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February 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Mar 11, 2016 02:38 PM
Find out what you missed last month with our round-up of all the new cruising reports, port updates, news, recommendations, comments and other interesting titbits that were posted by the noonsite team and our readers during February.

Published: 2016-03-11 14:38:17

Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports to noonsite last month.

We are committed to maintaining noonsite as THE place to go online for worldwide cruising sailors, so watch out for continued improvements to the site over the next few months.

A big thank you to all our readers who made a donation in February (making a small donation) and also to our group of dedicated advertisers - whose decision to advertise on noonsite helps keep it free for users.

All the latest information posted on noonsite.com last month can be found below.

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Antigua & Barbuda: Clearing in at English Harbour

Dominica: The island still needs help, we just did not know

Dominican Republic: Anchoring Policy

Grenada: Grenada Marine – one stop shop boatyard

Martinique: Arriving from the south

Puerto Rico: Ponce Update

Puerto Rico: Salinas Update

Spanish Virgin Islands: Clearing in at Culebra

Turks & Caicos: Clearing in at Grand Turk

USVIs: Clearing in and out St. Thomas

North America

Canada: The Wild Coast of Quebec

South America

Colombia, San Andres: Agent recommendation

Venezuela, Los Roques: Agent recommendation

Central America

Mexico, Puerto Chiapas: Good experiences with Marina Chiapas

Panama Update: Transit delays, marinas, San Blas & cruising

Panama, San  Blas: Latest Clearance Fees

Panama, Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent: Cruisers' Report

Panama: Agent Recommendation

Mediterranean

Cyprus, Kyrenia (Girne): Delta Marina now has 70 ton travelift

Cyrpus, Karpaz Gate Marina: Five star marina at 3 star prices

Greece: Wintering our boat in Lavrion

Morocco, Tangier: Good place to experience Morocco

Tunisia is open for business

Western Africa

Namibia: Updates from Walvis Bay Yacht Club

South Africa, Cape Town: Cruisers continue to feedback useful information

South Africa, Durban: Beware of water in fuel

South Africa: Clearance & Cruising Information

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Spain, Galicia: Two seasons in Ria de Arousa

North Europe

Netherlands, Schevenigen: New harbour entrance protocol for yachts

North Indian Ocean

India, Andaman Islands: Visiting Requirements

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: Check-In at Belitung (Tanjung Pandan)

North Pacific

Hawaii, Honolulu: Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor (City Marina) Update

Kiribati, Line Islands: Three weeks at Fanning Island

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Atlantic: Cruise liner carries out mid-Atlantic yacht rescue

Philippines, Surigao del Sur, Barobo: Decomposing body found on drifting yacht

South Africa: Overturned catamaran discovered 1 year after South African yachtsmen go missing - Updated

South Africa, Cape Town: Lives lost when cruising yacht runs aground off West Coast

South Pacific: Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone Winston barrels toward Fiji

South Pacific, Fiji: Cyclone Winston Aftermath

South Pacific, Fiji: Sea Mercy's Work in the Pacific in response to Cyclone Winston

UK: Storm Imogen batters parts of England and Wales

UK, West Sussex Coast: Man describes dramatic sea rescue after being swept off yacht

The OCC Announces Award Recipients for 2015

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS

Noonsite.com Summary of Yacht Security & Piracy Reports 2015

Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean - CSSN Special Report

Bahamas: Nassau Security

Caribbean Yacht Security: New protocols and arrangements for your safety when transiting near Trinidad and Tobago

Nicaragua, north of Isla Providencia (Colombia): Attempted Boarding

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Canouan security update

Thailand, Phuket: Dinghy Thefts in Chalong

US Virgin Islands, St. Croix: Boarded by pirates, shot and robbed

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Books,Charts and DVDs

Reading on board: ebook or print?

Free Cruising Guides announce newly updated Caribbean Island Guides

Cruising Information

One Simple Question: what’s it like to go cruising?

Managing Essential Paperwork whilst Cruising

The Cost of Cruising

Can you work while Cruising?

Cruisers Websites

Water-log

Sail Surf ROAM

Fleetwood Log

Blogging Families Afloat

Equipment

Cruising Equipment - What's your most valuable list?

Using Tablet Computers & GPS - Accuracy & Opinions

VHF Certification & Licensing

End Life of Boats

Global Yachting Services

Health Is International – International Health Insurance

Dolphin Marine Insurance

Medical & Safety

Mosquitos: Zika Virus

Rallies

Philippine Hobie Challenge & Associated Rally

Sail2Indonesia Rally Feedback

Sail into the heart of Japan with the Setouchi International Yacht Rally 2016

Routing

How to sail across the Atlantic

Pacific Passages: Sailing Advisory Panama to Galapagos

Pacific Pssages: Sailing Advisory Galapagos to Marquesas

Weather

Ocean-Pro Weather & Routing

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

Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

#ARC weather man #ChrisTibbs prepares his boat for #ocean cruising - some great tips here http://www.yachtingworld.com/how-to-sail-across-the-atlantic/chris-tibbs-prepares-his-boat-for-ocean-cruising-69292 …

#Caribbean #StMartin Black Water Discharge #Slurpy ready for service in Simpson Bay Lagoon http://www.todaysxm.com/slurpy-ready-for-service-in-simpson-bay-lagoon/ …

Five Tips For Choosing Weather Information to Believe…And Pay For https://www.morganscloud.com/2016/02/05/five-tips-for-choosing-weather-information-to-believe-and-pay-for/ …

#PNG Cruising - can anyone offer advice on the #Amphlett, #Trobriand & D'Entrecasteaux archipelagos? http://www.worldcruising.com/forum/messages.aspx?

Sargasso Weed a problem for boats and countries facing Atlantic http://www.sail-world.com/142210

Check out this article: #Congress Extends Length of Documentation for #US Vessels - http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/congress-extends-length-of-documentation-for-us-vessels/ …

A beach in the middle of the #Ocean? http://go.shr.lc/1OtnNOd

#Oyster 825 Polina Star #sank due to “unsound” lamination http://www.sailingtoday.co.uk/news/oyster-825-polina-star-sank-due-to-unsound-lamination/ … via @@SailingTodayMag

Cruising #Namibia's Skeleton Coast - wonderful photographs @sailingtotem http://www.sailfeed.com/2016/02/cruising-namibias-skeleton-coast/ …

See previous monthly report summaries here

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