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June 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 21, 2017 06:38 PM
This report gives 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 ports you might want to visit.

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

Below you will find all the new information that was posted during June, 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 was the start of what will hopefully be 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. Don't miss the 2nd in the series, our June "Portrait of a Cruiser" an American cruising couple undertaking a very slow circumnavigation.

Thank you to everyone who found time during June 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.




Bahamas, Exumas: Staniel Cay update

Bahamas: Rum Cay update

Grand Bahama: Progress in West End & Port Lucaya after Hurricane Matthew

Cuba, Varadero: Prices for dockage at Marina Darsena reduced

Curaçao: Spanish Water Updates

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Great accommodation choices

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Massy Stores Gourmet for great provisioning choices


Central America

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Tortugal Marina & Hotel

Mexico, Islas Mujeres: Our experience clearing in here

Mexico, La Paz: Clearing out without an agent

Mexico: Mazatlan Cruiser’s Guide

Panama: Clearing into Panama - Cruisers Report on their Experiences

Panama: Recommendations for Bocas del Toro


South America

Brazil, Northern Coast: Unplanned stop in Sao Luis

Venezuela, Los Roques: Local agent warns about piracy problem



Croatia, Korcula: Still one free anchorage!

France: Recommendations for cruising around Port Vendres

France: Immigration rules for Canadian nationals

France South: Wintering in Gruissan

Greece, North: New marina on Thasos

Greece, Crete: More positive comments on wintering in Ag. Nikolaos

Greece, Cyclades: Santorini is great for catamarans

Greece, Cyclades: Update on new marina

Greece, Eastern Sporades: New marina under construction

Greece, Gulf of Corinth: Trizonia is "interesting"

Greece, Peloponnese: A recent visit to Patras

Greece, Saronic Gulf: Poros anchorage

Italy South Coast, Cariati: Friendly locals and good value

Italy South Coast, Taranto: Updates from a recent visit

Italy West Coast, Salerno: Docking and local info. updates

Spain & Portugal - Marina Prices

Portugal, Algarve: Alvor is a great find!

Portugal, Oporto: Useful arrival information

Spain, Gijon: A friendly marina in a real Spanish town

Spain, La Linea: More feedback on wintering here

Turkey, Bodrum: Agent recommendation for clearance

Turkey, Bodrum and Marmaris: Request for boatyard recommendations

Turkey: Rising marina prices


Northern Europe

Netherlands: Inland Waterways by Sailboat

Russia, Far East: Contact for cruisers


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Arguineguin: Least favourite anchorage in the Canaries so far

Cape Verdes, Mindelo: BoatCV for all boat repairs


South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: Inconsistent regulations

Indonesia: Cruiser's experience with AIS requirement

Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi: Not all resorts welcome yachts


North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

The Maldives: A wonderful cruising destination but careful planning required


South Indian Ocean

Mauritius, Port Louis: Customs Dock dangerous


South Pacific Islands

Australia: Cruising Remote Western Australia - SOS Rock Mystery

Cook Islands, Aitutak: Clearance Information

Fiji, Savusavu: Navigation Hazard at Nasonisoni pass

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Recommendation for repair services in Papeete

NZ: Island Cruising Association (ICA)

Vanuatu - After the cyclone: Two years after Pam


West Africa

Angola: Clearance ports if coming from the South



Approaching the Azores: Yacht starts to sink after striking Whale

Cuba: President Trump changes Cuba policies again

NOAA: Above Average Hurricane Season Expected

North Atlantic Storm: Yachts dismasted and sunk in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR shorthanded transaltantic race

Pacific Crossing: Niue Departure tax increase for ALL visitors

Panama, Balboa: Amador fire destroys three moored boats

Turkey to Italy: Smugglers now offer passage to the EU on yachts

USA: EPA enforcing compliance on yachts imported into the USA

Weather to Go! ARC Portugal Rally Fleet departs for warmer waters.... at last !


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

Cuba, Cienfuegos: Lock, lock and lock your dinghy

Fiji, Yasawa Island Group, Wayasewa Island: Burgled - May 2017

Guadeloupe, Marie Galante: Dinghy theft

Solomon Islands, Hambere Village, Kolombangara: Boarded and robbed by children

St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay: Dinghy theft

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: More theft in Port Elizabeth

Venezuela, Los Roques: Local agent warns about piracy problem



Cruising Information

Cruising & Sailing with pets - facebook page

The Cost of Cruising


Cruisers Websites

June's Portrait of a Cruiser - Rebecca and Patrick Childress from the USA

SV Delos - Video blogging around the World

White Spot Pirates - Untie the Lines - US East Coast and Europe



Selling your Sailboat - tips from

What Worked, What Didn’t Nine Years Later

Ordering spares whilst cruising


Global Yacht Services

Transatlantic: Sailing out and shipping home with Peters & May in record style

Yacht shipping versus yacht delivery under sail

7 Things to Know About the Fine Print on Your Boat’s Insurance Policy



Mexico to Panama: New FREE Cruisers' Rally Launched

TransAtlantic: Rallye des Iles du Soleil



RCC Pilotage Foundation: Navionics Webinar Pacific Crossing



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

New US east coast SSB Net starting on the 9th of June

New Documentary about the life in our Oceans incredible photography

RCC Pilotage Foundation South Biscay

Marine Electronics – Making a power budget

For Charles J. Doane, the discovery of a wrecked boat he was forced to abandon months earlier on the open Atlantic…

Girl Power: Interviewing Charlotte Guillemot

Med France & Corsica Pilot (Heikell) - 6th edition w/substantial updates available now

Looking for failure or failure stories - fellow cruisers can learn from your experiences - mail: [email protected]

See previous monthly report summaries here


Whilst noonsite continues to be a free resource with no log-in required to access the wealth of information, 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 up to a week 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 close to 2000 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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Get involved with our Forums at you will find 3 cruising forums; Weather & Routing, Convoys & Cruising in Company and the Cockpit Locker (for buying and selling 2nd hand boat equipment).

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