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November 2012: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards — last modified Jan 07, 2015 12:20 PM

Published: 2012-12-02 00:00:00

Thank you to all who contributed to the site last month with cruising reports, updates, corrections and useful info. for fellow cruisers.

We hope you enjoy reading and taking advantage of the latest information on  Please do not hesitate to send us your news, reports and updates, ([email protected]) from wherever in the world you are cruising.

This website relies on feedback from the cruisers that use it, to keep it as up to date and informative as possible. Please remember that not only do we welcome updates, we also welcome emails stating that the info. you found on noonsite was 100% accurate. All contributions will be personally acknowledged by a member of the noonsite team.

See previous monthly report summaries since 2009 here



Aruba: New Customs Rules - the Reality

Cuba: New Cruising Guides Available

Central and North America

Costa Rica, Cocos Island: Have a Permit or be turned away

Nicaragua: San Juan del Sur Updates

Panama, Immigration Clearance: Cruisers Report on their Experiences

Panama, Caribbean: Clearance Procedures at Puerto Obaldia

Panama: Latest on Shelter Bay Marina

Panama, Balboa: Comments and Tips from Cruisers

Panama, Colon: Protests over land sell-off

Panama: Procedures for Transiting the Panama Canal - Updated

Panama: Sailing Restrictions in Canal Waters

USA: 65,000 boats damaged by Hurricane Sandy

South America

Colombia: Formalities and Procedures - Our Understanding after 10 weeks Cruising

Guyana, Essequibo River: A new rock discovered the hard way

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Portugal: New Tuna Nets South of Faro

Mediterranean & Black Sea

Morocco, Mohammedia: Report of Recent Visit

Spain, Almeria, San Jose: Not to be recommended for any length of stay

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

Indian Ocean

Madagascar: Visiting Northern Madagascar en-route from Reunion to South Africa

Reunion Island, St. Pierre: Cruising Update

South Africa, Cape Town: New Regulations for Clearing In and Out

South Pacific

Papua New Guinea, Ninigo Atoll: Report of Two Visits in Summer 2012

Tonga: Couple who Survived a Severe Storm Hoping to Find Their Abandoned Yacht

Vanuatu: Clearance & Cruising Information


Piracy Still a Clear and Present Danger in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean


Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Vieux Fort: Security at anchor a problem once again

Caribbean, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Night Burglary in Admiralty Bay

Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery

Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Mango Marina: Dinghy and Outboard Theft

Panama, Punta Chame: Yacht boarded and robbed by Armed Men


Crewsaver 290N Lifejackets recalled


Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2012: Read all the News on the Noonsite Rallies page

A New Sailing Rally between the Canary Islands and Antigua

Cape to Rio Yacht Race 2014: NOR Now Available

Dominican Republic: Hispaniola 360 Challenge Regatta

Platinum Sponsors

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat