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April 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 11, 2016 10:32 AM
Thank you to everyone who viewed noonsite last month and found time to contribute port/country updates and cruising reports for the site. A great deal of new cruisers got in touch with us for the first time last month after a plea for updates, the majority being long-term users of the site who had never got around to giving us feedback.

Published: 2015-04-30 23:00:00

We greatly appreciate the assistance that long term supporters of the site, as well as newcomers, give us in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource for the worldwide cruising community.

We also topped 1000 followers on twitter at the end of March (@NoonsiteEditor) which is wonderful to know so many keen cruisers are interested in the news and information that noonsite puts out.

Find out what you missed last month and peruse the summary below of what was posted on noonsite in April, both by contributing cruisers and the noonsite team.


(See Piracy/Security Reports & News from last month further down)


Cuba: Cruising the South Coast of Cuba - Highly Recommended

Cuba: A Passage around the ‘Wild-West’ end of Cuba

Haiti: Cruising Advice in the wake of recent attacks on cruising boats

Jamaica: New Years Eve in Jamaica

Central America

Panama: Cruisers' Recommendations for Canal Agents

Panama City Cruisers Guide

South America

Ecuador, Puerto Amistad (Bahía de Caráquez): Cruisers' Impressions

Ecuador, Puerto Lucia, La Libertad (Salinas Bay): Cruisers' Impressions

North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Gran Canaria: New Map for Muelle Deportivo, Las Palmas

Northern Europe

A Voyage around the Baltic in 2011

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Maldives: No dogs allowed

Passage through the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea

SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia West, Batam: Clearing out of Indonesia in Sekupang

Malaysia: Sutera Harbour Marina under new management

Timor Leste: Applying for a Visa Extension

Timor Leste: Receiving Mail

Timor Leste, Dili: How to obtain a social visa for Indonesia from here

South Pacific

Australia, Queensland: Four Months in Manly

Galapagos, San Cristobal and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno: Observations and Suggestions

Galapagos: Agent Recommendations

PNG & Solomons: Cruising through PNG and the Solomon Islands 2014-2015

PNG and the Solomons: Ti[s on Trading Goods

Tonga: Position of Hunga Tonga Volcano

Vanuatu: The Lakona Bay Kastom Festival 2015

Vanuatu: Advice for Cruisers sailing to Vanuatu with Cyclone Pam Aid

Vanuatu: Useful things yachts can do – by Cruising Helmsman

Vanuatu: In Vanuatu when Cyclone Pam hit . . .


Belize: Another Sail Boat runs aground on the Reef

British Virgin Islands: Harbour Charges Now Cancelled

France: Proposed Tax on Anchoring Re-Introduced

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Papeete's New Marina

Indonesia: The Sail Tomini/Raja Ampat Festival 2015 Rally

Solomon Islands & North Vanuatu: OceansWatch to aid Cyclone Pam victims

Tonga, Vava'u: The Boatyard to open in time for cyclone season

UK, Falmouth: 2018 Golden Globe Race announced

USA California & Hawaii: The Ocean CleanUp Launches the Largest Research Expedition in History

Vanuatu, Cyclone Pam: Sailors continue to help cyclone-stricken Pacific islanders

Vanuatu: UKHO release two Special Purpose Charts to support Vanuatu relief effort

Vanuatu Relief Efforts – How you can Help

Worldwide: Completing the adventure of a lifetime - World ARC 2014-15 ends in Saint Lucia


Brazil, Ilha de Itaparica: Stay in the marina for better security

French Polynesia: Spate of dinghy thefts

Guadeloupe, Pigeon Island: Warning about dinghy security

Haiti - Southern Peninsula North coast between Corail and Pestel: Armed Boarding and Robbery

Haiti – Northern Peninsula South coast, Petit Port a Piment: Armed Robbery and Attack at Night

Honduras: Charter yacht boarded by pirates en-route from Belize to Roatan

St Vincent, Blue Lagoon: Dinghy Accesories Stolen

After a steady drop in global piracy, attacks rose 10% in Q1 2015

Maritime Security Incidents Worldwide - March 2015


North Pacific, Kiribati: Cruise ship rescues sailors from yacht stranded on reef

Pacific Puddle Jumpers Abandon Ship

UK Channel: Dismasted yacht gets a helping hand from Brittany Ferries


Baltic Sea: Using the RCC guide

Bonaire: Information on moorings

Brazil: Good updates for Florianopolis

Caribbean: Update on eSeaClear

Chile, Antofagasta: No berths for visiting yachts

Chile, Arica: High fees for Maritime Health Department

Croatia: More cruisers join the discussion on Greece vs Croatia

Denmark, Vejile: Marina recommended for leaving boat

Dominica: Chris Doyle on the Indian River

Dominica: Security in Roseau

Ecuador: 10 months in Puerto Lucia

FSM, Chuuk Lagoon: Bad experience

Fiji: Cruisers comment more on Savusavu

French Polynesia: Update on anchoring in Raiatea

Germany: Kiel Canal waiting pontoons

Grenada: Enjoyable stay in Cumberland Bay

Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi: Yacht repair and maintenance recommendation

Maldives: Stay longer and bring down your daily cost

Mexico: Meat seizure on arrival

New Zealand, Auckland: Great price and good service

Panama: Agents, Cruisers Net, Domestic Clearance

Panama: More on agent recommendations

Peru: Clearing into Lima

Puerto Rico: Culebra is a wonderful island

Saint Lucia: Watch out for fisherman mooring buoys in Soufriere

Saint Lucia: Cruisers report on yacht service companies

Sint Maarten: Poor service to sailors

Solomon Islands: Liapari for boatyard services

Spain, Sevilla: No more living aboard on the hard at Puerto Gelves

Tonga, Nuku’alofa: Arriving out of season

Vanuatu, Port Resolution: Guidance if headed that way


Book/Cruising Guides

Canada: Updated Cruising Guides

The Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation

Cruising Information

ADAN – Sailing Association for Spanish speakers

Cruisers Websites

Circumnavigation from South Africa

Circumnavigating Slowly from Greece

Jacaranda Journey


Sailing with a Windvane by Cruising World

Useful Websites

United Kingdom & Ireland: Visit My Harbour Website

VentureFarther: A new website for cruisers to share information


2015 Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast

See previous monthly report summaries here

How to get more out of noonsite

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Register with noonsite: This is quick and simple to set-up. Being registered means you can contribute comments to all ports, countries and reports on noonsite. A simple way to pass on quick recommendations, comment on service done on your boat or feedback any new port information you have encountered. Please remember that comments are moderated and may take up to a few days to be approved if there is a backlog. Please keep comments short.

E-mail us with updates and reports: Those of you with more detailed updates for noonsite (i.e. more than just a paragraph which is suitable to post as a comment) can still pass these on to the noonsite team at [email protected] and they will be used for site updates and/or published as a noonsite report. Try to include as much information as you can about places visited, routes taken, contact details etc. and don’t forget to send us a photo or two as well. This e-mail can also be used for any questions you need answered too.

Follow us on Twitter: Now with well over 1000 followers (@NoonsiteEditor) is the perfect way to receive notice of site updates, new info. as it is added, news relevant to cruising sailors and any useful articles we want to share with our followers. A great way to get easy access to what’s going on in the cruising world.

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