Cruising Information

This page includes information on Planning & Preparation, Liveaboard Tips, Cruising Organisations, Cruising Magazines, Cruising Networks, Navigation, Apps, Maps, Tides, World Regions Information, Volunteer Projects for Cruisers, Travel Information plus many Reports & Links.

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Planning and Preparation

Businesses

  • Boatblogs.com

    Do it yourself websites and blogs to document and share your cruising adventure. FREE Trial, plus packages for as little as $2.95 a month.... Read More

  • Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts at World Cruising Club UK and USA

    WORLD CRUISING CLUB UK

    Bluewater Cruiser’s Question Time at the London Boat Show

    Skippers and crews interested in sailing off across the oceans are welcome to attend... Read More

Useful Resources

  • A Seven-year Circumnavigation

    Published by Cruising World Magazine in January 2018, Jack and Zdenka Griswold, who have now completed their circumnavigation, address a few questions that they are... Read More

  • Banking in Remote Areas

    Useful thread on Cruisers Forum.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f74/banking-in-remote-areas-203293.html?... Read More

  • Boat maintenance: the 55-point skipper’s checklist

    The ultimate boat maintenance checklist to make sure your yacht is ready for launch and the start of the sailing season, by Yachting Monthly magazine.

     ... Read More

  • Building a website for your Boat

    Keep friends and fellow yachtsmen up to date with your yachting activities – create your own boating website for free. By Practical Boat Owner (PBO).

    https://www.pbo.co.uk/news/536311/how-to-build-and-run-a-website-for-your-boat... Read More

  • Can you work while Cruising?

    The start of what will be a useful compilation of blog links & articles for those who are wondering what work they could do to... Read More

  • Commuter Cruiser

    A great resource for part-time sailors including outfitting; storing your boat; maintenance; and cruise planning.

    By Jan & David of SY Winterlude

    http://commutercruiser.com/... Read More

  • Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

    [caption id="attachment_58997" align="alignright" width="300"] Having an agent made clearing into the Marquesas a snap: © SV Totem[/caption]

    One of the most common questions by cruisers new... Read More

  • Drogues – How to Survive a Force 11 Storm with a Series Drogue

    There is no textbook procedure to follow when, in a small boat, you are faced with seas and winds which are a threat to the... Read More

  • Find Embassy

    Easy and free guide to all embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions throughout the world. In the first drop-down list, choose the name of the embassy... Read More

  • First Aid: Creating a Customised Medical Kit

    This article from Practical Sailor gives some down-to-earth advice on creating a medical kit that hopefully you may never need to use.

    Practical Sailor:  Creating a... Read More

  • Fishing from yachts for beginners

    A really useful free guide as to the tackle, rod and adjustments you might need to make to your yacht in order to successfully catch... Read More

  • Fishing: Go Saltwater Fishing

    A valuable source of saltwater fishing tips, tackle, and techniques for offshore sailors both on passage and at anchor.

    https://www.go-saltwater-fishing.com/... Read More

  • Flag Etiquette

    Apart from the ensign, flags commonly worn by a cruising yacht comprise a burgee and a house flag (Private Signal), and when entering a new... Read More

  • How to lay up a yacht abroad

    John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal take you through a detailed list of how to decommission a yacht when leaving it ashore in a foreign... Read More

  • How to prepare a boat for extended cruising

    Chris Ayres sailed his Vancouver 28 from the UK to New Zealand. He explains what gear you need for serious offshore sailing. An article for... Read More

  • How to Sail to France from the UK

    For yachts based on Britain’s South Coast, Northern France is an obvious holiday destination and a crossing of the English Channel leads to some very... Read More

  • How we fund the cruising life

    Everybody wants to know, but few ask. After eight years of circumnavigating, SV Totem's cruising family spill the beans on how they can afford to... Read More

  • Living Aboard a Yacht – The Ups and Downs

    What is it like living aboard a yacht?  British cruisers Tony and Tessa Cross have spent many years living onboard their yacht while cruising around... Read More

  • Managing Essential Paperwork whilst Cruising

    Even when you cast off your lines, bills, tax returns and admin still follow in your wake. This Yachting World article explains how to make... Read More

  • Managing Money whilst cruising

    Accessing Money Around The World
    Nic Davis of becomeacruiser.com answers all those questions about how to access money when cruising around the world.

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    Useful banking and financial tips... Read More

  • One Simple Question: what’s it like to go cruising?

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2016/02/one-simple-question-whats-it-like-to-go-cruising.html... Read More

  • Outfitting a boat to sail around the world

    What we bought, what we learned and what we'd do differently. A great blog post by Tasha and Ryan from their Fountain Pajot "Cheeky Monkey"... Read More

  • Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising

    Meteorologist, navigator and ARC safety inspector Chris Tibbs and his wife, Helen, are going round the world, starting with the ARC. He describes how he... Read More

  • Sailing around the world on a budget

    Whether you’re planning on sailing around the world or cruising local waters, there are several ways to dramatically cut costs. These young cruisers survive on... Read More

  • Sailing in Heavy Weather

    This article, published in Ocean Navigator magazine, has some sage advice for handling a boat in storm conditions.

    Ocean Navigator:  Seamanship & Navigation - Heavy Weather... Read More

  • Setting Sail: When is the best time to Sail Away?

    In this article in Yachting World Magazine, Jeremy Wyatt, Communications Director for World Cruising Club (WCC), passes on his thoughts and experience on some of... Read More

  • Seven Prep Tips for World Circumnavigation

    Catamaran Elcie and her family crew are about to embark on an ambitious 2-year circumnavigation. Here they share their thoughts on the planning involved. From... Read More

  • Spring Fitting-Out Checklist for your Boat

    A useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/spring-fitting-out-checklist-for-your-boat... Read More

  • Sunscreens – Choosing one that is “Reef Safe”

    With several places banning sunscreens that contain certain ingredients, it's probably a good idea to have a closer look at what is in your sunscreen... Read More

  • The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

    What do you do about receiving mail when long-term cruising? Circumnavigators SY Totem has researched what they believe to be the best options out there.

    SV... Read More

  • The Cost of Cruising

    Links to a variety of blogs, articles, podcasts and videos by liveaboards cruising in different parts of the world (and some circumnavigating) who have addressed... Read More

  • The global movement of cruising boats – Where do all the boats go?

    Since 1987 Jimmy Cornell has conducted every five years a survey of the global movement of cruising yachts. The latest was done in 2016 and... Read More

  • Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning…

    Just a short note to all those who are intending to take an unknown crew with them when crossing the Atlantic. Before you leave a... Read More

  • Using Google Maps for planning sailing trips

    http://googlemapsgonewild.blogspot.com/... Read More

  • Using the Internet and New Technologies at Sea

    For many years, radio communication was the only option for mariners to communicate with the shore.  Now, an increasing number of satellite technologies are available... Read More

  • Where should you stow your liferaft?

    Where should you stow your liferaft?

    Wherever you cruise, you'll most likely want to keep a liferaft on board in case of emergency – but where’s the... Read More

  • Wintering: Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

    A great article by BWS contributing editor John Neal on how to decommission and commission your boat in a foreign port.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/leave-and-return-with-peace-of-mind/... Read More

Reports

  • US: Buying a Boat Privately – A Kiwi Couple’s Experience

    Date Published - November 01, 2021

    New Zealand sailors Craig and Karen Bishop-Everett have just been through the process of purchasing a boat direct from the sellers in the United States,... Read More

  • Canada, Nunavut: Wintering a Boat Above the Arctic Circle

    Date Published - October 17, 2021

    During the High Arctic Summer, Eric Brossier and partner France Pinczon du Sel host scientific expeditions aboard their polar yacht Vagabond. When winter approaches Vagabond... Read More

  • Canary Islands: A Low Season Refuge

    Date Published - September 16, 2021

    When Remi Blanchet set sail from mainland Spain on his 55-foot ketch, Télémaque, on a round-the-world odyssey, his first stop was in the Canary Islands,... Read More

  • Tahiti: Coping with an Emergency in Paradise

    Date Published - August 17, 2021

    After 20 years of cruising full-time, Australians David Frost and Kris Adams of SY Taipan experienced every cruiser’s nightmare. An unexpected medical emergency in Tahiti... Read More

  • Australia: The Bureaucratic Red-Tape of Re-Importing a Boat

    Date Published - August 16, 2021

    Gemma Ross and her husband Andi recently returned to Australia on their catamaran SV Paws after being separated from their floating home in 2020 due... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Checking the Checklist

    Date Published - August 09, 2021

    There is nothing worse than being miles from anywhere on a boat and realizing you have forgotten something. Especially if it is something simple but... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Helping Your Friends and Family Help You

    Date Published - June 04, 2021

    When you are out sailing in the middle of the ocean, it is so good knowing that you have got people back home who are... Read More

  • Pacific Passage Northbound: Mexico to Hawaii

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    Steve Olson and his girlfriend Chelsea recently completed a 26 day voyage from Mexico to Hawaii aboard their 35 ft Lord Nelson monohull named Jean... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Choosing Crew

    Date Published - May 03, 2021

    Boats sailing around the world or on smaller coastal passages often take on extra crew as another pair of hands to help out along the... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Provisioning for a Long Offshore Passage

    Date Published - April 05, 2021

    Provisioning for a long voyage is all about careful planning, storage space, dietary requirements and that extra "what if" scenario. Nicola Rodriguez, author and long-distance... Read More

  • Medical Insurance for Caribbean Cruisers

    Date Published - March 12, 2021

    This article by David Lyman was published in Caribbean Compass Magazine in January 2021. Experienced cruiser David shares what he learnt about medical insurance options... Read More

  • South Pacific Cruising in 2021

    Date Published - February 04, 2021

    Behan Gifford and family chose not to cross the Pacific last year and remained in Mexico. Frustrated by the number of cruising boats planning on... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: How I Realized my Dream to Sail around the World – Part 1

    Date Published - January 24, 2021

    Now more than half way through his circumnavigation, having set sail on his Beneateu 44cc SV Cajucito from Cork in the south of Ireland in... Read More

  • Bluewater Cruising: Family Boat Shares Top Tips

    Date Published - November 17, 2020

    Taking part in their first ARC in 2020, Kean and Nyree Chung purchased Kaizen, an Oyster 49 in 2017 and will be sailing with their... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 3 – How to Stay Healthy While Cruising

    Date Published - October 25, 2020

    Part 3 of Richard Chesher’s series of articles for INSIGHTS on Cruising Kindly. Part 1 in February focused on ways cruisers can be kind to... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Boatschooling – Ages 4 to 12

    Date Published - September 19, 2020

    Author Kate Laird has sailed with her husband and children aboard their yacht SEAL since 2004, from Greenland to Antarctica to Alaska. She has home-schooled... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Floating Studio – Working On Board Efficiently

    Date Published - August 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner have been operating their traveling studio,off-the-grid, for nearly 5 years as they circumnavigate the Pacific. Here they share the lessons they... Read More

  • Safety: The Importance Of A Float Plan

    Date Published - August 08, 2020

    This article by Glen Tuttle of Boatwatch.org demonstrates the necessity of having a Float Plan filed with a friend familiar with you and your boat... Read More

  • Covid-19: Example Protocol for Passage Preparation and Quarantine Aboard

    Date Published - August 04, 2020

    With quarantine aboard on arrival becoming standard practice in many countries, the OCC have produced a sample protocol to help yachts prepare accordingly. Noonsite has... Read More

  • Red Sea: Passage Report on a Successful Trip from SV Joana

    Date Published - July 13, 2020

    A successful passage through the Red Sea requires preparation, according to Wade Alarie, moderator of the Red Sea Passage Facebook Page who sailed the route... Read More

  • Hope for the best but prepare for the worst

    Date Published - June 03, 2020

    Forecasts are calling for a very active Atlantic hurricane season and an average Pacific one. With three named storms already and huge insurance losses from... Read More

  • Crossing the Atlantic to Europe: Where Can I Stop?

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    THIS DOCUMENT WAS UPDATED FOR THE FINAL TIME ON 5 JUNE, 2020. SEE ALL OPEN PORTS AT A GLANCE USING THE NOONSITE MAP. FURTHER UPDATES... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Sailing Away – Top 10 Tips

    Date Published - January 21, 2020

    Welcome to INSIGHTS – Noonsite’s new feature for 2020 where we share a variety of viewpoints on nautical-related topics. Guest contributors will share their cruising... Read More

  • Important Safety Considerations when Offshore Cruising

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    Recently, two single-handed sailors have been lost in the Caribbean Sea, in spite of their activation of an EPIRB or PLB. Technology has changed and... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    Date Published - April 10, 2014

    These ideas for how best to keep potential thieves and attackers from getting into your boat, deter them and prevent your valuables being stolen, were... Read More

News

  • Colombia, Cartagena: Changes to Local Navigation Rules

    Date Published - December 14, 2021

    Colombia's General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR) has introduced new requirements for local navigation in Cartagena that will impact the cruising community.... Read More

  • Caribbean: Free Webinars for Caribbean-Bound Sailors

    Date Published - September 13, 2021

    If you are planning to escape to the Caribbean this winter, then join this free webinar series being held by experienced Caribbean cruiser David Lyman,... Read More

  • World Cruising Club: Updates from the latest WCC E-News

    Date Published - September 07, 2021

    While the World still hangs under the cloud of COVID-19, World Cruising Club has been busy making plans for a safe 2021 ARC and preparing... Read More

  • Update on EU and UK Tariffs on US Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - July 27, 2021

    Both the UK and the EU continue to impose a 25% customs tariff on the import of US-origin yachts, according to news from the Cruising... Read More

  • Spain: RYA Certificates of Competence to be Reinstated

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA) issued certificates, including the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), are to be recognised in Spanish waters for those wanting to... Read More

  • Greece: Corinth Canal Closure Continues

    Date Published - May 17, 2021

    The Corinth Canal, one of the most important infrastructure works of modern Greece and regularly used by small cruising boats, is to remain closed to... Read More

  • Virtual ARC Bluewater Rendezvous Announced

    Date Published - April 28, 2021

    Aspiring bluewater cruisers are invited to join in a "virtual cockpit chat" with previous ARC skippers and industry experts, to help get their own adventure... Read More

  • UK: New Online Reporting System for Arriving and Departing Sailors

    Date Published - April 15, 2021

    A new online reporting system for all sailors leaving and returning to the UK should go live later this year. It is designed to... Read More

  • World Cruising Club: Latest News

    Date Published - April 12, 2021

    World Cruising Club is continuing to plan and adapt events to be COVID-secure, including ARC Europe, ARC 2021 and ARC January.... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: UK Boat Owners Caught in a “Perfect Storm”

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    Robin Baron, chairman of the Cruising Association’s RATS committee, told Marine Industry News that UK cruisers are in the middle of ‘a perfect storm’. His... Read More

  • Becalmed Yacht on Transatlantic Voyage Receives Aid from Oil Tanker

    Date Published - January 07, 2021

    On passage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria SV Eriu found themselves becalmed and low on fuel and water 1400 miles from St. Lucia. Boatwatch.org... Read More

  • Free Webinar for Yachts Sailing Australia to the SW Pacific Islands

    Date Published - October 20, 2020

    This Down Under Rally webinar is free and open to anyone planning to sail from Australia to the SW Pacific Islands - scheduled for November... Read More

  • Western Mexico to Panama: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 29, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Western Caribbean and East Pacific. This is one of a... Read More

  • Atlantic and Caribbean Cruising: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 04, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Caribbean as well as Canary Islands. This is the second... Read More

  • Australia, Darwin: New Biosecurity Requirements affect International Yacht Arrivals

    Date Published - January 03, 2020

    As a result of changes to Australian biosecurity requirements which came into effect on December 16, 2019, all non-commercial vessels including international yachts wanting to... Read More

  • USA, Annapolis: Ocean Sailing Forum 2019

    Date Published - October 02, 2019

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Annapolis Hotel. Ticket entry price includes breakfast, ticket to US Sailboat Show, plus a copy of SAIL magazine.... Read More

  • World Cruising Club eNews: USA Boat Show Edition

    Date Published - September 03, 2019

    The US Sailboat Show takes place from October 10-14, in Annapolis MD. World Cruising Club will be there - find out what activities they are... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser – Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken

    Date Published - October 17, 2018

    Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego on 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south to explore Central &... Read More

Books

  • Adlard Coles Heavy Weather Sailing

    The latest edition of this classic book.

    Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition (2008), Published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

    See book review here... Read More

  • Atlantic: The Atlantic Crossing Guide

    The Atlantic Crossing Guide, expanded and refreshed in its 7th edition for a new generation of Atlantic cruisers, is the well-established and definitive reference, relied... Read More

  • Cruisers’ AA

    Contains over 1,800 tips, tricks, advice, and ideas on cruising – interspersed with color pictures and shorts stories. Available in paperback or as an ebook.... Read More

  • How to Battle Seasickness: 100 Tips to Help You Get Your Sea Legs

    Michelle Segrest has experienced epic battles with seasickness while sailing the world on a 43-foot steel ketch with only a two-person crew. She has learned... Read More

  • Ocean Sailing

    A practical guide to long-distance ocean sailing covering the most important issues facing the aspiring ocean cruiser illustrated by passages from “those who have done... Read More

  • Sail Away: How to escape the rat race and live the dream

    Written by a yachting journalist who has sailed away for 8 years, together with the contributions of 100 other blue-water cruisers. There is a practical... Read More

  • Surviving the Storm: Coastal and Offshore Tactics

    Steve Dashew has produced a really useful addition to the blue water cruising library with a comprehensive and gripping book about storm preparation, gear, and... Read More

  • The Boatyard Book

    The Boatyard Book is a practical, comprehensive reference manual that provides sensible, accessible advice for boatowners on planning and carrying out annual maintenance, repairs, upgrades and... Read More

  • The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew, 4th Edition

    The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
    By Lin and Larry Pardey

    Despite the title, this is hardly a cookbook; rather it s a primer on successful... Read More

  • The Voyager’s Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

    This exquisitely detailed guide helps you master the skills you’ll need to handle a boat at sea with a small crew, including weather forecasting, passage... Read More

  • U.K. and Ireland Circumnavigator’s Guide

    A valuable guide for anyone planning all or part of such a cruise.

    For more details, see here.

    By Sam Steel
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (March 2011,... Read More

Liveaboard Tips

Useful Resources

  • Boat Pests

    Regardless of where we are or how clean and tidy our boats, we are all subject to pests. Marmaris Bay Cruisers have published a few... Read More

  • Bugs: Nine Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

    Cruising World Magazine outline nine simple steps to avoid an infestation. Some great advice here.

    Keeping Bugs at Bay

     ... Read More

  • How to Stay Cool on a Sailboat in the Tropics

    Whether you plan on sailing in the Mediterranean during summer, the Caribbean throughout the year or anywhere near the Equator, it's going to get hot. ... Read More

  • Living Aboard a Yacht – The Ups and Downs

    What is it like living aboard a yacht?  British cruisers Tony and Tessa Cross have spent many years living onboard their yacht while cruising around... Read More

  • Plant a Garden on a Cruising Boat

    http://www.allatsea.net/plant-a-garden-on-a-cruising-boat/... Read More

  • Practical Boat Cook

    http://practicalboatcook.com/A website by sailors with over 100,000 ocean miles and more than 20 Atlantic Passages in a small sailboat without using refrigeration. How to get... Read More

  • The Boat Galley

    A very useful site on how to get the most out of your on-board cooking facilities - plus loads of other practical advice and tips... Read More

  • The Monkey’s Fist

    Collecting Cruisers' Perspectives: The Monkey's Fist focuses on topics of interest to cruisers, liveaboards, and soon-to-bees. We connect bloggers with readers and readers with topics.... Read More

  • The Sailing Podcast

    David and Carina Anderson, based in Queensland, Australia, have a great series of interviews for sailors and cruisers. Good to listen to on those long... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    This is a carbon monoxide warning to boat owners by

    [caption id="attachment_50262" align="alignright" width="200"] © PBO[/caption]

    Practical Boat Owner following the recent double tragedy of two deaths... Read More

Reports

  • INSIGHTS: How to Save Energy when Cooking Onboard

    Date Published - September 07, 2021

    When at sea on long passages, far from everyone and everything, being frugal with water, food and energy is vital. It ensures that there is... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Provisioning for a Long Offshore Passage

    Date Published - April 05, 2021

    Provisioning for a long voyage is all about careful planning, storage space, dietary requirements and that extra "what if" scenario. Nicola Rodriguez, author and long-distance... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Floating Studio – Working On Board Efficiently

    Date Published - August 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner have been operating their traveling studio,off-the-grid, for nearly 5 years as they circumnavigate the Pacific. Here they share the lessons they... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Living Off Grid

    Date Published - April 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner purchased their sailboat "Pino" in 2016 with plans to rely on the grid as little as possible. During the following 4... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 1 – Be Kind to the Sea

    Date Published - February 17, 2020

    INSIGHTS continues with a two-part article from Richard Chesher, marine scientist and author of the Rocket Guides for New Caledonia and Vanuatu, on how to... Read More

News

  • Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean – CSSN Special Report

    Date Published - February 17, 2016

    During 2015, CSSN received reports of internet scammers who were preying on cruisers by intercepting marina reservations and bookings communications and luring cruisers to the... Read More

Books

  • Voyaging with Kids

    An incredible resource for parents with kids on board and for all those families thinking about taking their children voyaging who want their questions answered.

