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New information posted on Noonsite during April 2014

By Val Ellis last modified Jan 28, 2015 04:10 PM
Thank you to everyone who used noonsite last month and found time to contribute updates and cruising reports for the site. We greatly appreciate your feedback and assistance in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource.

Published: 2014-04-30 23:00:00

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

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See previous monthly report summaries here


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

Northern Europe

Russia: Exploring Russia's Inland Waterways, Norway to the Med,  via the Volga River


Morocco, Marina Smir: Updates from Cruisers

Spain: Impressions of Almerimar

Spain: Impressions of Benalmadena / Malaga

Spain: Impressions of Denia

Spain: Impressions of Marbella

Spain: Impressions of Torrevieja

Spain, La Linea de la Conception, Marina Alcaidesa: Reports from Cruisers

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

Spain & Portugal - Marina Prices

Eastern Tunisia: Long Term Storage at Monastir

Turkish & Mediterranean Marinas as of 28 March 2014: Fees, information, mooring, campaigns, etc.

Turkey: Wintering in Finike, SE Turkey


Aruba: Advice to Visiting Yachts on the Change to Clearance Harbour

Central & North America

Panama Marine Services: Recommendations from Cruisers

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Ascension Island: A long weekend

South Africa: Richards Bay & Simon's Town

South Africa: Clarification of the Current Regulations for Cruisers

North Indian Ocean

India: A visit to the Andaman Islands, very special and worth the trouble

South East Asia & East Asia

Malaysia, Endau River, Johor: Yacht Rammed by Fishing Trawler – update 18 months on

Malaysia, Lumut, Pangkor Marina: Comments from Cruisers

Philippines, Cebu: Local information, workers and fees

South Pacific

Galapagos Visits 2014: Reports from Cruisers


Australia NE: Ports shut as Cat 5 Cyclone due to hit

Caribbean: Mosquitos - Chikungunya disease in the Caribbean

EU: Move to end 'visa' limits to non-EU sailors

EU: Schengen Visas - Some Welcome Changes to the Short-Stay Rules

Indonesia: Great opportunity to visit the Raja Ampat islands in West Papua this September

Mediterranean, Greece: Another New Tax for Cruising Boats - Updates

Thailand: New Customs Rule for Visiting Yachts

Thailand, Phuket: Chalong one-stop yacht center open at last (temporarily)

USA East Coast Florida: Anti-anchoring amendments defeated


Brazil, Fortaleza: Assault and Robbery

Brazil, Salvador de Bahia, Itaparica Island: Assault and Robbery

Brazil, Belem: Third armed boarding and robbery reported this month from Brazil

Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) make reporting incidents simpler

Caribbean: Saint Lucia Police report improved yacht security

Panama, Balboa, Taboga Island South: Cruising yacht at anchor attacked by armed gunmen

UK, Essex & Suffolk: Gangs blamed for wave of boat crime on east coast

UNOSAT Global Report on Maritime Piracy - a geospatial analysis 1995-2013

World-Wide Piracy: Indonesia Heads the Piracy Stakes - April 2014

Red Sea/Gulf of Aden: Pirates flee stolen dhow when German warship approaches.


Caribbean, St. Vincent: British Sailor found dead in water near burning yacht - updated

Pacific Ocean: Circumnavigating family abandon ship as 1 year old falls seriously ill

South Pacific: Canadian sailor rescued from sinking yacht

TransAtlantic, Tenerife to Barbados: Boat of missing Dutch sailor found, but no sign of skipper

Mid-Atlantic: Crew of Yacht 'Blue Pearl' Rescued from a Life Raft

New Zealand: No Sight of Missing Yacht or its Crew


Yacht Search: Indian Ocean - Solo sailor lost contact since Feb. 2013


Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Boca Chica: Recommendation for mechanic

Caribbean, Jamaica: High clearance costs in Kingston

Caribbean, Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Recommendation for mechanical services

Central America, Mexico West Coast, San Blas: Marina Fonatur

Central America, Mexico West Coast, San Blas: Locals concerned about thefts at Matanchen Bay

Central America, Panama, Caribbean: Panamamarina facilities update

Central America, Panama, Colon: Electrical Engineer recommendation

Mediterranean, France, Corsica: Interesting time in Bonifacio

Mediterranean, Greece, Preveza: No Cruising Tax yet

Mediterranean, Spain, Balearics, Mallorca: Alcudia Updates

Mediterranean, Spain, Balearics, Minorca: Mahon Updates

Mediterranean, Turkey, Alanya Marina: East-Med Marinas say swell problem resolved

SE Asia, Malaysia, Endau: Watch out for sandblasting in Prospect Dockyard

SE Asia, Malaysia: Changes at Sebana Cove

SE Asia, Philippines, Port Carmen: Recommendation for Zeke’s Yard

South America, Fortaleza: Clearance and marina update

South America, Brazil, Sao Luis: Arrival info.

USA: Getting a visa

Australian Long Distance Cruisers: Useful Services that are hard to find – comment


Books & Cruising Guides

Norway: Sailing Guide for Svalbard now available in Kindle

World Cruising Routes by Jimmy Cornell: Fully revised 7th edition to be published this month

Ocean Passages & Landfalls

Atlantic Pilot Atlas

Atlantic Crossing Guide

South Atlantic Circuit

South Atlantic Circuit - Havens & Anchorages

RYA Book of Caribbean Cruising

Chris Doyle's Caribbean Sailors Guides

The Adlard Coles Book of Mediterranean Cruising

Pacific Ocean: Landfalls of Paradise

Pacific Crossing Guide

South Pacific Anchorages

Indian Ocean Cruising Guide

Cruising Guide to South East Asia


Pacific List of Radio Nets updated

Cruising Information for Families

Circumnavigating with Children

When Boating with Young Children

Family Healthcare while Cruising

Kids4Sail Facebook Group

Cruisers Websites

Circumnavigation: 13 years and counting . . .

Dreamweaver's Circumnavigation

Global Yachting Services

eZone: Clearance and delivery of online purchases into the Caribbean, Latin and Central America


Indonesia: The Sail Sangihe and Raja Ampat 2014 Rally


Salvage & Towage - tips from the RYA


Securing your boat from intruders


Tropical South Pacific weather resources

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