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January 2014: New Information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards — last modified Feb 03, 2015 04:07 PM
Thank you to everyone who used noonsite last month and found time to contribute updates and cruising reports for the site. We greatly appreciate your contribution and assistance in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource.

Published: 2014-02-01 00:00:00

All the latest information posted on noonsite.com last month is outlined below.

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See previous monthly report summaries here

NEW COUNTRY REPORTS & NEWS

(See Piracy/Security Reports & News further down)

Western Europe

Cruising Portugal (Lisbon south) and SW Spain - Summer 2013

Caribbean

Haiti: New cruising stops taking shape

Haiti: Thanking donors of “Sails for Haiti”

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help

Central & North America

Mexico: Many Boats Impounded due to Confusion over Documents - with updates from cruisers

Mexico: Breaking News on Boats Impounded

Panama, Bocas del Toro: Update for 2014

Panama Canal Agents: Cruisers' Recommendations

Panama: Tightening up of how Cruising Permits are issued

USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

South America

Colombia, Caribbean Coast, Santa Marta: Agent and Marina Highly Recommended

Venezuela Sailing - November 2013

Venezuela, Morrocoy National Park: Yacht found adrift with no crew on board

Mediterranean

Greece: New Cruising Tax – the details

Greece: Do they want Cruising Sailors or not?

Turkey: From April no more visas on arrival

South East Asia & East Asia

Cambodia: Clearing In and Out at Khao Kong

Cambodia: Useful Report from this Rarely Visited Country

NW Indonesia Anchorages

Indonesia to increase sea patrols along border with Malaysia

Malaysia, Popular Anchorages: Sebana Cove or Danga Bay?

Thailand, Pinch me, I'm cruising: Phang Nga fairyland

Thailand: Phuket’s ‘invisible moorings’ sink B10mn luxury cruiser

North Pacific

FSM: Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board report on port fees

South Pacific

Australia: Welcome Changes in Quarantine Guidelines for Yachts

Australia, North Queensland: Cyclone Dylan intensifies

Fiji, Viti Levu, Lautoka: Completing an Overhaul at Vuda Point Marina

Fiji, Musket Cove Regatta 2014

Tonga: Cat 5 Ian devastates Ha‘apai islands

Tonga: Cyclone Ian - How you can Help Ha’apai

Cruising the South Pacific with Pets on board - hassle in Fiji

PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery

Caribbean, Saint Lucia: TV Interview with Margaret Pratt, wife of murdered British yachtsman

Caribbean, Saint Lucia yacht murder: Roger Pratt's killers 'caused brain damage with their fists'

Caribbean, St Martin, Simpson Bay Lagoon: Warning about Robberies during 2013

Central America: Panama, Colon – Theft from Shelter Bay’s secure yard

North Atlantic Islands, Cape Verdes: Dinghy Theft Warning

Free Cruising Guides' Caribbean Security Index use grows

Caribbean Crime: Caribbean Security Index (CSI) review of 2013

OTHER NEWS

Huge waves, torrential rain and flooding as 'Winter Storm Hercules' heads over from US to Europe

New York to USVIs: Disabled catamaran abandoned by crew

Some Good News Regarding the International Certificate of Competence

A SELECTION OF NEW COMMENTS FROM CRUISERS

Caribbean: BVIs – basing a US yacht in the BVIs

Caribbean: Dominica, Roseau – Dominica Yacht Club details

Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Boca Chica – Warning about Moorings

Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Boca Chica – Comment by Marina about Moorings

Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Boca Chica – Clearance tips

Caribbean: Martinique – New info. on clearance ports

Caribbean: Martinique, Marin – Useful cruising info.

Caribbean: Martinique, Marin – Clearance update

Caribbean: Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay – Thanks to Marine Tek

Caribbean: Sint Maarten – Latest bridge opening times

Caribbean: St. Vincent, Cumberland Bay - Recommendation

Central America: Honduras, Roatan – Taxi driver and island guide recommendation

Central America: Panama, Colon – Agent recommendation

Central America: Panama, Portobelo – Sail repair recommendation

Mediterranean: Albania – Agent information

Mediterranean: Greece – Visas for US citizens (with confirmation of Schengen rules)

Mediterranean: Italy, Sicily, Licata – The lo-down from the liveaboards

Mediterranean: Turkey, Marmaris – Electricity charges at Netsel Marina

Northern Europe: Baltic Sea – Useful reference

Northern Europe: Norway, Egersund – Travel advice

North Pacific: Marshall Islands – update on issues with some types of visas

SE Asia: Cambodia, Sihanoukville – comment after recent visit

SE Asia: Thailand, Phuket – Immigration fees

South Atlantic Islands: St. Helena – Obtaining fuel

OTHER NEW REPORTS & INFO.

Book Reviews

Caribbean Fiction: Marina Melee

Hunting the Hunters

Reeds Weather Handbook by Frank Singleton

The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages

Cruising Information

Ocean Cruising Club announce annual 2013 Awards

Proof of Competency for European Countries

Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning...

Women Who Sail Facebook Group

Cruising in Company

Indian Ocean Crossing 2014/15 to South Africa

Rallies

World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

World Cruising Club at Boot Düsseldorf

Jimmy Cornell's new rallies Combine Ocean Research with UNESCO

Routing

Malta to Gibraltar: Concern that direct course is close to Algeria

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