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January 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 26, 2017 11:41 AM
Discover what you missed last month with our round-up of all the new information, port and country updates, comments and reports from the cruising community that were posted on noonsite in January.

Published: 2017-02-07 00:00:00

There's also a selection of interesting tweets, security reports (surprisingly quite a few last month) and worldwide cruising news.

Thank you to everyone who has found time to contribute to noonsite so far this year, 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 on other ways to contribute.

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 January can be found below.

Editor's Note - Our apologies, many of the links in this report were broken - however all have now been corrected and open in new windows (8 February 14:45 GMT).



Bahamas, Freeport: Updates for Old Bahama Bay

Bahamas: Recommendations for internet on board

Barbados: Thoughts on security, clearance and Irie

Barbuda - Blue Halo Project: Restrictions for yachts

Cayman Islands: A wonderful place to visit and a shame so few yachts stop here

Curacao: Don’t arrive without an exit zarpe from your previous port of call

Dominica: Don't miss this year's "Yachtie Appreciation Week"

Dominica, Roseau: Unreliable moorings

Puerto Rico, Ponce: Exceeded our expectations

Puerto Rico, Salinas: New Cruisers Facebook Page to share information

Saba, Fort Bay: Tips on clearance

Statia, Oranjestad: Tips on clearing-in


North America

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

Canada to USA: Clearance requirements

Canada: Six and a half weeks sailing around Newfoundland

Our new assistant Editor, Noah, has also been working hard on expanding and improving our USA Florida and USA Gulf Coast information, so if you are planning some US cruising this year you will find plenty of useful port and local services information on noonsite.

Central America

Mexico: Lessons learnt about the TIP

Panama: Immigration new law warning


South America

Brazil, Ilha de  Itaparica: Ten enjoyable days here

Brazil, Marina Angra dos Veleiros: A good alternative to Salvador

Uruguay, Piriápolis Harbour: Reconstruction works currently in progress



Wintering in the Mediterranean

Gibraltar and southern Spain: LazyJacks Canvas have it covered

Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos: Overcrowded in the Winter

Malta, St. Julians Bay: Positive words for Portomaso Marina

Morocco, Med: Feedback from Marina Smir – expensive, noisy and no fuel


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Gran Canaria: Negative feedback for Pasito Blanco

Morocco, Atlantic: Marina updates for Agadir


Northern Europe

Norway: Norwegian radio shut down FM senders from 2017

Norway: Norwegian Pilot Books Now Available online


West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

St. Helena: Changes in St. Helena


South East Asia & East Asia

Southeast Asia Pilot (5th Edition) - A Noonsite Review

Cambodia: Our Experience with Clearance procedures

Indonesia, Anambas Natuna Islands: Can yachts stop at Natuna Basar?

Malaysia, West Coast of Sabah: Recommended anchorage at Usakan Bay

Taiwan, Keelung: High prices and poor services for visiting yachts

Thailand: Advice on protecting your dinghy

Thailand, Phuket: First haulout for anti-foul

Thailand, Phuket: Changes to clearing out procedures

Thailand, Surin Islands: Cruising Report


North Indian Ocean

Maldives: Christmas cruising recommendations


South Indian Ocean

Mozambique: Cruising the Bazaruto region over Christmas

Tanzania Cruising Notes


South Pacific

Australia, Queensland: Great services at Scarborough Marina

Australia, Queensland: Spate of jellyfish stings

Niue: New Year update on facilities for visiting yachts

Tonga: Confirmation of rules from Tonga Customs

Vanuatu: Volunteer now for the MSM Vanuatu Mission 2017

Vanuatu: Recommendations after cruising the whole country



Caribbean, BVIs: Search for Cruising Family's Abandoned Yacht

UK: New long range point of contact for UK Coastguard

World ARC: Rally Fleets Set Sail from Saint Lucia and Cape Town

ARC Pacific: New rally Los Angeles to Hiva Oa, via Mexico, Spring 2018

ARC Channel Islands 2017: Open for Registration


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

Summary of Security & Piracy Reports 2016

EU 8 Years of Counter-Piracy Commitment but Warns No Room for Complacency

Dominican Republic, Luperon: Dinghy and outboard theft

Fiji, Saweni Bay: Another attempted dinghy and outboard theft

Fiji, Suva: Armed attempted robbery - cruiser attacked

French Polynesia: Yacht security incidents

Honduras: Piracy on passage from Puerto Cortez, Honduras to Roatan

Honduras: Offshore Piracy, 20 miles off Gordo Bank

Honduras: Offshore Piracy, 20 miles off Gordo Bank (2nd incident same day)

Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong harbour: Night boarding and theft

Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong harbour: Outboard theft

Indonesia, Papua Barat Province, Sorong Harbour: Boarding & Theft - December 2016

Nicaragua, Media Luna Cays: Piracy

Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Esperanza: Dinghy Theft

South Indian Ocean, Reunion Island, Le Port: Night boarding and theft

St. Vincent, Young Island Cut: Burgled while ashore




Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation (RCCPF)

How Boat Things Work: An Illustrated Guide


Cruising Information

Can you work while Cruising?


Cruisers Websites

Hundred Rabbits: Vancouver to La Paz by complete novices

Water-Log: 5 years, 32 countries, 2 oceans, 2 babies & 18,000 miles



When Whales Meet Sails

Tara Expeditions Foundation: Pacific Expedition 2016-2018



Steering without a rudder

Cruising Equipment - What's your most valuable list?


Global Yachting Services

Expatriate Healthcare



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor ‏@NoonsiteEditor Jan 4
#Indian #Ocean crossing 2017 - share resources and info on the #noonsite #weather & #routing forum …

Retweet: Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Jan 6
What's your favourite place to sail in the Caribbean? Here's Chris Doyle's insider's guide...

Retweet: All At Sea Magazine ‏@allatseacarib 28 Dec 2016
Communication at Sea #cruise #globalstar #inmarsat #iridium #saildocs

Retweeted: USCGSoutheast ‏@USCGSoutheast Jan 9
@USCG helicopter hoists 2 people from a disabled sailing vessel near Acklins Island, Bahamas, Sunday. Full video at

Retweeted: RCCPF ‏@RCCPF Jan 9
Pacific Crossing Guide reviewed ‏@NoonsiteEditor Jan 13
#Atlantic Crossing and #Caribbean Season - What did we learn? Very useful article by Chris Tibbs … ‏@NoonsiteEditor Jan 17
#Canaries: Navigation #Hazard SE of #GranCanaria …

Retweeted: Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Jan 23 Skip Novak: cruising is being taken over by permits and paperwork

Retweeted: Yachting and Boating ‏@ybw Jan 25
Video of the dramatic mid-Atlantic rescue of the Coombe''s family from Dove II has been released. Watch it here..

Retweeted: CSSN ‏@noebphoreugo Jan 26
CSSN NEWS item – Multiple piracy events off Honduras - January 26, 2017 - …

Retweeted: RCCPF ‏@RCCPF Jan 24
New fully illustrated revised 3rd edition of Chile by Andy O'Grady


See previous monthly report summaries here


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