cards and internet

Atlantic, Spain: Good tips for getting to Sevilla

Caribbean, Antigua: Clearing in at Jolly Harbour

Caribbean, Bahamas: Getting a dog license

Caribbean, Barbados: Warning re. checking in at Bridgetown

Caribbean, Guadeloupe: Uncomfortable anchorage at Iles des Saintes

Caribbean, St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Recommendation for Chatham Bay, Union

Central America, Rio Dulce: Recommendation for haulout at RAM Marina

Ireland, Kilmore: Excellent shelter

Mediterranean, Spain: Cheap moorings near Barcelona

SE Asia, Malaysia: Checking in and out of Telaga, Langkawi

South Africa: Customs refund

South America, Brazil: Anchoring in Vitoria

South America, Chile: Puerto Montt Armada

South America, Colombia: Santa Marta tips

South America, Guyana: Checking in at Bartica

South America, Suriname: Recommendation for Waterland Marina, Domburg

South Pacific, Vanuatu: Anchoring at Olal/Nopul

USA: Feedback on utilising the visa waiver programme

UK, Eastbourne: Sovereign Harbour lock cycle

OTHER NEW REPORTS & INFO.

Cruising Information

Hands Across the Sea

International Certificate of Competence for all nationalities - Ocean Wind Sailing School

Tips for Crewing Offshore

UK: Experts share top tips at the London Boat Show at Bluewater Cruisers Question Time

Environment

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation

Pacific Northwest/Salish Sea Drift Card Studies

Equipment

Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?

Medical & Safety

Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

More ideas on securing your boat from intruders

Routing

USA to the Caribbean: In support of the Windward Passage South

See previous monthly report summaries here

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