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May 2014: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 03, 2015 04:09 PM
This round up of reports and new info. posted last month on noonsite is a little later than usual, however thank you to everyone who used noonsite last month and found time to contribute updates and cruising reports for the site.

Published: 2014-05-31 23:00:00

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

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See previous monthly report summaries here


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


Algeria: Met with goodwill and generosity

Greece: Know the difference between Customs & Immigration when clearing in

Italy, Sicily, Licata: Cruisers comment on Marina di Cala del Sole

Italian Anchorages and Marinas 2013 - Part 3: Italian West Coast and the Islands

Spain, Barcelona: Winter Storage in Badalona

Spain, La Linea de la Conception, Marina Alcaidesa: Reports from Cruisers


Cuba: Cruising Guides to Cuba - A Comparison

Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Yachts must leave immediately after Departure Clearance

Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Mooring Fees

Central & North America

Panama: Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent – New Reports

Panama: A Warning about Liferaft Service in Panama City

Panama: Clearing into Panama - Cruisers Report on their Experiences

South America

Argentina: Daily Position Reports – Station updates

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Yemen, Socotra: An island beyond time

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: Western Sumatra Anchoring Information

Philippines: The Hinatuan Passage - East to West

Philippines: Cruising the Palawan and Calamian Islands

Philippines: Passages in the Philippines

South Pacific

Solomon Islands: Our advice following a cruise there in 2013


Australia, Queensland: Bundaburg Marina Installs New Fuel Berth

Australia: Customs move to make pleasure craft reporting and clearance totally electronic

Caribbean: Realignment of Caribbean sailing organizations

Mediterranean, Greece: Greek Tax (TPP) Relaxation of Port Police Procedures

Mediterranean, Greece: The end of Charter Licences?

Northern Europe, Denmark: Oceans of Hope Yacht Named Ahead of Groundbreaking Global Voyage

North Pacific, Hawaii: Authorities up the ante on anchor damage to coral

North Pacific, Hawaii: German Yacht Skipper Appears in Court in Kona re. damage to coral

North Pacific, Hawaii: Hokule’a Making Final Preparations for Circumnavigation

South Pacific, French Polynesia: Good News for Visiting Yachts

South Pacific, Niue: Arrive with correct paperwork or face fines

South Pacific, Vanuatu: Sad passing of Ross Wilson of the Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club


World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes

Caribbean, Dominica, South of Roseau: Boarding and Assault

Philippines, Palawan, Rio Tubbataha: German couple abducted from yacht

Red Sea: Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow as EU Naval Force Applies Pressure


Atlantic: Four British yachtsmen missing - Debris Sighted

Atlantic: Search called off for British sailors after US Navy finds Cheeki Rafiki's life raft was not used

Indian Ocean: French Sailor Spent 3 Weeks Drifting in Seychelles Waters on Dismasted Yacht

New Zealand: Missing yacht debris washes ashore

Northern Spain to Falmouth, UK: Couple rescued from storm-damaged yacht

Pacific Ocean East: Pacific Puddle Jumper dismasted

Pacific Ocean: Circumnavigating family abandon ship as 1 year old falls seriously ill


Are You Planning a Boat Refit?

Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia to Sydney: Pacific Climate Warriors calling all sailboats


Bermuda: WiFi update

Brazil: Officials and Attitudes

BVIs, Tortola, Road Harbour: Where to get gas

Cayman Islands: Fuel and Ship Advisor information

Colombia: Agent recommendation for Providencia

Dominica, Portsmouth: Update on clearing in

Dominican Republic: More feedback for Boca Chica

Ecuador, Puerto Lucia: Different experience

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Papeete updates

French Polynesia, Tuamotos: Feedback on Apatiki Carenage

Galapagos: Recent visit to Floreana

Galapagos: Chandlery recommendation in Santa Cruz

Greece: More on cruising tax

Greece, Cyclades: Recommendation for Naxos

Greenland, Nuuk: Update on repair facilities

Indonesia: Seasonal sailing

Italy, Sardinia: Difficulties at Santa Maria Navarrese Marina

Jamaica: Delightful stay in Montego Bay

Mexico: Facilities in Acapulco

Panama: Clearing in at Bocas del Toro

Panama: Clearing in at Porvenir

Puerto Rico, Ponce: Not to be recommended

Russia: More sailors experience cruising here

Spain: More comments about Denia

Sri Lanka, Galle: Getting repairs done

St. Vincent: Chateaubelair for clearance

Thailand, Krabi: Update on clearance

USA: Obtaining a visa in Nassau

USA: Canadian cruisers entering the US from the Caribbean


Books & Cruising Guides

Caribbean: A Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico available in Spanish this June at

SE Asia, Thailand: Free Cruising Guides by Gulf Charters

First book on High Latitude Sailing released


Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

South Pacific, Vanuatu: OceansWatch Projects this year

350 Pacific - Pacific Movement on Climate Change

Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey


Ocean adventures: ARC Europe and ARC USA set sail

Australia, Whitsunday Islands, Abell Point Marina: Coral Coast Race and Rally for 2014 is approaching fast

SE Asia, Indonesia: The Sail Maluku Rally - on again for 2014

East Asia, Japan: Setouchi International Rally 2014



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