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August 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 21, 2017 09:50 AM
We are delighted to bring you an overview of what you might have missed last month on noonsite. Catch up on news, cruising reports and feedback from fellow cruisers about worldwide cruising destinations and marine service providers, plus our most popular tweets and security reports.

Published: 2017-09-20 00:00:00

Our apologies for the delay in getting this to you, but the Hurricane activity in the Caribbean has taken up much of our team’s time at the start of September. Damage to numerous small island nations has been horrific and thousands have lost everything. If you haven’t already, follow this link for further information on how you can help:

We are aware that some of our users have had difficulties accessing the site recently, and are working hard to improve the sites reliability and speed. These technical issues have meant we have not been able to work on the site for the last 9 days, so if you have posted a comment or sent in a report we apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

August’s Portrait of a Cruiser are a Canadian couple who have spent several years cruising the Mediterranean after buying their boat in Northern Europe.

Finally, thank you to everyone who found time during August to contribute to noonsite with cruising information (see below on easy ways to contribute). Also, 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.




Antigua, Jolly Harbour: Mechanical repair recommendation

Dominican Republic, Luperon: One of the best hurricane holes I know

Grenada, Carriacou, Lesterre Bay: Check your mooring is secure

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Alert to cruisers regarding ATM

Tobago: Sargassum hits Tobago

Trinidad, Chaguaramas: Review of Coral Cove Marina & Boatyard


North America

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

USA, Florida: Arriving in Ft. Lauderdale from overseas


Central America

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Tortugal Marina & Hotel – New Advertisers

Honduras, Bay Islands: Clearing in and out at Utila

Panama: Procedures for Transiting the Panama Canal

Panama, Balboa: Feedback on La Playita Marina

Panama Marine Services: Recommendations from Cruisers



Wintering in the Mediterranean

Inland Waterways by Sailboat

Croatia: Good bye Croatia and especially Umag

Greece, Cyclades: Engine repair in Tinos

Greece, Gulf of Corinth: The latest on Itea

Greece, Ionian, Lefkas Canal: Swing Bridge times until end of September

Greece, Ionian, Kefalonia: Grounding on a sand bar leads to impounding pending check of seaworthiness

Greece, Lavrion: A confusing mix of officialdom and ‘private enterprise’

Italy, Roccella Ionica: A real pleasure to visit

Italy, Sicily: Five days during a heat wave in Porto Palo

Spain, Almerimar: A great stop off point in or out of the Mediterranean

Spain, Balearics: Anchoring very difficult because of Posidonia

Spain, Barcelona: Marinas update

Spain, Torrevieja: Our impressions after 3 years of visits

Spain, Mallorca, Puerto de Soller: 5 weeks sailing around Mallorca

Spain, Mallorca, Cabrera: Shouldn’t be missed

Spain, North Africa, Ceuta: A good stopover


Black Sea

The Bulgarian Folkdance

Romania Next


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Lanzarote: Puerto Calero Autumn Offer

Ireland, Dublin: Recommendation for Howth yacht club

NW Spain, Ria De Cedeira: Good spot to finish a Biscay Crossing

Portugal, Figueira da Foz: New information after a recent visit

Portugal, Viana do Castelo: Update on facilities for yachts and attractions

Spain, Galicia: Updates for Ria de Vigo


Northern Europe

Netherlands: Safe Boating On Dutch Inland Waterways


South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: The Indonesian Online Yacht Electronic Registration System is still not working properly

Indonesia, Flores: Notes on Maumere

Indonesia, Sorong, Raja Ampat Islands: New public yacht mooring at Soof Island

Philippines: All Souls Regatta

Thailand, Krabi: Port Takola Phase One now open for visiting yachts

Thailand, Satun: Boatyard feedback


North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Maldives, Male: Boatyard recommendation

Maldives: Six weeks here - a couple of weeks too long


South Indian Ocean

South Indian Ocean Passage: Chagos to Rodrigues

(BIOT) Chagos: A magic 3 weeks in Chagos

Mauritius: Recommendation for electronics expert island-wide

Mauritius, Port Louis: Mechanic recommendation

Mauritius: Report on Rodrigues


North Pacific Islands

Hawaii: Haulout advice


South Pacific Islands
French Polynesia, Tahiti: A comparison between Marina Papeete and Marina Taina

NZ, Clean Hull Policy: Not a problema for International arrivals

Vanuatu, Luganville: Anchorage recommendation

Vanuatu: Medical Sailing Ministries update on 2017 missions

Wallis Island: A visit in August 2017



Antarctica: Solo sailor Lisa Blair circumnavigates the Antarctic

An expedition to the North Pole by sailboat

MAYDAY! On passage from Mo’orea to Huahine catamaran "Tanda Malaika" violently hits an unmarked reef

North Atlantic Mayday: Dismasted 230nm southwest of Iceland

South Pacific, Beveridge Reef: British cruising family rescued from remote reef

U.K.: Changes to Coast Guard Broadcast VHF channels


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

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Series of thefts at Marina Papeete

Indonesia, Kalimantan, Pontianak: Outboard Theft

Martinique, Marin: Dinghy Theft

Philippine Forces Hunt Terrorists at Sea

Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: British Skipper dies in Armed Robbery - his killers have still not been brought to justice

Southern Spain, Aguadulce Marina: No security at reception pontoon

SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Security Incidents



Books, Charts & DVDs

Navionics: The proper use of electronic charts


Cruising Information

Australia, USA, UK: Ocean cruising experts share their sailing knowledge at boat show forums this Autumn

Handling rough conditions in port

The global movement of cruising boats


Cruisers Websites

August’s Portrait of a Cruiser: Barb and Con Sprenger

INFINI's Adventures

Tamarisk - Round the World



WhaleTrack: Cetaceans in the Hebrides



Multihull Solutions: New Advertisers

Compliments to CMP for replacement of bent Rocna anchor



ARC Pacific: Los Angeles, CA to French Polynesia via Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

UK Rallies: Sunshine, smiles and support on ARC Channel Islands 2017



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Long-range rescue of French yachtsman in the Atlantic - Practical Boat Owner via @p_b_o

Tobago Gears Up to Fight Sargassum Invasion … via @CNewsService Crossing the Indian Ocean single-handed – Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker in her own words

Why "Chasing Coral" Is the Most Important Film to See Right Now - #ChasingCoral #CultureTrip #Ocean #coralreefs

Potential Tropical Cyclone #Ten Advisory 2A: Disturbance Meandering Off the Southeast U. S. Coast.

#USCG partners update port conditions in affected Hurricane #Harvey areas …

#Irma has continued to strengthen over the eastern Atlantic and is now a major hurricane. Details at


See previous monthly report summaries here


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