    A... Read More

Cruising Organisations

Businesses

  • Cruising Association

    Address: 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London, E14 8BT

    The CA has been running for more than 100 years and are an association dedicated to those that cruise on small boats. CA members, backed up... Read More

  • Island Cruising NZ

    Address: P.O. Box 534 , Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand,

    South Island sailor Viki Moore purchased Island Cruising NZ in June 2021. Viki has been President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury since 2014,... Read More

  • The Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation

    A voluntary organization run by yachtsmen to provide planning and cruise planning information. Have a number of free cruising guides for download as well as... Read More

  • World Cruising Club

    Address: 120 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AX

    Organisers of the world's most popular sailing rallies (ARC, World ARC etc.)... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Bluewater Cruising Association

    The mission of the Bluewater Cruising Association is to foster seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising. We achieve this... Read More

  • Cruising Club Of America

    "Cruising European Waters" is an invaluable guide and regularly updated. See Noonsite cruising information for more information.

    http://www.cruisingclub.org... Read More

  • Irish Cruising Club

    Founded in 1929, the ICC is a club for seagoing sailors, who have a genuine interest in cruising. Most members live in Ireland and Northern... Read More

  • Mittelmeer-Skipper-Club

    Members of the officially registered club are mostly owners of yachts cruising in the Med. The club also runs an internet bulletin board with more... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club

    The Ocean Cruising Club exists to promote long-distance cruising in all its forms and although it is an international club, it is administered from the... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Announces Two Openings in Youth Blue Water Cruising Programme for 2013 Season

    For 2013, two highly qualified members of OCC have volunteered their time and berths on their vessels for the programme. The OCC has commensurately committed... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club announce annual 2013 Awards

    The OCC Awards Sub-Committee made the

    [caption id="attachment_50235" align="alignright" width="200"] OCC Awards Winners: © OCC[/caption]

    announcement at the annual OCC London Boat Show dinner. This year, the... Read More

  • Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation (RCCPF)

    A charitable organization which does not distribute any profits as these are used to finance new books, new developments, to subsidize those pilots covering areas... Read More

  • Royal Yachting Association

    The International Certificate of Competence can be obtained from them, as it is now required by most countries in Europe.

    Email: [email protected]

    http://www.rya.org.uk/Cruising

     ... Read More

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association

    SSCA, a non-profit, international organization with nearly 10,000 members, has been supporting liveaboard cruisers for over fifty years. The goals of the original founders are... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Record Gatherings Around the World

    In a unique effort to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding, the OCC has hosted no fewer than 16 gatherings on 3 continents as... Read More

  • Trans Ocean eV

    Trans Ocean eV was founded in 1968 and aims to promote offshore sailing. Based in Cuxhaven, Germany the club has over 5,000 members. These include... Read More

Reports

  • Retreat from Paradise

    Date Published - December 28, 2020

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 created unprecedented chaos for coastal and ocean cruisers worldwide. Daria Blackwell reports on how the Ocean... Read More

News

  • Spain: RYA Certificates of Competence to be Reinstated

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA) issued certificates, including the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), are to be recognised in Spanish waters for those wanting to... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation Enhances Search Functionality for Cruising Notes Database

    Date Published - May 20, 2021

    Recent improvements by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation to their Cruising Notes Database, makes it much easier for users to access and search this... Read More

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association Launches YouTube Channel

    Date Published - May 03, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) supports the liveaboard cruising lifestyle by sharing cruising information and as a part of their outreach, is now featuring... Read More

  • South Africa: New Organisation to Help Cruising Yachts Visit the Country

    Date Published - March 25, 2021

    A new organisation has been formed in South Africa to work as a liaison between the offshore and coastal cruising community and the Government.... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2020

    Date Published - March 14, 2021

    Despite a pandemic raging throughout 2020, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognize in the cruising world.... Read More

  • Greece: Important Post-Brexit Regulations

    Date Published - February 19, 2021

    The Cruising Association is in the middle of negotiations on the most important areas of Regulations on behalf of UK yachts in Greece, those being... Read More

  • Cruising Club of America: Randall Reeves Awarded Blue Water Medal

    Date Published - January 28, 2021

    Randall Reeves has been named winner of the 2020 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for sailing his 45-foot aluminum cutter,... Read More

  • Guatemala and Honduras: The Disaster Continues Post-Hurricane

    Date Published - January 26, 2021

    Hurricane Iota swept over Central America from 16 November, 2020, causing fatalities and widespread damage. Iota came just 2 weeks after the destructive Hurricane Eta,... Read More

  • SSCA Free Cruising Webinars: Update on COVID in the Caribbean

    Date Published - January 08, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association continue with their popular free cruising webinars, this month focusing on the COVID situation in the Caribbean for cruising yachts... Read More

  • Atlantic and Caribbean Cruising: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 04, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Caribbean as well as Canary Islands. This is the second... Read More

  • The Cruising Network Help Single-Hander Transatlantic Sailor in Trouble

    Date Published - August 19, 2020

    Ship to Shore Mail Forwarding service never thought they would be involved in helping assist a vessel in distress mid Atlantic, but when British single-hander... Read More

  • Three OCC Challenge Grants Awarded for 2020

    Date Published - August 12, 2020

    The Ocean Cruising Club began to support challenging ocean endeavours in 2019 by awarding grants to individuals and their projects which seek the betterment of... Read More

  • NZ and Australia for Cyclone Season: OCC Working on Solutions

    Date Published - April 28, 2020

    The Ocean Cruising Club is compiling a list of yachts who are hoping to cross the South Pacific this year. The particular focus is on... Read More

  • Transatlantic Support for All Cruisers in 2020

    Date Published - April 27, 2020

    The season for crossing back from the Caribbean to Europe is almost upon us, however, this is no normal Transatlantic season and yachts undertaking this... Read More

  • Caribbean Marine Associations Helping Cruisers

    Date Published - April 07, 2020

    Marine associations in Antigua, Grenada and Trinidad, started efforts in April, 2020 to open their borders for cruising boats needing safe refuge for hurricane season.... Read More

  • French Polynesia: “EcOcean” Code of Good Conduct for Sailors

    Date Published - March 03, 2020

    A new “EcOcean” Code of Good Conduct has been developed by the Association Des Voiliers En Polynesie (AVP - The Association of Sailboats in Polynesia)... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: The Caribbean Cruising Network Helps a Single-Hander in Trouble

    Date Published - January 28, 2020

    Many cruisers out on the water may not realise what goes on behind the scenes, with cruising volunteers manning some incredible organisations that are there... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Challenge Grant: Now Accepting Applications

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting... Read More

  • NOAA invites public comment on draft National Charting Plan

    Date Published - March 25, 2017

    The National Charting Plan is a strategy to improve nautical chart coverage, products, and distribution, and NOAA has invited cruisers, sailors, and navigators to comment... Read More

  • NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalogue

    Date Published - February 17, 2014

    As reported by Cruising Compass.... Read More

  • NOAA Print on Demand Charts

    Date Published - October 31, 2013

    Since last week’s announcement that NOAA will no longer be printing paper charts, there has been some confusion on where to get Print-On-Demand charts (POD).... Read More

  • NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    NOAA-certified Print-on-Demand partners will continue to sell up-to-date paper nautical charts... Read More

  • USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    Is this the new way to go? Are paper charts becoming obsolete? Will the publishers of charts from other countries take the same route.... Read More

  • USA: NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program

    Date Published - January 25, 2013

    As reported by www.bwsailing.com. NOAA and the U.S. Power Squadrons renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation – New Forum

    Date Published - November 28, 2011

    The RCC Pilotage Foundation website has recently been updated with a new feedback and questions forum [BROKEN LINK].

    The RCCPF has always encouraged users of their... Read More

Cruising Magazines

Useful Resources

  • 48° North

    Free online sailing magazine (monthly) for the Pacific North West. Useful cruising articles and advice from NW cruisers sailing around the world.

    http://www.48north.com/... Read More

  • Caribbean Compass

    Free monthly online boating publication for everything Caribbean.

    http://www.caribbeancompass.com/... Read More

  • Cruising Compass

    Blue Water Sailing magazine's weekly e-newsletter for sailors and cruisers.

    http://www.cruisingcompass.com/... Read More

  • Currents

    The official magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association.

    http://currents.bluewatercruising.org/... Read More

  • Good Old Boat

    The magazine's website offers a wide variety of resources for sailors including a very comprehensive worldwide list of sailboat associations and informal user groups, a... Read More

  • Latitude 38

    Northern California and West Coast free sailing & cruising publication. Can subscribe to "Lectronic Latitude" with headlines every few days. Organizers of the Pacific Puddle... Read More

  • mysailing.com.au

    Sailing, yachting, cruising and now motor boat cruising (launched 2021): Lots of news, practical tips, videos, gear and boats.

    http://www.mysailing.com.au/

    https://www.motoryacht.com.au/... Read More

  • Ocean Navigator

    Monthly magazine with cruising news, navigation and gear info. plus v. informative website covering offshore sailing and racing, navigation, weather, cruising tips, boats & gear.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/... Read More

  • Onboard Online

    This online magazine specializes in providing news and resources for yachting professionals as well as encompassing a business directory and a jobs board. Whilst aimed... Read More

  • PassageMaker Magazine

    A powerboat/trawler targeted magazine but includes a great deal of offshore/bluewater information for all cruising boats.

    http://www.passagemaker.com/... Read More

  • Practical Sailor

    Bi-weekly magazine that evaluates all kind of cruising equipment. Takes no advertising so no bias. Subscription-based - however, there are many free articles on their... Read More

  • SAIL Magazine

    Cruising reports, boat tests, practical advice, blog, online edition and e-newsletter

    http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/... Read More

  • Sail World Cruising

    Sail World Cruising

    http://www.sail-world.com/cruising... Read More

  • Sail-World Cruising: Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell

    [caption id="attachment_50335" align="alignright" width="150"] New Horizons © Sail-World Cruising[/caption]

    See full report by Sail-World at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=124518

    After over eight years at the helm, Nancy Knudsen will be... Read More

  • Sailboat Cruising.com

    Great information resource for cruising sailors with free newsletter.

    http://www.sailboat-cruising.com/... Read More

  • Sailing Magazine

    US sailing magazine - now with online articles and features including boat tests, boat doctor and technical views and advice.

    http://sailingmagazine.net/... Read More

  • Salty Sailors

    A general cruising information website (2015-2019).

    http://www.saltysailors.com... Read More

  • SpinSheet

    A Chesapeake Bay, US, sailing magazine written by sailors for sailors. Has a cruising, racing, weather, and boats for sale section.

    https://www.spinsheet.com/cruising... Read More

  • Waterborne Magazine

    Waterborne (previously Young & Salty) is a sailing community by and for young sailors. The online magazine profiles young seafarers and covers skills of interest... Read More

Cruising Networks

Useful Resources

  • ADAN

    Association founded in Argentina to promote sailing and navigation. Offer Spanish speaking sailors BLU assistance and delegates to help in many ports worldwide.

    http://www.adan.org.ar... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruisers’ Facebook pages

    Caribbean Cruisers' Facebook pages

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/CruisingInformation/caribbean-cruisers-facebook-groups... Read More

  • Circumnavigation & Ocean Crossing

    Circumnavigation was started halfway through our trip around because we believed that we and others could benefit by being able to easily share information. Our... Read More

  • Cruisers & Sailing Forums – Cruising with Kids

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/groups/67-cruising+with+kids.html... Read More

  • Cruisers Forum

    Cruisers Forum - Discussion Board and Photo Gallery for Cruising Sailors and Wannabes. Cruising boats, cruising people, cruising answers.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com... Read More

  • Kids4Sail Facebook Group

    Over 5000 members; monthly location roll for meet-ups (hundreds comment on location per month at https://www.noforeignland.com/partners/kids4sail/); boatschooling information/support; hundreds of cruising family social profiles; KIDS-ONLY... Read More

  • Multihulls4us

    Multihulls forum plus lots of great information for multihull owners.

    http://www.multihulls4us.com/forums/forum.php... Read More

  • New Forum for Travelling Families

    Tobias and Rike are sailing with together with their respective families and have been so fed up with always trying to find other boats with... Read More

  • New Platform for Cruising Families

    Tobias and Rike are sailing with together with their respective families and have been so fed up with always trying to find other boats with... Read More

  • Pacific Puddle Jump

    Westbound cruisers headed to the South Pacific use the Pacific Puddle Jump to disseminate information that others may find useful. The PPJ Yahoo group also... Read More

  • Sail SE Asia (Southeast Asia Boat Information Sharing)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SailSEAsiaGroup/... Read More

  • The Southbound Group

    The Southbound Group is used by cruisers on the West Coast of the Americas to share relevant information on areas of interest between San Diego,... Read More

  • Women and Cruising

    Advice, resources and inspiration for women cruisers, including a great deal of information about cruising families and kids.

    http://www.womenandcruising.com/... Read More

  • Women Who Sail Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenWhoSail/... Read More

  • Young & Salty

    Young & Salty is a sailing community by and for young sailors. We profile young seafarers and swabbies, windjammers and wanderers. We cover the salty... Read More

Reports

  • Retreat from Paradise

    Date Published - December 28, 2020

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 created unprecedented chaos for coastal and ocean cruisers worldwide. Daria Blackwell reports on how the Ocean... Read More

  • Lessons Learned from Providing Shore-Support during the 2020 west-to-east Atlantic crossing

    Date Published - December 26, 2020

    A useful report by Alex Blackwell, OCC Regional Rear Commodore, on lessons learnt from providing shore-support for over 200 cruising yachts during the 2020 west-to-east... Read More

  • Caribbean: Cruisers’ Facebook Groups

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    A round-up of some of the most-used Caribbean Cruisers Facebook Pages. Useful places to get real-time advice, recommendations and information from cruisers like you in... Read More

News

  • Mexico: Manta Ray Citizen Science for Sailors

    Date Published - November 23, 2021

    Bruce Balan and Alene D. Rice of the Cross 46’ Trimaran “Migration” have been working with the Pacific Manta Research Group to create a citizen... Read More

  • Guatemala and Honduras: The Disaster Continues Post-Hurricane

    Date Published - January 26, 2021

    Hurricane Iota swept over Central America from 16 November, 2020, causing fatalities and widespread damage. Iota came just 2 weeks after the destructive Hurricane Eta,... Read More

  • The Cruising Network Help Single-Hander Transatlantic Sailor in Trouble

    Date Published - August 19, 2020

    Ship to Shore Mail Forwarding service never thought they would be involved in helping assist a vessel in distress mid Atlantic, but when British single-hander... Read More

  • Transatlantic Support for All Cruisers in 2020

    Date Published - April 27, 2020

    The season for crossing back from the Caribbean to Europe is almost upon us, however, this is no normal Transatlantic season and yachts undertaking this... Read More

  • Connecting cruisers in the time of Covid 19

    Date Published - April 01, 2020

    Cruisers contemplating crossing the Atlantic back to Europe or remaining in the Caribbean or US East Coast will now have access to OCC Facebook Groups.... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: The Caribbean Cruising Network Helps a Single-Hander in Trouble

    Date Published - January 28, 2020

    Many cruisers out on the water may not realise what goes on behind the scenes, with cruising volunteers manning some incredible organisations that are there... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

Apps

Businesses

  • America’s Boating Club App

    Address: 8016 Ellisville Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 37909

    This FREE mobile app provides nautical reference information, maintenance records, float plans, weather radar, tides and currents, emergency assists and provides a link to Spanish... Read More

  • SlipFinder

    SlipFinder is available on the Apple App Store for free download. Currently (May 2015) over 75 marinas along the East coast of the USA, Florida,... Read More

  • Snag-A-Slip (SAS)

    Address: 125 West Street, Suite 201, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, MD 21401

    This is a marina booking website/app for North America and the Caribbean/Mexico.The app also gives access to join cruising groups, yacht clubs, boating rendezvous, blog... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Apps for Voyaging – by Ocean Navigator

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/July-August-2014/Apps/... Read More

  • Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad

    Update 2.20 for the Marine Imray Charts App. There are lots of new features and in the Chart Store coverage has been extended with Australian... Read More

  • Awesome Apps for Sailors

    Viki Moore of Astrolabe Sailing summarises the huge quantity of useful Apps that are now available for every facet of cruising life.

    https://astrolabesailing.com/2017/02/28/awesome-apps-for-sailors/... Read More

  • FastSeas

    Weather is a pervasive part of life on board. The cruising community is always looking for better weather data, better ways to access that data,... Read More

  • How to navigate with Google Earth

    Free article in Yachting World: Meteorologist Chris Tibbs explains how to navigating using Google Earth and shares his experience of using this software.

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/bluewater-sailing/navigation-briefing-navigate-google-earth-124096... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Launched June 2014 - book app for iPad – available to download from the App Store. Download the app for free, then buy sections of... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Based on Imray’s acclaimed pilot books and almanacks, the app can be used to plan your sailing in advance and whilst at sea and to... Read More

  • Imray Navigator App

    A brand new fully functioning chart navigation app for the iPhone and iPad. Based on high-quality raster images of Imray and selected official hydrographic office... Read More

  • Lights & Shapes

    For iPhone and iPad. Available in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German. Over 30 3D animations; tests; rules of the road. Find out more at... Read More

  • Liveaboard cruisers – most useful smartphone & tablet tools

    Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different from smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is... Read More

  • Man Overboard app for iPhone

    Recommended by Cruising World (2013).

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/app-month-man-overboard/... Read More

  • Mindelo Moving Market

    Free app available for iOS and Android to help sailors buy and sell marine equipment.

    http://www.mindelo.net/... Read More

  • MyTide

    An easy-to-use tide app that gives you the info you need without relying on cellular or WiFi connections: location; date and time; a 24-hour tide... Read More

  • MyYacht

    MyYacht is iOS based and can be downloaded to iPhone and iPad from AppStore/iTunes. A "yacht maintenance App" it turns your iPhone into a database... Read More

  • Pantry in Paradise

    Spend more time in Paradise and less time in provisioning hell.
    Pantry in Paradise™ tracks your provisions, their exact storage locations and creates your next shopping... Read More

  • PredictWind.com

    Run own weather model globally and at high resolution. iOS and Android weather Apps. Free forecast. Noonsite members can now get 15% off any PredictWind... Read More

  • Safe Skipper LITE

    Free Safety Afloat Tips & Advice on Emergency Procedures for all Sailors and Leisure Boaters, worldwide. For iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/safe-skipper-lite-free-safety/id639556470?mt=8

    Released 30 April, 2013... Read More

  • The best apps for Cruising

    What are the best apps for sailing? What apps do cruisers actually use on their iPad / Android to make life easier, safer, or more... Read More

  • Waterway Guide Marinas App

    This is a free App for iPhone and iPad, with detailed listings for over 3,600 marinas and boatyards.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/waterway-guide-releases-marinas-app/... Read More

News

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    Date Published - July 09, 2017

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released what could be a very useful app for cruising yachts in this region.... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Date Published - June 29, 2014

    Imray has just launched a new book app for iPad – Imray Nautical – available to download from the App Store. Download the app for... Read More

  • Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad

    Date Published - January 23, 2013

    Update 2.20 for the Marine Imray Charts App. There are lots of new features and in the Chart Store coverage has been extended with Australian... Read More

  • Sailing Today Magazine App now FREE

    Date Published - April 27, 2012

    Smartphone and tablet device users will now be able to download the Sailing Today application free of charge. Following an overhaul of Sailing Today’s digital... Read More

Maps

Useful Resources

  • EVS-Islands

    Maps of islands (not designed for navigation, but overviews of islands throughout the world including many Pacific atolls)

    http://evs-islands.blogspot.com/... Read More

  • Using Google Maps for planning sailing trips

    http://googlemapsgonewild.blogspot.com/... Read More

Tides

Useful Resources

  • A Worldwide Tidal Calculator

    Marées dans Le Monde), See details at

    A Worldwide Tidal Calculator

    Available (in English) as a free software download. It covers nearly 10,000 ports.... Read More

  • How to pick up a mooring buoy under sail

    RYA Chief Instructor, Sail Cruising, Vaughan Marsh shares his top tips for picking up a mooring buoy under sail.

    http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/enewsletters/inbrief/Pages/Howtopickupamooringbuoy-undersail.aspx?... Read More

  • Tidal information

    http://www.mobilegeographics.com/tides/index.html... Read More

World Regions Information

Useful Resources

  • Asian Yachting

    Informative site for Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore etc including marina directory, racing events.

    http://asianyachting.com/default.htm... Read More

  • Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) BVI

    Good information about the state of dive sites in the BVIs following the hurricane season, plus volunteer reef-check opportunities.

    https://www.facebook.com/ARKBVI/... Read More

  • Bahamas – Sea of Cortez Comparison

    The Sea of Cortez is a popular first stop for cruisers coming from the West Coast of the US while the Bahamas are popular with... Read More

  • Caribbean Boat Boys

    [caption id="attachment_81456" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sailing along the Dominican Coast[/caption]

    A great article on how to best deal with the Caribbean's island entrepreneurs by SY Morgan Cloud.

