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October 2014: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 04, 2014 02:48 PM
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Published: 2014-11-04 00:00:00

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


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

North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: Updates on availability of Gas in the Canaries

Iceland: Updated Cruising Information for this Destination

Northern Europe

Netherlands to Spain: Marina Prices 2014


Canadian Cruisers in the Med: Our understanding of Schengen and VAT

Greece: Cruising Greece for 4 years, our thoughts on taxes and fees

Italy, Sardinia Circuit: Notes and Updates relating to the Imray RCC Pilot Book for Sardinia

Spain, Balearics: Notes and Updates relating to the Imray RCC Pilot Book

Spain, Malaga: A visit to Puerto Deportivo Caleta de Velez

Spain & Portugal: Marina Prices

Netherlands to Spain: Marina Prices 2014

Central & North America

Mexico, Barra de Navidad: 2014 hurricane season in Marina Isla de Navidad

Mexico, Isla Mujeres: Clearing in without an agent

Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Feedback from Cruisers & Marina Info.

Panama: Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent

Panama: Recommendations from Cruisers for Marine Services

USA: Hurricane Season on the East Coast

South Indian Ocean

Mauritius, Rodrigues: A Welcome Stopover

Mauritius: Tips on leaving your yacht in Mauritius

Mayotte August 2014: Many beautiful and well-protected anchorages

Reunion Island: Updates for Le Port

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Lombok: Medana Bay Marina Review

South Pacific

Australia: Clearing out of Australia from Thursday Island

Australia and New Zealand: Reflections on Antipodean Cruising

New Caledonia: Helpful Advice for Non-French Speaking Cruisers

South Pacific Cruising Notes

Tonga: The Beautiful Archipelago of Ha’apai


Atlantic, Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Marina Lanzarote is officially open

Caribbean: Hurricane Gonzalo Hammers St. Martin and St. Barts

Central America, Panama: Domestic Clearance no longer required

North Pacific Islands, FSM, Christmas in Pohnpei: GAM at Mangrove Bay Marina in Sokehs Harbour

SE Asia, Malaysia: This November is the Silver Anniversary Edition of the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta

SE Asia, Singapore: Maritime security to be tightened with more physical barriers along coastline

SE Asia, Thailand: Marine National Parks increase entrance fees

South Pacific, Tonga, Vava'u: New Boatyard


Gulf of Aden, Yemen: Attempted Piracy

Papua New Guinea, Madang, near Krangket Island: Luxury motoryacht boarded by thieves

Philippines: German couple abducted from yacht in April finally freed

Saint Lucia, Soufriere & Marigot Bay: Night boarding and burglary


UK: Man rescued from trimaran off Portland after 11-hour search

Indian Ocean, Seychelles, crew rescued from sinking yacht: Read the full story from the crew themselves


Pacific: Super Typhoon rivalling Haiyan on course for Japan


American Samoa: Crime, supplies and mail in Pago Pago

Australia: Tips on communication

Canary Islands: Feedback on Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote

Curacao: Recommendation for Hurricane season

Cuba: Insurance regulations

Dominican Republic: Recommendation for Luperon

Greece: Corinth Canal info.

Greece: Two months cruising

Greece: Berthing in Athens

Greece: Thumbs up for Gouvia, Corfu

Italy, Sardinia: Anchoring info.

Japan: Changes in Nagasaki

Malaysia, Johor Bahru: Recommendation for Senibong Cove Marina

Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu: Latest on Sutera Harbour

Morocco: Review of Essaouira

Morocco: Review of Safi

New Zealand: Prohibited food stuffs

Spain, Balearics: Anchoring restrictions in Mahon lifted

Tonga: Visa information

Tunisia: The latest on Bizerte Marina

Vanuatu: Fuel, anchorages, Customs

Venezuela: The lo-down on Los Roques


Books & Cruising Guides

Full Circle - A 12 Year Journey Sailing Around the World

Be Your Own Boat Surveyor

UK: New Yachtsman’s Guide to Southampton Water

Cruising Information

The Cost of Cruising


GPS: Tips on Replacing memory battery in Raymarine Raystar 120

Cruisers Websites

Circumnavigators: INFINI's Adventures

Family of 4 Cruising the World since 2009

SV Angel - A lady sailing her boat & working as a mobile, marine mechanic

Useful Websites

Onboard Online


OceansWatch in the Solomon Islands

Global Yachting Services

Yacht Delivery with a Difference


Tasmania: The Van Diemens Land Circumnavigation


Preparing for the Indian Ocean

Crossing the Indian Ocean - May 2014

Safety & Medical

RLNI Online Magazine


North Pacific Islands: Typhoon Risk in  the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Useful weather website:

Another useful weather website: Worldwide Wind Conditions

See previous monthly report summaries here

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