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January 2018: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 05, 2018 10:17 AM
One month already into 2018 and noonsite's dedicated followers have not disappointed so far this year. Last month we had some great cruising reports from all over the world, in particular the Caribbean but also the Netherlands, Indonesia, Australia and more. The noonsite team have been working hard on updating our country information with many ports revised in Southern France, Cyprus and the Cape Verdes. It's never too late to start contributing!

Published: 2018-02-05 00:00:00

January 2018: New information posted on noonsite

The Frisian Islands - Read the useful Guide submitted last month (under Northern Europe) on how to make the best use of the swatchways and enjoy this interesting chain of islands and tidal harbours off the Dutch coast.

If you haven't yet sent noonsite any reports of your cruising adventures, why not make it your New Year's Resolution to do so?

Thank you to everyone 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.

The first Portrait of a Cruiser for 2018 features Caribbean cruisers Phil and Yvonne Chapman, who after 10 years in Caribbean waters have returned across the pond to Europe.

Catch up with our overview of January's new information below:




Bahamas, Great Inagua, Matthew Town: Great new little marina
Bonaire: I have never seen so many cruisers in Bonaire!
BVIs: An update on conditions here for cruisers
BVIs, Tortola: Progress in Cane Garden Bay
Cuba, Varadero: Marina Gaviota channel markers missing
Dominica: What the locals really need
Dominica; great place to stay & yachts very welcome!
Dominica: Spread the word about the lovely Dominica
Haiti: A beautiful country with beautiful people
Haiti, Cap Haitien / Labadie: Port of Entry now viable for cruisers
Jamaica, Port Antonio: Failed mooring
Martinique, Fort de France: Marina updates
Martinique, Marin: A great place to get repairs done

St. Kitts: Hurricane storage recommendation

St. Martin,
Grand Case Bay: Update on anchoring & services
SVG, Bequia, Port Elizabeth: We really liked this place
SVG, Mayreau: Lovely Salt Whistle Bay

SVG, Mustique: We loved it here!
SVG, Tobago Cays: Latest costs and set-up
USVIs, St Croix:
Update on clearing in at Christiansted

North America

Alaska to Mexico 2017: Foreign flagged vessels in San Diego

Central America

Panama, Puerto Lindo: Electrical Engineer recommendation

South America

Brazil, Northern Coast: A planned stop at Marina Aven, Sao Louis
Brazil, Santos: There are nicer cruising grounds in Brazil . . .
Colombia, Cartagena: Boatyard recommendation
Colombia, Isla de Providencia: Agents, docking and local services update
Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Excellent port update
Colombia, Santa Marta: Advice on which courier to use


Cyprus: All port information and formalities checked and updated
France (Med coast): All port information from Spanish border to Marseille checked and updated
Israel, Haifa: Guidance and assistance for boaters
Morocco, Mohammedia: Latest updates
Morocco: Our experience in January 2018

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Cape Verdes: Ports revised and updated

Northern Europe

Netherlands, 3 new ports added: Schiermonickoog & Ameland (Frisian Islands) and Monnickendam
Netherlands: The Swatchways around The Frisian Islands

South East Asia & East Asia

Cambodia: A pricey option for most cruisers
Indonesia, Belitung (Tanjung Pandan): Clearance Updates
Indonesia, Central Kalimantan: A trip to see the Bornean Orangutan should not be missed
Indonesia, Sorong: Leaving our boat for 4 months
Malaysia, Borneo: Updates for Miri
Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi: A truly beautiful island
Thailand, Satun: Excellent value for money for boatyard work

North Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: An interesting and friendly place

North Pacific Islands

Marshall Islands, Bikini Atoll: Visiting procedures have changed
Marshall Islands, Majuro & Kwajalein Atolls: Good 4G wifi system

South Pacific Islands

Australia, NSW, Clarence River: "Walloped" by an intense storm in our home anchorage
French Polynesia, Tahiti: Engine repair recommendation
French Polynesia, Tuamotus, Fakarava: Yacht service recommendation



Australia, Tasmania, Flinders Island: Sunfish blamed for loss of racing yacht

Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA Net expands its service

Caribbean, Cuba: Cienfuegos now open again for visiting yachts

Caribbean - 7.6 magnitude earthquake shakes the Caribbean Sea, tsunami threat diminishes

Caribbean: After the Hurricanes Sailors Lend a Hand

Greek Cruising Tax: CA working for fair Greek tax system

Med Cruising, Croatia: International protest at Croatian tax for sailors

Rallies - New year brings new adventures for World ARC rally circumnavigators

UK, Scotland: New Edinburgh Marina development to begin construction in the second half of 2018

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

Global specialist transport leader Peters & May start 2018 with two major acquisitions


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

Summary of Security & Piracy Reports 2017

Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launches Zoom-Tap, Know and Go

Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

Brazil, Santos: Solo Sailor boarded by Armed Pirates and Robbed

Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Night Boarding, Attack & Robbery

Caribbean - Guadeloupe: Take care of your dinghy - lock it or lose it

Caribbean - Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Outboard & Dinghy Theft

Caribbean - Saint Lucia, Castries: Assaulted whilst ashore

Caribbean - SVG, Wallilabou Bay: Burglary - December 2016 - victims update

Venezuela, Cabo Tres Puntas: Attempted Piracy

Yemen: Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea



Books & Charts

Where the Magic Happens
Imray Charts & Publications: Discounts for noonsite users

Cruising Information

A Seven-year Circumnavigation - FAQs
Can you work while Cruising?

Cost of Cruising
Documents required and other considerations when cruising abroad
Families: Sailing north through the Caribbean with teenagers on board

Cruisers Websites

Portrait of a Cruiser: Phil and Yvonne Chapman
Low budget cruisers: UK to Mediterranean
Circumnavigating Eastwards since 2007


Wanted to Buy - 2017 Lagoon 450

Global Yachting Services

Yacht Transport Med to Baltic: Peters & May have space available


India: Sail the Andamans Yacht Rally


Hong Kong to Cairns, Australia: Routing advice welcomed


MAIB Safety Bulletin: The use of safety harness tethers on sailing yachts


Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

SAR has lots of donations for at Falmouth Harbour. Boats who can carry cargo contact [email protected]

Three Polish yachts fired upon in Red Sea

East Coast cruisers - Net expands its service

OCC Port Officer for Trinidad Jesse James has contributed to the development of a new website for cruisers coming to

Another boat boarded, attacked and robbed in - 4th incident reported to noonsite in November 2017

Despite positive trends in 2017, pirates remain a real threat to seafarers and . Find out what types of ships reported incidents to last year

Cruising Tax - Latest News from the

The bottom line is that a successful MOB recovery by the one person remaining on board is very, very unlikely except, possibly, in a flat calm. The clear solution is to make sure you stay on board.

See previous monthly report summaries here


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