    Us... Read More

  • EVS-Islands

    Maps of islands (not designed for navigation, but overviews of islands throughout the world including many Pacific atolls)

    http://evs-islands.blogspot.com/... Read More

  • Long term cruising in the Mediterranean

    Interesting thread on Cruisers Forum about the multitude of factors to consider when planning long term cruising in the Med.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f17/long-term-cruising-questions-166590.html?... Read More

  • Mediterranean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

    [caption id="attachment_47983" align="alignright" width="300"] Sardinia[/caption]

    If you are planning on cruising the Mediterranean these links to articles and resources on Noonsite will help with your planning... Read More

  • Planning a European Cruise?

    A very useful website which aims to compare European cruising areas in order to help relatively novice cruising folk decide where to charter or where... Read More

  • Red Sea Passage: Notes on a Voyage from South Africa to Turkey

    Between July and September 2021, SY Pura Vida made passage from South Africa, through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to their destination in... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    The governor of Sicily has declared a state of

    [caption id="attachment_50165" align="alignright" width="200"] Migrant Map: © www.bbc.co.uk[/caption]

    emergency because of the large numbers of migrants it is... Read More

  • Wider Caribbean’s Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

    A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out... Read More

Reports

  • Oman: Updates from Port Salalah

    Date Published - December 14, 2021

    Cruisers Lane and Kay Finley recently spent a month in Port Salalah, Oman, having been forced to make an emergency stop there due to engine... Read More

  • France, Netherlands, Germany: Useful Information on The Inland Waterways of Europe

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    (April 11, 2019) - Many cruisers choose to travel from coast to coast via the canal network or take some time out on the calmer... Read More

  • Wintering in the Mediterranean

    Date Published - April 15, 2019

    If you are currently cruising the Mediterranean and considering where to winter your boat, these comments from the cruising community - accumulated over the last... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    Useful and informative planning advice for anyone undertaking a Pacific crossing.... Read More

  • The Voyage of yacht Sharlyn: From the end of the Danube to the end of the Volga

    Date Published - November 07, 2018

    This is the ground-breaking story of the first British sailing yacht to enter the Crimea by sailing down the Danube and the Volga since it... Read More

  • Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Deepens

    Date Published - June 23, 2015

    The number of migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean has passed 103,000 in the first five months of the year. This interesting report courtesy... Read More

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

News

  • Heading to South Africa? Here’s What you Need to Know

    Date Published - August 10, 2021

    With Indian Ocean crossing season almost upon us, many cruising boats in SE Asia will be bound for South Africa in the next 4-8 weeks.... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation Enhances Search Functionality for Cruising Notes Database

    Date Published - May 20, 2021

    Recent improvements by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation to their Cruising Notes Database, makes it much easier for users to access and search this... Read More

Volunteer Projects for Cruisers

Useful Resources

  • Caribbean Volunteer Projects

    Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and... Read More

  • Hands Across the Sea

    Bringing positive, lasting change to the lives of children in the Eastern Caribbean through improving literacy. A great organisation to be a part of whilst... Read More

  • How Sailors Can Help While Cruising

    A website for offshore sailors to find out about ways to help while cruising and get more involved with the communities they visit. No matter... Read More

  • Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM)

    Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) began in 2008 in response to the need for medical transport to remote villages in Vanuatu. MSM currently operates using the... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club and SeaBC Announce Cooperative Effort to Record and Report Sea Bird Sightings

    SeaBC seabird count data goes to Cornell University’s eBird database (www.ebird.org), where boaters’ sightings become a resource for scientists worldwide. Seabird knowledge is described as... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    The Project

    This Citizen Science project was launched on the 21st February and the idea came from a study by a team of Canadian marine biologists... Read More

  • Sails Ocean Sails (SOS)

    Sails Ocean Sails (SOS) is a self-funded program that was started in 2005, and since then has helped island fishermen in the Pacific and Indian... Read More

  • Sea Mercy

    The Sea Mercy program is about providing much-needed health care services (medical, dental and eye) to the remote islands in the South Pacific. The program... Read More

  • UK: Crowdsourced boats to map the seas

    TeamSurv wants to harness the hundreds, maybe thousands, of boats out on the water to start collecting up-to-date information about what lies beneath the surface.

    TeamSurv... Read More

  • Watts on Water

    Partnering with passionate bluewater sailors to deliver life-changing solar lights to needy and remote coastal communities.

    Watts on Water is an incubator of Watts of Love,... Read More

  • YachtAid Global

    Dedicated to delivering humanitarian, developmental and conservation aid onboard yachts to isolated as well as underprivileged coastal communities worldwide. In times of natural disasters, YachtAid... Read More

Reports

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy Supporting the Villages on the Outlying Islands

    Date Published - January 19, 2021

    OCC member Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy put together a fleet of 7 yachts to go to the aid of some of the more remote... Read More

  • Long-Distance Cruisers Helping Locals: With the Lockdown comes Hunger

    Date Published - August 25, 2020

    Locked down in Santa Marta Colombia, it was evident to long distance cruisers confined within the marina that a great many locals were without basic... Read More

  • School Supplies still needed in Dominca’s Schools

    Date Published - October 29, 2018

    Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, school supplies are needed here more than ever.
    ... Read More

News

  • Mexico: Manta Ray Citizen Science for Sailors

    Date Published - November 23, 2021

    Bruce Balan and Alene D. Rice of the Cross 46’ Trimaran “Migration” have been working with the Pacific Manta Research Group to create a citizen... Read More

  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Emergency Solar Light Campaign Underway

    Date Published - May 06, 2021

    On April 9th, 2021, the popular cruising grounds of St. Vincent and The Grenadines were rocked by a massive volcanic eruption which dumped well over... Read More

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy Responds to Cyclone Yasa

    Date Published - February 17, 2021

    As with Cyclone Winston in 2016, Sea Mercy's fleet of volunteer vessels, crews and disaster response leadership team in Fiji have been assisting the NDMO... Read More

  • Guatemala and Honduras: The Disaster Continues Post-Hurricane

    Date Published - January 26, 2021

    Hurricane Iota swept over Central America from 16 November, 2020, causing fatalities and widespread damage. Iota came just 2 weeks after the destructive Hurricane Eta,... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Sea Mercy lands first container of disaster relief supplies post Cyclone Harold amidst COVID travel restrictions

    Date Published - April 21, 2020

    Humanitarian group Sea Mercy has landed its first container of essential supplies for water treatment, shelter and clean up following the devastation caused by Category... Read More

  • Pacific and Indian Oceans: Recycling Sails to Save Lives

    Date Published - December 20, 2019

    Since the Second World War fisherman and locals from many island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans have lost much of their sailing traditions,... Read More

  • Three Caribbean restoration & repair projects benefit from first round of Sail Aid UK grants

    Date Published - March 08, 2018

    The Trustees of Sail Aid UK (SAUK) are delighted to announce approval of the charity's first three grants, totaling GBP £15,000, to the Anguilla Sailing... Read More

Travel Information

Useful Resources

  • How to Sail to France from the UK

    For yachts based on Britain’s South Coast, Northern France is an obvious holiday destination and a crossing of the English Channel leads to some very... Read More

  • http://www.2theoceania.com/

    Online Oceania travel directory. Links to directories for Africa, Europe, America and Asia.

    http://www.2theoceania.com/... Read More

  • Why and how to help locals when travelling

    Whilst this article is aimed at backpackers, it gives some great pointers for all worldwide travellers and food for thought . . .

    http://nomadisbeautiful.com/travel-blogs/why-how-help-locals-when-travelling/... Read More

Reports

  • Galapagos: An Unforgettable Visit to a Unique Group of Islands

    Date Published - January 13, 2022

    After being stuck in Colon, Panama for 21 months due to the Corona Virus restrictions, German sailor Peter Kraus finally made it to the Galapagos... Read More

  • Venezuela, Los Roques: A Trip Worth the Effort

    Date Published - November 30, 2021

    Florian and Vicki Grassl of SY Ibex had always wanted to visit Los Roques, a group of islands about 120NM off the coast of Venezuela,... Read More

  • Canary Islands: A Low Season Refuge

    Date Published - September 16, 2021

    When Remi Blanchet set sail from mainland Spain on his 55-foot ketch, Télémaque, on a round-the-world odyssey, his first stop was in the Canary Islands,... Read More

  • Greece: Update from Evia after the Fires

    Date Published - August 30, 2021

    While the northern part of the Greek island of Evia was devastated by fire in July, cruisers have reported that all anchorages and services are... Read More

News

  • Procedures Required For Visiting Libya

    Date Published - January 21, 2007

    This information has kindly been provided for us by Salem Altoaish of United Tours, Libya.

    Private Yachts calling Libyan Ports for tourism are welcome in Libya,... Read More

Documents

Useful Resources

  • International Yacht Training (IYT)

    This website lists IYT schools worldwide that will provide ICC courses for candidates of any nationality.

    http://www.iytworld.com/index.php/schools... Read More

  • Learn To Sail

    The first part of this book is a very useful guide to the qualifications of competence recognised by various countries worldwide and where it is... Read More

  • Storing Documents on Board

    Some useful ideas from Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley.

    http://theboatgalley.com/storing-documents-on-a-boat/... Read More

  • UK Registration

    UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency has information on registering a yacht in the UK.

    https://www.gov.uk/register-a-boat/the-uk-ship-register... Read More

  • Where to Register your Yacht – A Guide

    Where to Register your Yacht Offshore: The Ultimate Guide... Read More

Reports

  • UK: Navigating the COVID-19 Traffic Light System

    Date Published - July 26, 2021

    Sailing back to the UK from Portugal in June was straightforward for Guy and Rhonda Taylor on board Saving Grace II - that is until... Read More

  • Mediterranean: Bureaucrats and Clear Waters

    Date Published - June 12, 2021

    After being tied to the dock for three months in Greece, the catamaran “Water Dogs” and her Canadian family finally sailed north to Croatia as... Read More

  • Cruising Regulations: Obtaining an International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

    Date Published - July 18, 2018

    Even if a skipper's home country does not require any evidence of competency, officials in many countries expect one. Having an ICC will satisfy this... Read More

  • Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

    Date Published - July 03, 2013

    One of the most common questions by cruisers new to extended cruising is details of clearing into countries. How does it work? What do you... Read More

  • Croatia: Recognised Certificates of Competence

    Date Published - June 21, 2012

    The report is a link to a website giving a list of certificates of competency, by various countries and recognised in Croatia... Read More

  • Proof of Competency for European Countries

    Date Published - November 04, 2011

    Updated January 2015 - Frequently asked questions.... Read More

  • US SAILING creates International Proficiency Certificate for Bareboat Chartering

    Date Published - March 01, 2010

    Original report posted in October 2005.

    In order to make it easier for cruising sailors from the U.S. to charter sailboats in the European Union, US... Read More

News

  • Colombia, Cartagena: Changes to Local Navigation Rules

    Date Published - December 14, 2021

    Colombia's General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR) has introduced new requirements for local navigation in Cartagena that will impact the cruising community.... Read More

  • France, Brittany and Normandy: Entry Guide for Non-EU Yachts

    Date Published - August 14, 2021

    A new process to allow entry into Normandy and Brittany for non-Schengen citizens (or Schengen citizens coming from a third country) is now in place.... Read More

  • Spain: RYA Certificates of Competence to be Reinstated

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA) issued certificates, including the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), are to be recognised in Spanish waters for those wanting to... Read More

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Special Procedures Being Introduced in Ports of Entry Worldwide

    Date Published - February 12, 2020

    This document has tracked since the beginning of March 2020 the progress of countries worldwide as one by one they went into lockdown, closed their... Read More

Anchorages

Useful Resources

  • Anchoring in PNG – How we nearly lost our boat (twice)

    Jim and Katie Thomsen have sailed Tenaya over 50,000 miles during the past ten years, visiting 50 countries. Most times things have been easy and... Read More

Reports

  • Bora Bora: New Anchoring Restrictions for all Yachts – 2019

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    New legislation has been introduced to restrict anchoring inside Bora Bora Island in order to protect the environment and ensure the peaceful coexistence of all... Read More

News

  • French Polynesia: New Restrictions on Mo’orea Anchorages

    Date Published - October 09, 2021

    The French Polynesian Government has announced updates to the Lagoon Management Plan which will see several anchorages closed on the island of Mo'orea and a... Read More

Books

  • British and US Virgin Island: Virgin Anchorages

    Excellent companion to the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, featuring stunning, color, aerial photography, it captures 46 of the most popular anchorages in the... Read More

  • Canada: Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia: Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound to Port Hardy and Blunden Harbour

    By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway Douglass
    Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 3rd edition (August 26, 2009)
    ISBN-13: 978-1932310238... Read More

  • Caribbean: Leeward Anchorages

    Depicts 43 anchorages and harbors throughout the islands of Anguilla, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, Saint Barts, Saba, Statia, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante,... Read More

  • Caribbean: Windward Anchorages

    Windward Anchorages graphically, and through spectacular aerial photography, depicts 47 anchorages and harbors throughout the islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines and Grenada,... Read More

Businesses

  • America’s Boating Club App

    Address: 8016 Ellisville Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 37909

    This FREE mobile app provides nautical reference information, maintenance records, float plans, weather radar, tides and currents, emergency assists and provides a link to Spanish... Read More

  • Boatblogs.com

    Do it yourself websites and blogs to document and share your cruising adventure. FREE Trial, plus packages for as little as $2.95 a month.... Read More

  • Cruising Association

    Address: 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London, E14 8BT

    The CA has been running for more than 100 years and are an association dedicated to those that cruise on small boats. CA members, backed up... Read More

  • Island Cruising NZ

    Address: P.O. Box 534 , Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand,

    South Island sailor Viki Moore purchased Island Cruising NZ in June 2021. Viki has been President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury since 2014,... Read More

  • Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts at World Cruising Club UK and USA

    WORLD CRUISING CLUB UK

    Bluewater Cruiser’s Question Time at the London Boat Show

    Skippers and crews interested in sailing off across the oceans are welcome to attend... Read More

  • SlipFinder

    SlipFinder is available on the Apple App Store for free download. Currently (May 2015) over 75 marinas along the East coast of the USA, Florida,... Read More

  • Snag-A-Slip (SAS)

    Address: 125 West Street, Suite 201, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, MD 21401

    This is a marina booking website/app for North America and the Caribbean/Mexico.The app also gives access to join cruising groups, yacht clubs, boating rendezvous, blog... Read More

  • The Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation

    A voluntary organization run by yachtsmen to provide planning and cruise planning information. Have a number of free cruising guides for download as well as... Read More

  • World Cruising Club

    Address: 120 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AX

    Organisers of the world's most popular sailing rallies (ARC, World ARC etc.)... Read More

Useful Resources

  • 48° North

    Free online sailing magazine (monthly) for the Pacific North West. Useful cruising articles and advice from NW cruisers sailing around the world.

    http://www.48north.com/... Read More

  • A Seven-year Circumnavigation

    Published by Cruising World Magazine in January 2018, Jack and Zdenka Griswold, who have now completed their circumnavigation, address a few questions that they are... Read More

  • A Worldwide Tidal Calculator

    Marées dans Le Monde), See details at

    A Worldwide Tidal Calculator

    Available (in English) as a free software download. It covers nearly 10,000 ports.... Read More

  • ADAN

    Association founded in Argentina to promote sailing and navigation. Offer Spanish speaking sailors BLU assistance and delegates to help in many ports worldwide.

    http://www.adan.org.ar... Read More

  • Anchoring in PNG – How we nearly lost our boat (twice)

    Jim and Katie Thomsen have sailed Tenaya over 50,000 miles during the past ten years, visiting 50 countries. Most times things have been easy and... Read More

  • Apps for Voyaging – by Ocean Navigator

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/July-August-2014/Apps/... Read More

  • Asian Yachting

    Informative site for Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore etc including marina directory, racing events.

    http://asianyachting.com/default.htm... Read More

  • Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) BVI

    Good information about the state of dive sites in the BVIs following the hurricane season, plus volunteer reef-check opportunities.

    https://www.facebook.com/ARKBVI/... Read More

  • Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad

    Update 2.20 for the Marine Imray Charts App. There are lots of new features and in the Chart Store coverage has been extended with Australian... Read More

  • Awards for the ocean cruising community: The OCC Award goes to David Register for OpenCPN

    http://oceancruisingclub.org/

    The OCC Award, which recognizes valuable service to the OCC or the ocean cruising community as a whole, goes to David Register, lead developer of... Read More

  • Awesome Apps for Sailors

    Viki Moore of Astrolabe Sailing summarises the huge quantity of useful Apps that are now available for every facet of cruising life.

    https://astrolabesailing.com/2017/02/28/awesome-apps-for-sailors/... Read More

  • Bahamas – Sea of Cortez Comparison

    The Sea of Cortez is a popular first stop for cruisers coming from the West Coast of the US while the Bahamas are popular with... Read More

  • Banking in Remote Areas

    Useful thread on Cruisers Forum.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f74/banking-in-remote-areas-203293.html?... Read More

  • BlueMoment.Com

    Cruising information, articles, sources, and resources for UK based cruising yachtsman, with links, information, and articles of interest to the wider cruising community.

    http://www.bluemoment.com... Read More

  • Bluewater Cruising Association

    The mission of the Bluewater Cruising Association is to foster seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising. We achieve this... Read More

  • Boat maintenance: the 55-point skipper’s checklist

    The ultimate boat maintenance checklist to make sure your yacht is ready for launch and the start of the sailing season, by Yachting Monthly magazine.

     ... Read More

  • Boat Pests

    Regardless of where we are or how clean and tidy our boats, we are all subject to pests. Marmaris Bay Cruisers have published a few... Read More

  • Bugs: Nine Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay

    Cruising World Magazine outline nine simple steps to avoid an infestation. Some great advice here.

    Keeping Bugs at Bay

     ... Read More

  • Building a website for your Boat

    Keep friends and fellow yachtsmen up to date with your yachting activities – create your own boating website for free. By Practical Boat Owner (PBO).

    https://www.pbo.co.uk/news/536311/how-to-build-and-run-a-website-for-your-boat... Read More

  • Can you work while Cruising?

    The start of what will be a useful compilation of blog links & articles for those who are wondering what work they could do to... Read More

  • Canaries, Lanzarote: Women & Cruising Forum at Puerto Calero

    Date: Tuesday 12 November 2013
    Time: 18:00 - 21:00
    Venue: Puerto Calero, Auditorium, Edif. Antiguo Varadero, 1st Floor
    Entry: €10 (to cover a drink and light buffet)

    Forum moderators... Read More

  • Caribbean Boat Boys

    [caption id="attachment_81456" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sailing along the Dominican Coast[/caption]

    A great article on how to best deal with the Caribbean's island entrepreneurs by SY Morgan Cloud.

    Us... Read More

  • Caribbean Compass

    Free monthly online boating publication for everything Caribbean.

    http://www.caribbeancompass.com/... Read More

  • Caribbean Cruisers’ Facebook pages

    Caribbean Cruisers' Facebook pages

    http://www.noonsite.com/General/CruisingInformation/caribbean-cruisers-facebook-groups... Read More

  • Caribbean Volunteer Projects

    Short-term seasonal cruisers to the Caribbean or life-long sailors who have made the region their home can make a difference to the islands’ people and... Read More

  • Circumnavigating with Children

    The joys and considerations of taking a family to sea. Bruce Halabisky and his young family have been cruising in a 34′ wooden boat for... Read More

  • Circumnavigation & Ocean Crossing

    Circumnavigation was started halfway through our trip around because we believed that we and others could benefit by being able to easily share information. Our... Read More

  • Commuter Cruiser

    A great resource for part-time sailors including outfitting; storing your boat; maintenance; and cruise planning.

    By Jan & David of SY Winterlude

    http://commutercruiser.com/... Read More

  • Computers Aboard

    Four cruisers discuss the systems that keep them connected, entertained and on course. Another informative article by Cruising World.

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/computers-aboard

    Posted February 2014.... Read More

  • Cruisers & Sailing Forums – Cruising with Kids

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/groups/67-cruising+with+kids.html... Read More

  • Cruisers Forum

    Cruisers Forum - Discussion Board and Photo Gallery for Cruising Sailors and Wannabes. Cruising boats, cruising people, cruising answers.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com... Read More

  • Cruising Club Of America

    "Cruising European Waters" is an invaluable guide and regularly updated. See Noonsite cruising information for more information.

    http://www.cruisingclub.org... Read More

  • Cruising Compass

    Blue Water Sailing magazine's weekly e-newsletter for sailors and cruisers.

    http://www.cruisingcompass.com/... Read More

  • Cruising Millennial Style – Just Doing It

    [caption id="attachment_1090135" align="alignright" width="301"] Alex and David Giovannini found a sponsor for a sail through the Northwest Passage.[/caption]

    A new generation of young sailors are finding... Read More

  • Currents

    The official magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association.

    http://currents.bluewatercruising.org/... Read More

  • Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

    [caption id="attachment_58997" align="alignright" width="300"] Having an agent made clearing into the Marquesas a snap: © SV Totem[/caption]

    One of the most common questions by cruisers new... Read More

  • Drogues – How to Survive a Force 11 Storm with a Series Drogue

    There is no textbook procedure to follow when, in a small boat, you are faced with seas and winds which are a threat to the... Read More

  • Emergency Hull Repairs

    A hole or break in your boat’s hull is among the worst situations you can face offshore. If your boat is sinking, sort out what... Read More

  • EVS-Islands

    Maps of islands (not designed for navigation, but overviews of islands throughout the world including many Pacific atolls)

    http://evs-islands.blogspot.com/... Read More

  • Family Cruising on A Trimaran

    Two adults, half a dozen adventurous and athletic children and a 49-ft cruising trimaran named Thunderbird make for an amazing cruising story.

