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July 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 08, 2017 08:08 AM
An overview of what’s been happening on noonsite for the last 4 weeks. An ideal way to catch up with all the latest cruising news, location reports and feedback from fellow cruisers about worldwide cruising destinations.

Published: 2017-08-07 23:00:00

July 2017: New information posted on noonsite

Images of the South Pacific by SY Kelaerin - July's Portrait of a Cruiser

Below you will find all the new information that was posted during July, including port and country updates, cruising feedback, worldwide cruising reports, news, security reports and useful cruising links that we've found and shared on the site. There's also a selection of our most interesting tweets.

NEW in May we began a popular feature where we put a face to some of noonsite's most regular contributors who share details of their cruising life on board.The 3rd in the series was posted in July, a double-handed crew who have cruised extensively with their (now grown up) daughters. Jim and Joy Carey have always cruised as a family, but finally “cut the dock lines” as double-handers in 2002 and have been liveaboards ever since. They still enjoy frequent visits from their daughters as they cruise east-about around the world.:

Portrait of a Cruiser: Double-handers cruising east-about around the World

Thank you to everyone who found time during July to contribute to noonsite, 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 of this report on other ways to contribute to noonsite and send us your cruising reports.

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.




Bonaire, Kralendijk: Recommendation for refrigeration repair

BVI: Increase in fees for Charter Boats

Cuba Publications: New Waterway Guide

Venezuela, Los Roques: A visit in June

Venezuela: A cruiser's experience in the Gran Roques archipelago


North America

USA Sailors: A warning about renewing USCG documentation early via Pay.Gov


Central America

Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, Cozumel: Clearance here is a logistical nightmare

Panama, Balboa: Feedback on La Playita Marina

Panama, Colon, Shelter Bay Marina: Not a Bad Place to Wait for your Transit


South America

Argentina, Ushuaia: A disappointing visit to the Natural Parc Lapataia

Brazil: Angra dos Reis to Florianapolis

Suriname, Domburg: Marina recommendation



Albania, Saranda: Agent recommendation

France, Corsica: Calvi is well worth a stop

France, Corsica, Porto-Vecchio: Nerves of steel required to enter but well worth it

Malta to Greece: Collision at night on the Ionian Sea

Greece, Evia Channel - Khalkis Bridge: Latest information

Greece, Messolonghi: Five days anchored in the harbour, what to see and do

Greece, Zakinthos: Leaving our yacht here over the summer

Israel: Clearing into Ashkelon

Italy, Adriatic coast, Monfalcone: On the hard at at Marina Hannibal for the winter

Italy, South: Marina recommendation for Roccella Ionica

Italy, Sicily, Siracusa: Detailed update following a recent visit

Morocco, Al Hoceima: New harbour with full facilities for yachts

Morocco: New port M'Diq

Morocco, Rabat: Approach, berthing and local info. updates

Morocco, Tangier: The town is worth the bad harbour conditions

Southern Spain, La Linea: Comments after 2 years berthed here

Southern Spain, Tarifa: Wind blows above 30kts for 300 days a year

Spain, Balearics, Mallorca, Andraitx: Port Adriano boatyard is one of the few places on Mallorca for catamarans

Spain, Balearics, Minorca, Mahon: Cala Tuelera - 3 days anchoring permitted

Turkey: Clearance hassles

Wintering in the Mediterranean


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Cape Verdes, Southern Group: Recent visit to Praia (Santiago)

Channel Islands, Guernsey, St. Peter Port: Victoria Marina updates

France, North Brittany, Roscoff: Beware of strong currents

Madeira: More positive feedback for Quinta do Lorde

Spain North, La Coruna: Useful updates

Spain, Galicia, Ria de Muros: Look out for lobster pots


West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Angola: Not great as a destination, but useful stopover en-route from Cape Town to the Caribbean


South East Asia & East Asia

Brunei: Getting hold of fuel

Indonesia: A frustrating issue with the Indonesian Online Yacht Electronic Registration System

Indonesia, Ambon: Offers huge potential for cruising the many unexplored islands

Indonesia, Sumatra: Clearing in on a Sunday at Sabang

Malaysia: Checking in at Tanjung Pengelih (Johor Bahru)

Singapore: Agent recommendation

Thailand, Pranburi: New port and marina


North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns

Djibouti: Expensive, Difficult and Dirty

Egypt: Clearing into Hurghada

Sudan, Suakin: An Enjoyable Visit

Yemen, Socotra Island: Totally unique and a great place to stop on the way to the Red Sea


South Indian Ocean

Comoros: Agent recommendation

Mauritius, Port Louis: Clearance here is not yacht-friendly

Mauritius, Port Louis: Recommendation for repair shop


South Pacific Islands

Cook Islands, Aitutaki: Shallow approach channel

Fiji, Ovalau, Levuka: A good welcome and easy formalities

French Polynesia, Bora Bora: Third visit in the last 12 months

New Zealand, Bay of Islands: Standard of tradesmen workmanship

New Zealand, Christchurch: The Little Ship Club of Canterbury welcomes visiting yachts

Papua New Guinea: Connecting with other sailors

Tonga, Niuatoputapu Island: Friendly and interested in the few boats that visit


Antarctica & Sub-Antarctic Islands

Applying for permission to go to the Falklands

Falkland Islands, Port Stanley: Perfect stop-over to go south



Antarctica: Solo sailor Lisa Blair circumnavigates the Antarctic

Australia: Gold Coast to get new Port of Entry

Belgium: UK boater fined for red diesel

Belgium: Confusion over Red (marked) Diesel - The Latest . . .

Eastern Med: Earthquake Shakes the Greek Island of Kos and the Port of Bodrum in Turkey

French Polynesia: On passage Mo'orea to Huahine catamaran hits an unmarked reef

India: New E-Visa Scheme

UK: Coastguard medevacs crew from yacht 200 miles off Scilly

USA, Virginia: Cruising Great Loses Second Boat


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

Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launch New Website

BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan: Night time boarding

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tobago Cays, Armed Robbery May 2016: SVG officials will not prosecute 3 men

SE Asia, Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns



Cruising Information

UK & Australia: Upcoming dates for World Cruising Club seminars on cruising and living aboard


Cruisers Websites

Portrait of a Cruiser: Double-handers cruising east-about around the World

Coastapus: A blog dedicated to sailing on the west coast of British Columbia



ARC Portugal from Plymouth comes to an end in Lagos

Azores: OCC announces Azores Pursuit Rally for Summer 2018

Coral Sea Rally: Cairns to Port Morseby (September 2017)

Japan: Setouchi Yacht Rally 2017 successfully finished



Crossing the Indian Ocean Guide: Feedback following a transit from Thailand to South Africa



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Papua New Guinea  just got easier NEW  Sea Rally this September 

Final evidence heard in Cheeki Rafiki manslaughter by gross negligence trial

Person Overboard Prevention—Use of Climbing Harnesses 

Day at Port Denarau Yacht Club and Marina this Friday hosted by  FREE to attend 

's incredible  Group - help get a clearance facility here by showing your support 

French  Leopard 46 with family of 6 on board hits an unmarked reef 

Cruisers  to  - can you help this environmental NGO? 

Mission 3 to the islands of  and  20 August - 4 September need 1x doctor + 1x nurse

The view from afloat of one of the scary wildfires that hit the forests of southern Europe on the Med coast this... 

Keep your distance from fringing reef, especially at night. 

Crossing  BoatCV for all yacht repairs 

See previous monthly report summaries here


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