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May 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 03, 2015 12:05 PM
The summer cruising season has well and truly begun and many more noonsite users have registered on the site and are posting feedback from the ports they are cruising to. Thank you to everyone who is making the effort to contribute to the site and help keep it up to date. With over 2000 ports on noonsite, your updates are very much appreciated.

Published: 2015-05-31 23:00:00

Find out what you missed last month and peruse the summary below of what was posted on noonsite in May, both by contributing cruisers and the noonsite team.


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


Bahamas: Entry Fees are high if only staying a few days

BVI: Are the Virgin Islands Charter Boat Heaven and Cruiser Hell?

Cuba: A Boat can Stay as Long as You Want

Cuba: Clearing into Eastern Cuba at Puerto de Vita

Haiti: Advice for Cruising Haiti

Central America

Panama: When Arriving in Panama Don't wait to check-in

Western Europe

Atlantic Coast: Sailing the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain and Portugal


Greece: Difficulties Encountered by Yachts with a Non-EU Port of Registry

Italy, Brindisi, Naval Balsamo: Winter Storage

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Maldives: Useful Information for Visiting Yachts, May 2015 – Part 1

Maldives: Useful Information for Visiting Yachts, May 2015 – Part 2

Maldives: Our Experience in Uligan, Male and Gan

South Indian Ocean

Chagos: Cruiser Paradise Found

Madagascar: Peri Peri Net relay station now closed

South East Asia & East Asia

Malaysia, Port Klang: A Visit to the Royal Selangor Yacht Club April 2015

Sailing Around SE Asia

South Pacific

Australia, Queensland: Four Months in Manly

Australia, New South Wales to Fiji: A Challenging Voyage

Fiji: Clearing in at Port Denarau

Samoa, Apia: Show me the Tala!

Samoa: A Sinister Event off the Samoan Coast

Vanuatu: Clearing in at Port Resolution

Vanuatu: Report on a Visit by MV Pendana

Vanuatu: In Vanuatu when Cyclone Pam hit . . .

Vanuatu: Still healing but ready for cruising boats


France, Cararet-sur-mer: Repairs to Pontoons Completed

France: Proposed Tax on Anchoring Re-Introduced

French Polynesia, Tahiti, Papeete: Totally Renovated Marina

South Pacific, Cook Islands: Increased fees for visiting yachts

Turkey: Extending your Stay – New Improved online system

UK, Lymington: WCC's Bluewater Open Boat Weekend


Caribbean, Bahamas: British Man Shot Dead After Armed Robbers Board His Sailboat

Caribbean, Haiti: Violent Attack on Cruising Couple

Caribbean, Haiti, Petit Port a Piment: Armed Robbery at Night - April 2015

Caribbean, Haiti, Petit Port a Piment: First person report

Caribbean, SVG, Bequia, Canouan: Attempted Robbery – April 2015

SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden

Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

Refugees/Immigrants: People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

Maritime Security Incidents Worldwide - March 2015


Atlantic: German Yachtsman Missing

Atlantic: Death of Young Girl Who Braved 30-Foot Mid-Atlantic Waves

Cheeki Rafiki Accident Report Points to Keel Detachment


Albania cruising information

Bahamas, Nassau: Marina recommendation

Bahamas: Warning about voltage

Brazil: Thumbs up!

BVIs, Parham Town: Warning re. Maya Cove / Hodge's Creek Marina Entry Channel

Chile, Valdivia: Boat repair information

Dominican Republic: Made-up fees in Luperon

Fiji: Waypoint sharing for cruisers

French Polynesia, Rangiroa: Dive Centre helping cruisers

Greece: Advice for the Evripos Canal (Khalkis Bridge)

Greece, Messolonghi: A beautiful place

Greece: Cruising questions and answers

Greece: Proof of VAT paid

Indonesia: Great Cruising around Triton Bay

Italy, Rome: Winter haulout recommendation

Malaysia, Kuala Terengganu: Mooring

Maldives: Recommendation for technical help

Panama: Clearance, Agents and Useful Info.

Portugal, Porto: Marina recommendation

Spain, Ceuta: Easy night access

St Lucia: Recommendations for Rodney Bay

Suriname recommendations

Turkey, Datca: Check in costs

Turkey, Kas: Marina recommendation for wintering

USA: Cruising between Cuba and Key West

Wallis and Futuna: Anchoring advice


Book/Cruising Guides

Greek Waters Pilot

Voyaging with Kids

Western Ireland: Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way

Cruising Information

Ocean Passages with Little Kids on board


South African Radio Nets - Updated

Understanding Marine high-frequency Single Sideband Radio


The Ocean CleanUp: World's first ocean cleaning system to be deployed in 2016


Sailing with a Windvane


Baltic 4 Nations Rally joins World Cruising Club Portfolio

Record fleet for World Cruising Club's Spring Rallies

Useful Websites



Weather Forecasting: A Private Cruising Boat Perspective

Yacht Search

Seeking Information on S/V Maranoa

Brazil, Itaparica-Salvador: Missing German Yacht since November 2014

See previous monthly report summaries here

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