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December 2017: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards — last modified Jan 17, 2018 10:32 AM
Despite the Christmas and New Year holidays, many of you still found time to post new information on noonsite last month and our team continued to make port and country updates and post cruisers reports and interesting news. See our summary of what you might have missed below. Published: 2018-01-10 00:00:00

Published: 2018-01-01 00:00:00

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.

December's Portrait of a Cruiser were newlyweds Tom and Eve Rodemeier, who are taking a sabbatical from their careers to sail an Atlantic Circuit (see photo).

Catch up with our overview of December's new information below:




Antigua/Barbuda: Passenger exit fee for children
Bahamas: Paperwork with pets on board
Bahamas, North Bimini: Services at Browns Marina
Barbados: Cruisers' Impressions
Barbuda: Volunteers needed
BVI: Sailing & Anchorages Report - Updated
BVIs: Devastated yet still beautiful

BVIs, Jost van Dyke: Services available

BVIs, Tortola: Nanny Cay Marina Services available
BVIs, Tortola: Parham Town marina updates
BVIs, Tortola, Road Harbour: Marina updates
BVIs, Tortola, West End: Sopers Hole updates
BVIs, Virgin Gorda: Marina updates
Dominica: What to Expect Now
Dominica: Facts cruisers should know

Dominica: First Impressions

Good for receiving visitors
Dominican Republic: Positive changes in Luperon
Haiti: A visit to Isle a Vache
Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Tips from Chris Doyle
St Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia: Four nights in Friendship Bay
USVIs: St Croix is empty!
USVIs: Update from a cruiser just arrived
USVIs: Update on clearing in at Christiansted

Central America

Panama: New Cruiser Resource Guide for Panama City

South America

Brazil, Ilha de Itaparica: Cruisers report
Venezuela: Our cruising experience in los Roques


Wintering in the Mediterranean
Crete, Agios Nikolaos Wintering: Facilities and Lifestyle - Latest Update
Croatia, Northern Islands: Unwelcome at Mali Losinj
Greece: Wintering in Porto Kheli (Heli/Cheli/Xeli), Peloponnese
Greece: Fridge repair
Morocco: Wintering in Rabat/Sale (Bouregreg Marina)
Sardinia, Olbia: Anchoring restrictions
Turkey, Ciftlik: Beware of southerlies and easterlies

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands Sailing Forum
Canary Islands, Fuerteventura: Docking details for Corralejo

Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Marina Rubicon: Good place to prepare for an Atlantic crossing
Cape Verdes, Mindelo: Feedback from cruisers

Northern Europe

Cruising in Sweden for long summer days, easy sailing and as much solitude as you might wish
Netherlands North, Monnickendam: Update on marinas
Netherlands: A port not to be missed
Norwegian Cruising Guide

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia, Central Kalimantan: A visit to Kumai and Tanjung Puting
Indonesia: From PNG to Tual - checking in at the Kei Islands

North Indian Ocean

India: The Best Way to Obtain an E-visa
India: How to Obtain a Visa for India in Penang, Malaysia
India: Sail the Andamans Yacht Rally

South Indian Ocean

South Africa: Arriving with pets on board

North Pacific Islands

Kiribati: Updates for Christmas Island
Kiribati: Currently no permission granted to visit Butaritari (Makin Island)
Marshall Islands: Update on visas on arrival

South Pacific Islands

Trading Goods in the South Pacific
Australia, Queensland: Notes on the Intra-Coastal Waterway between Gold Coast and Moreton Bay
Fiji, Lautoka: Tips for Vuda Point Marina
French Polynesia, Tahiti: New regulation for British travellers
Tuvalu: No permits being issued for outer atolls



Festive Wishes from the Noonsite Team

Planned 4 year circumnavigation ends in the Atlantic when Skipper lost overboard

Keel Failure off the Canary Islands

Dominica: What to Expect Now

Grenada, Prickly Bay: Cruiser dies after dinghy accident

Sailors cruise ahead in a study of the oceans’ phytoplankton

Special celebrations in Saint Lucia conclude ARC+ 2017

Saint Lucia: An emotional finale to ARC 2017

New Zealand: New Biofouling Requirements for 2018


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

Brazil, Santos: Solo Sailor boarded by Pirates and Robbed - December 2017

Brazil: Jacare and Itaparica - thoughts on crime

1. Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Attack & Robbery - November 2017
2. Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Robbery - November 2017
3. Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Armed Attack & Robbery - November 2017
4. Cape Verdes, Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay: Night Boarding, Attack & Robbery - November 2017

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Security improvements at Marina Papeete

Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Nightly security patrols now in place

Spain, Cadiz: Break ins at Puerto Sherry



Cruisers Websites

Portrait of a Cruiser: Thomas and Evelien Rodemeier
Taking a Sabbatical to Sail, Kitesurf & Explore


On board toolkit - tools we use


World Cruising Club - E News


Red Sea Transit 2018


Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor

Open for business  Tell us other islands that are recovering and ready for cruisers 

transit 2018 - 20+ boats departing from  India 

Traditional Alternatives to Modern Cleaning Products on a Boat 

Honorary OCC Member Jon Sanders Completes Record Tenth Circumnavigation 

SAR has lots of donations for  at Falmouth Harbour. Boats who can carry cargo contact

See previous monthly report summaries here

Platinum Sponsors

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat