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May 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 10, 2016 10:20 AM
May has been a busy month for noonsite. Working hard in the background we are implementing some useful changes to the site for the near future which should make using noonsite a whole lot easier. Watch this space!

Published: 2016-06-09 23:00:00

We have also received great comments from our users on ports and services they have utilised (particularly in the Med,  Panama and South Pacific) and have been sent some great destination and passage cruising reports. Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite last month – your support and feedback is invaluable and helps keep noonsite the number 1 resource on the web for long distance cruisers.

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

As always, a very big thank you to all our readers who made a donation in March (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.



Bahamas: Lessons learned from a sudden storm at anchor

Bahamas, Abacos: New moorings in Marsh Harbour

Bahamas, Cat Island: How to enter Reef Harbour at Port Howe

Bahamas: Recent outbreak of dog distemper

Barbados: Arrival in Barbados - notes from cruisers

Cuba: Dockage costs on the rise

Cuba: Internet in Cuba

Dominica: Still Needs Help! We Just Did Not Know

South America

Argentina: U.S. citizens no longer need to pay a reciprocity fee to enter

Suriname, Paramaribo: Dangerous wreck in entrance channel

Venezuela, Porlamar: Feedback on the latest situation

Central America

El Salvador, Barillas Marina: We hope more boats will stop in to visit this little gem

Mexico, Puerto Chiapas: Ideal place to store your boat during the rainy season

Panama, Puerto Lindo: Encouraging feedback about the new Linton Marina

Panama: Clearing into Panama - Cruisers Report on their Experiences

Panama, Colon: Recommendation for marine service company

Panama: Provisioning recommendation

Panama: No clearance possible now in the San Blas

Panama: Advice for cruisers


Med Cruising Guide by SY Kotare

Long Term Cruising in the Mediterranean

Albania: Good feedback from Cruisers

Egypt, Suez Canal: More boats arriving from the Indian Ocean

Greece, Cyclades: Amorgos updates

Greece, Cyclades: Naxos – hard to find space

Greece, Dodecanese: Nisiros updates

Greece, Kastelorizo: Flow of migrants has stopped

Greece, Rhodes: Updates for the new Rhodes Marina

Greece, Skopelos: Updates after a recent visit

Greece, Zakynthos: Watch out when a cruise ship comes into port

Italy, Sicily, Licata: More positive comments for Marina di Cala del Sole

Slovenia: Praise for sailing in Slovenia

Spain, Mallorca: Andratx – a pleasant stopover

Tunisia, Mahdia: Highly recommended

Turkey: Comments from Cruisers re. the security situation

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: Updates on availability of Gas in the Canaries

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, West Papua: Useful contact in Sorong

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Djibouti : Port Djibouti Updates

South Pacific

Fiji: Free Mapping Application

French Polynesia: Obtaining an FP Long Stay Visa from Ecuador

Cyclones in the Society Islands and El Nino: Considering options for cyclone season

Galapagos: Today we leave one of the most amazing places we have ever visited

New Caledonia: Clearing Customs in the Loyalty Islands

Niue: Moorings limited due to Cyclone Damage

Papua New Guinea, New Ireland: Kavieng keen for yachts to visit

Papua New Guinea: New information for the Ninigo Islands

Papua New Guinea: The Great Ninigo Islands Canoe Race

Tonga's New Island

Vanuatu - Start of the cruising season: Advice and recommendations



Kannad Marine issues SAFELINK EPIRB recall

BVIs, Nanny Cay: ARC Europe and ARC USA set sail

Eastern Mediterranean Cruising Update - regarding the migrant crisis

Fiji Bound: Sea Mercy Recovery Fleet Poised to Sail from New Zealand

French Polynesia: Morning Dove Lost on Tuamotu Reef

Panama, San Blas: Port Captain & Immigration Offices closed until further notice

Singapore: New clearance rules for pleasure yachts

SSCA Radio Station "KPK" Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

Donna Lange completes second solo sail around the world


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


Bahamas: Many More Boat Thefts in Georgetown - May 2016

Colombia: Thefts on the rise

Cuba, Cienfuegos: Dinghy & Outboard Theft - May 2016

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Outboard theft - May 2016

Panama, Rio Chagres: Locked boat burgled - May 2016

Panama: Several cases of robbery in the last few weeks

Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore - May 2016

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tobago Cays: Armed Robbery at night - May 2016

Somali piracy is down, not out




Atlantic Radio Nets: Seeking support to re-establish the UK Maritime Mobile Net

Staying in Touch when Cruising

Cruisers Websites

Morning Dove Travels South

Tales from twice around the world


Buying in Europe and selling in Australia

Global Yachting Services

A beginner's guide to boat insurance - RYA


Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Haul Out for Hurricane or Leave in Slip?

Learning about Lightning

South Pacific - MetBob

Cyclones in the Society Islands and El Nino: Considering options for cyclone season

South Pacific Cyclone Season in the tropics: Calculated risks



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor ‏@NoonsiteEditor May 9
#Tunisia Yacht Services: #Malta to #Monastir to get the #antifouling done …

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld May 9
Broken booms are not that unusual on a transatlantic crossing. Some thoughts on the whys and wherefores

Down Under Rally ‏@catsonglines May 11
How good does it look ! New Caledonia we are coming

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld May 12
Cruising doyen Jimmy Cornell has put his own Exploration 45 up for sale at €599,000. Since her April 2014 launch,... ‏@NoonsiteEditor May 16
Crossing the #IndianOcean in 2016 bound for South Africa? #SSB net …

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld May 24
What's been your biggest bargain? Bluewater cruisers share their favourite bits of kit, starting from just £40

All At Sea Magazine ‏@allatseacarib May 25
South Florida News: Anchoring Restrictions Pass …

SAIL Magazine ‏@sailmagazine May 25
Podcast: Cuba! With Chris Museler @sailfeed

Ocean Navigator ‏@OceanNavMag May 26
This site has a fascinating animation of ship traffic worldwide. ‏@NoonsiteEditor May 31
#Caribbean anchorages off-season - take #security on board seriously …

See previous monthly report summaries here

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 up to a few days to be approved if there is a backlog. 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 which is suitable to post as a comment) 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 too.

Follow us on Twitter: Now with over 1400 followers (@NoonsiteEditor) 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. A great way to get easy access to what’s going on in the cruising world.

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