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November 2014: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 07, 2016 07:23 AM
A quiet month, no doubt with passage season upon us in preparation for Christmas, however, thank you to everyone who used noonsite in November and found time to contribute updates and cruising reports for the site.

Published: 2014-12-01 00:00:00

Noonsite’s small team rely greatly on updates and feedback from the cruisers that use the site to help keep this huge information resource as up to date as we can. If you notice any port information that’s not correct, please do let us know. See the bottom of this report for full details on how you can get in touch.

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All the latest information posted on last month is outlined below.


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


Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: November update on availability of Gas in the Canaries


Italy, Brindisi, Naval Balsamo: Winter Storage

Central & North America

Mexico: 2014 hurricane season in Puerto de Navidad at Barra de Navidad

Indian Ocean

India: A visit to the Andaman Islands in 2012

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Bali, Serangan Island: A place that feels like home

Eastern Indonesian Anchorages

Indonesia: Clearing into Indonesia in Kupang

Malaysia, Borneo, Labuan: Public Marina now re-opened

Malaysia, Penang: Liferaft Servicing

Thailand, Krabi: Six months at Krabi Boat Lagoon

North Pacific

Kiribati: A Visit to the Line Islands

South Pacific

Tonga, Pangaimotu in Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu: The benefits of stopping here


Indonesia: Government plans to ease yacht permits for marine tourism boost

Panama: Domestic Clearances (Zarpe) between Panamanian Ports no longer required.

Panama: New Ferry Service between Panama, Cartagena, and Bocas del Toro

Thailand, Phuket: AIS Requirement Update

Thailand: Black Death alert – All ships to be Fumigated


Caribbean, Grenada, Clarke's Court Bay: Attempted Theft of Chained and Locked Dinghy

Caribbean, Haiti: Solo TransAtlantic Rower attacked by pirates - October 2014

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina & Lagoon: Spike in Petty Theft


Rallies: 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail in November

Rallies: 25th ARC Caribbean 1500 & ARC Bahamas Heads Offshore

Rallies: ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Rallies: ARC 2014 Opening Ceremony - Flags and Bands One week to the start

Rallies: ARC 2014 Start Delayed

Rallies: ARC 2014 Sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Rallies: 25th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps up at Nanny Cay Marina in the BVI

Weather: Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With Tropical Storm-Like Conditions


American Samoa: Tips on receiving mail here

Australia: Praise for Customs & Quarantine

Canada, New Brunswick, Grand Mannan Harbour: Yachts should avoid

Canada, New Brunswick: Update for Saint John

Canary Islands: Be aware of Light Dues for short stays

Cape Verdes, Palmeira (Sal): Clearance update

Chile, Puerto Natales: Marine services update

Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata: Praise for Ocean World Marina

FSM, Kolonia: Clearance update

Grenada: No Liferaft servicing

Indonesia, Kai Islands: Clearing in though Tual

Japan, Naha: Ginowan Marina for clearance

Kiribati, Christmas Island: Tips on formalities and anchoring

Kiribati: Open CPN charts discrepancies

Malta: Disappointing service at Portomaso Marina

PNG, Rabaul: Correct clearance procedure

South Africa: Only good things to say about Simon's Town (FBYC)

South Africa, Walvis Bay: Not a place to leave your yacht unattended

Spain, Almerimar: Perfect place to stop and effect repairs before leaving the Mediterranean

Spain, Valencia: Marina Real Carlos 1 one of the most affordable marinas along the Spanish Mediterranean coast

UK: VHF Training is not rocket science

Venezuela: Another great stay in Los Roques


Cruising Information

International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Now Available to All

Apps for Voyaging - by Ocean Navigator

Tips for Crewing Offshore

Wintering: Dangers of Storing With The Mast Stepped

Wintering: Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

Cruisers Websites

Circumnavigation from South Africa

Interesting Cruising-Related Websites



SeaBC Sea Bird Count

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

Global Yachting Services

Yacht Transport from Asia to Turkey 2014: Our Experience

Sevenstar Yacht Transport: Now Operating Down Under


Marine Weather Centre Caribbean

MeteoEarth: Tropical Storm Details

Weather Underground

New App for Predicting Wind


See previous monthly report summaries here

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