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November 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 26, 2018 10:33 AM
There was plenty of new information posted on noonsite last month. Find out what you missed with our summary below. Thank you to everyone 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.

Published: 2017-12-08 00:00:00

November 2017: New information posted on noonsite

Pantai Malang in the beautiful Anambas Islands, Indonesia taken by SV Amulet

November's Portrait of a Cruiser were Chris and Valeria Thorne, a British couple who enjoy cruising Spring to Autumn in the Mediterranean in preparation for some longer offshore passages in the future.

Catch up with our overview of what you might have missed last month on noonsite, below (cruising news; reports; feedback; recommendations; useful links; interesting tweets and security reports).




Reliable Sites for Caribbean Hurricane Relief Donations

Caribbean cruising after hurricanes Irma and Maria

Antigua, Parham Harbour: Recommendation for hurricane season storage

Aruba: The difficulties of clearing in here

Aruba: Recommendation for hurricane season storage

Barbuda: Update on anchoring here post-hurricane

Barbuda, Codrington: Only come if you are completely self-sufficient

BVI: Sailing & Anchorages Report

BVI: The islands now from a cruiser's perspective

Cuba: Important news for US boats interested in cruising to Cuba

Dominica: School Supplies still needed in Dominca's Schools

Dominica: Support for hurricane ravaged Dominica continues

Guadeloupe, Deshaies: Post-hurricane update

Martinique, Fort de France: Tips on where to leave your dinghy

Puerto Rico, Fajardo: Post hurricane update from SunBay Marina

St Martin: Current facilities for visiting yachts in SMX

Turks & Caicos, Providenciales: Post-hurricane update


Central America

Mexico, Puerto Chiapas: Marina update post-Tsunami

Panama, Balboa: Laundry on the Pacific side of the Canal

South America

Argentine entry requirements: Checking in and out of Mar Del Plata

Argentina: Safety requirements for all visiting yachts

Brazil, Recife: Warning sharks!

Colombia, Santa Marta: Immigration facts

Uruguay, Sailing Rio de la Plata: Unmarked hazard

Venezuela: We loved our stay in Los Roques

Venezuela: A great time in Los Roques and Los Aves


North America

USA & Canada: The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

Selling a Foreign Flagged Boat in the USA

USA, Charleston: Anchoring tips



Cruising Malta and Sardinia

Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos Wintering: Facilities and Lifestyle - Latest Update

Getting a handle on Greece

Greece: Wintering on the hard at Planaco (Aegina/Greece)

Italy, Gioia Tauro: Much cheaper place to winter than Sicily, Malta and western Greece

Mountainous Montenegro

Spain, Torrevieja: Praise for Marina Salinas

Spain, Vilanova i la Geltrú (50km west of Barcelona): Wintering her for the 2nd year

Spanish North Africa, Melilla: Cheap and safe place to leave your boat in the Med


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Cruising Atlantic Morocco

Morocco, Agadir: To be recommended for a short stop from, or to, the Canaries

Morocco, Mohammedia: Great facilities and good connections

Spain, Cadiz: Puerto América is a good base

Spain (NW), A Coruña: We love Corcubion

Spain, Galicia, Ria de Arousa: Good haulout facility at Xufre


Northern Europe

A Scandinavian Sailing Adventure

Denmark: Laying up for the winter in Southern Denmark

Netherlands, Wadden Sea, Lauwersoog: Useful summary on services for visiting yachts


South East Asia & East Asia

East Timor (Timor Leste): Nothing but friendly people

Indonesia, Cruising the Anambas: Know before you go

Indonesia: An update on getting visa extensions

Indonesia, Bali, Benoa: Useful update on services for visiting yachts

Indonesia, Kupang: Refuelling incident

Indonesia, Kupang: Cruisers report on clearing-in and out here

Indonesia, Sorong: A useful contact for cruisers

Malaysia, Kuching: Arriving with a dog

Malaysia, Penang: Recommendation for liferaft service

Myanmar (Burma): Changes to the Licensing Requirements for Private Yachts

PNG to Indonesia, Kei Islands: Only 30 day visa available in Tual

Singapore: The pros and cons of Keppel Bay Marina

Thailand: Checking in at Chalong

Thailand, Krabi: Good feedback from cruisers

Thailand, Port Takola: One of Thailand's newest Marinas

Thailand: The correct information for leaving your boat in Thailand


South Indian Ocean

Cocos Keeling: Clearing in and out at West Island

Madagascar to South Africa, Richards Bay

South Africa, Richards Bay: Clearing in and out in Richards Bay are time consuming


North Pacific Islands

FSM, Kosrae: 10 days was not long enough


South Pacific Islands

Cook Islands, Aitutaki: Fees and Restrictions

French Polynesia: Obtaining a Long Stay Visa - Revised

French Polynesia, Raiatea: Repair Facilities

New Zealand: Formalities revised and updated

New Zealand: Useful information on tax breaks for visiting yachts

Tonga: Easy cruising for many nationalities with a free 3 month visa issued on arrival

Vanuatu, Tanna: Clearing at Port Resolution and the Yasur Volcano

Vanuatu: Requested items by most villages throughout Vanuatu



Safety: More Than 40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled for Safety Hazard

Atlantic Crossing: Planned 4 year circumnavigation ends when Skipper lost overboard

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

Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Parade of Nations at the ARC Opening Ceremony

Canary Islands, Into the Atlantic: ARC 2017 Sets Sail from Gran Canaria

Caribbean: Help transport Disaster Relief Cargo if you are headed to the Caribbean

Caribbean Rescue: Two rescued after boat sinks between Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent

Dominica: Volunteer Boatlifts Help Storm-Battered Dominica

Hawaii: USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in Pacific Ocean

South Pacific, New Caledonia: Struck by massive earthquake

UK: What changes for British yachts sailing abroad, post Brexit?


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

Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago: A bad experience in Praia

Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Robbery/Piracy - November 2017

Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Robbery - November 2017

Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Attack & Robbery - November 2017

Honduras/Nicaragua border: Piracy - October 2017

Italy, Sicily, Trapani: Dingy and outboard theft - August 2017

Panama, Colon, Shelter Bay Marina: On board bicycle stolen

Panama, San Blas, Ustupu: Deck gear stolen

Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Violent Boarding at night and Robbery - October 2017



Books, Charts & DVDs

Imray Navigator App


New North Atlantic Radio Net

Cruising Information

Essential Items For Living Comfortably On A Sailboat

Lessons from a Life of Cruising

Managing Money whilst cruising

Pets on board – how to go long-distance cruising with your dog or cat

The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

Cruisers Websites

A 6-year Circumnavigation with Out Chasing Stars

Australian Family going where the wind takes them

Sea Change Log
Beautiful photographs and inspiring video blogs

Taking a Sabbatical to Sail, Kitesurf & Explore

The renovation and voyages of a concrete gaffer


Ocean Crusaders
Educating children on issues our oceans are facing


Crossing the Atlantic with ARC 2017: Settling in to life at sea


Madagascar to South Africa, Richards Bay

SE Asia to Australia via Selat Muli in West Papua


Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Nov 8
Sailors Helping launches new interactive map of Caribbean operations

Nov 8
Harvey and Irma Damage or Destroy More Than 63,000 Recreational Boats: “It could have been much worse”

Nov 8
A huge mass of plastic bottles, cutlery and polystyrene plates has been found floating in the Caribbean. Via .

Nov 17
Carry on Cruising: Our top UK locations for winter cruising:

Nov 16
OCC Award nominations are open. Do you know of a blue water who deserves to be recognized? Or someone who supports cruisers with amazing dedication?

Nov 21
4 Skiffs Attack MV Near Al Mukalla, Yemen, Gulf of Aden - 21 Nov...

Nov 24
St Helena: Inaccesible for many, but not for cruisers

Nov 24
Going trans|? Don't rush to the Canaries - take a cruise in first

Nov 24
So far ARC 2017 has delivered a mix of weather, emotions and celebrations. Read the latest news

Nov 27
Who is sailing to the this season from ? International Rescue Group have disaster relief cargo for transport to , or - can you help? Contact [email protected]

Nov 30
Search continues for Mr Dabrowna - latest update from Fort de France MRCC: Gennaker of S/V "VAGANT" sighted Nov 29 at 14°18N - 055°41W. Man overboard likely to be adrift in vicinity of this position.


See previous monthly report summaries here



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