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April 2018: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 18, 2018 11:25 AM
Find out what's new on noonsite with our round-up of all the new cruising reports, news, feedback, recommendations, comments and port updates that came in last month.

Published: 2018-05-14 00:00:00
Topics: Report Summaries

April 2018: New information posted on noonsite

Cruising up the Red Sea: photo from SY Kandu

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Thank you to all of you who found time to contribute to noonsite last month with cruising information, to those who helped us with a small donation and to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.

Our April Portrait of a Cruiser are Irish double-handers Linda and Tony Olin who are liveaboards in the Mediterranean.



Antigua: Don't skip Barbuda
Bahamas: Applying for a US visa in Nassau
Dominica: A recent visit
Dominican Republic, Luperon: Some of the friendliest people we have encountered
Guadeloupe, Deshaies: Home of the TV series "Death in Paradise"
Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes: Latest info.
Montserrat: We really liked it here
Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean - 2018
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: All you need to know about Cumberland Bay

Central America

Guatemala: Arrival in Livingston for the Rio Dulce
Panama: Clearing into the country at Porvenir and Puerto Lindo
Panama: Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent

South America

Ecuador: Clearance at Puerto Amistad
Ecuador: Good customer service from Puerto Amistad

Mediterranean & the Black Sea

Croatia, Southern Islands, Vis: Komiza not recommended as a port of entry
Croatia: Clearing out of Cavtat was very friendly and efficient
France, Gruissan: Cheapest marina in the area
Greece: From the Ionian to the Dodecanese
Greece, Messolonghi: Marina open again for the Summer and Winter season
Italy, Sicily: Marina di Ragusa now a full Port of Entry
Montenegro to Corfu: Any issues sailing inside the 12nm limit off Albania?
Spain, Balearics: Watch out for the Posidonia Police
Spain, Valencia: Berthing at the Real Club Nautico
Tunisia, Monastir: Haul out and antifouling
Turkey: Foreign yachts in Turkey, things are quiet . . .

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Cape Verdes: 5 weeks in Cabo Verde

Northern Europe

Belgium: No fines for UK yachts with red diesel

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Benoa: New yacht pontoons in Serangan Harbour
Indonesia, Kupang: Our port of entry for Indonesia
Indonesia: Update on Lombok
Indonesia, Tanimbar Islands: Now a port of entry and exit
Japan: Notes on Cruising Japan
Malaysia, Penang: Liferaft servicing recommendation
Taiwan: An update on Kenting

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Red Sea & GOA: Entry into the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden – Our Story
Red Sea Passage Facebook Group

Red Sea Passage: Boats that have done the passage either Northbound or Southbound
Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Cruisers report on Fees and Services
Sudan: Clearance, local info, tours and cruising tips for Egypt and Suez

South Indian Ocean

A Passage from the Seychelles to Kenya

North Pacific Islands

Northern Marianas: Updates for 2018 (with photos)

South Pacific Islands

Fiji: New Port of Entry
French Polynesia, Taiti: Taina Marina is more secure from the weather
Niue: Mooring field restrictions during World ARC visit


Awards for the ocean cruising community: The OCC Award goes to David Register for OpenCPN

Fiji: Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni Moves Southeastwards

Greek Cruising Tax Update

Niue: New Technology for the NYC: A ROV (BETA) for the mooring field

Saint Lucia Welcomes the Return of World ARC Circumnavigators

US Customs & Border Protection: New Small Boat Reporting Procedures Now In Effect

UK: Oyster Yachts Sold

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

Brazil, Maragogipe: Armed Robbery
Brazil, Maragogipe: Armed Night Robbery, Skipper Escapes

Guadeloupe, West Coast, near Pigeon Island: Dinghy and Outboard Theft
Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Dinghy Theft
Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Interrupting a local attempting to steal a dinghy
USVI, St. Thomas: Outboard Thefts

Fiji:  Robberies on Savusavu moorings continue

French Polynesia, Tuamotu, Kauehi: Daylight Robbery

Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy - February 2018

Gulf of Guinea: Pirate attacks worsen

South China Sea: Pirates approach catamaran



SSCA Trans-Atlantic Cruisers' Net - Starts April 15th
Pacific - List of Radio Nets

Cruising Information

EU, Schengen: Who can tell if you have overstayed?
UK: Bluewater Weekend set to inspire offshore sailors

Cruisers Websites Free websites and blogs for boat owners and the marine industry
Sailing Adventures by John Peltier
Portrait of a Cruiser #12: Tony & Linda Olin


Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Major Seaweed Invasion Underway
Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS)
Great Pacific Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Shows

Global Yachting Services

Yacht Transport via Freighter: Florida to Mexico

See previous monthly report summaries here


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