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February 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 11, 2016 10:34 AM
A short month last month, however thank you to everyone who viewed noonsite last month and found time to contribute port/country updates and cruising reports for the site. We greatly appreciate your feedback and assistance in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource for the worldwide cruising community.

Published: 2015-03-01 00:00:00

Comments from cruisers continue to be on the increase and it’s great to be hearing from so many of you that use noonsite and have made the effort to register. Please remember however to keep your comments short and report only on first hand experiences. If you have longer reports to submit, please remember you can send these directly to the editorial team at[email protected]. We very much appreciate longer reports on ports and countries you have visited.

You can read a selection of the comments posted last month further down the page.

For all the latest information, updates and news posted on last month, read on . . .


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

Central America

Panama: Procedures for Transiting the Panama Canal

Panama: Cruisers Report on Clearance Experiences

North Africa

Rabat, Bourgreg Marina: Updates from Cruisers

Morocco, Tangier: Updates from Cruisers


Turkey - Blue Card Waste Disposal System: Latest situation

Turkey, Dardanelles, Çanakkale: Yachting services update

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Now a yacht clearance port

South East Asia & East Asia

Thailand, Phuket: Clearing In and Out January 2015

Thailand, Phuket: Boatyard and Worker recommendations

Thailand: A Good News Story

South Pacific

Papua New Guinea & Solomons: Sailing the Coral Sea with a "Light" Cargo


Galapagos: The Islands Imposes Stricter Environmental Inspections

Greece: Non-EU yachts beware if planning to cruise more than 6 months in Greece!

Greece: Greek Cruising Tax considered lawful by European Commission

Ecuador, Galapagos: Emergency declared after ship grounding


Brazil, Fortaleza: Violent Attack by armed assailants

Brazil, Maranhão, São Luis: Dutch cruising sailor shot and killed

Honduras: Armed robbery whilst underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce

Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Night buglary while owners ashore

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: IGY Rodney Bay Marina responds to negative security reports on the island

CSSN Year End Summary of Crime against Yachts in the Caribbean – 2014


Australia, Cairns: Buying duty-free fuel

Belgium: Search & Rescue and Emergency information

Bonaire, Kralendijk: Arrival info.

Colombia to Haiti: Advice to first clear in Jamaica

Colombia, Cartagena: Update on Club Nautico

FSM, Yap: Latest clearance information and fees

India: How to cruise the Lakshadweep Islands

Italy, Sicily, Porto Empedocle: Fined for anchoring

Jamaica: Don’t miss the Blue Mountains

Japan: Coastguard contacts for notification of arrival

Malaysia, Langkawi: RLYC geared for redevelopment

Malaysia, Kudat: Recommendation for Penewasa Shipyard

Panama: Useful tips from cruisers

Panama, Balboa: Increased rates for transients

Papua New Guinea: Hermit Islands & Mosquitos

Portugal, Lisbon: Updates for city centre marina

Portugal, Vila Real de Santo Antonio: Challenging berthing

Puerto Rico, Puerto Real: Great experience at Marina Pescaderia

Sint Maarten/St. Martin: Anchoring, bridges and fees

Solomons: Cruising here is like being in a National Geographic magazine

Spain, Balearics: No anchoring & hefty mooring charges in Porto Colom, Mallorca

Spanish North Africa, Ceuta: Now an expensive stopover

Spain, South West Coast, Barbate: A recent visit

Thailand: Ferry service to Malaysia update

Turkey: Clearance in Istanbul

USA: Entry first via ferry to USVIs works


Book Reviews

Mediterranean Almanac 2015-2016

West Scotland: Kintyre to Ardnamuchan Sailing Directions & Anchorages


Pacific list of Radio Nets

Cruising Information

Pre-Passage Checks & Preparation – useful articles

How to lay up a yacht abroad

The cost of cruising


USA: Waterway Guide Marinas App


EMYR (Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally) on again for 2015


Current, wind speed and direction – good website

See previous monthly report summaries here

How to get more out of noonsite

Whilst noonsite continues to be a free resource with no log-in required, 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 24-48 hours before approval. 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.

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