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March 2014: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards — last modified Apr 09, 2014 01:29 PM
Thank you to everyone who used noonsite last month and found time to contribute 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.

Published: 2014-03-31 23:00:00

All the latest information posted on last month is outlined below.

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) 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.

Follow us on Twitter: With over 500 followers (@NoonsiteEditor) this 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.

Get involved with our Forums: At where you will find 3 cruising forums; Weather & Routing, Convoys & Cruising in Company and the Cockpit Locker (for buying & selling equipment).

See previous monthly report summaries here


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

Northern Europe

Norway: Norwegian Pilot Guide currently free to download

Exploring Russia's Inland Waterways: Norway to the Med via the Volga River 2013

Western Europe

SW Spain & Southern Portugal: Marina Updates 2014


Turkish & Mediterranean Marinas as of 28 March 2014 – fees, information, mooring, campaigns, etc.

Wintering in Finike, SE Turkey: Cruisers Report



Barbados: Updates for Bridgetown

Dominican Republic, Boca Chica, Marina Zarpar: Cruisers Comments

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America

Central & North America

USA: Accurate Information for Yachtsmen Entering the USA

South America

Venezuela, Cruising Los Roques: Feedback from cruisers

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Namibia, St. Helena, Ascension Island and Brazil: Report on a Recent Visit

A long weekend on Ascension Island

South Africa, Cape Town: Latest Changes to the Rules for Clearing Out

South Africa: Richards Bay & Simon's Town

North Indian Ocean

Maldives, Uligan: Gateway to Paradise?

South Indian Ocean

Madagascar, Peri Per Weather Net: New times

South East Asia & East Asia

Borneo, Labuan: Redeveloped Public Marina now re-opened

Philippines, Cebu: Local information, workers and fees

South Pacific

Galapagos Visits 2014: Reports from Cruisers

Papua New Guinea, Alotau, Milne Bay: Good times at the National Canoe and Kundu Festival - 1st week in November

South Pacific: Weather Resources

North Pacific

North Pacific, Marshall Islands: Majuro Beach Club changed VHF channel

North Pacific, Palau: SSCA Ham Exam "Gam" - May 2014

Micronesia Compendium by SY Soggy Paws


Australia, Timor Sea, 80nm from Darwin: Sunken yacht discovered by trawler

Caribbean, St. Vincent: British Sailor found dead in water near burning yacht

Europe, Schengen Visas: Some Welcome Changes to the Short-Stay Rules

Maldives: Welcome amendments to the Rules for Visiting Yachts

UK: Crowdsourced boats to map the seas

UK, Lymington: Bluewater Open Boat Weekend - 7/8 June

UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares


Mediterranean, SW Corsica, Gulf of Roccapina: Armed gunmen hijack yacht - February 2014

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Violent attack on cruising boat October 2013 – Attackers Caught

Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) discontinues daily HF voice net

Bahamas, Nassau: Three boat robberies


TransAtlantic, Tenerife to Barbados: Dutch Sailor Missing

Atlantic: Swedish Sailors Rescued

Two crews dismasted off Cape Horn

Finnish yacht "Serena" abandoned off NW Spain arrived safely in Caribbean 6 months later

Steve Black - 1943 to 2014


Caribbean: Sailclear clearance system

Caribbean, Antigua & Barbuda: English Harbour Customs

Caribbean, Barbados: Bridgetown WiFi

Caribbean, BVIs, Tortola: Finding propane in Road Harbour

Caribbean, Cuba: Pet information

Caribbean, Dominica, Rouseau: Warning about fish traps

Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Barahona: Updates

Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Various discussions

Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Luperon: Warning about contaminated fuel

Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Basse Terre: Clearance updates

Caribbean, Haiti: Port Morgan updates

Caribbean, Haiti: A recent visit

Caribbean, Montserrat: Tour guide recommendation

Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Culebra: Getting a cruising license for the US

Central America, Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Entrance waypoints

Central America, Panama: Update on Canal Transits

Mediterranean, Greece, Santorini: Getting fuel

Mediterranean, East: Connecting to the Internet

Mediterranean, Italy, Sicily: A winter in Licata

Mediterranean, Tunisia, Monastir: Latest updates

Mediterranean, Turkey, Gocek: Recommendation for yacht repair

SE Asia, Indonesia: Local info. and a question about cruising seasons

SE Asia, Malaysia, Labuan: Public marina now re-opened

South Africa, Richards Bay: Getting an extension

South America, Brazil, Fortaleza: Warning about laundry

South Pacific, Galapagos, Puerto Villamil: New port captain

South Pacific, Papua New Guinea: Recommendation for Lihir Island

Western Europe, NW Spain, Ria de Arousa: Marina information



South African Radio Nets - Updated

Building a website for your Boat

Cruising Information for Families

Family Adventure Podcast

Windtraveler: from land to sea to three under three

Cruisers Websites

Pacific Cruising from California

Circumnavigation, seven years and two babies

Cygnus III - Circumnavigating (Slowly)

Yacht Adina - Sailing around the world


East Pacific: New NOAA Experimental Forecasts now available

South Pacific: Weather Resources

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