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September 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 02, 2018 04:25 PM
Find out what you missed in September here at noonsite, all the new information that was posted on the site plus contributions from the cruisers that use noonsite and comments on ports and facilities. There's also a selection of tweets from last month, security reports and cruising news.

Published: 2016-10-12 23:00:00

As hurricane activity starts to really pick up in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and southern States, it’s the start of the countdown to casting off for many long distance cruisers already planning their passages to warmer waters in the next 4-6 weeks. Those heading south in the US will need to carefully research in advance the state of ports of refuge and marinas in North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Caroline and Florida, following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew.

SE Asia and the Caribbean are preparing themselves for the start of their cruising seasons as are NZ and Australia.

Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite last month with reports, comments and updates.

As always, a very big thank you to all our readers who supported noonsite with a small donation last month (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during September can be found below.




Curacao Immigration: 6 months for US Citizens (more than enough time for hurricane season)

French Islands: New Martinique Cruisers Net (in English)

Central America

Costa Rica, Golfito: The latest on this useful (brief) stopover port

Costa Rica, Marina Papagayo: If bonding, this would be my first choice of marinas

Costa Rica, Playa de Coco: Watch out for the reef and beware of the surf!

Panama, San Blas Islands: A Report on the Current Situation

South America

Brazil, Cabeldo, Ribeira: A calm spot, beautiful nature and good company


France, Toulon-la-Seyne: Mooring tips for Port de Plaisance de Toulon (Darse Vielle)

Greece, Dodecanese: The latest information for Kalimnos

Greece, Dodecanese, Leros: Useful tips

Spain, Balearics, Mallorca: Still no anchoring in Porto Colom

Spain, Barcelona: Update for Real Club Maritimo at the bottom of Las Ramblas

Spain, La Linea: Updates following a recent visit

Spain, Valencia: A Good Option for Repair Work

Tunisia, Kelibra: Left us with a very positive view of Tunisia

Tunisia, Port Yasmine Hammamet: Not a satisfactory visit

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands: Updates on availability of Gas in the Canaries

Canary Islands, Lanzarote: Third time in Marina Rubicon

Canary Islands, Tenerife, Radazul: Four weeks on the hard for repairs

Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany: New Combined Sailing Directions

Morocco, Rabat: Dredging of Bouregreg River improves conditions

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: The Amazing Anambas

Thailand, Phuket: Phuket Yacht Club (PYC)

North Indian Ocean

Maldives: Agent recommendation

South Indian Ocean

Mauritius & Rodrigues: An Outbreak of Foot And Mouth Disease

Madagascar: Clearance & Cruising Information - an update for 2016

Madagascar, Île Sainte-Marie (Nosy Boraha): A great introduction to Madagascar

South Pacific

Australia, Scarborough: Marina Highly Recommended

Fiji, Lautoka: Vuda Point Marina Updates

French Polynesia: How to obtain a French Polynesian Long Stay Visa

Samoa: Apia Updates from Cruisers

Samoa, Apia: Perfectly legal to anchor out

Tonga, Nuku'alofa, Pangaimotu: Here again this season after a passage from NZ

Tonga: Vava’u Blue Water Festival



Arctic Ocean: An Alarming Report about the Amount of Trash

Hurricanes nearing Hawaii & Florida

USA West Coast, Gulf of California: San Carlos/Guaymas Boats Suffer Most from TS Newton

Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue System Comes on Stream

British Isles, Channel Islands: ARC Channel Islands 2017 Rally launched


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

Philippines, Samal Island: Cruisers Abducted from Ocean View Resort Marina - Some Good News

Caribbean, Grenada: Burglary at Port Louis Marina - August 2016

Caribbean, Tobago, Buccoo Bay: Robbery at dinghy beach - August 2016



Books, Charts & DVDs

Books we Love


Getting Internet on a Boat

Cruising Information

I'm 15 Years Old And I Grew Up on a Boat

EU VAT Update

Cruisers Websites

Writing & Sailing Around the World


Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean


First edition of ARC Channel Islands creates a Channel Crossing Community

Mediterranean: Culture Cruise & Sailing - Round Sicily Rally


15 things you should know when planning an Atlantic crossing


Dangers of a Secondary Low

Tropical Storm Tactics - Tying Sailboat in Mangrove for a Hurricane

NOAA Weather Service for Mariners: e-mail address change



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor ‏@NoonsiteEditor Sep 23
South #Pacific Routing #Marquesas to #Kiritimati (Christmas Island) - can anyone offer this cruiser advice? … ‏@NoonsiteEditor Sep 14
#Caribbean or #USA this season? @Petersandmay last minute space to West Palm Beach via #Antigua +44(0) 2380 480 480 #globalboattransport

@NoonsiteEditor Retweeted Sep 13
All At Sea Magazine ‏@allatseacarib
Now Available: #Insurance for U.S. Yachts Traveling to #Cuba #cruise #gaviotamarina ‏@NoonsiteEditor Sep 8
#Malaysia #Langkawi to Dampier Western #Australia in October - can you help this cruiser with routing advice? …

@NoonsiteEditor Retweeted Sep 6
Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld
Squalls come as part of the tropical sailing experience, but no need to worry – here's how to deal with them ‏@NoonsiteEditor Sep 4
#EU Update regarding #VAT for #NON_EU boats and the period of #Temporary_Importation. See …

@NoonsiteEditor Retweeted Sep 2
South #Pacific #Cruising - #NewCaledonia
Down Under Rally @downunderrally
Like to know more about cruising to & in New Caledonia ? You should come along to the Down Under Rally Info day...


See previous monthly report summaries here

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