    In this article for... Read More

  • FastSeas

    Weather is a pervasive part of life on board. The cruising community is always looking for better weather data, better ways to access that data,... Read More

  • Find Embassy

    Easy and free guide to all embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions throughout the world. In the first drop-down list, choose the name of the embassy... Read More

  • First Aid: Creating a Customised Medical Kit

    This article from Practical Sailor gives some down-to-earth advice on creating a medical kit that hopefully you may never need to use.

    Practical Sailor:  Creating a... Read More

  • Fishing from yachts for beginners

    A really useful free guide as to the tackle, rod and adjustments you might need to make to your yacht in order to successfully catch... Read More

  • Fishing: Go Saltwater Fishing

    A valuable source of saltwater fishing tips, tackle, and techniques for offshore sailors both on passage and at anchor.

    https://www.go-saltwater-fishing.com/... Read More

  • Flag Etiquette

    Apart from the ensign, flags commonly worn by a cruising yacht comprise a burgee and a house flag (Private Signal), and when entering a new... Read More

  • Free Online Navigation Course

    Online marine resources to teach you to navigate safely - by Diederik Willemsen.

    http://www.sailingissues.com/navcourse0.html... Read More

  • Get involved with noonsite.com

    Contact the Editor, Sue Richards at [email protected]

    Advertising interest and inquiries, contact [email protected]

    All other questions, feedback, updates, cruising reports, marine business details, recommendations etc. send to... Read More

  • Good Old Boat

    The magazine's website offers a wide variety of resources for sailors including a very comprehensive worldwide list of sailboat associations and informal user groups, a... Read More

  • Google Earth Navigation

    Pacific cruiser Rory Garland uses a range of new techniques to navigate safely in far-flung places with poor chart coverage.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/cruising/google-earth-navigation-61449

    UPDATE HISTORY (followed by the update... Read More

  • Hands Across the Sea

    Bringing positive, lasting change to the lives of children in the Eastern Caribbean through improving literacy. A great organisation to be a part of whilst... Read More

  • How Sailors Can Help While Cruising

    A website for offshore sailors to find out about ways to help while cruising and get more involved with the communities they visit. No matter... Read More

  • How to lay up a yacht abroad

    John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal take you through a detailed list of how to decommission a yacht when leaving it ashore in a foreign... Read More

  • How to navigate with Google Earth

    Free article in Yachting World: Meteorologist Chris Tibbs explains how to navigating using Google Earth and shares his experience of using this software.

    https://www.yachtingworld.com/bluewater-sailing/navigation-briefing-navigate-google-earth-124096... Read More

  • How to pick up a mooring buoy under sail

    RYA Chief Instructor, Sail Cruising, Vaughan Marsh shares his top tips for picking up a mooring buoy under sail.

    http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/enewsletters/inbrief/Pages/Howtopickupamooringbuoy-undersail.aspx?... Read More

  • How to prepare a boat for extended cruising

    Chris Ayres sailed his Vancouver 28 from the UK to New Zealand. He explains what gear you need for serious offshore sailing. An article for... Read More

  • How to Sail to France from the UK

    For yachts based on Britain’s South Coast, Northern France is an obvious holiday destination and a crossing of the English Channel leads to some very... Read More

  • How to Stay Cool on a Sailboat in the Tropics

    Whether you plan on sailing in the Mediterranean during summer, the Caribbean throughout the year or anywhere near the Equator, it's going to get hot. ... Read More

  • How to Write Articles for Sailing Magazines

    Robin Urquhart of Young & Salty is a young cruiser always looking for ways to make money while sailing. One of the best ways she... Read More

  • How we fund the cruising life

    Everybody wants to know, but few ask. After eight years of circumnavigating, SV Totem's cruising family spill the beans on how they can afford to... Read More

  • http://www.2theoceania.com/

    Online Oceania travel directory. Links to directories for Africa, Europe, America and Asia.

    http://www.2theoceania.com/... Read More

  • ICC Now Available to All

    There is a small sailing school operating in the western Med (Sardinia, Corsica and Elba) which is affiliated to the IYT (International Yacht Training Wordwide)... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Launched June 2014 - book app for iPad – available to download from the App Store. Download the app for free, then buy sections of... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Based on Imray’s acclaimed pilot books and almanacks, the app can be used to plan your sailing in advance and whilst at sea and to... Read More

  • Imray Navigator App

    A brand new fully functioning chart navigation app for the iPhone and iPad. Based on high-quality raster images of Imray and selected official hydrographic office... Read More

  • International Yacht Training (IYT)

    This website lists IYT schools worldwide that will provide ICC courses for candidates of any nationality.

    http://www.iytworld.com/index.php/schools... Read More

  • iPad Navigation Across an Ocean

    If you’re looking for a comprehensive navigation solution, an iPad-based system might be right for you. Cruising World has an interesting article on this option.

    http://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/electronics/ipad-navigation-across-an-ocean

    Posted... Read More

  • Irish Cruising Club

    Founded in 1929, the ICC is a club for seagoing sailors, who have a genuine interest in cruising. Most members live in Ireland and Northern... Read More

  • Kids4Sail Facebook Group

    Over 5000 members; monthly location roll for meet-ups (hundreds comment on location per month at https://www.noforeignland.com/partners/kids4sail/); boatschooling information/support; hundreds of cruising family social profiles; KIDS-ONLY... Read More

  • Latitude 38

    Northern California and West Coast free sailing & cruising publication. Can subscribe to "Lectronic Latitude" with headlines every few days. Organizers of the Pacific Puddle... Read More

  • Learn To Sail

    The first part of this book is a very useful guide to the qualifications of competence recognised by various countries worldwide and where it is... Read More

  • Life on the Hook: Hunting for Larger than Life Characters

    I am a development TV producer always on the hunt for new shows and larger than life characters. Currently, I am working for a large... Read More

  • Lights & Shapes

    For iPhone and iPad. Available in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German. Over 30 3D animations; tests; rules of the road. Find out more at... Read More

  • Liveaboard cruisers – most useful smartphone & tablet tools

    Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat. It’s no different from smartphone and tablet apps for voyaging. Here is... Read More

  • Living Aboard a Yacht – The Ups and Downs

    What is it like living aboard a yacht?  British cruisers Tony and Tessa Cross have spent many years living onboard their yacht while cruising around... Read More

  • Long term cruising in the Mediterranean

    Interesting thread on Cruisers Forum about the multitude of factors to consider when planning long term cruising in the Med.

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f17/long-term-cruising-questions-166590.html?... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    With the Earth’s north magnetic pole currently moving

    [caption id="attachment_48587" align="alignright" width="200"] Magnetic North is Shifting[/caption]

    at an unusually rapid 50 km (30 miles) a year, researchers... Read More

  • Man Overboard app for iPhone

    Recommended by Cruising World (2013).

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/gear/app-month-man-overboard/... Read More

  • Managing Essential Paperwork whilst Cruising

    Even when you cast off your lines, bills, tax returns and admin still follow in your wake. This Yachting World article explains how to make... Read More

  • Managing Money whilst cruising

    Accessing Money Around The World
    Nic Davis of becomeacruiser.com answers all those questions about how to access money when cruising around the world.

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    Useful banking and financial tips... Read More

  • Marine How To

    Marine How To

    An informative website for DIY boat owners to find in-depth, step-by-step articles for maintenance, upgrades and to find brutally honest insight from marine... Read More

  • Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM)

    Medical Sailing Ministries (MSM) began in 2008 in response to the need for medical transport to remote villages in Vanuatu. MSM currently operates using the... Read More

  • Mediterranean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

    [caption id="attachment_47983" align="alignright" width="300"] Sardinia[/caption]

    If you are planning on cruising the Mediterranean these links to articles and resources on Noonsite will help with your planning... Read More

  • Mindelo Moving Market

    Free app available for iOS and Android to help sailors buy and sell marine equipment.

    http://www.mindelo.net/... Read More

  • Mittelmeer-Skipper-Club

    Members of the officially registered club are mostly owners of yachts cruising in the Med. The club also runs an internet bulletin board with more... Read More

  • Multihulls4us

    Multihulls forum plus lots of great information for multihull owners.

    http://www.multihulls4us.com/forums/forum.php... Read More

  • mysailing.com.au

    Sailing, yachting, cruising and now motor boat cruising (launched 2021): Lots of news, practical tips, videos, gear and boats.

    http://www.mysailing.com.au/

    https://www.motoryacht.com.au/... Read More

  • MyTide

    An easy-to-use tide app that gives you the info you need without relying on cellular or WiFi connections: location; date and time; a 24-hour tide... Read More

  • MyYacht

    MyYacht is iOS based and can be downloaded to iPhone and iPad from AppStore/iTunes. A "yacht maintenance App" it turns your iPhone into a database... Read More

  • Navigate the Pacific

    Some useful information when navigating poorly charted areas.

    http://www.zero2sixty.ch/navigate-the-pacific-despite-the-bad-charts... Read More

  • Navionics Chart Errors

    This report from Mexico, but cruisers have also reported problems with Navionic charts in SE Asia, Thailand in particular.

    http://www.latitude38.com/lectronic/lectronicday.lasso?date=2014-07-25#Story4... Read More

  • New Features on noonsite: Adding Comments

    Since Autumn 2012 we have been working to update and improve the way noonsite.com works and add features to "modernise" the site and enhance the... Read More

  • New Forum for Travelling Families

    Tobias and Rike are sailing with together with their respective families and have been so fed up with always trying to find other boats with... Read More

  • New Platform for Cruising Families

    Tobias and Rike are sailing with together with their respective families and have been so fed up with always trying to find other boats with... Read More

  • New Show looking for People who live their lives at Sea

    Have you given up the Rat Race for a life cruising the world's oceans?

    Are you "off the grid", going from port to port in search... Read More

  • Noonsite.com Editorial Team recognised with the 2016 Ocean Cruising Club Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy

    [caption id="attachment_50205" align="alignright" width="150"] Editor Sue Richards[/caption]

    Providing cruising sailors with comprehensive information regarding the necessary formalities, paperwork, and costs for clearing into 197 countries, plus... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club

    The Ocean Cruising Club exists to promote long-distance cruising in all its forms and although it is an international club, it is administered from the... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Announces Two Openings in Youth Blue Water Cruising Programme for 2013 Season

    For 2013, two highly qualified members of OCC have volunteered their time and berths on their vessels for the programme. The OCC has commensurately committed... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club and SeaBC Announce Cooperative Effort to Record and Report Sea Bird Sightings

    SeaBC seabird count data goes to Cornell University’s eBird database (www.ebird.org), where boaters’ sightings become a resource for scientists worldwide. Seabird knowledge is described as... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club announce annual 2013 Awards

    The OCC Awards Sub-Committee made the

    [caption id="attachment_50235" align="alignright" width="200"] OCC Awards Winners: © OCC[/caption]

    announcement at the annual OCC London Boat Show dinner. This year, the... Read More

  • Ocean Navigator

    Monthly magazine with cruising news, navigation and gear info. plus v. informative website covering offshore sailing and racing, navigation, weather, cruising tips, boats & gear.

    http://www.oceannavigator.com/... Read More

  • Onboard Online

    This online magazine specializes in providing news and resources for yachting professionals as well as encompassing a business directory and a jobs board. Whilst aimed... Read More

  • One Simple Question: what’s it like to go cruising?

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2016/02/one-simple-question-whats-it-like-to-go-cruising.html... Read More

  • Outfitting a boat to sail around the world

    What we bought, what we learned and what we'd do differently. A great blog post by Tasha and Ryan from their Fountain Pajot "Cheeky Monkey"... Read More

  • Pacific Puddle Jump

    Westbound cruisers headed to the South Pacific use the Pacific Puddle Jump to disseminate information that others may find useful. The PPJ Yahoo group also... Read More

  • Pantry in Paradise

    Spend more time in Paradise and less time in provisioning hell.
    Pantry in Paradise™ tracks your provisions, their exact storage locations and creates your next shopping... Read More

  • PassageMaker Magazine

    A powerboat/trawler targeted magazine but includes a great deal of offshore/bluewater information for all cruising boats.

    http://www.passagemaker.com/... Read More

  • Planning a European Cruise?

    A very useful website which aims to compare European cruising areas in order to help relatively novice cruising folk decide where to charter or where... Read More

  • Plant a Garden on a Cruising Boat

    http://www.allatsea.net/plant-a-garden-on-a-cruising-boat/... Read More

  • Practical Boat Cook

    http://practicalboatcook.com/A website by sailors with over 100,000 ocean miles and more than 20 Atlantic Passages in a small sailboat without using refrigeration. How to get... Read More

  • Practical Sailor

    Bi-weekly magazine that evaluates all kind of cruising equipment. Takes no advertising so no bias. Subscription-based - however, there are many free articles on their... Read More

  • PredictWind.com

    Run own weather model globally and at high resolution. iOS and Android weather Apps. Free forecast. Noonsite members can now get 15% off any PredictWind... Read More

  • Preparing your boat for Ocean Cruising

    Meteorologist, navigator and ARC safety inspector Chris Tibbs and his wife, Helen, are going round the world, starting with the ARC. He describes how he... Read More

  • Re-Open EU

    The European Union has set up a new website and a mobile app where you can see if travel is possible to each member state,... Read More

  • Red Sea Passage: Notes on a Voyage from South Africa to Turkey

    Between July and September 2021, SY Pura Vida made passage from South Africa, through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal to their destination in... Read More

  • Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation (RCCPF)

    A charitable organization which does not distribute any profits as these are used to finance new books, new developments, to subsidize those pilots covering areas... Read More

  • Royal Yachting Association

    The International Certificate of Competence can be obtained from them, as it is now required by most countries in Europe.

    Email: [email protected]

    http://www.rya.org.uk/Cruising

     ... Read More

  • Safe Skipper LITE

    Free Safety Afloat Tips & Advice on Emergency Procedures for all Sailors and Leisure Boaters, worldwide. For iPad, iPhone & iPod touch.

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/safe-skipper-lite-free-safety/id639556470?mt=8

    Released 30 April, 2013... Read More

  • SAIL Magazine

    Cruising reports, boat tests, practical advice, blog, online edition and e-newsletter

    http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/... Read More

  • Sail SE Asia (Southeast Asia Boat Information Sharing)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SailSEAsiaGroup/... Read More

  • Sail World Cruising

    Sail World Cruising

    http://www.sail-world.com/cruising... Read More

  • Sail-World Cruising: Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell

    [caption id="attachment_50335" align="alignright" width="150"] New Horizons © Sail-World Cruising[/caption]

    See full report by Sail-World at http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=124518

    After over eight years at the helm, Nancy Knudsen will be... Read More

  • Sailboat Cruising.com

    Great information resource for cruising sailors with free newsletter.

    http://www.sailboat-cruising.com/... Read More

  • Sailing around the world on a budget

    Whether you’re planning on sailing around the world or cruising local waters, there are several ways to dramatically cut costs. These young cruisers survive on... Read More

  • Sailing in Heavy Weather

    This article, published in Ocean Navigator magazine, has some sage advice for handling a boat in storm conditions.

    Ocean Navigator:  Seamanship & Navigation - Heavy Weather... Read More

  • Sailing Magazine

    US sailing magazine - now with online articles and features including boat tests, boat doctor and technical views and advice.

    http://sailingmagazine.net/... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    The Project

    This Citizen Science project was launched on the 21st February and the idea came from a study by a team of Canadian marine biologists... Read More

  • Sails Ocean Sails (SOS)

    Sails Ocean Sails (SOS) is a self-funded program that was started in 2005, and since then has helped island fishermen in the Pacific and Indian... Read More

  • Salty Sailors

    A general cruising information website (2015-2019).

    http://www.saltysailors.com... Read More

  • Salty Southeast Cruisers Net

    Up-to-date information about cruising southeastern United States and the Bahamas.

    http://cruisersnet.net/... Read More

  • Sea Mercy

    The Sea Mercy program is about providing much-needed health care services (medical, dental and eye) to the remote islands in the South Pacific. The program... Read More

  • Setting Sail: When is the best time to Sail Away?

    In this article in Yachting World Magazine, Jeremy Wyatt, Communications Director for World Cruising Club (WCC), passes on his thoughts and experience on some of... Read More

  • Seven Prep Tips for World Circumnavigation

    Catamaran Elcie and her family crew are about to embark on an ambitious 2-year circumnavigation. Here they share their thoughts on the planning involved. From... Read More

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association

    SSCA, a non-profit, international organization with nearly 10,000 members, has been supporting liveaboard cruisers for over fifty years. The goals of the original founders are... Read More

  • Share Maxsea Track Files

    Share tracks with other cruisers. Helpful in determining approaches and anchorages as well as avoiding uncharted low-water areas. Interesting to see how others have approached... Read More

  • Skippertips.com

    Not just navigation articles here, but also engine repair/maintenance, weather, boat handling etc. Some free resources, but very reasonable sign-up fee.

    http://www.skippertips.com... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    The governor of Sicily has declared a state of

    [caption id="attachment_50165" align="alignright" width="200"] Migrant Map: © www.bbc.co.uk[/caption]

    emergency because of the large numbers of migrants it is... Read More

  • Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

    [caption id="attachment_50120" align="alignright" width="200"] Solar Flare: © NOAA[/caption]

    Navigation experts are warning about the possibility of decreased GPS accuracy and possible outages over the next months... Read More

  • SpinSheet

    A Chesapeake Bay, US, sailing magazine written by sailors for sailors. Has a cruising, racing, weather, and boats for sale section.

    https://www.spinsheet.com/cruising... Read More

  • Spring Fitting-Out Checklist for your Boat

    A useful checklist of tasks to get your sailboat ready for the season by Cruising World magazine.

    https://www.cruisingworld.com/spring-fitting-out-checklist-for-your-boat... Read More

  • Storing Documents on Board

    Some useful ideas from Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley.

    http://theboatgalley.com/storing-documents-on-a-boat/... Read More

  • Sunscreens – Choosing one that is “Reef Safe”

    With several places banning sunscreens that contain certain ingredients, it's probably a good idea to have a closer look at what is in your sunscreen... Read More

  • TeamSurv

    Community sourcing and sharing of navigational data. TeamSurv is a project where mariners help create better charts of coastal waters, by logging depth and position... Read More

  • The best apps for Cruising

    What are the best apps for sailing? What apps do cruisers actually use on their iPad / Android to make life easier, safer, or more... Read More

  • The Best Mail Services for Cruisers

    What do you do about receiving mail when long-term cruising? Circumnavigators SY Totem has researched what they believe to be the best options out there.

    SV... Read More

  • The Boat Galley

    A very useful site on how to get the most out of your on-board cooking facilities - plus loads of other practical advice and tips... Read More

  • The Cost of Cruising

    Links to a variety of blogs, articles, podcasts and videos by liveaboards cruising in different parts of the world (and some circumnavigating) who have addressed... Read More

  • The global movement of cruising boats – Where do all the boats go?

    Since 1987 Jimmy Cornell has conducted every five years a survey of the global movement of cruising yachts. The latest was done in 2016 and... Read More

  • The Monkey’s Fist

    Collecting Cruisers' Perspectives: The Monkey's Fist focuses on topics of interest to cruisers, liveaboards, and soon-to-bees. We connect bloggers with readers and readers with topics.... Read More

  • The OCC Announces Award Recipients for 2015

    This year’s winners represent a diverse group of sailors scattered around the earth’s oceans. They were selected from a rich pool of candidates, indicating that... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club announces recipients of the 2012 OCC Awards

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the world’s truly global ocean cruising association, has announced the recipients of the OCC Annual Awards. Each year the OCC... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club Awards for 2016: Noonsite awarded The Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy

    The full OCC press release can be read here - this is an edited version.

    Award nominations are made by OCC members, but suggestions for consideration... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Record Gatherings Around the World

    In a unique effort to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding, the OCC has hosted no fewer than 16 gatherings on 3 continents as... Read More

  • The Sailing Podcast

    David and Carina Anderson, based in Queensland, Australia, have a great series of interviews for sailors and cruisers. Good to listen to on those long... Read More

  • The Southbound Group

    The Southbound Group is used by cruisers on the West Coast of the Americas to share relevant information on areas of interest between San Diego,... Read More

  • Tidal information

    http://www.mobilegeographics.com/tides/index.html... Read More

  • Trans Ocean eV

    Trans Ocean eV was founded in 1968 and aims to promote offshore sailing. Based in Cuxhaven, Germany the club has over 5,000 members. These include... Read More

  • UK Registration

    UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency has information on registering a yacht in the UK.

    https://www.gov.uk/register-a-boat/the-uk-ship-register... Read More

  • UK: Crowdsourced boats to map the seas

    TeamSurv wants to harness the hundreds, maybe thousands, of boats out on the water to start collecting up-to-date information about what lies beneath the surface.

    TeamSurv... Read More

  • Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning…

    Just a short note to all those who are intending to take an unknown crew with them when crossing the Atlantic. Before you leave a... Read More

  • Using Google Maps for planning sailing trips

    http://googlemapsgonewild.blogspot.com/... Read More

  • Using the Internet and New Technologies at Sea

    For many years, radio communication was the only option for mariners to communicate with the shore.  Now, an increasing number of satellite technologies are available... Read More

  • VentureFarther: A new website for cruisers to share information

    Jon & Heather Turgeon from the sailboat "Evergreen", a Toshiba 40, have been sailing around the world since 1997. Jon started thinking about a website... Read More

  • Waterborne Magazine

    Waterborne (previously Young & Salty) is a sailing community by and for young sailors. The online magazine profiles young seafarers and covers skills of interest... Read More

  • Waterway Guide Marinas App

    This is a free App for iPhone and iPad, with detailed listings for over 3,600 marinas and boatyards.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/waterway-guide-releases-marinas-app/... Read More

  • Watts on Water

    Partnering with passionate bluewater sailors to deliver life-changing solar lights to needy and remote coastal communities.

    Watts on Water is an incubator of Watts of Love,... Read More

  • Where should you stow your liferaft?

    Where should you stow your liferaft?

    Wherever you cruise, you'll most likely want to keep a liferaft on board in case of emergency – but where’s the... Read More

  • Where to Register your Yacht – A Guide

    Where to Register your Yacht Offshore: The Ultimate Guide... Read More

  • Why and how to help locals when travelling

    Whilst this article is aimed at backpackers, it gives some great pointers for all worldwide travellers and food for thought . . .

    http://nomadisbeautiful.com/travel-blogs/why-how-help-locals-when-travelling/... Read More

  • Wider Caribbean’s Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)

    A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    This is a carbon monoxide warning to boat owners by

    [caption id="attachment_50262" align="alignright" width="200"] © PBO[/caption]

    Practical Boat Owner following the recent double tragedy of two deaths... Read More

  • Wintering: Leave and Return with Peace-of-Mind

    A great article by BWS contributing editor John Neal on how to decommission and commission your boat in a foreign port.

    http://www.bwsailing.com/cc/leave-and-return-with-peace-of-mind/... Read More

  • Women and Cruising

    Advice, resources and inspiration for women cruisers, including a great deal of information about cruising families and kids.

    http://www.womenandcruising.com/... Read More

  • Women Who Sail Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenWhoSail/... Read More

  • www.marinetraffic.com

    Free AIS data for worldwide land-based receiving stations. Simply type in your location and see real-time shipping activity in your area.

    http://www.marinetraffic.com/... Read More

  • YachtAid Global

    Dedicated to delivering humanitarian, developmental and conservation aid onboard yachts to isolated as well as underprivileged coastal communities worldwide. In times of natural disasters, YachtAid... Read More

  • Young & Salty

    Young & Salty is a sailing community by and for young sailors. We profile young seafarers and swabbies, windjammers and wanderers. We cover the salty... Read More

Reports

  • Galapagos: An Unforgettable Visit to a Unique Group of Islands

    Date Published - January 13, 2022

    After being stuck in Colon, Panama for 21 months due to the Corona Virus restrictions, German sailor Peter Kraus finally made it to the Galapagos... Read More

  • Oman: Updates from Port Salalah

    Date Published - December 14, 2021

    Cruisers Lane and Kay Finley recently spent a month in Port Salalah, Oman, having been forced to make an emergency stop there due to engine... Read More

  • Venezuela, Los Roques: A Trip Worth the Effort

    Date Published - November 30, 2021

    Florian and Vicki Grassl of SY Ibex had always wanted to visit Los Roques, a group of islands about 120NM off the coast of Venezuela,... Read More

  • Mozambique and South Africa: Dealing with Formalities

    Date Published - November 23, 2021

    For anyone interested in cruising the east coast of Africa, Robin Lavery of SV SeaScape shares two totally different experiences when he and his sailing... Read More

  • NW Spain, Finisterre: Speedy Repairs after Orca Damage

    Date Published - November 14, 2021

    Orcas have been interacting with yachts off the western Iberian Peninsula for some time now, widely reported on Noonsite and the web. SY Carissa was... Read More

  • US: Buying a Boat Privately – A Kiwi Couple’s Experience

    Date Published - November 01, 2021

    New Zealand sailors Craig and Karen Bishop-Everett have just been through the process of purchasing a boat direct from the sellers in the United States,... Read More

  • Canada, Nunavut: Wintering a Boat Above the Arctic Circle

    Date Published - October 17, 2021

    During the High Arctic Summer, Eric Brossier and partner France Pinczon du Sel host scientific expeditions aboard their polar yacht Vagabond. When winter approaches Vagabond... Read More

  • Canary Islands: A Low Season Refuge

    Date Published - September 16, 2021

    When Remi Blanchet set sail from mainland Spain on his 55-foot ketch, Télémaque, on a round-the-world odyssey, his first stop was in the Canary Islands,... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: How to Save Energy when Cooking Onboard

    Date Published - September 07, 2021

    When at sea on long passages, far from everyone and everything, being frugal with water, food and energy is vital. It ensures that there is... Read More

  • Greece: Update from Evia after the Fires

    Date Published - August 30, 2021

    While the northern part of the Greek island of Evia was devastated by fire in July, cruisers have reported that all anchorages and services are... Read More

  • Tahiti: Coping with an Emergency in Paradise

    Date Published - August 17, 2021

    After 20 years of cruising full-time, Australians David Frost and Kris Adams of SY Taipan experienced every cruiser’s nightmare. An unexpected medical emergency in Tahiti... Read More

  • Australia: The Bureaucratic Red-Tape of Re-Importing a Boat

    Date Published - August 16, 2021

    Gemma Ross and her husband Andi recently returned to Australia on their catamaran SV Paws after being separated from their floating home in 2020 due... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Checking the Checklist

    Date Published - August 09, 2021

    There is nothing worse than being miles from anywhere on a boat and realizing you have forgotten something. Especially if it is something simple but... Read More

  • UK: Navigating the COVID-19 Traffic Light System

    Date Published - July 26, 2021

    Sailing back to the UK from Portugal in June was straightforward for Guy and Rhonda Taylor on board Saving Grace II - that is until... Read More

  • Tunisia: A Five-Star Schengen Bolthole

    Date Published - June 29, 2021

    British sailors Mark Prior and Pamela Jeen recently discovered that Tunisia is not only a friendly and cheap country with an amazing cultural heritage, but... Read More

  • Turkey, Marmaris: Surviving a Winter Storm

    Date Published - June 18, 2021

    American born sailor Duane Heil set sail from Turgutreis, Turkey, for a Mediterranean winter sailing expedition aboard his yacht "Grateful". Despite encountering the notorious... Read More

  • Mediterranean: Bureaucrats and Clear Waters

    Date Published - June 12, 2021

    After being tied to the dock for three months in Greece, the catamaran “Water Dogs” and her Canadian family finally sailed north to Croatia as... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Helping Your Friends and Family Help You

    Date Published - June 04, 2021

    When you are out sailing in the middle of the ocean, it is so good knowing that you have got people back home who are... Read More

  • Pacific Passage Northbound: Mexico to Hawaii

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    Steve Olson and his girlfriend Chelsea recently completed a 26 day voyage from Mexico to Hawaii aboard their 35 ft Lord Nelson monohull named Jean... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Choosing Crew

    Date Published - May 03, 2021

    Boats sailing around the world or on smaller coastal passages often take on extra crew as another pair of hands to help out along the... Read More

  • Azores: A Warm Welcome and a Chance to Explore

    Date Published - April 27, 2021

    After a 6000 mile passage from South Africa to the Azores, seasoned sailor Kia Koropp reflects on taking the time to explore one of the... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Provisioning for a Long Offshore Passage

    Date Published - April 05, 2021

    Provisioning for a long voyage is all about careful planning, storage space, dietary requirements and that extra "what if" scenario. Nicola Rodriguez, author and long-distance... Read More

  • Medical Insurance for Caribbean Cruisers

    Date Published - March 12, 2021

    This article by David Lyman was published in Caribbean Compass Magazine in January 2021. Experienced cruiser David shares what he learnt about medical insurance options... Read More

  • Ya: The Yacht that Sailed the World Fossil Fuel Free

    Date Published - March 10, 2021

    Between September 2016 and the summer of 2018, the sustainable yacht "Ya" crewed by Peter Hoefnagels and various guests, sailed around the world without using... Read More

  • South Pacific Cruising in 2021

    Date Published - February 04, 2021

    Behan Gifford and family chose not to cross the Pacific last year and remained in Mexico. Frustrated by the number of cruising boats planning on... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: How I Realized my Dream to Sail around the World – Part 1

    Date Published - January 24, 2021

    Now more than half way through his circumnavigation, having set sail on his Beneateu 44cc SV Cajucito from Cork in the south of Ireland in... Read More

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy Supporting the Villages on the Outlying Islands

    Date Published - January 19, 2021

    OCC member Jonathan Robinson of Sea Mercy put together a fleet of 7 yachts to go to the aid of some of the more remote... Read More

  • Retreat from Paradise

    Date Published - December 28, 2020

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 created unprecedented chaos for coastal and ocean cruisers worldwide. Daria Blackwell reports on how the Ocean... Read More

  • Lessons Learned from Providing Shore-Support during the 2020 west-to-east Atlantic crossing

    Date Published - December 26, 2020

    A useful report by Alex Blackwell, OCC Regional Rear Commodore, on lessons learnt from providing shore-support for over 200 cruising yachts during the 2020 west-to-east... Read More

  • Bluewater Cruising: Family Boat Shares Top Tips

    Date Published - November 17, 2020

    Taking part in their first ARC in 2020, Kean and Nyree Chung purchased Kaizen, an Oyster 49 in 2017 and will be sailing with their... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 3 – How to Stay Healthy While Cruising

    Date Published - October 25, 2020

    Part 3 of Richard Chesher’s series of articles for INSIGHTS on Cruising Kindly. Part 1 in February focused on ways cruisers can be kind to... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Boatschooling – Ages 4 to 12

    Date Published - September 19, 2020

    Author Kate Laird has sailed with her husband and children aboard their yacht SEAL since 2004, from Greenland to Antarctica to Alaska. She has home-schooled... Read More

  • Long-Distance Cruisers Helping Locals: With the Lockdown comes Hunger

    Date Published - August 25, 2020

    Locked down in Santa Marta Colombia, it was evident to long distance cruisers confined within the marina that a great many locals were without basic... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Floating Studio – Working On Board Efficiently

    Date Published - August 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner have been operating their traveling studio,off-the-grid, for nearly 5 years as they circumnavigate the Pacific. Here they share the lessons they... Read More

  • Safety: The Importance Of A Float Plan

    Date Published - August 08, 2020

    This article by Glen Tuttle of Boatwatch.org demonstrates the necessity of having a Float Plan filed with a friend familiar with you and your boat... Read More

  • Covid-19: Example Protocol for Passage Preparation and Quarantine Aboard

    Date Published - August 04, 2020

    With quarantine aboard on arrival becoming standard practice in many countries, the OCC have produced a sample protocol to help yachts prepare accordingly. Noonsite has... Read More

  • Red Sea: Passage Report on a Successful Trip from SV Joana

    Date Published - July 13, 2020

    A successful passage through the Red Sea requires preparation, according to Wade Alarie, moderator of the Red Sea Passage Facebook Page who sailed the route... Read More

  • COVID-19 Field Report: 4,200kms through the Med

    Date Published - July 04, 2020

    Johan and Tove on board SY Bird of Passage left Port Ghalib, Egypt on 18 April and arrived in Gibraltar on 27 May after 4200... Read More

  • Hope for the best but prepare for the worst

    Date Published - June 03, 2020

    Forecasts are calling for a very active Atlantic hurricane season and an average Pacific one. With three named storms already and huge insurance losses from... Read More

  • Keeping your Yacht in Greece after Brexit: A Simplified View

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    Chris Robb of the Cruising Association (CA) simplifies the rules for UK nationals who want to keep their boat in Greece post-Brexit.... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 2 – Be Kind to the Local People

    Date Published - May 19, 2020

    Part 2 of Richard Chesher's series of articles for INSIGHTS on Cruising Kindly. Part 1 in February focused on ways cruisers can be kind to... Read More

  • Crossing the Atlantic to Europe: Where Can I Stop?

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    THIS DOCUMENT WAS UPDATED FOR THE FINAL TIME ON 5 JUNE, 2020. SEE ALL OPEN PORTS AT A GLANCE USING THE NOONSITE MAP. FURTHER UPDATES... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Living Off Grid

    Date Published - April 23, 2020

    Rekka Bell and partner purchased their sailboat "Pino" in 2016 with plans to rely on the grid as little as possible. During the following 4... Read More

  • The Current Cruising Dilemma

    Date Published - April 11, 2020

    Cruising Mum Stephanie gives her take on the current cruising dilemma so many liveaboard families are finding themselves in due to COVID-19 restrictions worldwide. Stephanie's... Read More

  • Sint Maarten: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 27, 2020

    In the space of a week, these cruisers have gone from cruising about the Caribbean to lockdown in Sint Maarten, confined on board their boat.... Read More

  • Puerto Rico: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 25, 2020

    Sam and Adrian Wood of SY Neva arrived in Puerto Rico in late February, just as the COVID-19 health emergency and associated port closures started... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 23, 2020

    Having left their boat "Lady Jane" in French Polynesia while returning to the UK for six weeks, Maria and Allen Wadsworth returned to FP at... Read More

  • Panama: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 23, 2020

    The crew of Avant arrived in Panama from Vancouver, BC, with the intention to refit the boat and store it in Panama over the rainy... Read More

  • Atlantic Spain and Portugal: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 22, 2020

    German cruisers Dörte & Jens of SV Tendrel-Aurelie have been cruising the Atlantic coast of Spain and Portugal for the last 2 weeks. Anchored off... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Covid19 Field Report

    Date Published - March 20, 2020

    Andrew and Leslie Godfrey, on passage from Sri Lanka to the Maldives as COVID-19 restrictions stepped up a gear this week, describe their experience and... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Cruising Kindly 1 – Be Kind to the Sea

    Date Published - February 17, 2020

    INSIGHTS continues with a two-part article from Richard Chesher, marine scientist and author of the Rocket Guides for New Caledonia and Vanuatu, on how to... Read More

  • INSIGHTS: Sailing Away – Top 10 Tips

    Date Published - January 21, 2020

    Welcome to INSIGHTS – Noonsite’s new feature for 2020 where we share a variety of viewpoints on nautical-related topics. Guest contributors will share their cruising... Read More

  • A Dedication to Long-Distance Cruiser Jerry Flint of “Jolini”

    Date Published - October 24, 2019

    After a four month battle against cancer, Jerry Flint of yacht “Jolini” (and earlier “Mandarina”) passed away in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, on Monday October... Read More

  • Taking your Teenager to Sea – Two Perspectives

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    Is it fair to take your teenager to sea, long-distance cruising? Mum Melissa Beit did just that when her daughter was 13 on their 42... Read More

  • Important Safety Considerations when Offshore Cruising

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    Recently, two single-handed sailors have been lost in the Caribbean Sea, in spite of their activation of an EPIRB or PLB. Technology has changed and... Read More

  • A Guide to Checking in and out of Countries with your Sailboat

    Date Published - June 28, 2019

    (June 15, 2019) - Liz Cleere, Jamie Furlong and rescue cat Millie on SY Esper have cruised through 14 countries from Turkey to Indonesia. Based... Read More

  • France, Netherlands, Germany: Useful Information on The Inland Waterways of Europe

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    (April 11, 2019) - Many cruisers choose to travel from coast to coast via the canal network or take some time out on the calmer... Read More

  • France, Belgium, Netherlands: Essential Knowledge on Ports of Entry

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By Val Ellis - Apr 16, 2019

    With Brexit likely to happen in the near future, UK Skippers planning on visiting European waters this season need... Read More

  • Wintering in the Mediterranean

    Date Published - April 15, 2019

    If you are currently cruising the Mediterranean and considering where to winter your boat, these comments from the cruising community - accumulated over the last... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    Useful and informative planning advice for anyone undertaking a Pacific crossing.... Read More

  • Bora Bora: New Anchoring Restrictions for all Yachts – 2019

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    New legislation has been introduced to restrict anchoring inside Bora Bora Island in order to protect the environment and ensure the peaceful coexistence of all... Read More

  • Peru, Callao: 5 months and $6000 to clear in!

    Date Published - January 19, 2019

    We entered Peru based on comments made on noonsite and accepted it might cost us in the region of $2000 to clear in as the... Read More

  • Mediterranean Anchoring Restrictions

    Date Published - January 04, 2019

    As the Mediterranean sailing season is now in full swing, it might be timely to remind all cruising boats of the anchoring restrictions that are... Read More

  • Australia: New Information on the Temporary Import of Goods on Smallcraft

    Date Published - December 27, 2018

    A guideline for the temporary importation of goods into Australia, as published by the Australian Border Force.... Read More

  • Pacific – List of Radio Nets

    Date Published - December 12, 2018

    A comprehensive list of all the Pacific Radio Nets, both SSB and HAM. ... Read More

  • A Dedication to Karsten Staffeldt – a great friend to the cruising community

    Date Published - December 10, 2018

    Friend to cruisers, weather router, the source of local knowledge - Karsten provided invaluable advice to thousands of sailors and will be greatly missed.... Read More

  • Chile: Anchorages in East Patagonia

    Date Published - November 12, 2018

    An interesting report from our regular contributor, Dan Stroud, who has made the challenging voyage to Patagonia single-handed.... Read More

  • The Voyage of yacht Sharlyn: From the end of the Danube to the end of the Volga

    Date Published - November 07, 2018

    This is the ground-breaking story of the first British sailing yacht to enter the Crimea by sailing down the Danube and the Volga since it... Read More

  • Viti Levu, Vuda Point Marina: Feedback from Cruisers

    Date Published - November 05, 2018

    Cruisers give feedback on their experiences at this Fijian marina.... Read More

  • School Supplies still needed in Dominca’s Schools

    Date Published - October 29, 2018

    Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, school supplies are needed here more than ever.
    ... Read More

  • Clearing into the USA West Coast with Animals on board

    Date Published - October 17, 2018

    If arriving with animals aboard as we did, (1 x dog, 2 x cats), then the only place to clear in if you are coming... Read More

  • Refilling your gas bottles from a larger container

    Date Published - October 16, 2018

    In many countries it is not possible to get gas bottles refilled. However, gas, be it propane or butane, is often available in large (30kg... Read More

  • Andaman Islands Cruising

    Date Published - October 06, 2018

    Tips for entry and immigration procedures into Port Blair Harbour, as well as anchorages around the Andaman Islands.... Read More

  • Difficulties Entering Mumbai

    Date Published - October 05, 2018

    Clearance and anchoring difficulties experience by a cruising yacht in Cochin, India. ... Read More

  • Heading to the Malvinas/Falklands – Applying for “Permiso”

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    September 2018: Latest updates from cruisers sharing their experiences in obtaining permission to visit the Falklands (Las Malvinas).... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Ambae Island: Information for cruisers

    Date Published - August 20, 2018

    SY Honey cruised through Vanuatu first in 2015, and again, most recently in April 2017. Since September 2017 this remote island has suffered with volcanic... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Tanna: More than just a stopover to visit Mt Yasur

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    Simon Penlington has visited Vanuatu three times and on each occasion has found new and beautiful experiences. He wants to encourage cruisers to spend more... Read More

  • Beveridge Reef – Between the Cook Islands and Niue

    Date Published - August 01, 2018

    In July 2018 MV Starlet stopped at Beveridge Reef en route from the Cook Islands to Niue, leaving waypoints of the perimeter of the reef.... Read More

  • Cuba: A two week cruise along the West Coast

    Date Published - July 26, 2018

    US citizens are only allowed to stay in Cuba for two weeks. Craig and Joanna Pollak of SV Rambunctious made full use of that time... Read More

  • Cruising Regulations: Obtaining an International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

    Date Published - July 18, 2018

    Even if a skipper's home country does not require any evidence of competency, officials in many countries expect one. Having an ICC will satisfy this... Read More

  • Clearing into Hawaii

    Date Published - June 25, 2018

    Clearing in at Barber's Point

    As always in the US, rules & regulations (or at least interpretations of them) seem to vary between regions and ports. ... Read More

  • Seychelles – Probable costs

    Date Published - June 09, 2018

    Tony and Connie provide a summary of expenses for cruisers visiting the Seychelles. ... Read More

  • Cook Islands: Palmerston Atoll – Feedback from Cruisers

    Date Published - May 25, 2018

    Palmerston Atoll is in the southern group of the Cook Islands and should not be missed if the weather is favorable for a stopover.... Read More

  • Seychelles, big storm, lee shore: We learned about sailing from this!

