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March 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 10, 2017 10:28 PM
Catch up on 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 during March.

Published: 2017-04-09 23:00:00

There's also a selection of interesting tweets, security reports and worldwide cruising news.

Thank you to everyone who has found time 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.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during March can be found below.




Bahamas: Green Turtle Cay to Glass Window Eleuthera
Bahamas: Rum Cay updates
Bahamas, Little Farmers Cay: Moorings update
Barbados: Repairs & Services
Bonaire: Its two faces
Cayman Islands: No holding tank
Cuba: Cienfuegos & Isla de Juventud marina updates
Cuba: Clearing into the country at Los Morros, San Antonio
Cuba: 3 month cruise Varadero - Cayo Largo - Hemingway
Cuba: Puerto de Vita update
Curaçao: Save time with SailClear
Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay: Navigation Hazard Warning
Guadeloupe, La Desirade: More docking space now available
Grenada: Yacht Storage
Sint Maarten, Philipsburg: Immigration at Bobby's Marina
Statia: No National Park moorings anymore
St. Martin: Cruiser writes practical guide
USVIs, St Thomas: Clearing in as a Canadian

Central America

Panama: Green Turtle Cay Marina update
Panama: Update San Blas April/May 2016
Panama: Marine Services Recommendations from Cruisers

South America

Peru: Facilities improving for yachts
Venezuela cruising: An update from Isla Margarita


Albania: Fees and more
Greece, Corfu: Tips for mooring in the old port

Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos Marina: Lots more feedback from cruisers about wintering here
Greece, Gulf of Corinth, Galaxidi: Charming and free berthing, at least off-season
Greece, Gulf of Patras: The current situation at Messolonghi Marina
Greece to Italy: First port of call Le Castella
Italy, Sardinia: Carloforte inexpensive and good facilities
Spain & Portugal - Marina Prices
Spain, Cartagena: An insight into wintering here
Spain, Mallorca, Santa Ponsa: New marina around the corner
Spain, Mallorca, Palma: Intimidating for people with a small budget
More Feedback on Wintering in the Mediterranean

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, El Hierro: Recent visit to La Restinga

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

South Africa, Simon's Town: No Longer Necessary to Report to Cape Town
St Helena: Unchanged since 1988

Northern Europe

Norway: Weather Forecast info.

South East Asia & East Asia

Singapore: Clearance Agent Recommendation
Malaysia, Borneo: The latest situation at Labuan Marina
Malaysia, Sarawak: Miri Marina information
Philippines: Update on obtaining a visa extension in Subic Bay
Thailand: Note to Cruising Yachts when cruising in the Gulf of Thailand towards Pattaya
Thailand: Clearing in at Pattaya
Thailand, Phuket: Temporary Closure Notice Boat Lagoon Hardstand
Thailand, Phuket: ANZAC day at the PYC

North Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka: Spare parts in Trincomalee
Sri Lanka, Galle: Updates from Cruisers

North Pacific Islands

Federated States of Micronesia, Kosrae: Port charges now the lowest in FSM

South Pacific Islands

Australia, Brisbane: Recommended Anchorage
Australia, New South Wales: Anchoring Laws Update
Australia: Cooking Gas Availability
Fiji, Savusavu: Latest information for yachts clearing-in here
French Polynesia, Tahiti: Marine services guide for Cruisers
New Caledonia: Great internet available now
New Zealand, Christchurch: Warning if approaching from the North
New Zealand, Bay of Islands, Opua: Recommendations from Cruisers
NZ Temporary Import Entry (TIE) document: Read this before getting one
Vanuatu, Port Vila: Update on Mele Bay



World Cruising Club e-News
TeamSurv Chart Improvements: Help make our seas safer
NOAA invites public comment on draft National Charting Plan
NZ to Australia: Sailors rescued in rough seas off Sydney 
30MILES project: Small ports on the eastern Gulf of Finland are developing fast
McMurdo EPIRB Bulletin: Top Dome Cracking
Southern Indian Ocean Rescue: Yacht dismasted  
Vanuatu, Port Vila: Town and Port Upgrades for 2017
Australia: Tropical Cyclone Debbie Strengthens as it Approaches Landfall in Queensland


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

Antigua, Jolly Harbour Boatyard: Burglary while owners absent
BVIs, Virgin Gorda: Watch out for petty thieves
Colombia, Isla Baru : Armed Boarding & Robbery
Martinique, St. Anne: Outboard Theft
Philippines: German cruiser kidnapped last November executed - ransom unpaid
Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Yacht on outside mooring burgled whilst owners ashore
Somalia: First hijacking since the height of Somali piracy in 2012
SVG, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Dinghy engine vandalised




USA: Icom submitted waiver request to FCC

Cruising Information

Awesome Apps for Sailors
The Cost of Cruising

Cruisers Websites

Yacht Adina - Sailing around the world: Circumnavigation completed
Yacht Bosun Bird - Circumnavigation (1985-89) & more recently S. Atlantic, Pacific and Japan

Global Yachting Services

Yacht Transport by Peters & May: Caribbean to Mediterranean, USA East Coast & Northern Europe
Warning for transport company "Seven Seas Yacht Transport" 
Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising: Cruisers Tips


Caribbean Sea: Routing Grenada to Panama

Safety & Medical

Liferaft: Know Your Life Raft Inspection Requirements


EMYR (Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally): A change of route for 2017


A cruisers guide to Weather Forecasts

Yacht Search

Cape Verdes to Caribbean: Disturbing Disappearance



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Revised version of Cruising Guide to French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana

Retweet:  Mar 12

See previous monthly report summaries here


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