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September 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Oct 13, 2017 11:33 AM
September 2017 will be remembered as the month a succession of hurricanes ploughed their way through the Caribbean causing destruction on a grand scale. Many with plans to voyage to the Caribbean this coming season will be wondering what to expect. Aid groups are still working hard to get support and resources to those who need it, but it’s a struggle in many places. Noonsite will continue to post news on how the islands are recovering, how the cruising community can help and how best to prepare if Caribbean bound this Winter. Catch up on all news reported in September below.

Published: 2017-10-13 00:00:00

September 2017: New information posted on noonsite

Swimming with a whale shark - last month's Portrait of a Cruiser

Good news this month is that noonsite is now entering a period of extensive development meaning a lot of new features are going to be added to improve user experience over the next 24 months. One of the immediate changes you should have already noticed is that the site is running significantly faster. We welcome feedback from our users as to how they would like to see noonsite develop in the future. Please get in touch via [email protected].

September’s Portrait of a Cruiser are Selim Yalcin and Nadire Berker from Turkey, who threw off their professional city life in Istanbul for a 5 year circumnavigation.

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.

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).



Bahamas, Ragged Islands: Devastated by Hurricane Irma

Cuba: Clarification of the Rules for US Yachts Visiting Cuba

Curacao: Very Comprehensive Report by a Visiting Cruiser

Grenada: Updates for cruisers

St. Martin: IGY Marina and services update in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria

USVIs: IGY Marina and services update in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Maria


Central America

Mexico, Puerto Chiapas: Earthquake damage


South America

Suriname: Friendly and helpful



Albania, Saranda: Easy to visit

Croatia, Cavtat: Some tips if clearing in from the south

Greece: A Yachting Pilot for Crete

Greece, Corfu: Arriving and getting a DEKPA

Greece, Crete: A visit to Rethimno

Malta: New marina in Marsamxett Harbour

Spain, Balearics, Isla Dragonera: Anchoring tips

Spain, Mallorca: Feedback on anchorages

Spain, Granada: The latest on Motril


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Portugal: A quiet night anchored in Aveiro

Portugal, Leixoes: A good base from which to explore Porto

Spain, Galicia: Don’t miss Ria de Muros

Spain, Galicia: We loved the Club Nautico Marina in Vigo

Spain, Galicia: Marinas to consider for over-wintering in Ria de Vigo

Spain, Galicia: The Atlantic Islands National Park should not be missed


West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Ascension Island: A visit in July 2017

St. Helena: Great hospitality


South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: New experiences - Visas & Orangutans

Indonesia, Anambas Islands: Update on beautiful Pulau Bawh

Indonesia, Batam Island: Clearing in at Nongsa Point Marina

Indonesia, Flores: Anchoring at Maurole

Indonesia, Sorong, Doom Island: Advice on fuel

Malaysia, Borneo: Checking into Sarawak in Bintulu

Philippines, Cebu: NOT the place to check-in

Thailand: Check-in Procedures & Leaving your boat if you travel out of the country by plane

Thailand, Pattaya: A tip for quick clearance

Thailand, Phuket: Phuket Boat Lagoon Opening of Travel Lift Bay

Timor Leste: An Interesting Report on a Visit to the Oe-Cusse Enclave


North Pacific Islands

FSM: Kosrae re-visited 14 years later


South Pacific Islands

Australia, Darwin: Local requirement when clearing out

Cook Islands, Aitutaki: Updates from Cruisers

Fiji, Savusavu: Mooring Failure

Fiji: Vuda Marina – continuing to support noonsite

Tonga: Customs extensions now granted as normal

Vanuatu, Ambae Island: Information for cruisers

Wallis Island - A visit in August 2017



Hurricane News

Hurricane Irma Tracking across the Atlantic from the Cape Verdes

Texas, USA: Hurricane Harvey Severly Damages Coastal Areas - Widespread Flooding Continues

Major Hurricane Irma to brush northern Caribbean as it tracks toward the US this week

