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May 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 22, 2018 02:20 PM
These monthly “round-up” reports help you get an overview of what’s been happening on noonsite for the last 4 weeks and are the ideal way to catch up with all the latest cruising news, location reports and feedback from fellow cruisers about ports you might want to visit.

Published: 2017-06-08 23:00:00

Below you will find all the new information that was posted during May, including port and country updates, cruising feedback, worldwide cruising reports, news, security reports and useful cruising links that we've found and shared on the site. There's also a selection of our most interesting tweets.

NEW last month was the start of what will hopefully be a popular feature, where we put a face to some of noonsite's most regular contributors who share details of their cruising life on board. Don't miss our May "Portrait of a Cruiser".

Thank you to everyone who found time during May 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.





Bahamas, Great Inagua: Update on Matthew Town

Bahamas: Our Favourite Spot

Bermuda: Imray Chart E5 for Bermuda updated for the America's Cup

Bermuda America’s Cup 35: Can cruising yachts stop over to view the action?

Cuba: Difficulties that can be encountered when sailing directly to the US from Cuba

Cuba, Santiago de Cuba: Cruisers' Updates

Dominica: Overnight security patrol for moored yachts in Roseau

Dominican Republic, Samana: A very worthwhile port to go to if you're in the neighbourhood

Guadeloupe: Warning if intending to dive at Pigeon Island, Cousteau Park

Jamaica, Montego Bay: An enjoyable stopover

St Vincent & the Grenadines: Revisiting the Islands, as beautiful as ever

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Glossy Bay Marina Opens in Canouan

Trinidad & Tobago: Our impressions of both Islands


North America

USA: B2 Visa Application in Nassau, Bahamas

USA, Florida, Key Largo: Boatyard Recommendation

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop


Central America

Guatemala, Puerto Quetzal: Outrageous charges make a one port stopover pointless

Mexico, Isla Mujeres: Clearing in here - Cruisers' Experiences

Mexico, Manzanillo: Marina Las Hadas not especially welcoming

Panama: Start of rainy season update from Karsten Staffeldt


South America

Suriname, Domburg, Waterland Marina: A very nice place to be off the beaten track

Uruguay, Puerto Sauce: The cheapest harbour in Uruguay



Albania, Durres: Great experience

Albania, Saranda: A nice surprise after Vlore

Croatia to Greece: The relief at arriving back in civilisation!

France to Greece: Looking for advice on Italian ports to leave a boat

Greece, new DEKPA: Cruisers report on their experiences

Greece, Gulf of Corinth: Leaving my boat for the winter in Kiato

Greece, Ionian, Palairos: Vounaki Marina no longer accepting transient yachts

Greece, Naxos: Marina update

Greece, NW Aegean, Aigina: Watch out for ancient remains under your keel!

Greece, Samos: Full of life

Israel: A visit to Haifa

Italy, Aeolian Islands, Porto Pignotaro: Excellent place to stay at a very competitive price

Italy, Agropoli: Update on berthing and facilities

Italy, Messina: Check your forecasts before using Nettuno Marina

Spain, La Linea: A good place to winter your boat

Tunisia, Bizerte: Port Updates from Cruisers


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Atlantic Islands pilot book: 6th edition now published

France Inland Waterways: Free e-pilot from Amsterdam to the Med


South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Kupang: Cruisers report on clearing-in here

Indonesia, Raja Ampat & Sorong: Go prepared - some tips

Indonesia, Sabang (Pulau We): Easy clearance

Indonesia, Tanjungpinang (Bintan Island, Riau Islands): Cruisers report on Clearing Out here

Malaysia, Langkawi: Report on successful antifouling experience

Malaysia, Langkawi: Some useful tips from a local cruiser

Thailand: AMS Phuket Marine Directory free download

Thailand: False economy to have boat work done in Phuket

Thailand: Two more marinas exist at the top end of the Gulf of Thailand

Thailand, north of the Gulf of Thailand, Sattahip Bay: Recovering a lost dinghy


North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Egypt: Tips for a Suez Canal Transit

Egypt, Northerly Suez Canal Transit: Our Experience

India, Cochin: Cruisers' Updates

Sri Lanka, Galle: Updates from Cruisers


South Pacific Islands

Australia, Queensland, Brisbane: Caution if entering Moreton Bay from the South

Fiji, Lautoka: Our experience clearing into the country here

Fiji: Guardinage recommendation

Galapagos: What we learnt from our visit in May 2017

New Zealand, Auckland: Mechanical repair recommendation

New Zealand, Whangarei: Boatyard recommendation

Vanuatu, Luganville: New cruisers' Café



Abandoned Atlantic 57 Catamaran discovered 6 months later still floating

Active Captain acquired by Garmin

Ascension Island: Important Update regarding Flights and Fuel

Canada: Catamaran sinks off British Columbia with 5 aboard, 2 dead

Caribbean, Tortola, BVI: ARC Europe and ARC USA are underway

End of Life (EOL) for Inmarsat Fleet 33/55/77

Greece: An update on the Greek Permit to Cruise for EU Flagged vessels– DEKPA

North Atlantic: Atlantic ice stretches further south this Spring

South Pacific, Niue: Restricted Moorings & Emergency Repair to Wharf

South Pacific, Vanuatu: Cyclone Donna creates uncertainty

South Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

UK, South Coast: Cleaner Waters with Oysters in the Solent


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

Cayman Islands, George Town: Dinghy & Outboard Theft

Dominican Republic, Luperon: Yacht Vandalism

Fiji, Yasawa Island Group, Wayasewa Island: Burgled while ashore with the Chief

Guatemala (Rio Dulce) to Honduras (Utila): Yacht boarded by armed pirates and ransacked

St Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Security Incidents

Thailand, Phuket: Break in and theft at Railay Beach




USA SSB: How to respond to the Icom M802 waiver


Cruising Information

The Cruising Association (CA)


Cruisers Websites

Portrait of a Cruiser - Jess Lloyd-Mostyn - do it yourself websites and blogs

Vagabond - Polar Logistics



How to buy a used yacht



Indonesia: Sail Sabang 2017



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Brisbane: Caution if entering Moreton Bay from the South

May 5
Want to learn how to use Iridium Go in practice? One-to-one workshops available in May, June, July, Aug & Sept:

: Two yachts broken into at Railay Beach and burgled

Oct '14 the kids put msg bottles in both Equatorial currents. Today we learned 1 was found in N Sulawesi, Indonesia!

Cruising equatorial zone - go prepared with spares

Comprehensive checklist for extended cruising

Rules - Find out the latest

New Supplement for RCCPF Atlantic France Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula and North Brittany

See previous monthly report summaries here



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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 week 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.

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