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May 2018: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jul 24, 2018 03:34 PM
Find out what's new on noonsite with our round-up of all the new cruising reports, news, feedback, recommendations, comments and port updates that came in last month.

Published: 2018-06-25 07:00:00
Topics: Report Summaries

May 2018: New information posted on noonsite

ARC Portugal started in May from Plymouth, UK

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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 May Portrait of a Cruiser are German cruising parents Sabrina and Christian and their two small boys Joshua (5) and Jonathan (3). Having lived on board for 3 years they are moving into the Pacific this year as they continue westwards on their circumnavigation.



Caribbean, Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico: Latest Report on the Conditions in the Wake of the Hurricanes
Antigua, St. John's: Clearing out here is a lengthy process
Bahamas, Freeport: Marina and docking advice
Curacao: Boatyard recommendation
Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Small marina recommendation
Guadeloupe, Deshaies: Latest updates

North America

USA: Thoughts for hurricane season

Central America

Belize, Belize City: Anchoring update
Mexico East Coast: Update for Progreso
Mexico West Coast: Update for Puerto Vallarta
"Permiso Especial de Navigacion" now required
Panama: Recommendation for parcel clearance

South America

Brazil, Cabedelo: Security at Jacare Marina
Brazil: New website to download official nautical charts 
Uruguay: How to overcome obtaining a safety certificate

Mediterranean & the Black Sea

Albania: A visit to Durres and Sarandë
Albania: Really worth a visit
Croatia: High prices for catamarans on mooring buoys
Croatia, Korcula: Repair shop recommendation
Egypt: Important advice for yachts wishing to visit
Egypt, Suez Canal: Agent recommendation
Greece, Cyclades: Berthing in Naxos
Greece, Eastern Sporades: An update for Samos Marina

Greece, Ionian: The latest tips on berthing in Lefkas
Greece, Kithnos: Harbour update
Greece, Korfos: A useful stopover on the way to or from the Corinth Canal
Italy, Sicily, Licata: Marina di Cala del Sole latest update
Italy South, Cariati: Port update
Italy South: Wintering in Roccella Ionica
Malta, Mgarr: Disappointed with marina facilities
Malta, Marina di Valletta: The latest on Malta's newest marina
Montenegro, Tivat: Excellent service from Porto Montenegro
Morocco, Saidia: Request for boatyard information
Spain, Ceuta: Marina updates
Spain, Costa del Sol: Fuengirola updates
Spain, La Linea, Alcaidesa Marina: At the gateway to the Mediterranean
Spain, La Linea: Useful tips on docking and local services

San Pedro del Pinatar: Marina recommendation
Tunisia, Bizerte: Latest update
Turkey, Kusadasi: Latest updates on docking and facilities

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Azores: Update on Lajes, Flores
Canary Islands, Gran Canaria: The latest on Las Palmas
Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany: Imray Pilot Book Revised
Portugal, Peniche: Currently no space for visitors

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, West Sumatra: Our experience in Pedang
Indonesia: Getting a 60-day Social Visa in Penang
Japan: Cruising here just got a whole lot easier!
Japan: Notes on Cruising Japan

Thailand, Phuket: Repair service recommendations

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Egypt, Hurghada: Latest fees
Egypt, Port Said: Huge increase in port clearance fees
Egypt, Taba Heights: Clearing into the country on the Northern Sinai Coast
Sri Lanka: Breathtaking nature and unbelievably friendly people
Sri Lanka: Agent recommendation
Sri Lanka, Galle: Updates from cruisers

South Indian Ocean

BIOT (Chagos): Increase in Fees and Tighter Restrictions
Kenya, Mombasa: Entry not recommended

North Pacific Islands

Marshall Islands, Outer Islands: Water and fuel information
Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll: New regulations 2018

South Pacific Islands

Cook Islands: Palmerston Atoll - Feedback from Cruisers
Cook Islands: Rarotonga updates
Fiji: Checking in to Suva - Cruisers Report
French Polynesia: Free
cruisers guide
French Polynesia, Obtaining a French Polynesian Long Stay Visa: Updated information
French Polynesia, Society Islands: Exploring Huahine
New Zealand: New biosecurity rules for boats arriving in NZ
New Zealand: Refit in Whangarei
NZ heading North: Visit Minerva Reef
Tonga: Good News re. Visa Extensions for Crew & Yacht


Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net to join daily Doo Dah SSB Net

2018 ARC Europe: Bound for Bermuda!

Alberto: First Named Storm of 2018 Hurricane Season

Atlantic, Azores: Italian Sailors Missing

BIOT (Chagos): Increase in Fees and Tighter Restrictions

Denmark: New Insurance Requirements for Speedboats and Personal Watercraft

Egypt, Port Said: Massive Hike in Clearance Fees for Foreign Flagged Yachts

Ireland to NZ: Swedish sailor begins non-stop voyage on 19ft vessel

Tonga: Good News re. Visa Extensions for Crew & Yacht

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

The Recent History of Somali Piracy

Honduras, Roatan, West End: Outboard Theft - April 2018
Honduras/Nicaragua border 16N/81W: Attempted Piracy - April 2018

Caribbean Safety & Security Net announces new Event category: Suspicious activity

Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay: Break-in and attempted Burglary
Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore and again whilst asleep - October 2017

St Vincent and the Grenadines, Canouan: Boarded and burgled overnight


Cruisers Websites
Portrait of a Cruiser: German crew Christian, Sabrina, Joshua and Jonathan of Yacht Moya

Global Yachting Services
Thailand to Turkey: Yacht transport recommendation

See previous monthly report summaries here


2 Missing between and - sunk - SAR search called off

French , , Kauehi: Daylight Robbery

Notice for South Cruisers intending to call at this month

Caribbean, & : Latest Report on the Conditions in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Have you seen this yacht? Dark blue Swan 46 missing from her mooring in stolen? adrift?


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