    Date Published - May 18, 2018

    Robbie & Bev Collins of sy Mersoleil were lucky enough to survive a horrific storm on a lee shore just after arriving in Seychelles and... Read More

  • Maldives Bill 2018

    Date Published - April 06, 2018

    This invoice details the breakdown of fees associated with a one, two and three-month stay in the Maldives, issued by agent Real Seahawks... Read More

  • Northern Marianas: Updates for 2018

    Date Published - March 13, 2018

    Belinda and Ken sailed through the Northern Marianas in February/March 2018 and have provided entrance updates and information on the ports/anchorages/towns they visited during their... Read More

  • PNG: Five months sailing the outer islands

    Date Published - February 09, 2018

    Papua New Guinea can be challenging in some areas primarily due to safety. There are places where cruisers are just not safe, and we decided... Read More

  • Uruguay: Useful Notes for Cruisers on Formalities

    Date Published - February 08, 2018

    These useful notes have been compiled by a cruiser who visited the country at the end of 2017.
    ... Read More

  • Alaska to Mexico 2017: Foreign flagged vessels in San Diego

    Date Published - January 15, 2018

    If planning to visit San Diego, be aware that anchoring restrictions are enforced here and the system by which foreign vessels are supposed to reserve... Read More

  • Dominica – What To Expect Now

    Date Published - December 20, 2017

    This update on services for visiting cruisers from local Hubert Winston of the Dominica Marine Center.
    ... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Raiatea: Repair Facilities

    Date Published - November 27, 2017

    We have now been in Raiatea (French Polynesia, Society Islands) for just over a year, and going through postings for repair facilities on Noonsite, I... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Port Vila Boatyard

    Date Published - November 11, 2017

    Lisa Ford from SV Champagne reports on their experiences hauling out at the Port Vila Boat Yard in June 2017.... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Tanna: Clearing at Port Resolution and the Yasur Volcano

    Date Published - November 04, 2017

    This very useful report is taken from the blog of US yacht "Starry Horizons".... Read More

  • Cook Islands, Aitutaki : Updates from Cruisers

    Date Published - September 30, 2017

    Two cruiser reports that provide information on the entrance to the lagoon and tips while visiting. ... Read More

  • FSM: Kosrae re-visited 14 years later

    Date Published - September 25, 2017

    I had sailed into Kosrae Harbour 14 years ago and found the island delightful. Nearly 15 years later, I was planning another cruise in the... Read More

  • The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

    Date Published - September 23, 2017

    While Noonsite predominantly covers only coastal ports, we've come to realise via feedback from international cruisers that there is little information out there regarding the... Read More

  • Vanuatu to Australia: Cruisers comment on a stop-over at Chesterfield Reef.

    Date Published - September 20, 2017

    Chesterfield Reef makes for a perfect stop-over for those on passage from Vanuatu to Australia in settled weather. However, permission must be requested at... Read More

  • Clearing in and out of the Solomon Islands

    Date Published - September 15, 2017

    Clearance, anchorage and travel tips provided by Michael Foote.... Read More

  • Fiji, Rotuma: Cruising Notes

    Date Published - August 31, 2017

    Useful cruising information for this part of Fiji from a variety of cruisers.... Read More

  • Handling rough conditions in port

    Date Published - August 02, 2017

    Rupert Holmes describes the course of action he pursued – and the lessons learned – when storm conditions threatened to cause damage to his moored... Read More

  • The Maldives: A wonderful cruising destination but careful planning required

    Date Published - June 16, 2017

    A personal report of a two-month transit through the Maldives. ... Read More

  • After the cyclone: Vanuatu two years after Pam

    Date Published - May 31, 2017

    Sheltered anchorages plus safe deep harbours plus tropical clear waters equals a perfect destination for cruisers.
    ... Read More

  • Mazatlan Cruiser’s Guide

    Date Published - May 31, 2017

    George Krakie and his wife Jackie of M/Y Shamrock, first published the very handy Mazatlan Cruiser’s Guide for the cruising community in 2013, having cruised... Read More

  • Fiji, Savusavu: An update for yachts clearing-in here

    Date Published - April 24, 2017

    There no longer appears to be any problems with limited moorings in Savusavu. The removal of moorings has now been postponed until November due to... Read More

  • Warning for transport company “Seven Seas Yacht Transport”

    Date Published - March 23, 2017

    We are a Swedish family, with 2 children, who after four years of sailing suddenly have been forced to give up our sailing adventure because... Read More

  • Getting work done on your boat whilst long distance cruising: Cruisers Tips

    Date Published - March 05, 2017

    This report is aimed to help cruisers thinking about getting work done on their boats by boatyards and companies in less developed countries. Whilst much... Read More

  • Notes on a trip from Sorong , West Papua, Indonesia to Subic Bay, Philippines

    Date Published - February 20, 2017

    An account of one cruiser's trip through the Basilan Strait from Sorong to Subic Bay.... Read More

  • Medical Sailing Ministries: Volunteer now for the MSM Vanuatu Mission 2017

    Date Published - January 11, 2017

    The work of MSM involves meeting medical volunteers at pre-arranged locations and then transporting them, plus their gear, supplies and equipment, to remote islands, where... Read More

  • Singapore to Penang through the Straits of Malacca (Selat Melaka)

    Date Published - December 09, 2016

    The Malacca Straits has a history that is far from cruisey. This article from mysailing.com.au gives a good insight into what to expect from this... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)

    Date Published - November 28, 2016

    For those cruisers who need to obtain evidence of sailing competency when in European waters, it is now possible for anyone to obtain an International... Read More

  • SV JOANA’S Refit Experiences in North Island NZ (November 2015 to September 2016)

    Date Published - October 16, 2016

    My wife and I built our own steel hull Roberts 53 “JOANA” in Canada and left to go cruising in May 2009. After crossing the... Read More

  • Trading Goods in the South Pacific

    Date Published - May 25, 2016

    SY Adina found that trading was a great way to engage with the local people living on many of the islands in the South Pacific.... Read More

  • Start of the cruising season in Vanuatu: Advice and recommendations

    Date Published - May 01, 2016

    Ex-cruisers Pete & Sue Wederell run Total Marine Solutions in Port Vila. After 5 years of living in Vanuatu, the past 12 months have been... Read More

  • Tobago, Store Bay: Unsavoury Individual – February 2013

    Date Published - April 28, 2016

    I have sailed to Tobago on and off for the last couple of years and although generally, I have a trouble free stay on the... Read More

  • Namibia Clearance & Cruising Information

    Date Published - March 22, 2016

    The following port clearance and cruising information is provided by SY YOLO to help sailors visiting Namibia. This information is based on two U.S.A. citizens... Read More

  • Transiting the Panama Canal without an Agent: Cruisers’ Report

    Date Published - February 10, 2016

    Don't miss more comments from cruisers posted at the bottom of this report - most recent March 2018.... Read More

  • Cruising Equipment – What’s your most valuable list?

    Date Published - January 20, 2016

    What equipment could you simply not do without? Please send noonsite your list, or link to your blog article on this subject.

    15 Years of Liveaboard... Read More

  • Clearance Formalities Worldwide: How Experiences Vary

    Date Published - October 12, 2015

    Kicking off this report is circumnavigator Paul D., who is keen to share both the positive and negative treatment he has received from officials in... Read More

  • Passage Planning: From the SW Pacific to NZ

    Date Published - October 02, 2015

    With the 2015 Tropical Cruising season coming to an end, many skippers are starting to look at the weather and what’s likely for the passage... Read More

  • China: Xiamen to Phuket Thailand

    Date Published - September 23, 2015

    September 2015: An interesting report highlighting the difficulties of Chinese bureaucracy and the stress of sailing in congested waters.... Read More

  • Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Deepens

    Date Published - June 23, 2015

    The number of migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean has passed 103,000 in the first five months of the year. This interesting report courtesy... Read More

  • South Pacific Cyclone Season in the tropics: Calculated risks

    Date Published - June 15, 2015

    Despite the obvious danger, the idea of spending the South Pacific cyclone season in the tropics is tempting. Many of us who cruise in the... Read More

  • Cienfuegos Cruising Report – May 2015

    Date Published - June 11, 2015

    Update on Cienfuegos for Noonsite May 2015 - Yacht ‘Wapiti’

    Formalities and Fees:

    There is plenty of room to anchor off the marina and the entrance channel... Read More

  • Refugees/Immigrants – People Smuggling in the Mediterranean could be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Date Published - May 21, 2015

    It is only a matter of time before we start to see crime and piracy off the North African coast in the form of attacks... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Clearing in at Port Resolution

    Date Published - May 11, 2015

    This information about Lenakel and Port Resolution on the island of Tanna was sent to Noonsite by the RCC Pilotage Foundation.... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Report on a Visit by MV Pendana

    Date Published - May 10, 2015

    Pendana is a 68-foot motor yacht, designed for ocean travel.... Read More

  • Caribbean: Cruisers’ Facebook Groups

    Date Published - March 29, 2015

    A round-up of some of the most-used Caribbean Cruisers Facebook Pages. Useful places to get real-time advice, recommendations and information from cruisers like you in... Read More

  • Thailand, Phuket: Clearing In and Out January 2015

    Date Published - February 10, 2015

    A very comprehensive report covering actions and paperwork involved when clearing in and out of Thailand at Phuket, plus useful notes and updates for services... Read More

  • Pre-Passage Checks & Preparation

    Date Published - February 02, 2015

    Prior to departing on passage across the Indian Ocean, SV Totem posted this useful checklist of pre-departure checks carried out;

    Preparing for passage making - Behan... Read More

  • Ordering spares whilst cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

    Date Published - January 19, 2015

    We are currently outside the USA boating around the eastern Med (Turkey currently).

    In the winter, we order and receive our spares parts.

    Some go to a... Read More

  • Weather: New App for Predicting Wind

    Date Published - November 28, 2014

    The new application from PredictWind for Mac and PC is revolutionary for accessing weather data when offshore.... Read More

  • A Visit to the Line Islands

    Date Published - November 17, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_3962" align="alignright" width="300"] Anchoring at Fanning Island[/caption]

    Christmas Island

    A good tip is to anchor in front of the “copra” harbor and call our friends Timei... Read More

  • Missing on-board pet causes problems with Fiji Bio-Security

    Date Published - September 21, 2014

    Missing cat in Fiji leads to serious legal complications for the owners of SY Cursus Tempus.... Read More

  • The Comoros: Visiting Anjouan Island in September 2014

    Date Published - September 06, 2014

    7 September, 2014

    From Rose Carlyle, SV Smoke

    We visited Anjouan Island in Comoros last week. We thought other cruisers might be interested in an update as... Read More

  • Fiji: Difficulties Encountered Changing Money when Leaving the Country

    Date Published - August 31, 2014

    The requirement to be able to produce certain documents which the Fiji bank needs before allowing you to change your Fiji dollars into another currency... Read More

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

    Date Published - August 13, 2014

    This information is only relevant to Australian cruisers.  Since we began cruising 12 months ago for the first time we have been using two services... Read More

  • Mexico Cruising: Views from Cruisers

    Date Published - July 31, 2014

    Posted 26 July, 2014 by Hans Lehmann

    After 2 years of cruising, I have come to land and will stay for some time. Here are some... Read More

  • Enjoying Guyana

    Date Published - June 26, 2014

    June 2014: If you are thinking of stopping off at Guyana, either on your way up from Brazil or as your destination after crossing... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean Cruising: Simplified Clearance Procedures Explained

    Date Published - June 15, 2014

    Advance notification systems SailClear explained. See comments at bottom of the report from cruisers who were early users of the system.... Read More

  • Marina Trinidad, Casilda, Cuba – update April 2014

    Date Published - June 10, 2014

    The new cruising guide to CUBA by Cheryl Barr (2013) has the following information about the Marina Trinidad in Cuba. My comments and updates relating... Read More

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association

    Date Published - June 10, 2014

    If you’re an active cruiser or planning to be, imagine sailing into an unfamiliar port, whether it is in the South Pacific, the Caribbean, on... Read More

  • Tobago Update

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    We visited Tobago 13 APR  - 20 APR 2014 and here is an update.

    We arrived at Charlotteville at the weekend and had to pay overtime... Read More

  • Securing your boat from intruders

    Date Published - April 10, 2014

    These ideas for how best to keep potential thieves and attackers from getting into your boat, deter them and prevent your valuables being stolen, were... Read More

  • EU: Move to end ‘visa’ limits to non-EU sailors

    Date Published - April 07, 2014

    Eurocrats are considering ending the draconian 'visa' restrictions on yachtsmen who aren't from EU countries, which in many cases has landed sailors with outrageous fines,... Read More

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

    Date Published - March 26, 2014

    I’ve just had a GOOD experience with eZone and I thought I’d write to tell you about it.

    My wife and I have been in the... Read More

  • Tropical South Pacific weather resources

    Date Published - March 17, 2014

    A useful list of - www - weather resources for the western South Pacific compiled by Rory Garland of SY Streetcar. Of interest for those... Read More

  • Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising

    Date Published - February 07, 2014

    February 2014: US cruiser Bob Kinnier has spent the last 11 years visiting 35 countries on his mission to circumnavigate Europe. Here he reports... Read More

  • Unknown Crew on passage? A word of warning…

    Date Published - January 31, 2014

    Just a short note to all those who are intending to take an unknown crew with them when crossing the Atlantic. Before you leave a... Read More

  • Cruising the South Pacific with Pets on board – hassle in Fiji

    Date Published - January 15, 2014

    Here is our experience about having Pets on board while crossing the South Pacific. By Danish cruiser Jan Klintegaard of S/Y Anaconda.... Read More

  • Is Satellite Imagery The Future Of Search-And-Rescue Operations?

    Date Published - November 26, 2013

    The search for the schooner, Niña, missing in the Tasman Sea, is breaking new ground in the use of satellite images to locate mariners. Report... Read More

  • Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

    Date Published - November 20, 2013

    The Eastern Caribbean is in the middle of a solid waste disposal crisis. Cruisers arriving in the Islands after a long offshore passage can help... Read More

  • Electrics: Tips from an unplanned re-wiring

    Date Published - November 20, 2013

    SV Totem have a useful blog post

    [caption id="attachment_49711" align="alignright" width="200"] © SV Totem[/caption]

    with tips and tricks to help make it easier and safer to manage... Read More

  • Caribbean Boatyard Safety: Good Grounding Saves Lives

    Date Published - November 13, 2013

    If you have a boat with a European type 220 volt AC system, this report by the Caribbean Security & Safety Net could just help... Read More

  • Courtesy Flags for the South Pacific

    Date Published - October 13, 2013

    Tips and advice have taken from the Yahoo group "Pacific Puddle Jump"... Read More

  • Buying the ideal boat for you

    Date Published - October 09, 2013

    Whether you are buying new, second-hand, for blue water cruising or northern latitudes, the following reports offer some great advice and tips.... Read More

  • Cruising Cuba: Trying to go ashore when there’s no marina

    Date Published - September 01, 2013

    Visit Cuba armed with a great deal of patience. Here, Peter Jespersen describes their first visit to Cuba in May 2013.... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Banks Islands, Vureas Bay: The 2013 Vanua Lava Arts Festival

    Date Published - August 07, 2013

    The festival is to be held from 1st to 4th September 2013 at Vureas Bay.... Read More

  • Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

    Date Published - July 03, 2013

    One of the most common questions by cruisers new to extended cruising is details of clearing into countries. How does it work? What do you... Read More

  • Pacific Cyclone Season: North instead of South

    Date Published - July 03, 2013

    Rory Garland & Kate Mackay of S/Y Streetcar have written a very informative report about their time spent during cyclone season in Tuvalu, Kiribati &... Read More

  • Port Vila Notes from a resident sailor

    Date Published - June 26, 2013

    Eric Leroux is a French resident and lives on board his yacht Musique in Port Vila. He is a sailmaker and charter skipper and has... Read More

  • Puerto Morelos, Yucatan: Expensive for Clearance

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    Posted June, 2013

    Clearing in/out of Puerto Morelos, Mexico

    We arrived at El Cid Marina in Puerto Morelos Mexico on May 13, 2013 (we were planning to... Read More

  • Atlantic South America: Dealing with the Authorities

    Date Published - June 05, 2013

    Having visited the Atlantic side of South America, cruiser Paul Heiney shares his thoughts on the best approach when dealing with the authorities in these... Read More

  • Malaysia: Dealing with the death of a loved one whilst cruising

    Date Published - May 22, 2013

    Whilst this is a topic that no one particularly likes to talk about, it is something that all cruisers should consider, particularly when cruising a... Read More

  • Overland trucking to avoid the Red Sea

    Date Published - May 20, 2013

    From Aqaba in Jordan to UAE

    This route was pioneered in early 2011 by Brian and Deborah Taylor-Searle with their yacht ‘Chinook of Canada’. They recorded... Read More

  • Transiting the Panama Canal 2012/13: Cruisers Report

    Date Published - April 30, 2013

    These reports are by boats that transited the Panama Canal late 2012 to 2013. See links at the bottom to previous reports from cruisers who... Read More

  • FSM, Lamotrek: Interesting Information about the Island

    Date Published - April 15, 2013

    Our thanks to Desiré Welgemoed for sending us a report about this remote island.... Read More

  • West Sumatra: Notes from seven weeks cruising

    Date Published - April 12, 2013

    Anchorages West Coast of Sumatra

    The following are notes of our anchorages that we visited during our cruise of West Sumatra during December and January 2013... Read More

  • Cochin (India) to the Maldives

    Date Published - March 25, 2013

    Cruising information on the Maldives and marina in Kochi, India, as reported by Michael Barzam of SV Two Oceans.... Read More

  • Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Boatyard Manager Vacancy

    Date Published - March 18, 2013

    Communication skills in both English and Spanish necessary as well as an understanding of Panamanian culture.... Read More

  • USA: NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program

    Date Published - February 21, 2013

    As reported by www.bwsailing.com. NOAA and the U.S. Power Squadrons renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s... Read More

  • Rescue at Sea: What Happens When the Freighter Arrives

    Date Published - February 21, 2013

    Should you ever request a “ship-assisted rescue,” prior planning and clear communications will be the keys to a ­successful operation.... Read More

  • The Populated Islands of Yap State, FSM

    Date Published - February 18, 2013

    Chris and Des of SY Trigger sent extra information about Woleai Atoll 13 February, 2013.

    WW2 Historical interest at Woleai Atoll FSM Yap

    (7° 22.217'N 143° 54.541'E)

    We... Read More

  • The Costs of Cruising

    Date Published - January 25, 2013

    The crew of Estrellita has a great blog with lots of resources.

    One interesting collection is a list of cruising websites they have sourced by cruisers... Read More

  • How to Extend Zinc-Anode Life

    Date Published - January 25, 2013

    Our thanks to Finike Yachting Agency for forwarding this report to noonsite.... Read More

  • Vanuatu Clearance & Cruising Information

    Date Published - November 13, 2012

    The crew of SV Yolo have been contributing to noonsite with cruising reports since 2010. This useful report summarises in a readable format exactly what... Read More

  • Spain and the Canary Islands: Anchoring Restrictions

    Date Published - October 11, 2012

    If planning to anchor in Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma & Hierro, yachts should ask for permission in advance at the Capitania of Santa Cruz... Read More

  • Penang marinas and anchorages update

    Date Published - October 11, 2012

    A quick update on the marina situation here in Penang, Malaysia for those boats heading this way in the next few months.... Read More

  • Shops and services guide to port Les Minimes, La Rochelle

    Date Published - October 05, 2012

    Deyan reports on where he believes cruisers should spend their time and money wisely in this port having spent several months there in 2012 preparing... Read More

  • Eastern Turkey: Mersin Marina Update

    Date Published - October 04, 2012

    Graham Smith spent 2 weeks in Mersin Marina in September 2012. He reports on what facilities are now available for visiting yachts at this newly... Read More

  • Red Frog Beach Marina Joins the IGY Marinas Network

    Date Published - October 03, 2012

    IGY Marinas is pleased to announce its most recent addition to its network, Red Frog Beach Marina in Bocas del Toro, Panama.... Read More

  • Belitung Indonesia – Helpful resource

    Date Published - October 03, 2012

    Cruiser Recommendation... Read More

  • Indonesia – Useful Cruising Information

    Date Published - September 08, 2012

    Posted 09 September 2012

    Our thanks to Gini of SV Marquesa for these tips.

    We cleared into Indonesia at Jayapura and came down through Indonesian Papua, Raja... Read More

  • Five bits of gear I wish I’d known about before I left to go cruising

    Date Published - June 21, 2012

    "Here are the five top items of gear that I wish someone had told me about before we went long-range cruising"

    Read this excellent report by... Read More

  • Croatia: Recognised Certificates of Competence

    Date Published - June 21, 2012

    The report is a link to a website giving a list of certificates of competency, by various countries and recognised in Croatia... Read More

  • Catamarans now more popular for long distance cruising

    Date Published - June 16, 2012

    Mainstream, normal, typical? However you describe it, the rapidly growing entries in World Cruising Club rallies prove it; sailing a catamaran offshore is no longer... Read More

  • A Guide to Getting Work Done on your Boat in Thailand

    Date Published - January 31, 2012

    A list of services and recommendations provided for getting boat maintenance done in Phuket, Thailand.... Read More

  • Isla Isabel – between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta

    Date Published - January 16, 2012

    Isla Isabel is part of a series of islands and is a National Park. In the current cruising guides, there is an anchorage identified on... Read More

  • Proof of Competency for European Countries

    Date Published - November 04, 2011

    Updated January 2015 - Frequently asked questions.... Read More

  • Re-Galvanizing ground tackle in Australia

    Date Published - May 05, 2011

    Ahoy Yawl!

