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June 2008 - What’s New on Noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 16, 2008 04:46 PM

Published: 2008-06-16 16:46:26
Topics: Cruising Information

It’s been a busy month for cruising reports from around the world. Our thanks to all the cruisers who have contributed and want to pass on their new-found knowledge to others. If you have recently visited a new port/country and want to let others know about your experience, or if you have any new information that you haven’t seen on Noonsite, please send details to the Site Manager at noonsite@noonsite.com. All contributions will be personally acknowledged.

Cuba
Get the low down on the “real” Cuba from Bernie Katchor, who visited Cuba for the second time this year with wife Yvonne, aboard their ketch Australia ’31.

European Union
Find out the latest on taxes levied by the Spanish authorities, on visiting yachts wanting to spend more than 183 days in Spain.

Galapagos
A “must” for all Pacific cruisers, but should we be giving it a miss? Read Run Ellingsen’s interesting and thought-provoking report.

Managing Emergencies
Two excellent articles from the World Cruising Club Magazine can now be found in the Equipment section/reports of Noonsite: What to do when your rudder fails; and how to deal with a dismasting.

Piracy Reports
Three new reports on attacks, robberies and suspicious incidents around the world from contributing cruisers: An armed robbery in Indonesia; boats in pursuit in Eritrea; and new information about Costa Rica pirates.

Red Sea Passage
A 9 week passage from north to south and only 2 other yachts sighted! Andrew Smyth’s report is both inspiring and educational.

San Blas Islands, Panama
A group of island communities just a stone’s throw from the bustling metropolis of Panama City, yet ones that retain their traditional culture and simple way of life. Roy Potter’s report is not only a great read, but also a useful guide for anyone considering cruising through this beautiful island chain.

Singapore Customs and Immigration
Raffles Marina and the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club are now the only two facilities in Singapore who have permission to perform Customs and Immigration clearance.

Suwarrow
Details for this unique atoll in the Cook Islands have been greatly expanded, after feedback from the World ARC Rally and recent visitor Bronc Krasevac who says, “ the island’s caretakers, John and Veronica and their four sons, are still as welcoming as ever and Suwarrow is still a special place to visit. Through their efforts and the cooperation of visitors it should remain that way for the future”.

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