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November 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 08, 2017 03:54 PM
November was a busy month for transits, with the departure of a number of yacht rallies from both European and US shores heading for the Caribbean and yachts in the Southern Hemisphere heading to Australia and NZ. Many boats still on passage are looking forward to spending Christmas cruising in warmer waters.

Published: 2016-12-05 00:00:00

If you were offline most of last month, find out what you missed with our round-up of all the new information, port and country updates, comments and reports from the cruising community that were posted on noonsite. There's also a selection of new tweets, security reports and cruising news.

Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite during November, please keep up the contact with feedback on all the ports you visit this festive season.

As always, a very big thank you to all our readers who supported noonsite with a small donation last month and also to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during November can be found below.

Editor's Note - Our apologies, many of the links in this report were broken - however all have now been corrected and open in new windows (8 February 2017).

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Cayman Islands: My George Town Grand Cayman formalities experience

Cuba: Marina Trinidad docking charges not changed since 2014

Guadeloupe, Deshaies: Moorings and anchoring update

St. Kitts & Nevis: Good Feedback from recent visits

St. Kitts & Nevis, Charlestown: Moorings safety check reminder

North America

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

South America

Venezuela, Los Roques: Three children on board and we never felt like we were taking risks

Venezuela, Los Roques: Beautiful, unspoiled islands, missing them would be too bad

Mediterranean

Wintering in the Mediterranean

Greece, Peloponnese, Poros: Thunderstorm and huge damages

Greece, Formalities: New DEKPA forms

Spain, Menorca: Recent visit to Ciutadella

Turkey, Bodrum: Wintering in D-Marin Marina

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Morocco (Atlantic Coast): A visit to El Jadida

Morocco (Atlantic Coast): A visit to Mohammedia

Scotland, Troon: Probably the most sheltered marina on the west coast of Scotland

Spain, Galicia, Ria de Muros: Marina de Muros - Great service, decent facilities

South East Asia & East Asia

Southeast Asia Pilot - 25 years in print

Indonesia: Checking in at Bitung

Indonesia, West Papua: Good contacts for cruisers in Sorong

Japan: Sail into the heart of Japan with the Setouchi Yacht Rally 2017

Malaysia, Melaka: Clearance information

Thailand: Leaving your boat, paying a bond and visa extensions

Thailand, Krabi: Good feedback for Krabi Boat Lagoon

Thailand, Phuket: Boat Shed Phuket

South Indian Ocean

Mauritius, Port Louis: Recommendation for mechanic

North Pacific

FSM, Weno: Some positive feedback for Chuuk Lagoon

South Pacific

Australia, Queensland: Scarborough Marina - an excellent place to stay in the Brisbane area

Cook Islands: DO visit Palmerston!

Fiji: Tips on safe navigation

Fiji, Naviti Island: Cruiser-friendly resort

New Zealand, Whangarei: Anyone needing a refit should seriously consider Whangerei

 

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Atlantic Crossing: Evacuation of five crew from ARC yacht NOAH

BVI's, Tortola: The 27th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Nanny Cay

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: A Classic Start for ARC 2016

ARC: Record-Breaking Rambler 88 arrives in Saint Lucia

Panama, Immigration: Changes to visa rules for pleasure boats

Southeast Asia Pilot - 25 years in print

South Pacific: Niue Yacht Club (NYC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary

 

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS
Information Partners with the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN)

Antigua, Jolly Harbour Marina: Burgled whilst on the hard - November 2016

Bonaire, El Navegante Boat Yard: Items Stolen from Stored Yacht - August 2016

Dominican Republic, Luperon: Burgled whilst ashore - November 2016

Fiji, Suva, Lami Bay: Burgled – July 2015

Grenada: Assault at Port Louis Marina - October 2016

Grenada: Men Charged in Yacht Break-in

Madagascar, Mahajanga: Armed Robbery - October 2016

Mozambique, Bazaruto: Outboard Theft - November 2016

On Passage from Canary Islands to Cape Verdes: Attempted Boarding off W Sahara - November 2016

Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

Turkey: The Security Situation - Comments from Cruisers in Turkey

 

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Books

Homeschool Teacher - A practical guide to inspiring academic excellence

Southeast Asia Pilot (5th Edition) - A Noonsite Review

Communications

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio): Can cruisers benefit from such a system?

Cruising Information

Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)

Cruisers Websites

Cruisers & Sailing Forums: Cruising with Kids

Five year Circumnavigation

Environment

The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage

Secchi Disk: Now the World’s largest marine citizen science study of plankton

Rallies

Canaries, Las Palmas: An International Parade officially opens the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Japan: Sail into the heart of Japan with the Setouchi Yacht Rally 2017

Safety & Medical

Creating a Float Plan: What and Why

Emergency Evacuation Services While Cruising

Weather

Sources of Weather Forecasts for the Pacific

Weathering Waterspouts

 

NOONSITE TWEETS (and RETWEETS) YOU’LL WISH YOU HADN’T MISSED
Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Nov 2
En route to the Canary Islands Rupert Holmes’s yacht Zest was dismasted by a rogue wave in a gale 130 miles off... http://fb.me/8eYUcqkhY

SAIL Magazine ‏@sailmagazine Nov 3
Are you currently cruising on a mulithull? We want to feature you! Email us at sailmail@sailmagazine.com.

SAIL Magazine ‏@sailmagazine Nov 9
Voice of Experience: What happens when you get appendicitis offshore - http://bit.ly/2fCRVkI By Andy Schell @59NorthSailing #sailing

Sailing Yacht Asia ‏@Yacht_Asia Oct 21
Sailing Yacht Asia Releases an Online Cruising Guide to Burma’s Mergui Archipelago – http://blog.boat-yacht-charters.com/?p=236

Practical Boat Owner ‏@p_b_o Nov 17
Fortitude on forty footers as ARC 2016 fleet prepare to set sail http://bit.ly/2gmokxF

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Nov 18
#USA #Canada The Intracoastal Waterway #ICW and the Great Loop - ever wondered if your boat could do this? http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/USA/the-intracoastal-waterway-and-the-great-loop/ …

Noonsite.com ‏@NoonsiteEditor Nov 30
#Festiveideas What do you give the cruiser who has it all? We like these ideas by @sailingtotem http://www.sailingtotem.com/2016/11/gifts-that-give-a-little-more.html

 

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