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December 2015: New Information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 11, 2016 10:26 AM
December was a busy month for many cruisers with long-distance destinations firmly in their minds as they crossed oceans, arrived in new cruising waters and started the New Year with new coastlines to explore and adventures in store. For many others it was a chance to celebrate the festive season with old friends and plan for the 2016 cruising season, and hopefully noonsite will be a big part of that.

Published: 2016-01-01 00:00:00

Our sentiments expressed at Christmas are those of the whole noonsite team, and we look forward to welcoming new cruisers and sailors to noonsite and helping our users with their cruising plans and questions. Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports to noonsite last month during the busy festive season.

We are committed to maintaining noonsite as THE place to go online for worldwide cruising sailors, and hope to be able to roll out continued improvements to the site during 2016. If you use noonsite regularly, please consider helping us with our running and development costs by making a small donation. Thanks to everyone who made donations last month and also to our group of advertisers whose decision to advertise on noonsite helps keep it free for users as well.

All the latest information posted on last month can be found below.



Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

Caribbean Safety and Security Net

Cuba: Clarification of the Rules for US Yachts Visiting Cuba

Anguilla: You can stop at Road Bay without a cruising permit

Anguilla: Tips for an affordable visit to an expensive island

Cuba: Update for the clearance port of Varadero

Dominican Republic: Problems in Luperon

Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata Update

Grenada, Carriacou: Try Hillsborough – no crowds

Grenada: Important message if hiking the Concord Falls

Guadeloupe: Update for facilities at Deshayes

Jamaica: Port Antonio Update

Martinique: Alternative option to clearing in at Marin

Montserrat: Updates from a recent visit

Sint Maarten, Simpson Bay Lagoon: Facilities at Porto Cupecoy Marina

St Martin, Marigot Bay: Slowly streamlining the clearance process

St Barts: How to visit on a modest budget

SVG, Union Island: Warning about Boat Boy “Skipper”

South America

Chile, Puerto Montt: Recommendation for long-term marina

Chile, Puerto Williams: Latest fees

Venezuela: Recommendation for Los Roques

Central America

Belize: New boatyard in Placencia - can lift up to 10 tons - liveaboards welcome

Mexico: Tips for Mazatlan

Mexico: Clearance at Puerto Morelos

Mexico: Clearance in Banderas Bay

Mexico: Observations after a year in La Paz area

Pacific Panama: Cruising Notes for the Darien Region

Panama, San Blas, Porvenir: Aground and holed on a reef

Panama, Colon, Shelter Bay Marina: Feedback from Cruisers & Marina Info.


Croatia Clearance: Do so IMMEDIATELY on arrival, or risk being fined!

Croatia Cruising: Officials have a bad attitude

Western Africa

Senegal: Biometric visas no longer a requirement

Senegal: Recent visit to Dakar

South Africa: Clearance in and out at Richards Bay

Northern Europe

Sweden: Guest Harbours near Goteborg

North Atlantic Islands

Azores: All the marina information for this island group now updated

South Indian Ocean

Chagos: Clearance and Cruising Information

Mozambique: Mozambique Channel Hideaway near the Bazaruto Archipelago

South East Asia & East Asia

Australia to Japan: Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race Welcomes Cruisers

China: Clearing into Sanya, Hainan Island

Malaysia, Labuan: Recommendation for marine technical services

Thailand for Boat Work: New Engine Installation in Phuket

South Pacific

FSM: Advice on Fees

PNG - A voyage of discovery

PNG - Sailing Canoes

PNG to Palau - A Passage with the Birds

PNG, New Ireland: Emirau Island

Solomons: A summary of our experiences

NZ - Fiordland - A Feast for the Senses

NZ - Stewart Island

NZ, Whangarei: Shipping to and from NZ

Vanuatu - Tanna - Sailing Back in Time

Vanuatu - Kava, Cakes & Sewing Machines


ARC+ Wraps Up in Simply Beautiful Saint Lucia

Atlantic Crossing: Team Brunel sail in to Saint Lucia to set a new ARC Course Record

ARC 2015 Final Prize Giving in Saint Lucia

Germany, Boot Düsseldorf 2016: Come and meet the World Cruising Club Team

Pacific Islands' drought driven by El Nino

South Pacific - PNG & Solomon Islands: Project to distribute donated school supplies to remote areas

Thailand, Phuket: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft - further updates

UK, London Boat Show: ARC Bluewater Cruisers Question Time


Caribbean Piracy Grenada to Trinidad: Second Robbery & Boarding in 7 Days

Caribbean: SSCA to Report Safety & Security Matters

Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

Caribbean, St. Martin, French Lagoon: Boston Whaler taken from mooring and outboard stolen - December 2015

Caribbean, Tobago, Charlotteville: Dinghy Vandalism

Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery - November 2015

Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina - still waiting for good news . . .

Philippines, Palawan: Warning about Kidnapping Danger in the Tagbita Bay Area

Papau New Guinea, Wewak: Yacht boarded and robbed by armed men – December 2015


Books,Charts and DVDs

Free Cruising Guides announce newly updated Caribbean Guides

Voyaging with Kids


South African Radio Nets - Updated

Cruising Information

Clearance Formalities Worldwide: Cruisers start to comment

Cruisers’ Websites & Blogs

Coconuts Sailing the World - 100% Green

Circumnavigating on the "Jimmy Cornell 3 Year Plan"

Pacific Information - from 2010


Atlantic Sargasso Weed: On-going Research Update


Foot Powered Laundry Machine


New Caledonia to New South Wales: The Inaugural 2015 Down Under Rally Wraps Up


Hurricane Chart Work

North Pacific Weather Patterns


Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Ever dreamed of leaving the corporate life and #sailing off on a tight budget (with a young family)? Listen to this …

#Dominica – Boat Boys, Rum Punch and Beautiful Scenery - a great summary of all that this island has to offer

#Free online #celestial #navigation course presented by Vanderbilt U and Practical Sailor

British Colombia - The Greatest Boat Race Ever (Dreamed Up Over Beers) via@outsidemagazine

A Midnight Encounter with a Navy Ship - Sail Magazine

#ARC crew rescued by cargo ship off CapeVerdes via @yachtingworld

Italian Waters Pilot via @Imray_charts NOW AVAILABLE

The little-known corner of Thailand you'll never want to leave: …

Top ways to use your tablet or iPad on board your boat

Stuff that works: winning gear over ~7,000 nm across the Indian Ocean. …

See previous monthly report summaries here

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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 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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