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March 2018: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified May 13, 2018 01:03 PM
To make it easier for you to catch up on all the new information that was posted on noonsite last month, we have compiled a "round-up" of all the new cruising reports, news, feedback, recommendations, comments and port updates that were added in March.

Published: 2018-04-14 00:00:00
Topics: Report Summaries

March 2018: New information posted on noonsite

The beautiful Galaxidi, Greece - taken by Tony Olin

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Thank you to all of you 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.

Our March Portrait of a Cruiser are another cruising family, this time from the UK. Caspar and Nichola Craven circumnavigated with the World ARC Rally aboard their Oyster '53 with their 3 small children on board.



Bahamas: High fees if just stopping overnight
Bonaire: 9 incredible days mid-March
BVIs, West End, Sopers Hole: No marinas open for business
Dominica, Roseau: The Legendary Marcus Augustus
Grenada, True Blue Bay: Quieter alternative to Prickly Bay

Guadeloupe: Updates from cruisers
Jamaica, Montego Bay: Get the correct forms when checking-in
Martinique, Fort de France: Updates

Martinique, Marin: Mechanic recommendation

Martinique: Marin and St. Anne updates
Saint Lucia: Clearing in at Marigot Bay

Saint Lucia: Updates for Rodney Bay
St. Martin - Caution if arriving with a Pet: Distemper at epidemic levels!

St Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan: Excellent snorkeling in Rameau Bay
St Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island: Clifton was a surprisingly good stop

St Vincent & the Grenadines, Wallilabou Bay: Mobbed by boat boys
Tobago Check-in: Time your arrival to avoid high fees

Central America

Belize: Clearance ports
Guatemala: Arrival in Livingston for the Rio Dulce
Mexico, Puerto Escondido: "The Waiting Room" is now off-limits
Panama: Affordable Marinas on the Pacific coast of Panama
Panama: New marina on Pacific coast
Panama: Recommendation for importing spares & packages
Panama: Recommendation for electrical work
Panama: Clearing into Panama at Porvenir and Puerto Lindo
Panama: Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent

South America

Argentina: Useful website for weather warnings
Brazil, Cabedelo: Wonderful friendly marina
Brazil, Fortaleza: Armed Night Robbery
Brazil, Recife: Anchoring and visiting Old Recife
Suriname: Highly recommended
Uruguay, La Paloma: A recent visit
Uruguay: Useful notes for cruisers
Venezuela, Los Roques: Latest Update

Mediterranean & Black Sea

Wintering in the Mediterranean: Cyprus - Limassol Marina
France, Gruissan: Wintering here
Greece: From the Ionian to the Dodecanese
Greece, Corfu, Port Mandraki: Berthing costs and services
Italy South Coast (Ionian Sea): Safe haven in Porto Degli Argonauti
Italy South Coast (Ionian Sea), Crotone: Tucked up in Ciro' Marina during strong southerly storms
Italy South Coast (Ionian Sea), Gallipoli: Best all-round shelter in the Winter
Italy: Resource for port information
Russia: Report of a Visit to the Far East Coast
Russia: Cruisers with questions - can you help?
Spain & Portugal: Marina Prices

Turkey: Cruising from Bodrum, Datca, to Marmaris

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Fuerteventura: An update on facilities at Gran Tarajal

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Gambia, Banjul: A Cruiser's Visit 2017

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Kupang: Our port of entry for Indonesia
Indonesia, Lombok, Medana Bay: Very glad we stopped here

Malaysia: Yachts now required to clear Immigration at every port visited

Malaysia: Clearance in Labuan

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

India, Kochi: A cruiser's Experience of a Visit in Early 2018
Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Two important points if planning to visit this port
Sudan: Three weeks in Suakin

South Indian Ocean

Cyclone patterns in the SW Indian Ocean
The Challenge of Passage Planning in the SW Indian Ocean
A Passage from the Seychelles to Kenya

North Pacific Islands

Guam: Updates from a visit in February 2018
Kiribati: Join Sea Stewardship and help with the crises brought upon by climate change

Kiribati: Internet and WiFi on the Islands
Northern Marianas: Updates for 2018
Western Pacific, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas: Total country update

South Pacific Islands

Australia, Brisbane: Southport is now a port of entry
French Polynesia: Registrations Open for Tahiti Pearl Regatta

Galapagos: New tax for visiting yachts
Vanuatu, Port Vila Boatyard: Marine Repair, Maintenance, Marine Supply & Cyclone storage facility


Australia: 3 tropical storms and a 4th possibly for Fiji & Tonga next week

Caribbean: Three post-hurricane restoration & repair projects benefit from first round of Sail Aid UK grants

Caribbean, Grenada: Ships in Caribbean Told to Avoid Underwater Volcano ‘Kick ’em Jenny’ Due to Eruption Risk

Europe: Storm Emma sinks boats from Wales to Cadiz

South Pacific, Fiji: New Port of Entry - Port Denarau Marina

UK: Oyster Yachts Sold

USA: Google to map South Florida waterways

USA: World Cruising Club eNews

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Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN)

Brazil, Salvador, Maragogipe: Armed Night Robbery
Brazil, Salvador, Maragogipe: Gloom and doom in the Bay of All Saints continues

Cape Verdes, Sao Vicente, Mindelo: Night boarding and theft

Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Dinghy and bicycle thefts

Caribbean, Grenada, Chemin Bay: Outboard theft
Caribbean, Guadeloupe West Coast: Dinghy and Outboard Theft
Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Dinghy Theft

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet: Another Dinghy Theft
Caribbean, SVG, Canouan, Charlestown Bay: Charter yacht burgled
Caribbean, USVI, St. Thomas: Outboard Thefts

Colombia, Cartagena: Outboard & fuel tank theft
Colombia, Isla de San Andres: Death of Dutch Cruising Couple - Criminal Investigation Opened

Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy


Books & Charts

NEW: Noonsite's Recommended Booklist
OpenSeaMap has added new charts for OpenCPN


SSCA sponsors Trans-Atlantic Cruisers' Net - starts April 15th, 2018

Cruising Information

World Cruising Club Forums & Seminars

Cruisers Websites

Portrait of a Cruiser: The Craven Family
10-Year Circumnavigation Aboard Halekai

Around the World with Nine of Cups - 86,000 nautical miles


Caribbean: Sargassum Weed Update
Caribbean: Outlook of Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean Sea for 2018
North Pacific Islands, Kiribati: Sea Stewardship - a response to crises brought upon by climate change

Race for Water Foundation - Global Odyssey on specially designed solar-hydrogen-kite powered catamaran

Global Yachting Services

Peters & May: Global Yacht Transport


Cyclone patterns in the SW Indian Ocean


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Mar 5 Puerto Sherry - causes significant damage last night

Mar 5
70 stray cargo containers pose threat to mariners off North Carolina...

Mar 14
Cruisers take care in horrible attack and robbery on Swiss yacht here last month

Mar 14
Indonesia Rallies Announced

Mar 15
World ARC: Landfall on the Horizon - Hiva Oa -

Mar 22
If you are in the SW pacific and find you need to haul out Port Vila Boatyard is Vanuatu’s best full service marine repair, haul out & vessel storage facility with a hydraulic trailer capable of handling monohull’s...

Mar 25
The starting point for a successful solar panel installation is quantifying your requirements. We present here a simple analysis based on the test boat used for our recent...

Mar 29
Anatomy of a Canal transit - once again great info. and advice from who are back in the after via

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