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January 2013 : New Information Posted on Noonsite

By Val Ellis last modified Feb 10, 2015 01:52 PM
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Published: 2013-01-01 00:00:00

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Jamacia, North Coast: Entering the Bay of Falmouth

St Vincent & The Gredadines, Bequia: Well Worth the Visit
Cruising update from Statia / St.Eustatius

Central and North America

Costa Rica:Pacific Coast: Two Marinas and staying Two Years
Ecuador, Puerto Lucia - Cruisers' Impressions
Panama, Balboa Yacht Club: Pacific Puddle Jump Party, March 9, 2013
USA, Florida Keys, Sarasota: New Mooring Field
World Cruising Club Announces New Home Port for USA Events
USA: NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program
Clearing into Mexico from El Salvador
Checking into Costa Rica: Original US Documentation
Honduras Cruising Notes: Christmas 2012

South America

Domburg - Pilotage and Local Info.
South Africa, Cape Town: World ARC 2012/2013 sets sail for St. Helena and then Brazil

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Atlantic, Canary Islands: Abandoned Yacht last seen 700 miles WSW of the Canary Islands
France: Use of Red Diesel Still Accepted
Cruising Association (CA) Launches North Sea Section
Spain & Portugal - Marina Prices
Cruising Western France to Lisbon - Summer 2012

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

St Helena: Robust Mooring Field now Available


Albania Entry – Sarande (updated)
Gibraltar: Pre-Arrival Customs Notification Now Required
Re: The New Tax for Cruising Boats in Greece – Updates

South East Asia & East Asia

Thailand, Phuket: New moorings break loose, wreak havoc for yachtsmen in Chalong Bay
Update on obtaining a visa extension in Subic Bay, Philippines
Philippines, Visayan Islands: Cruising Notes
Malaysia, Port Dickson, Admiral Marina: Updates from Cruisers

Indian Ocean

Eritrea, Massawa, Dahlak Islands: No Longer Open to Foreign Yachts
Northern Kiribati: A visit to Butaritari Island
Sri Lanka: Giving Something Back in Galle

South Pacific

OceansWatch 2012: Our 3 Months Helping in the SW Pacific
Word of Caution if you plan to fly out of NZ

North Pacific

Federated States of Micronesia, Kosrae: Fees Greatly Increased


Southern Ocean: Shackleton expedition kicks off


Somali Piracy Update: January 2013
Somalia: EU Naval Force Launches New Website
Somalia Piracy: Latest MSCHOA Warning for Yachts


San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary - December 2012
Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Break-in and Theft at Marina Zarpar moorings - January 2013


The Ocean Cruising Club announces recipients of the 2012 OCC Awards
How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life
Thinking about going long-term cruising? Read this...


Philippines to Indonesia: Yacht rally 2013 from Davao to Derawan
Ocean cruising experts share their offshore sailing knowledge at the London Boat Show 2013
2013 set to be the biggest year ever for the ARC


South African Radio Nets
New SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net


Pleasant Suriname (a Cruising Guide to Dutch Guyana): Published December 2012
The Crash Test Boat
Dag Pike’s Cruising Under Sail
Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad
US & BVIs: 16th Edition of The Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands Just Released
A Thousand Miles From Anywhere

Platinum Sponsors

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat