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September 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 11, 2016 10:28 AM
After a lazy summer, the keyboards are tapping away once more and last month has seen a big increase in feedback from all of you who use the site. Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports, keeping noonsite the place to go online for worldwide cruising sailors.

Published: 2015-09-30 23:00:00

For those planning a season cruising in the Caribbean, pay special attention to the number of security reports received last month. Read up on all islands you plan to visit and go prepared. A review of the Caribbean Security and Safety Net website is recommended for all Caribbean cruisers (https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/) and latest alerts can be received via e-mail, facebook, twitter or SSB.

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. 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

Cuba: Comments following a visit in May

SVG, Tobago Cays: Warning about Mooring Balls

SVG, Mayreau: Tobago Cays Marine Park replacing moorings at Salt Whistle Bay

Tobago, Charlotteville: A base for hurricane season

Tobago, Store Bay: Update on yacht services

South America

Guyana: Advisable to clear in at Bartica

Central America

Panama: Clearance Fees

North America

USA, New York: Advice on facilities for yachts

Mediterranean

Croatia, Pula: Dingy mooring warning

Croatia: Be sure to clear in and out properly

Gibraltar: New 700 berth marina for 2016

Greece, Ionian: Mooring in Vathi, Meganisi

Greece, Messolonghi: Information needed about wintering here

Greece: Advice on staying on after your visa expires due to emergency/bad weather

Greece: Transit Logs now for 18 months

Greece: Visiting with an Isle of Man registered yacht

Italy, Barletta: Port closed to leisure vessels

Montenegro: Cruising Permit tips

Morocco: Coastal currents by the RCC Pilotage Foundation

Spain, Denia: El Portet Marina

Spain, Menorca, Mahon: Anchoring now permitted in Cala Teulera

Spain, Santa Pola: Summer berthing

Spain, Torrevieja: Winter berthing

Turkey: Transit Log Advice

Turkey: Kas & Kekova updates

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

France, Port Medoc: Pilotage for night arrival

Ireland, County Kerry: Tips on Valentia Harbour

UK, Wales, Milford Haven: Landing on Ramsey Island

Northern Europe

Denmark: Useful Updates from the RCC Pilotage Foundation

Netherlands, IJsselmeer, Almere: Recommendations for new modern marina

South Indian Ocean

Cocos Keeling: Navigation & Approach Advice

Comoros: Experiences Clearing in August 2015

Comoros: Visiting Anjouan Island

Reunion Island: Clearance and Cruising Information

Seychelles: Receiving spare parts and hauling out

Seychelles: An update on probable costs

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Lombok: Medana Bay anchoring & facilities

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: Boatyard and haulout recommendation

Malaysia, Kuching: LPG Gas Refills

Malaysia, Santubong River: Transportation Options

Singapore to Sunda Strait, Indonesia: Passage Notes

Thailand, Phuket: 11 month refit at Boat Lagoon

Thailand: Know the rules if hiring a motorbike

Thailand: Getting your liferaft service

South Pacific

Fiji: Clearing in at Port Denarau

Galapagos to French Polynesia: May/June 2015

New Zealand: Quarantine Advice

Vanuatu, Luganville: Mooring updates

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

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

Atlantic, Hurricane Fred: A Rare Hurricane For Cape Verde Islands

British Isles, Channel Islands: New ARC Channel Islands 2016 Rally - Open for Registration

Caribbean, Dominica: How you can help - updated

Chile: Tsunami Slams Chile After Deadly Magnitude-8.3 Earthquake

France: Plans for French anchoring tax scrapped

Guyana, Georgetown: Can you help get sailing research vessel back to the USA?

Mediterranean, Greece: Removal of 6 Month Restriction on Transit Logs

Mediterranean, Greece and Turkey: The Migrant Situation

Mediterranean, Italy: Threat of fines for wrong insurance papers

New Zealand, Northland: Tightening up of restrictions for new arrivals following the discovery of a highly invasive marine pest

USA, Assateague Island: Warnings Issued About Submerged Dredge Pipe In Bay; Six Vessels Damaged So Far

UK South Coast: RYA Welcomes Navitus Bay Wind Park Decision

Crew member dies in Clipper Round The World yacht race

Warning Regarding the International Transport of Yachts

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS

Caribbean Yacht Security: St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan & Bequia

Caribbean, SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Attempted Robbery

Caribbean, SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Boarding and Burglary

Caribbean, Grenada, Mt. Hartman Bay: Attempted Sexual Assault

Colombia, Islas del Rossario: Dutch yacht boarded and crew member killed

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Dinghy and Outboard theft

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

Panama, San Blas, East Lemon Cays: Burglary

Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina

WORLDWIDE SEARCH & RESCUE NEWS

South Pacific: NZDF to the aid of a yacht in the north Tasman

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Books

Voyaging with Kids
The latest Guide to Family Life Afloat

Cruising Information

Why and how to help locals when travelling

Cruisers’ Websites & Blogs

SY Morning Dove: 5000 miles+ from the Chesapeake Bay to San Carlos Mexico

Around the World with Landfall

North America: Chicago & the Great Lakes

Environment

Aluminium Cans and the Ocean

Equipment

Testing Drogues and Sea Anchors

LED Bulbs not be used in navigation lights

Global Yachting Services

What Marine Insurance Companies don't want you to know

Routing

An explanation of Atlantic Tides

Weather

Windyty

Yacht Search – Can you Help?

Canary Islands to Senegal - Overdue yacht

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

Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Cruising Tips: Lessons from a dinghy crisis averted - always wear the kill cord!http://www.sailfeed.com/2015/09/lessons-from-a-dinghy-crisis-averted/#.Vg2vHlV8K8k.twitter …

Check to ensure your PFD is safe to use - Important Product Recall from Mustang #Survivalhttp://cruisi.ng/hfshqb via @cruisingworld

Fire Hazard Warning from #WomenwhoSail re. RENOGY flexible solar panels "recommended min. 2 inches between solar panel and surface".

Pacific North West: Are you Leaving the PNW this Year? Would you Like to Participate in a Cruiser Safety Study? http://bit.ly/1eLBVIo

Caribbean, Nevis, Charlestown Port - making improvements for visiting yachtshttp://www.nia.gov.kn/index.php/news-4/news-articles-3/2457-work-on-pier-extension-at-charlestown-port-ahead-of-schedule …

USA Sailing the ICW - some great tips http://www.spinsheet.com/sailing-the-icw/#.VfwOt1JVLxS.twitter …

Preparing your boat in a hurricane’s path http://dlvr.it/C9CQB4

Learn about your boat's propeller and get some big efficiency gains https://www.morganscloud.com/?p=19966

What Cruising Does To Marriage http://wp.me/p4ERMv-in via @SailingClarity

@NOAA says a strong El Niño is in place. Will it affect YOU? Read our Q&A to find out:http://climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/september-2015-el-ni%C3%B1o-update-and-qa …

Tropical Boat Storage - more great ideas and tips from @cruisingworld http://cruisi.ng/Z23cSr

IridiumGO Review for Cruising Sailors http://www.distantshores.ca/boatblog_files/iridiumgo-review-for-cruising-sailors.php …

Bahamas creating 15 New Marine Parks - http://klou.tt/jucouvfl8rox

A Passage from Florida to Panama with Jimmy Cornell http://bit.ly/1iujlXJ

Sailing au-pair for Caribbean cruising - visit OceanCrewLink for more sailing opportunitieshttp://bit.ly/1ER100M

15 reasons why sailing around the world may not be for you...http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/blogs/aimee-nance/15-reasons-sailing-around-the-world-may-not-be-for-you?page=all … by @svTerrapin

Solo sailor saved from sinking yacht http://bit.ly/1M5NF7D

How @cpcatrambone and his wife became the Mediterranean's last life raft: http://bit.ly/1FhJwFQ

EU considering DIY antifouling ban http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/news/antifouling-32382 …

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