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April 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified May 10, 2017 09:31 PM
This report is a great way to catch up on all the new information that was posted last month on noonsite. It gives you a round-up of port and country updates, comments by users, worldwide cruising reports, news, security reports and useful cruising links that we've found and shared on the site. There's also a selection of our most interesting tweets.

Published: 2017-05-09 23:00:00

Thank you to everyone who found time during April to contribute to noonsite, and remember, it’s as simple as emailing the team on [email protected] with as little or as much feedback as you can send us. Further details at the end of this report on other ways to contribute to noonsite and send us your cruising reports.

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 April can be found below.



Bahamas: Selecting the right charts
Bahamas: Don’t let the shallow water keep you from going
Bahamas, Berry Islands: Chub Cay, Berry Islands Club back in operation
Bahamas, Long Island: Thompson Bay Updates
Jamaica, Kingston: Very friendly and helpful Yacht Club

Puerto Rico, Puerto Real: A really nice, sheltered bay
Sint Maarten: Update on available dinghy docks
Choosing a Boatyard for the Caribbean Hurricane Season

Central America

Panama: Delays in canal transits

South America

Colombia, Caribbean Coast: Santa Marta for Hurricane Season
Routing: Panama/Ecuador to Chile


France, Corsica: Bonifacio is well worth a visit
Greece, Transit Logs: Know the Customs Rules
Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos: More updates re. wintering here
Greece, Crete, Rethimno: Cruiser wanting first-hand advice
Italy, Roccella Ionica: Great winter rates
Spain, Mallorca, Santa Ponsa: Possibly the only place you can anchor for free on the south coast of Mallorca
Tunisia, Bizerte: Wintering here
More Feedback on Wintering in the Mediterranean

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: The difficulties of finding a berth
Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de la Palma: Update on facilities
Portugal: Cruising the Algarve

Northern Europe

The Baltic, Estonia: Useful links

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: Clearance and Yacht Information for Bitung
Indonesia West: Belitung and all its surrounding islands is a yachters paradise
Malaysia: Harassed by Fishermen at anchor

Thailand: Contrasts between Phuket and Langkawi
Thailand, Phuket: A painless experience checking-in
Thailand, Phuket: Check-in here unnecessarily laborious

North Indian Ocean

India, Andaman Islands: Agent recommendation

South Pacific Islands

Australia, New South Wales: The Clarence River is a fantastic inland waterway
Australia, Whitsundays: Navigate with care in the wake of Cyclone Debbie
Fiji: Recommendation for Robinson Caruso Island
Fiji, Savusavu: Further updates for yachts clearing-in here
French Polynesia: Recommendation for Marine Surveyor in Tahiti
French Polynesia: Tahiti Pharmacist for all of French Polynesia
Papua New Guinea, Misima Island: Clearance & getting here from Australia



Australia: Yachts damaged and sunk as the Whitsundays bears the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Debbie
Caribbean, Grenada: German sailor found dead on drifting yacht
Italy: Wrecked yacht removed from Rimini harbour as investigations continue
Lisa Blair: Dismasted in the Southern Ocean
NZ to Australia: Sailors rescued in rough seas off Sydney - abandoned yacht found
NZ, Chatham Islands: Solo Polish Yachtsman Rescued
South Pacific: Category three Cyclone Cook hits New Caledonia
UK - RYA Report: What will Brexit mean for Boating?
UK: Noonsite Team presented with the OCC Geoff Pack Memorial Award
UK, Lymington: Bluewater Weekend 20-21 May, 2017
Completing the Circle: World ARC 2016-17 ends in Saint Lucia


Information Partners with the
Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN)

Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Grand Bourg: Dinghy & Outboard Stolen
Caribbean, Martinique, Fort de France: Dinghy and outboard thieves persist
Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques: Dinghy & Outboard Thefts
Caribbean, SVG, Canouan: Yacht Burgled in Charlestown
Guatemala, Bahia de Graciosa: Attempted Theft & Assault
Honduras, Guanaja, Graham's Cay: Armed Robbery

Philippines: Major blow to the Abu Sayyaf as leader killed
Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017
Somalia: First hijacking since the height of Somali piracy in 2012
Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?




Cruising Europe: EU scraps mobile roaming charges

Cruising Information

Documents required & other considerations when cruising abroad

Cruisers Websites

COUCHSAILORS: Cruising Life Video Blog
Vagabond - Polar Logistics
Interview with a cruiser


Getting, Storing and Using Water While Cruising



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Visas; Cruisers report easy to get in

Apr 10
Following a direct hit on on New Caledonia today, Tropical Cyclone Cook will continue to impact the nation:

New 'CRUISING NOTES' section on RCC Pilotage Foundation website

Here is this month's Summary of CSSN News & Reports (March, 2017)



Whilst noonsite continues to be a free resource with no log-in required to access the wealth of information, there are some ways you can get more involved with the site:

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 week 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 close to 2000 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.

Get involved with our Forums at you will find 3 cruising forums; Weather & Routing, Convoys & Cruising in Company and the Cockpit Locker (for buying and selling 2nd hand boat equipment).

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