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November 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Dec 03, 2015 03:27 PM
December brings new cruising grounds for many. The Caribbean, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and more.... Noonsite's small team are continually working to check and update the country information for the season ahead, but as always, it's your feedback we rely on to get the latest and most important updates. Please drop us a line or register on the site and post a comment about the port you are currently visiting (see how to at the bottom of this report).

Published: 2015-11-03 00:00:00

Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports to noonsite last month, helping to keep noonsite the place to go online for worldwide cruising sailors.

We are committed to keeping noonsite a free-to-use information resource, and to this end greatly appreciate the donations made last month via our new “donate” button. If you use noonsite regularly, please consider helping keep this FREE resource going by making a small donation. Thanks also to our group of advertisers whose decision to advertise on noonsite helps keep it free for users as well.

All the latest information posted on last month can be found below.



Land Cruising in South Africa

Morocco: Marina Agadir - Feedback from Cruisers

Morocco: Mohammedia - Cruisers' Reports

South Africa, East London: A really friendly stop


Bermuda: No zarpe from last port of call required

BVIs, Tortola: Update for Soper's Hole

Cuba, Varadero: Updates on clearance marinas

Curacao: Curacao Yacht Club and Local Information updates

Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Hurricane season at Marina Zarpar

Grenada: Bringing in spare parts

Martinique: Le Guide Martinique (Recommended cruising guide in French)

St. Kitts: Hurricane season dry dock recommendation

St. Lucia, Soufriere: Mooring balls off the Pitons

St. Martin, Marigot Bay: New information on Clearance

Watch out for the the Manchineel Tree - Hippomane mancinella

North America

North West Passage 2015

Cruising Alaska and The Inside Passage of B.C

Alaska Harbours

USA: Arriving in Florida from Havana, Cuba

South America

Argentina, Puerto Deseado: Anchoring and boatyard information

Argentina, Puerto Madryn: Docking and facilities update

Chile, Valparaiso: Yacht Clubs destroyed

Central America

Cost Rica: Checking into Costa Rica Original US Documentation Required

Mexico, Xcalak: Useful stopover before or after Belize

Mexico: Getting an entry permit online

Mexico, Puerto Penasco: Boatyard recommendation

Panama: Cruisers report on transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent

Panama Update - now the rainy season is over

Panama: Proposed new San Blas fees - discussion


Wintering 2015-2016 in the Eastern Mediterranean

Cruising the Adriatic - Summer 2015

Croatia: More welcoming to charter boats than liveaboards

Cyprus: Clearing into Southern Cyprus at Limassol Marina

Cyprus: Escape from Schengen

Greece, Rhodes: Caution in heavy easterly winds

Italy, Sicily: Third winter in Marina di Ragusa

Malta: First impressions

Spain, Motril: New artifical reef not marked on charts

Turkey, Izmir: Recommendation for Levent Marine

Turkey, Marmaris: Where have all the liveaboards gone?

Northern Europe

Netherlands: Safe Boating On Dutch Inland Waterways

Netherlands: New marina in Amsterdam

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Azores, Horta: Careful when anchoring

Canary Islands, Fuerteventura: Does anyone have information on Corralejo?

Canary Islands, Lanzarote: Recommendation for Marina Rubicon

Cape Verdes, Mindelo: Feedback from Cruisers

France: Sailing up to Bordeaux September 2015

Indian Ocean

îles Eparses (Scattered Islands): Permit required

India, Andaman Islands: Getting a visa in Thailand now not quite so easy

Madagascar: Clearance & Cruising Information

Madagascar: 10 reasons to love cruising in Madagascar

Mauritius: Rodrigues Island: Tortoise Park, DHL and Orange

Mozambique Channel, Juan de Nova: Emergencies only

South East Asia & East Asia

Eastern Indonesia: Cruising West Papua

Indonesia: Simple clearing out at Nongsa Point Marina

Indonesia, Kai (Kei) Islands: Recommendation for Tual as a place to clear-in

Philippines to Palau: Watch out for FADs

Thailand, Phuket: Various comments from cruisers (at bottom of page)

South Pacific

Samoa: Report on Apia Marina

Solomon Islands, Florida Islands: A cultural experience not to be missed


Guyana, Georgetown: Can you help get sailing research vessel back to the USA?

Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

Indonesia announces relaxed formalities for foreign pleasure yachts – is it for real?

South Africa: International yachts arriving in South Africa experienced first 'southerly buster' in years

Thailand, Phuket: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft - further updates


Caribbean, Bahamas, Exumas: High rate of thefts in George Town

Caribbean Grenadines, Mayreau, Saline Bay: Yacht burgled while owners ashore - November 2015

Colombia, Santa Marta, Taganga Bay: Armed Boarding and Robbery - November 2015

Cuba, Cienfuegos: Petty theft from boats in and around the marina

French Polynesia, Moorea: Boarded and Burgled whilst ashore - October 2015

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Dinghy and outboard thefts

Indonesia: Crew kidnapped after yacht was hijacked in Strait of Lombok - or were they?

Madagascar, Antisiranana: Dinghy theft

Nicaragua: Attempted boarding by 4 men in a skiff - October 2015

Papua New Guinea, Madang: Boarding and Machete Attack in Hansa Bay - October 2015


South Africa: Two men missing from overturned French catamaran found alive

Yacht voluntarily abandoned between Reunion and Madagascar - October 2015

Rescued from a remote reef in the Indian Ocean

Fiji to Vanuatu: Drama on the High Seas


Cruising Information

Boat transport by ship always involves uncertainties

Caribbean: Cruisers' Facebook Groups

Cruising with Pets
Pet Travel Website
Pets on board – how to go long-distance cruising with your dog or cat
The Boat Galley: Pets Aboard
Where there is no Pet Doctor
Warning if Cruising the Caribbean with Pets 
Bahamas Pet Information
Taking your Australian dog cruising 
Cruising the South Pacific with Pets on board - hassle in Fiji

Cruisers’ Websites & Blogs

Two years for the Caribbean & Mediterranean

Exploring the Caribbean & Central America

Morning Dove Travels South

Asmara Sky - Seattle to New Zealand


Team Labyrinth: Exploring the Coral Triangle

Aluminium Cans and the Ocean

Unusually Practical Ways To Use Banana Peels


Multihulls - ever more popular for cruising

How NOT to buy a cruising boat

Calling all Cruising Sailors – Do you use an iPad on board?


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

Gran Canaria: 30th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 30th ARC Officially Opens

26th ARC Caribbean 1500 & ARC Bahamas Heads Offshore

Rocking and rolling to Saint Lucia: The 30th Edition of the ARC starts in spectacular style

USA to the BVIs: The 26th ARC Caribbean 1500 Wraps Up in Tortola.


USA, Maine to Scotland: How not to cross the Atlantic

How to Sail an Atlantic Circuit

Notes on crossing the gulf stream en route to Bermuda or the Caribbean

Ocean-bound – experienced skippers offer their advice on Atlantic crossing preparation

Safety and Medical

Grab Bag: What should you pack for a long voyage?

Liferaft: Selecting and Servicing

Ship Captain's Medical Guide


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Cruising Cities - it's not just about deserted bays & beaches . . . 

Caribbean French Territories, St. Martin - Heightened security measures and border controls: 

Caribbean Dinghy Security, Martinique, St. Anne - keep a watchful eye on your family "car": 

The End of Schengen as we know it? 

Icebergs, weather and the art of nature abound in a 750-mile cruise around Greenland: 

Handling rough conditions in port: 

See previous monthly report summaries here

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