Catastrophic Hurricane Irma: The most powerful storm to hit the Atlantic in a decade

Hurricane Maria, poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico without power and has devastated Dominica

Urgent: Information required from vessels travelling to Dominica

Support for hurricane ravaged Dominica continues

Hurricane Relief, Support & Resources


Other News

USA, LA: Learn from the Experts at World Cruising Club's Ocean Cruising Seminar

Noonsite nominated for Maritime Media Awards 2017


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

Brazil, Cabedelo: Armed Robbery at Jacaré Marina - July 2017

Dominican Republic, Luperon: Yacht on mooring vandalized – August 2017

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Updates on thefts from Marina Papeete

Grenada, Mt Hartman Bay: Unoccupied yacht burgled - August 2017

Grenada, Prickly Bay: Multiple break-ins/thefts overnight - September 2017

Indonesia, Borneo, West Kalimantan, Pontianak: Dinghy and outboard theft - August 2017

Indonesia, West Kalimantan, Pontianak: Outboard Theft – August 2017

Mexico, San Blas: US State Department travel warning

Panama, Bocas del Toro: Dinghy & Outboard Theft – August 2017

Panama, Portobelo: Dinghy & Outboard Theft – August 2017

SVG, Union Island: Yacht stolen and burgled - April 2017



Cruising Information

How to Write Articles for Sailing Magazines

Cruisers Websites

September’s Portrait of a Cruiser – Selim Yalcin and Nadire Berker


ARC Pacific


Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness and Response by Mahina Expeditions


2017: Why This Hurricane Season Has Been So Catastrophic

Weather resources for hurricane season

NOAA - Ocean Prediction Centre



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

World Cruising Club‏ @ARCrally Sep 1
BREAKING #ARCrally NEWS! Entries are now open to join ARC 2018! #Youradventurestartshere …

Practical Boat Owner‏ @p_b_o Sep 1
MARINE WRITER VACANCY! Do you love marine gear and the latest technology or are practical projects your passion? …

AccuWeather‏ @breakingweather Sep 1
Tropical Storm #Lidia will barrel across Baja California Sur with flooding rain & damaging winds into Saturday:

NHC Atlantic Ops‏ @NHC_Atlantic Sep 5
#Irma is the strongest #hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea & Gulf of Mexico in NHC records

Yachting World‏ @yachtingworld Sep 5
Hurricane Warnings have been issued for more than a dozen Caribbean islands including the northern Leeward...

AccuWeather‏ @breakingweather Sep 6
#BREAKING: Jose and Katia have both become hurricanes. There are now 3 active hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin.

AccuWeather‏ @breakingweather Sep 8
Via @USGS, an 8.0 mag. earthquake was measured off the coast of southwestern Mexico. No tsunami threat reported:

Yachting and Boating‏ @ybw Sep 8
#HurricaneIrma - UK marine industry comes to the aid of those affected #SailAidUK #Caribbean @PRPeta

Yachting World‏ @yachtingworld Sep 8 Why cruising sailors should consider using a professional weather router

Ocean Cruising Club‏ @OCC_org Sep 10
Yachting community delivers aid to hurricane stricken Caribbean islands. …‏ @NoonsiteEditor Sep 13
#CCA Paper on #AIS is free to all boaters via @sailworldnews‏ @harbourguides Sep 13
Coming to Jersey? Why not use our Guide? …

AccuWeather‏ @breakingweather Sep 18
Hurricane Maria, poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week:

Ocean Cruising Club‏ @OCC_org Sep 19
Dominica ravaged by Hurricane Maria

Practical Sailor‏ @practicalsailor Sep 26
The idea of serious hull damage offshore isn't one most people like to dwell on, but a certain amount of mental...

Imray‏ @Imray_charts Sep 27
New supplement/update available for our #Corsica and North #Sardinia guide. #keepyourbooksuptodate #sailing


See previous monthly report summaries here



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