    I've just learned a new trick and thought I'd share it with you... my fellow sailors.

    Our ground tackle has been in hard use across... Read More

  • Re-Filling LPG Cylinders Worldwide

    Date Published - April 20, 2011

    In Europe, US, Canada and Australia (and in many other countries around the world) it is illegal to re-fill cylinders which are over 10 years... Read More

  • Useful Advice on Keeping Personal Information Safe on the Internet

    Date Published - February 18, 2011

    The best advice we were given (after PayPal was hijacked and access denied, though we didn't actually lose anything) was to follow six simple rules.

    ... Read More

  • Cruising Notes from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Trinidad, West Indies

    Date Published - August 17, 2010

    Cruising notes from San Fernando, Argentina to Natal, Brazil calling at Punta Del Este, Uruguay, and Rio Grande, Porto Belo, Niteroi (Rio), Buzios, Vitoria, Salvador,... Read More

  • Buying a second hand yacht in the USA to export

    Date Published - April 06, 2010

    30 April 2008

    Buying a second-hand yacht in the USA to export

    Hi, can you tell me what the USA customs requirements are for buying and exporting... Read More

  • US SAILING creates International Proficiency Certificate for Bareboat Chartering

    Date Published - March 01, 2010

    Original report posted in October 2005.

    In order to make it easier for cruising sailors from the U.S. to charter sailboats in the European Union, US... Read More

  • Cruising Brazil to Argentina

    Date Published - January 06, 2010

    On deciding that we would cross (the Atlantic) to the Brazilian coast rather than the Caribbean, we spent some time trying to find some up-to-date... Read More

  • The Fuel Hose Trick

    Date Published - January 01, 2010

    I have an experience that may be of interest to noonsite readers. I call it "The Fuel Hose Trick". I wonder if others are aware... Read More

  • Kava – Southern Pacific way of life

    Date Published - May 20, 2009

    Again, our thanks to Rune Kr. Ellingsen for a most interesting article.

    PORT VILA, VANUATU: Forget khat. Forget marihuana. In the desolate jungle areas on the... Read More

  • Cruising notes on Chile and Argentina

    Date Published - April 24, 2009

    A comprehensive report from Miles Thompson of SV Lonestar on cruising Chile and Argentina.... Read More

  • How To Be Sure Your Anchor Is Set

    Date Published - May 26, 2005

    My wife, Sandra, and I have sailed around the US and Latin America for several years and cruised Mexico for 12 months in our 46'... Read More

  • Possible advice on avoiding Propane issues

    Date Published - February 12, 2005

    I offer the following information in the hopes that it is of benefit to some of your readers.

    For anyone fitting out a boat for long... Read More

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    Date Published - December 31, 2021

    The M/T Tropic Breeze, a 160-foot tanker that was en-route to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas has sunk after it was rear-ended by a... Read More

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    Date Published - December 14, 2021

    Colombia's General Maritime Directorate (DIMAR) has introduced new requirements for local navigation in Cartagena that will impact the cruising community.... Read More

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    Date Published - November 27, 2021

    Nautical publishers Imray have teamed up with podcaster Ceri Hurford-Jones to offer a new series of free podcasts, covering navigation, pilotage, tides, winds and the... Read More

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    Date Published - November 23, 2021

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    Date Published - November 17, 2021

    The SSB (Single Side Band) Coconut Telegraph has resumed its cruisers net covering the Eastern Caribbean Island Chain, with the aim of sharing active cruiser... Read More

  • Canary Islands: Watch out for WACS Submarine Cable

    Date Published - October 17, 2021

    Yachts arriving in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands either in preparation for an Atlantic Crossing or just to cruise the islands, are being asked... Read More

  • French Polynesia: New Restrictions on Mo’orea Anchorages

    Date Published - October 09, 2021

    The French Polynesian Government has announced updates to the Lagoon Management Plan which will see several anchorages closed on the island of Mo'orea and a... Read More

  • Caribbean: Free Webinars for Caribbean-Bound Sailors

    Date Published - September 13, 2021

    If you are planning to escape to the Caribbean this winter, then join this free webinar series being held by experienced Caribbean cruiser David Lyman,... Read More

  • World Cruising Club: Updates from the latest WCC E-News

    Date Published - September 07, 2021

    While the World still hangs under the cloud of COVID-19, World Cruising Club has been busy making plans for a safe 2021 ARC and preparing... Read More

  • France, Brittany and Normandy: Entry Guide for Non-EU Yachts

    Date Published - August 14, 2021

    A new process to allow entry into Normandy and Brittany for non-Schengen citizens (or Schengen citizens coming from a third country) is now in place.... Read More

  • Heading to South Africa? Here’s What you Need to Know

    Date Published - August 10, 2021

    With Indian Ocean crossing season almost upon us, many cruising boats in SE Asia will be bound for South Africa in the next 4-8 weeks.... Read More

  • SW Spain, Gulf of Cadiz: Exclusion Zone between Cabo de Trafalgar and Punta Paloma

    Date Published - August 06, 2021

    An exclusion zone for (sailing and motor) vessels up to 15 metres has been established by the Marina Mercante off the coast of SW Spain... Read More

  • Update on EU and UK Tariffs on US Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - July 27, 2021

    Both the UK and the EU continue to impose a 25% customs tariff on the import of US-origin yachts, according to news from the Cruising... Read More

  • Turkey: Sea Snot Clean-Up underway in Aegean and Black Seas

    Date Published - June 27, 2021

    Turkey has launched a massive cleanup effort to combat a Marine Mucilage, or "Sea Snot" bloom, that is affecting adjoining areas of the Aegean and... Read More

  • Spain: RYA Certificates of Competence to be Reinstated

    Date Published - June 01, 2021

    UK Royal Yachting Association (RYA) issued certificates, including the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), are to be recognised in Spanish waters for those wanting to... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation Enhances Search Functionality for Cruising Notes Database

    Date Published - May 20, 2021

    Recent improvements by the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation to their Cruising Notes Database, makes it much easier for users to access and search this... Read More

  • Greece: Corinth Canal Closure Continues

    Date Published - May 17, 2021

    The Corinth Canal, one of the most important infrastructure works of modern Greece and regularly used by small cruising boats, is to remain closed to... Read More

  • UK: New Entry Process for Boats Visiting France

    Date Published - May 13, 2021

    The French government has announced a new process that will allow UK boats to enter France at any French port, rather than one of the... Read More

  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Emergency Solar Light Campaign Underway

    Date Published - May 06, 2021

    On April 9th, 2021, the popular cruising grounds of St. Vincent and The Grenadines were rocked by a massive volcanic eruption which dumped well over... Read More

  • Seven Seas Cruising Association Launches YouTube Channel

    Date Published - May 03, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) supports the liveaboard cruising lifestyle by sharing cruising information and as a part of their outreach, is now featuring... Read More

  • Virtual ARC Bluewater Rendezvous Announced

    Date Published - April 28, 2021

    Aspiring bluewater cruisers are invited to join in a "virtual cockpit chat" with previous ARC skippers and industry experts, to help get their own adventure... Read More

  • UK: New Online Reporting System for Arriving and Departing Sailors

    Date Published - April 15, 2021

    A new online reporting system for all sailors leaving and returning to the UK should go live later this year. It is designed to... Read More

  • World Cruising Club: Latest News

    Date Published - April 12, 2021

    World Cruising Club is continuing to plan and adapt events to be COVID-secure, including ARC Europe, ARC 2021 and ARC January.... Read More

  • South Africa: New Organisation to Help Cruising Yachts Visit the Country

    Date Published - March 25, 2021

    A new organisation has been formed in South Africa to work as a liaison between the offshore and coastal cruising community and the Government.... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Announces Awards for 2020

    Date Published - March 14, 2021

    Despite a pandemic raging throughout 2020, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Awards Subcommittee has found numerous achievements to recognize in the cruising world.... Read More

  • Greece: Important Post-Brexit Regulations

    Date Published - February 19, 2021

    The Cruising Association is in the middle of negotiations on the most important areas of Regulations on behalf of UK yachts in Greece, those being... Read More

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy Responds to Cyclone Yasa

    Date Published - February 17, 2021

    As with Cyclone Winston in 2016, Sea Mercy's fleet of volunteer vessels, crews and disaster response leadership team in Fiji have been assisting the NDMO... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: UK Boat Owners Caught in a “Perfect Storm”

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    Robin Baron, chairman of the Cruising Association’s RATS committee, told Marine Industry News that UK cruisers are in the middle of ‘a perfect storm’. His... Read More

  • Cruising Club of America: Randall Reeves Awarded Blue Water Medal

    Date Published - January 28, 2021

    Randall Reeves has been named winner of the 2020 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for sailing his 45-foot aluminum cutter,... Read More

  • Guatemala and Honduras: The Disaster Continues Post-Hurricane

    Date Published - January 26, 2021

    Hurricane Iota swept over Central America from 16 November, 2020, causing fatalities and widespread damage. Iota came just 2 weeks after the destructive Hurricane Eta,... Read More

  • New Free Imray Podcasts: Informative and Inspiring Cruising Information

    Date Published - January 18, 2021

    On behalf of Imray, Ceri Hurford-Jones meets up with sailors to explore their favourite cruising grounds and waterways, as they share moments and places that... Read More

  • SSCA Free Cruising Webinars: Update on COVID in the Caribbean

    Date Published - January 08, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association continue with their popular free cruising webinars, this month focusing on the COVID situation in the Caribbean for cruising yachts... Read More

  • Becalmed Yacht on Transatlantic Voyage Receives Aid from Oil Tanker

    Date Published - January 07, 2021

    On passage from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria SV Eriu found themselves becalmed and low on fuel and water 1400 miles from St. Lucia. Boatwatch.org... Read More

  • Biofouling Management in the Recreational Boating Sector: Survey

    Date Published - December 27, 2020

    This international survey needs to hear about current practices by recreational sailors worldwide for preventing and managing biofouling on the hulls of their boats. Give... Read More

  • Free Webinar for Yachts Sailing Australia to the SW Pacific Islands

    Date Published - October 20, 2020

    This Down Under Rally webinar is free and open to anyone planning to sail from Australia to the SW Pacific Islands - scheduled for November... Read More

  • Western Mexico to Panama: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 29, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Western Caribbean and East Pacific. This is one of a... Read More

  • Atlantic and Caribbean Cruising: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 04, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Caribbean as well as Canary Islands. This is the second... Read More

  • Educational Project Needs Assistance to Launch Miniature Sailboat

    Date Published - August 31, 2020

    Students from Harbor View Elementary School in Charleston, South Carolina, USA (pictured) are hoping to relaunch their educational miniature sailboat, the HVES Cruiser, and need... Read More

  • The Cruising Network Help Single-Hander Transatlantic Sailor in Trouble

    Date Published - August 19, 2020

    Ship to Shore Mail Forwarding service never thought they would be involved in helping assist a vessel in distress mid Atlantic, but when British single-hander... Read More

  • SSCA Webinars to Help Prepare for the Cruising Season Ahead

    Date Published - August 18, 2020

    Seven Seas Cruising Association announces a new monthly SSCA Webinar series featuring their worldwide Cruising Station Hosts as panelists, open to both members and non-members.... Read More

  • Three OCC Challenge Grants Awarded for 2020

    Date Published - August 12, 2020

    The Ocean Cruising Club began to support challenging ocean endeavours in 2019 by awarding grants to individuals and their projects which seek the betterment of... Read More

  • UK: The RYA asks recreational boaters for input on Schengen discussions

    Date Published - August 12, 2020

    The RYA is launching an online survey to gauge the impact of the Schengen agreement on UK recreational boaters and aims to gather reliable and... Read More

  • Scotland: Marine Industry Calls on Boaters to Respect Rural and Island Destinations

    Date Published - July 10, 2020

    As the COVID-19 lockdown eases across Scotland, marine tourism and sports groups are asking boaters and water users to have full consideration and respect for... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Council of Ministers Reduces Exemption Period for Yachts

    Date Published - July 09, 2020

    French Polynesia's Council of Ministers has reduced the maximum length of admission for exemption from duties and taxes for foreign pleasure vessels from 36 months... Read More

  • A Dedication to Patrick Childress – Cruising Legend

    Date Published - June 09, 2020

    It is with great sadness we report that Patrick Childress, circumnavigator, DIY specialist, sailing ambassador and inspiration to so many, has passed away in a... Read More

  • How To Use The Noonsite Mapping Feature

    Date Published - June 04, 2020

    We are very excited to now have a mapping feature on Noonsite and frequent visitors to the site may have already noticed the small blue... Read More

  • Pandemic in Paradise: A Chronicle of the Pandemic Response Among Cruisers

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    These reports (part 1 and 2) by Daria Blackwell of the Ocean Cruising Club give an excellent overview of what has been going on around... Read More

  • Bahamas, Rock Sound: Cruisers Raise Funds for the Local Community

    Date Published - May 05, 2020

    Keen to encourage more cruisers to support the local community wherever they are, Kristi Black has shared what a group of cruising boats in Rock... Read More

  • NZ and Australia for Cyclone Season: OCC Working on Solutions

    Date Published - April 28, 2020

    The Ocean Cruising Club is compiling a list of yachts who are hoping to cross the South Pacific this year. The particular focus is on... Read More

  • Transatlantic Support for All Cruisers in 2020

    Date Published - April 27, 2020

    The season for crossing back from the Caribbean to Europe is almost upon us, however, this is no normal Transatlantic season and yachts undertaking this... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Sea Mercy lands first container of disaster relief supplies post Cyclone Harold amidst COVID travel restrictions

    Date Published - April 21, 2020

    Humanitarian group Sea Mercy has landed its first container of essential supplies for water treatment, shelter and clean up following the devastation caused by Category... Read More

  • Caribbean Marine Associations Helping Cruisers

    Date Published - April 07, 2020

    Marine associations in Antigua, Grenada and Trinidad, started efforts in April, 2020 to open their borders for cruising boats needing safe refuge for hurricane season.... Read More

  • Connecting cruisers in the time of Covid 19

    Date Published - April 01, 2020

    Cruisers contemplating crossing the Atlantic back to Europe or remaining in the Caribbean or US East Coast will now have access to OCC Facebook Groups.... Read More

  • Caribbean to USA: Salty Dawgs Announce the Homeward Bound Flotilla

    Date Published - March 27, 2020

    The uncertainty of cruising the Caribbean has made it difficult for cruisers and crew. Many people are finding themselves unable to have crew meet them... Read More

  • COVID-19 Coronavirus: Situation Changing Daily in Many Countries

    Date Published - March 15, 2020

    With the spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that is occurring globally, many countries are instituting severe travel restrictions and... Read More

  • Multihull Owners: Recall issued for Goiot escape hatches

    Date Published - March 05, 2020

    If you are sailing a Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot, Catana-Bali, or Nautitech multihull contact your dealer or manufacturer immediately to find out if this escape hatch... Read More

  • French Polynesia: “EcOcean” Code of Good Conduct for Sailors

    Date Published - March 03, 2020

    A new “EcOcean” Code of Good Conduct has been developed by the Association Des Voiliers En Polynesie (AVP - The Association of Sailboats in Polynesia)... Read More

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Special Procedures Being Introduced in Ports of Entry Worldwide

    Date Published - February 12, 2020

    This document has tracked since the beginning of March 2020 the progress of countries worldwide as one by one they went into lockdown, closed their... Read More

  • Colombia, Cartagena: The Caribbean Cruising Network Helps a Single-Hander in Trouble

    Date Published - January 28, 2020

    Many cruisers out on the water may not realise what goes on behind the scenes, with cruising volunteers manning some incredible organisations that are there... Read More

  • Australia, Darwin: New Biosecurity Requirements affect International Yacht Arrivals

    Date Published - January 03, 2020

    As a result of changes to Australian biosecurity requirements which came into effect on December 16, 2019, all non-commercial vessels including international yachts wanting to... Read More

  • Pacific and Indian Oceans: Recycling Sails to Save Lives

    Date Published - December 20, 2019

    Since the Second World War fisherman and locals from many island nations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans have lost much of their sailing traditions,... Read More

  • Caribbean Safety and Security Net: Call for Volunteers

    Date Published - October 27, 2019

    Help other cruisers enjoy safe cruising in the Caribbean, plus keep this incredible free resource for the cruising community alive. Volunteer for just a handful... Read More

  • Randall Reeves Solo-Circumnavigates American and Antarctic Continents in One Season

    Date Published - October 24, 2019

    Last Saturday, 19 October 2019, Randall Reeves completed his Figure 8 Voyage with his 45-foot aluminium sloop, Moli.... Read More

  • Noonsite October Product Update

    Date Published - October 21, 2019

    We are proud to announce this week the latest in a series of ongoing improvements to the new Noonsite.... Read More

  • USA, Annapolis: Ocean Sailing Forum 2019

    Date Published - October 02, 2019

    Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Annapolis Hotel. Ticket entry price includes breakfast, ticket to US Sailboat Show, plus a copy of SAIL magazine.... Read More

  • Sri Lanka: Planned Marina Development Needs Your Feedback

    Date Published - September 27, 2019

    If you have been to Sri Lanka on your yacht, or are planning on visiting, please take time to complete this short online survey.... Read More

  • Panama Canal: Toll Increase Approved as of 1st of January 2020

    Date Published - September 12, 2019

    After seven years of no increase and a public consultation period that ended on July 15th, Panama's Cabinet Council have approved the modified Panama Canal... Read More

  • World Cruising Club eNews: USA Boat Show Edition

    Date Published - September 03, 2019

    The US Sailboat Show takes place from October 10-14, in Annapolis MD. World Cruising Club will be there - find out what activities they are... Read More

  • South Pacific, Tonga to Fiji: Navigation Alert – Dangerous Slick of Volcanic Rubble

    Date Published - August 20, 2019

    A large field of volcanic rocks (Pumice) completely covering the ocean surface has been reported between Vava’u in Northern Tonga and Fiji. Cruisers encountering... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club Challenge Grant: Now Accepting Applications

    Date Published - August 15, 2019

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has established a Challenge Grant to encourage ambitious expeditions for environmental conservation or challenging oceangoing adventures and is now accepting... Read More

  • International Boat Watch Network: New Management and Facebook Group

    Date Published - July 25, 2019

    Glenn and Eddie Tuttle, co-ordinators for the SSCA KPK Net and Cruisers Network Online, have taken over the management of the International Boat Watch Network... Read More

  • Gulf of Mexico to West Africa: Record-high bloom of Sargassum

    Date Published - July 15, 2019

    TransAtlantic Sailors preparing for departure this Fall should take note of the significantly high coverage of Sargassum weed in the central West Atlantic this year.... Read More

  • A Dedication to Jim Baerselman – JimB Sail

    Date Published - June 27, 2019

    Jim Baerselman, who shared his knowledge of European cruising through his popular website JimB Sail, sadly died on 12th April, aged 82, at home with... Read More

  • Cuba: New Travel Restrictions for US Citizens and US Recreational Vessels

    Date Published - June 06, 2019

    (June 6, 2019) - After enjoying a few years of legal cruising to Cuba from the US, it is now no longer possible for US... Read More

  • Vall Ellis, Noonsite Site Researcher, Retires after 19 Years with Noonsite

    Date Published - June 06, 2019

    At the end of April 2019, we said a very fond farewell to the longest-standing team member with Noonsite, Val Ellis (Site Researcher, holiday cover... Read More

  • Summer 2019 eNews from World Cruising Club!

    Date Published - May 30, 2019

    (May 30, 2019) - Featured in this edition are details of the 2019 Bluewater Weekend, results of the ARC Survey in Yachting World Magazine, World... Read More

  • Channel Islands, Guernsey: Problem in Hevelet Bay

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By Val Ellis — Mar 02, 2019

    The winter storms have caused severe damage to the slipway in Hevelet Bay which will cause difficulties for crew... Read More

  • New Caledonia: New Health Insurance Requirement

    Date Published - April 28, 2019

    By Val Ellis - Mar 28, 2019
    Contributors - Audrey of Noumea Yacht Services

    Without Health Insurance which includes repatriation for every member of the crew,... Read More

  • Greece: Cruising Tax Update

    Date Published - April 26, 2019

    By Cruising Association —Mar 19, 2019 08:59 AM

    After much talk of this new tax due to come into force in January 2014, it still has... Read More

  • Greece: TEPAI (New Cruising Tax) Official Information

    Date Published - April 26, 2019

    By Sue Richards — last modified Mar 29, 2019 10:10 PM

    If your boat is in Greek waters or you are planning on cruising to Greece... Read More

  • Caribbean, Trinidad Hibiscus Oil Platform: Pirates fire shots at sailboat – April 2019

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    By CSSN & YSATT

    A sail boat positioned about 15NM NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of eight Venezuelans in an... Read More

  • Egypt: New Restrictions on Health Certificate Requirements

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    New restrictions have come into force which require all crew entering Egypt on board private vessels to have a health certificate when arriving from a... Read More

  • Tonga: Clearance Process now requires Advance Notice of Arrival

    Date Published - April 25, 2019

    As of April 2019, Tonga has changed their clearance process. The Head of Tonga Customs has confirmed that all visiting yachts must submit an advance... Read More

  • World Cruising Club: Latest News

    Date Published - April 09, 2019

    Extracts from the latest World Cruising Club E-News.... Read More

  • USVI: Clarification of Short-term Anchoring Restrictions

    Date Published - March 25, 2019

    The Department of Planning and Natural Resources confirm short-term anchoring restrictions are in place in designated anchorages.... Read More

  • South Atlantic: Two Sailors Lost at Sea when Yacht Capsizes

    Date Published - March 22, 2019

    By Tom Sampson

    SY Paradise was en route from South Georgia to The Falkland Islands when she capsized in heavy seas on 5th March, 2019.... Read More

  • Greece: New Cruising Tax – 19 days and counting . . .

