Meet the team that runs Noonsite.com

Noonsite began in 2000 and has since grown extensively, in the main thanks to constant updates and cruising reports from sailors using the site and regular contributions from our regional editors.

Noonsite’s main objective is to provide cruising sailors with comprehensive information regarding the necessary formalities, paperwork and costs for clearing into all countries worldwide, plus essential marine facilities in all ports.

Our team is small, but all are enthusiastic about maintaining Noonsite as the most useful resource for the cruising community, as it has been for nearly two decades.

Noonsite was awarded the OCC Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy in February 2017.

Sue Richards - Staff PhotoSue Richards: Site Editor

Sue has been cruising since small, beginning with the North Sea, UK and Northern France. As an adult she realized warmer seas were more her style so moved south to the Mediterranean, including several years hopping back and forth to the Caribbean, a trip up the east coast of the States to Nova Scotia and then through the Panama Canal across the Pacific to Tonga.

Now a mum with 2 young children, time on the water has been difficult to find in recent years. Sue’s favorite cruising destination is the Greek Islands.

 

 

Lynda Lim - Staff PhotoLynda Lim: Sub-Editor

Lynda’s first sailing experience was as a teenage student on the New Zealand sail training vessel “Spirit of Adventure”. However, it wasn’t until more than 40 years later that she got the wind in her sails again with a sailing adventure through SE Asia on a 43ft catamaran with her husband.

In between times Lynda trained as a journalist and has worked in Australia and New Zealand for newspapers, magazines, in website content development and as a freelance writer. As well as sailing, Lynda is a keen surfer and stand up paddle boarder and brings a wealth of experience both in and on the water to the Noonsite team.

 

 

Tom Sampson - Staff PhotoTom Sampson: Sub-Editor

Tom started his sailing with the R.A.F. and became a RYA dinghy instructor in 1974, a Royal Navy Sailing Association (RNSA) offshore skipper in 1975, a Joint Services Sailing Centre (JSSC) coastal racing and offshore skipper in 1976 and a RYA Offshore Master in 1979.

During his career with the R.A.F. he sailed circa 30,000 nms. around the UK, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Tom took early retirement in 2003 and bought a new Nauticat 331. A year later he began a circumnavigation which was to take 8 years.

 

 

Diane Selkirk - Staff PhotoDiane Selkirk: Sub-Editor

Diane was five when she discovered small boats could cross oceans and by the time she was a teen she’d met her husband-to-be at sailing instructor school. The two set sail on their first eight-year, 20,000 mile journey aboard a 28’ monohull. Slow travel allowed time for her to develop a writing career and for their daughter and cat to join the crew.

Then she set off with her family on a B.C. built, 40’ Catamaran for a second eight-year circumnavigation. Now back in Vancouver she’s joined a local sailing co-op and is spending time getting to know the local waters while writing for a range of international publications.

 

 

Kia Koropp: Sub-Editor

Kia’s interest in sailing started at a young age, encouraged by a family who loved to play on small boats. Born in Puerto Rico, boats were a presence in her life from infancy to teenage years and helped to develop a deep-seated passion for sailing. Kia purchased her first boat, a 25’ Lancer, while living in Seattle in her late twenties and the Puget Sound became her training ground. In 2006 she completed her first transpacific cruise, sailing with a friend on a 32’ Brendlemeyer from Seattle to Auckland, settling in New Zealand at the end of that voyage.

In 2011 she and her partner purchased Atea, a 49’ Ganley Solution steel cutter rigged sloop, and departed New Zealand for the south-western Pacific islands. Starting as a team of two and growing to a family of four, Kia has spent the past eight years sailing with her family from the Pacific to Asia and across the Indian Ocean. The boat is currently in South Africa while she spends some time ashore rebuilding the cruising kitty.