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October 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 18, 2017 07:37 AM
Transit season is upon us, with many coming to the end of their Indian Ocean passage in South Africa, South Pacific cruisers heading for NZ and Atlantic cruisers leaving the colder climes of the US and Europe for the Caribbean. All these countries on noonsite have been checked and updated for the busy season ahead, but as always, if you come across new information for noonsite or something that needs correcting, please drop us a line and let us know (see how to at the bottom of this report).

Published: 2015-11-01 00:00:00

Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports to noonsite last month, helping to keep noonsite the place to go online for worldwide cruising sailors.

We are committed to keeping noonsite a free-to-use information resource, and to this end greatly appreciate the donations made last month via our new “donate” button. If you use noonsite regularly, please consider helping keep this resource going by making a small donation. Thanks also to our group of advertisers whose decision to advertise on noonsite helps keep it free for users as well.

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

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

Caribbean Safety and Security Net

Mosquitos: Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

Aruba: Lots of advice from a recent visit

Barbados, Bridgetown: Docking and facilities update

Cuba: More changes for American sailors

Curacao, Willemstad: Beware of poorly marked reef

Dominica: Help still needed

Dominican Republic: Latest clearance fees at Puerto Plata

Grenada, Carriacou: Bringing in spares

Jamaica, Montego Bay: Marina recommendation

Saint Lucia, Castries: Problems with anchoring

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Positive security measures in Bequia

Central America

Costa Rica: Original US Documentation required when checking in

Honduras, Roatan: New Moorings Available

Mexico: Clearance at Isla Mujeres

Mediterranean

Mediterranean SSB Nets

A Yachting Pilot for Crete

Croatia: In Croatia they take the money before they take your line

France, Corsica: Don’t go to Bastia

Greece: Difficulties Encountered by Yachts with a Non-EU Port of Registry

Greece: The quality of Diesel

Italy, Bari: Good rates for wintering

Italy, Palermo: Marina recommendation

Italy, Southern Sicily: Wintering in Marina di Ragusa

Morocco, Mohammedia: Cruisers' Reports

Spain & Portugal - Marina Prices

Spain, Almerimar: A recent visit

Spain, Balearics: Good experience at Marina Mahon, Minorca

Spain, Cartagena: Facilities and services for yachts

Turkey, Izmir Bay, Güzelbaçhe: New place to tie up

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: Availability of gas

Portugal: Lagos Navigators

South Indian Ocean

Madagascar: Cruising Advice

Madagascar: Cruisers report on Nossi-Be

Mauritius: Clearance and Cruising Information

Mauritius, Port Louis: Taxi driver recommendation

Mauritius, Port Mathurin: Getting boat work done

Reunion Island: Latest updates

South East Asia & East Asia

South from Singapore, Thousand Islands, Jakarta to Sunda Strait

China: Xiamen to Phuket Thailand

Indonesia, Bali: Stopping in transit to refuel

Indonesia, Jakarta: Agent recommendation

Indonesia, Raja Ampat Islands: Waisai Public Marina

Japan: Detailed Report of a 2 Month Cruise

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: Checking into the country at Senibong Cove Marina

Philippines: Recommendation for Watercraft Ventures in Subic Bay

Singapore to Sunda Strait, Indonesia in August 2015

South Pacific

Australia: International Clearance in Darwin

French Polynesia, Gambiers: No bank or ATM

French Polynesia, Marquesas: Excellent Passage Notes

Solomon Islands: Recommended Anchorages

South Atlantic

St. Helena: Bring British Pounds

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Important Product Recall From Mustang Survival

Atlantic Ocean: The Sargassum Phenomenon is a Serious Issue for Atlantic sailors

Bahamas: Hurricane Joaquin Blasting the Central Bahamas

Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

Cruising the Caribbean: Free Cruising Guides Unveils New Website

Greece: Removal of 6 month Restriction on Transit Logs

Mexico: Hurricane Patricia Eyes Mexico With Catastrophic Force

Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season Fast Approaching

Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Sail Loft needs Sailmaker!

Philippines: Typhoon Koppu to Lash Philippines Through Midweek Before Targeting Taiwan

Thailand, Phuket: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft – further updates

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS

Caribbean: SSCA to Report Safety & Security Matters

Caribbean, Martinique, Le Marina du Marin: Theft of dinghy fuel tank

French Polynesia, Huahine, Baie D’Avea: Night Boarding

Indonesia, Sumbawa Island, Potopaddu Bay: Theft of Deck Gear (Fishing Gear)

Indonesia: Two Germans kidnapped after yacht was hijacked in Strait of Lombok

Maritime crime incidents across Southeast Asia at highest level in years

Papua New Guinea, Madang: Boarding and Attack in Hansa Bay

WORLDWIDE SEARCH & RESCUE NEWS

Alaska to San Diego: French Single-Hander with cat rescued

Atlantic Ocean: Yacht Missing Since July 2015

North Sea: Rescued yacht "Harrier of Down" sinks during towing

South Africa: Two men missing from overturned French catamaran found alive

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Books,Charts and DVDs

African Ocean Blues: From the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean

Communications

Communication devices for sailing the Arctic and Northwest Passage

South African Radio Nets - Updated

Cruising Information

Clearance Formalities Worldwide: How Experiences Vary

What kids really think about homeschooling on board

The Costs of Cruising

Island Cruising Association (ICA)

Cruisers’ Websites & Blogs

Becoming a sailor on a St Francis 50 catamaran

S/Y Kate - Sailing Slowly Around the World

Equipment

Calling all Cruising Sailors – Do you use an iPad on board?

The best apps for Cruising

Routing

Ocean current data for passages

Taking the northerly route across the Atlantic; YW meteorologist explains

Safety and Medical

Lessons from a dinghy crisis averted - always wear the kill cord!

Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

Weather

El Niño (and La Niña) Advisory

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

Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Sailing to Porto Santo in the Madeira Archipelago.. http://bit.ly/1Ob0Ncr

An Arctic Adventure with Jimmy Cornell http://bit.ly/1VqGf3P

Australia – Cruising to Lord Howe Island http://bit.ly/1Rsg5YE

US Virgin Islands - useful information for yachts cruising in the National Park produced by the

NPS http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/USVirginIslands?rc=GeneralInfo#Links …

Birding Aboard ‘SEABC’ Has Sailors Reporting Unusual Birds http://www.allatsea.net/?p=24185

Port Takola yacht marina in Thailand is set to open in 2016 http://bit.ly/1RaAUY1

Norway (RCCPF) by Judy Lomax (2nd Edition 2010) Supplement No. 4... http://fb.me/7AY08fUA0

USA, Maine to Scotland - How Not to Cross the #Atlantic http://cruisi.ng/xHqihJ

Madagascar to South Africa: Ocean current data for passages - more great tips from @sailingtotem http://www.sailfeed.com/2015/10/keeping-current-ocean-current-data-for-passages/#.ViDn6bIoLPA.twitter …

Caribbean, Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda: Fish kill, water woes blamed on Sargassum http://www.bvibeacon.com/1/index.php/news-articles-2/1547-featured-articles/7453-fish-kill-water-woes-blamed-on-sargassum-photo-gallery …

Red Sea, North Indian Ocean BMP4 HRA Revision – Pragmatic Decision or Dangerous Gamble? http://www.dryadmaritime.com/bmp4-hra-revision-pragmatic-decision-or-dangerous-gamble/ …

Exclusive excerpt from Voyaging with Kids: A Guide to Family Life Afloat http://cruisi.ng/gOdDR5

Handy Cuba chart books released by NV Charts.... http://fb.me/2VOp5U62B

Why multihulls are becoming ever more popular for cruising http://bit.ly/1PKPAyP

How to sail an Atlantic circuit http://bit.ly/1ii4D5q

How to sail off a mooring http://bit.ly/1ilEUsQ

Cruising Georgia – the wilderness coast of the eastern USA http://bit.ly/1PW9g2K

See previous monthly report summaries here

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