    Date Published - March 14, 2019

    By Sue Richards — Apr 17, 2019 12:24 PM
    Contributors: Cruising Association - Chris Robb

    With only 19 days to go, the Greek Finance Ministry have still... Read More

  • Solomon Islands: Major Fee Increase for Visiting Yachts

    Date Published - February 26, 2019

    A hefty increase in customs and clearance fees for yachts visiting the Solomons has some cruisers considering changing their travel plans.... Read More

  • Venezuela: Closing of Sea Border Adds Risk to Southern Caribbean

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    Published: Feb 27, 2019 03:59 PM
    Contributors: Mary Stone & Alejandro Linares

    Venezuela closes border to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.... Read More

  • UK: The OCC Announces Awards for 2018

    Date Published - February 12, 2019

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the Worldwide Community for Adventure Sailing Since 1954, has announced the recipients of awards that recognize achievements in blue water... Read More

  • World Cruising Club e-News

    Date Published - February 07, 2019

    Spring Seminars on both the USA East and West coasts and in Northern Europe; Registration open for the 2019 ARC route from Gran Canaria to... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Bora Bora: New Anchoring Restrictions for 2019

    Date Published - January 30, 2019

    New legislation has been introduced to restrict anchoring inside Bora Bora Island in order to protect the environment and ensure the peaceful coexistence of all... Read More

  • Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

    Date Published - January 22, 2019

    Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of... Read More

  • USA: How does the Government shutdown affect the cruising community?

    Date Published - January 20, 2019

    The U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection provide services to pleasure boat users - find out what's different during this period of Government... Read More

  • Magnetic North Pole: Shifting Rapidly and Unpredictably

    Date Published - January 12, 2019

    The Earth’s north magnetic pole is shifting so rapidly that steps are being taken to ensure it doesn't impact navigation in the Arctic.... Read More

  • Indonesia: Government recommends boats stay clear of the Sunda Strait

    Date Published - December 27, 2018

    Following the December 23 tsunami in Indonesia’s Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra and the resulting devastation along the coasts of both islands, the Indonesian... Read More

  • A Dedication to Karsten Staffeldt – a great friend to the cruising community

    Date Published - December 10, 2018

    Friend to cruisers, weather router, the source of local knowledge - Karsten provided invaluable advice to thousands of sailors and will be greatly missed.
    ... Read More

  • New Caledonia & Vanuatu: Tsunami warning after 7.6 magnitude earthquake

    Date Published - December 05, 2018

    Authorities order the ‘immediate evacuation’ of people to refuge areas, saying tsunami waves could reach up to three metres.... Read More

  • Fiji: Yachting Study Results Are In

    Date Published - November 19, 2018

    A new study reveals $59 million economic contributions by yachting industry - higher than average spend per visitor compared to other segments.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    For any cruisers planning a passage to the Caribbean this winter, here is a round-up of some useful articles, advice and links from Noonsite.... Read More

  • Mediterranean and Red Sea: GPS interference reported

    Date Published - November 14, 2018

    U.S. Maritime Advisory 2018-014 informs of a continued GPS interference by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. This kind of interference is... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser – Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken

    Date Published - October 17, 2018

    Chuck Houlihan & Linda Edeiken left San Diego on 2005 and spent 7 years cruising Mexico. In 2013 they headed south to explore Central &... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea: Visas on arrival suspended during November

    Date Published - October 16, 2018

    For boats planning an arrival in PNG during November, take note that visas will need to be applied for in advance as PNG is suspending... Read More

  • New Forum for Travelling Families

    Date Published - October 16, 2018

    Cruising Families is a map-based platform for all traveling families to help them find each other and connect.... Read More

  • Greek Cruising Tax Update

    Date Published - October 09, 2018

    After much talk of this new tax due to come into force in January 2014, it still has not been signed off by the Greek... Read More

  • Australia: Brisbane inner city boat moorings to go

    Date Published - September 03, 2018

    More than 20 long-term boat moorings at Gardens Point Boat Harbour will be removed to make way for Brisbane City Council’s on-water development plans. The... Read More

  • SW Pacific, Indonesia, Raja Ampat Islands: Outbreak of Crown of Thorns (CoTs) Starfish

    Date Published - July 19, 2018

    There is a currently an outbreak of the Crown of Thorns (CoTs) starfish (Acanthaster Planci) in the Raja Ampat islands​, eastern Indonesia. CoTs eat coral... Read More

  • UK: Bluewater Weekend set to inspire offshore sailors

    Date Published - April 14, 2018

    Rally organisers World Cruising Club, best known for the annual ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers have joined together once again with leading offshore yacht... Read More

  • OpenSeaMap has added new charts for OpenCPN

    Date Published - March 15, 2018

    5 March 2018 update includes 12 collections of KAP raster navigational charts.... Read More

  • Three Caribbean restoration & repair projects benefit from first round of Sail Aid UK grants

    Date Published - March 08, 2018

    The Trustees of Sail Aid UK (SAUK) are delighted to announce approval of the charity's first three grants, totaling GBP £15,000, to the Anguilla Sailing... Read More

  • Mexico: Changes in how cruisers get a Tourist Visa

    Date Published - January 24, 2018

    Tourist visas must now be purchased at the first port of entry from Immigration. Online visas are no longer permitted.
    ... Read More

  • Awards for the ocean cruising community: The OCC Award goes to David Register for OpenCPN

    Date Published - January 23, 2018

    David Register, developer of OpenCPN navigation and planning software used by thousands of sailors free of charge.... Read More

  • After the Hurricanes: Sailors Lend a Hand

    Date Published - January 13, 2018

    In the days after Irma, a loose group of cruisers based out of Puerto Rico wanted to help their island neighbors to the east.

    A... Read More

  • Help transport Disaster Relief Cargo if you are headed to the Caribbean

    Date Published - November 27, 2017

    For boats sailing from the US (Florida or Washington DC area) to Puerto Rico, BVI or Dominica.... Read More

  • Caribbean cruising after hurricanes Irma and Maria

    Date Published - November 19, 2017

    Circumnavigator Behan, of SV Totem, is currently passing through the Caribbean and has put together a very well written report on the current situation there... Read More

  • Volunteer Boatlifts Help Storm-Battered Dominica

    Date Published - November 09, 2017

    Cruisers from the southern Caribbean to the East Coast of the US became riveted to weather reports as early as August 30th, 2017, when Hurricane... Read More

  • Noonsite nominated for Maritime Media Awards 2017

    Date Published - September 22, 2017

    World Cruising Club has been nominated for the First Sea Lord’s Digital Media Award this year for its Noonsite web-based services, social media communications, and... Read More

  • USA Sailors: a warning about renewing USCG documentation early via Pay.Gov

    Date Published - July 28, 2017

    The USCG National Vessel Documentation Center is implementing a new automated online system for filing vessel documentation and renewals, but the system still has a... Read More

  • Malaysia: Working towards improved security for yachts

    Date Published - July 09, 2017

    The Royal Malaysian Navy has released what could be a very useful app for cruising yachts in this region.... Read More

  • Cuba: President Trump changes Cuba policies again

    Date Published - June 25, 2017

    After the 16th of June announcement by President Trump, many cruisers and travelers with upcoming plans to travel to Cuba began to scramble to figure... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation: Navionics Webinar Pacific Crossing

    Date Published - June 12, 2017

    On Friday, June 16, 2017 1:30 PM BST, lead author Kitty Van Hagen will address some big questions facing anyone considering crossing the Pacific in... Read More

  • Active Captain acquired by Garmin

    Date Published - May 12, 2017

    The popular USA-based cruising guide and database has been acquired by the Garmin Corporation, the company announced on 11 May.... Read More

  • UK: Noonsite Team presented with the OCC Geoff Pack Memorial Award

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    Through their Annual Awards, the OCC recognises exceptional sailing achievement inside and outside the Club. The OCC Awards are presented to recipients at the time... Read More

  • NOAA invites public comment on draft National Charting Plan

    Date Published - March 25, 2017

    The National Charting Plan is a strategy to improve nautical chart coverage, products, and distribution, and NOAA has invited cruisers, sailors, and navigators to comment... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Port Vila: Town and Port Upgrades for 2017

    Date Published - March 22, 2017

    Port Vila on Efate, the hub of yachting activity in Vanuatu, is undergoing a makeover. Improvements include rebuilding the sea wall, a new container and... Read More

  • Noonsite.com Editorial Team recognised with the 2016 Ocean Cruising Club Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy

    Date Published - February 14, 2017

    Our editorial team has been awarded the 2016 Ocean Cruising Club Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy, recognizing "the writers who have done the most to foster... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club Awards for 2016: Noonsite awarded The Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy

    Date Published - February 10, 2017

    Each year, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) recognises the outstanding achievements of blue water sailors and brings them to the attention of the sailing community.... Read More

  • Changes in St. Helena

    Date Published - January 04, 2017

    The formerly isolated outpost has big changes coming, opening St. Helena to cruisers willing to make the trek.... Read More

  • Europe’s version of GPS reaches operational milestone

    Date Published - December 16, 2016

    On December 15, the European Space Agency (ESA) officially announced that the Galileo satellite navigation system, the European version of the U.S.'s GPS, is now... Read More

  • Fiji: Sea Mercy’s work in the Lau Group after Cyclone Winston.

    Date Published - October 26, 2016

    Named the Exploring Isles by a U.S survey expedition in 1840, the closest of the islands in Fiji’s Lau Group lies over 100nm. to windward... Read More

  • Mauritius & Rodrigues: An Outbreak of Foot And Mouth Disease

    Date Published - September 07, 2016

    An outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Rodrigues and Mauritius has resulted in a strict ban on certain products being exported from these islands... Read More

  • UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters

    Date Published - July 05, 2016

    Designed and published in England for nearly 200 years, Imray charts feature popular, carefully edited and award-winning cartography. Having worked with Johnson Outdoors Canada Inc.... Read More

  • UK, USA & Germany: Ocean cruising experts share their sailing knowledge at Boat Show Forums

    Date Published - June 28, 2016

    Sailing rally organizers World Cruising Club will be hosting a series of forums this Autumn set to inspire sailors to extend their offshore cruising boundaries.

    World... Read More

  • Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

    Date Published - February 25, 2016

    Realising there were countless cruisers who were not utilising the DSC capabilities of modern marine radios, Alan Riches of Brunei Radio and Terry Sparkes of... Read More

  • Cyber-Crime Scams Against Yachts in the Caribbean – CSSN Special Report

    Date Published - February 17, 2016

    During 2015, CSSN received reports of internet scammers who were preying on cruisers by intercepting marina reservations and bookings communications and luring cruisers to the... Read More

  • The OCC Announces Award Recipients for 2015

    Date Published - February 11, 2016

    Each year, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) recognizes the outstanding achievements of blue water sailors and brings those achievements to the attention of the sailing... Read More

  • USA: New Requirement for ALL Foreign-Flagged Boats

    Date Published - January 13, 2016

    From January 2016, all foreign boats are required to apply for a Cruising Licence.... Read More

  • Chile: New Strict Quarantine Laws

    Date Published - January 12, 2016

    From January 2016, Chile is implementing strict quarantine rules to prevent the introduction of alien pests and diseases into the country.... Read More

  • Guyana: French-flagged yacht found adrift with dead man and dead dog on board

    Date Published - January 07, 2016

    January 2016: A joint operation involving the Guyana Defence Force Coastguard, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) and the Guyana Police Force is currently underway... Read More

  • UK, London Boat Show: ARC Bluewater Cruisers Question Time

    Date Published - December 26, 2015

    Saturday 9 January at the FOX Bar, EXCEL, LONDON E16 1DR. Free with advanced registration. Coffee from 09:30, Forum from 10:00-12:00.
    ... Read More

  • Garbage Disposal at Sea and in the Eastern Caribbean

    Date Published - November 13, 2015

    The Eastern Caribbean is in the middle of a solid waste disposal crisis. Cruisers arriving in the Islands after a long offshore passage can help... Read More

  • Adventurous Cruising: Meet Pilotage experts at the Southampton Boat Show, UK

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    The RCC Pilotage Foundation (RCCPF), who author so many famous and much-used Pilots, familiar to most cruising sailors, will be available at the Southampton Boat... Read More

  • You can now give something back to noonsite

    Date Published - July 13, 2015

    Noonsite is a free to use website; an ethos that we know our users support and appreciate.... Read More

  • Cook Islands have increased their fee schedule for visiting yachts

    Date Published - May 22, 2015

    The Cook Islands have increased their fee schedule up to and over 1000% for yachts. The fee for anchoring in the lagoon at Penrhyn and... Read More

  • UK, Falmouth: 2018 Golden Globe Race announced

    Date Published - April 21, 2015

    50th anniversary celebrated with a re-run of the race in similar low-tech boats. A race where adventure takes precedence over winning at all costs, and... Read More

  • VentureFarther: A new website for cruisers to share information

    Date Published - April 13, 2015

    Circumnavigator Jon Turgeon has developed a useful website for cruisers through which a multitude of information can be shared: anchorages; scuba spots; routes; waypoints; tracks.... Read More

  • Micronesia: Books for Schools – how you can help

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    In Micronesia, oral stories have always been a focal point of traditional culture, though books themselves have not. Many of the students on the island... Read More

  • Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)

    Date Published - November 28, 2014

    For those cruisers who need to obtain evidence of sailing competency when in European waters, it is now possible for anyone to obtain an International... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Record Gatherings Around the World

    Date Published - September 08, 2014

    London, UK – Unlike other sailing clubs that hold one annual cruise, the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary literally all... Read More

  • Vanuatu: Yacht penalized for calling into Port Resolution unannounced

    Date Published - August 12, 2014

    The skipper of a yacht of French national was penalised by Lenakel Customs for calling into the undeclared port of Port Resolution on the island... Read More

  • TV Network looking for cruisers: this time first time expectant parents

    Date Published - August 07, 2014

    Magilla Entertainment, a TV production company based in NYC, is currently in development of a docu-series in which they are aiming to document first time... Read More

  • Vanuatu Customs standardize operating procedures for small craft controls – further clarification from Customs

    Date Published - August 04, 2014

    This report was first posted last month, compiled by B. J. Skane. Since then, noonsite has been contacted by Vanuatu Customs with updates (in bold)... Read More

  • Sail-World Cruising: Founding Editor Nancy Knudsen says farewell

    Date Published - July 16, 2014

    New Horizons - time to depart. Sail-World Cruising's founding editor is moving on from the cruising website and weekly e-Magazine that she began in 2005.... Read More

  • Imray Nautical App

    Date Published - June 29, 2014

    Imray has just launched a new book app for iPad – Imray Nautical – available to download from the App Store. Download the app for... Read More

  • Life on the Hook: Hunting for Larger than Life Characters

    Date Published - June 17, 2014

    I am a development TV producer always on the hunt for new shows and larger than life characters. Currently, I am working for a large... Read More

  • Australia Customs: Move to make pleasure craft reporting and clearance totally electronic

    Date Published - May 12, 2014

    Australian Customs and Border Protection are going to introduce a system of Electronic Reporting for international yacht arrivals and departures beginning in September of this... Read More

  • Greek Tax (TPP); Relaxation of Port Police Procedures (as at 28 April 2014)

    Date Published - May 05, 2014

    The new Greek Tax, often referred to as TPP, will not be collected until procedures are fully defined. This will take place at some point... Read More

  • EU: Move to end ‘visa’ limits to non-EU sailors

    Date Published - April 07, 2014

    Eurocrats are considering ending the draconian 'visa' restrictions on yachtsmen who aren't from EU countries, which in many cases has landed sailors with outrageous fines,... Read More

  • UK South Coast Flare amnesty: Dispose of your out-of-date flares

    Date Published - March 30, 2014

    Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, Ramora Ltd and four south coast marinas are offering a flare disposal service on select dates. As reported by the RYA.
    ... Read More

  • Norway: Norwegian Pilot Guide currently free to download

    Date Published - March 11, 2014

    The Norwegian Pilot Guide consists of sailing directions for the Norwegian coast, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and is a supplement to the nautical charts.... Read More

  • UK: Crowdsourced boats to map the seas

    Date Published - March 03, 2014

    Large areas of sea around the UK have not had their depth measured for more than a century. In many countries, including the UK, the... Read More

  • Winter Heating & Carbon Monoxide Dangers – Alert to Boat Owners

    Date Published - February 27, 2014

    If you use gas bottles for winter heating or for cooking and heating water, then read the following links to make sure your system is... Read More

  • Yacht Transport: DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport Partnership

    Date Published - February 19, 2014

    Now that the partnership between leading yacht transport companies DYT Yacht Transport and Sevenstar Yacht Transport has been finalized, it’s great news for yacht owners... Read More

  • NOAA Releases Interactive Chart Catalogue

    Date Published - February 17, 2014

    As reported by Cruising Compass.... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club announce annual 2013 Awards

    Date Published - January 13, 2014

    The Ocean Cruising Club (The OCC) has announced the recipients of the OCC Awards for 2013. Each year the OCC recognizes the achievements of ordinary... Read More

  • Practical preparation for an offshore passage from the experts at World Cruising Club UK and USA

    Date Published - December 16, 2013

    Ocean cruising experts share their sailing knowledge in both the UK and USA.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean: St Vincent Coast Guard Security Advice to Yacht Owners

    Date Published - November 28, 2013

    Whilst this advice dates from 2008, it still stands today, not only for St. Vincent but for all the Caribbean islands.... Read More

  • Looking for Liveaboards for New TV Show

    Date Published - November 15, 2013

    Atlas Media in Los Angeles, USA, are currently casting a new TV show.... Read More

  • Canaries, Lanzarote: Women & Cruising Forum at Puerto Calero

    Date Published - November 08, 2013

    Join us for a lively talk and open discussion about women and cruising.... Read More

  • Caribbean Security for Cruisers: Everyone’s Concern, Everyone’s Responsibility

    Date Published - November 01, 2013

    This report by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN), helping cruisers enjoy safer cruising in the Caribbean.... Read More

  • NOAA Print on Demand Charts

    Date Published - October 31, 2013

    Since last week’s announcement that NOAA will no longer be printing paper charts, there has been some confusion on where to get Print-On-Demand charts (POD).... Read More

  • NOAA announces end of traditional paper nautical charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    NOAA-certified Print-on-Demand partners will continue to sell up-to-date paper nautical charts... Read More

  • USA: NOAA Announces End of Traditional Paper Nautical Charts

    Date Published - October 22, 2013

    Is this the new way to go? Are paper charts becoming obsolete? Will the publishers of charts from other countries take the same route.... Read More

  • Southern Mediterranean: North African migrant emergency means cruisers should be vigilant

    Date Published - October 15, 2013

    If cruising the waters bordered by southern Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, and Libya, be aware that because of an influx of migrants attempting to leave from... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club and SeaBC Announce Cooperative Effort to Record and Report Sea Bird Sightings

    Date Published - October 06, 2013

    The SeaBC Sea Bird Count is a citizen science project organized by a volunteer group of nine long-distance birding sailors from around the world. The... Read More

  • UK: Red Diesel Update

    Date Published - July 29, 2013

    RED DIESEL: RYA and BMF have welcomed the news that the Government has decided to challenge the European Commission's position over the use of red... Read More

  • Mediterranean Anchoring Restrictions

    Date Published - July 22, 2013

    As the Mediterranean sailing season is now in full swing, it might be timely to remind all cruising boats of the anchoring restrictions that are... Read More

  • Philippines, Mindanao, Davao: The final passage of Ellen Lee Kwen (SV Wiskun)

    Date Published - June 26, 2013

    Ellen has contributed to Noonsite for many years and her volunteer cruising station was of great help to all cruisers in the Philippines.... Read More

  • Croatia: Sailing magnet now, but what after she joins the EU in July?

    Date Published - June 24, 2013

    Croatia is a drawcard for cruising sailors from all over the world. They float around from other European ports, they arrive as circumnavigators with Croatia... Read More

  • New Features on noonsite: Adding Comments

    Date Published - June 20, 2013

    New features have just been added to enhance the community, making it easier to share knowledge with other sailors via noonsite.com... Read More

  • Space weather may reduce GPS accuracy

    Date Published - June 19, 2013

    A dramatic example of the effects of space weather occurred in March 1989 when a solar storm knocked out power in Quebec, leaving 6 million... Read More

  • Nicaragua Congress approves ocean-to-ocean canal plan

    Date Published - June 16, 2013

    (July 8, 2014) - The Nicaraguan Congress has approved a proposal to have a canal built linking the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.... Read More

  • South Pacific, New Zealand: Russell Radio Discontinues SSB Service

    Date Published - May 07, 2013

    SSB service now offered by Far North Radio. Russell Radio continues on VHF Ch. 63 for advance notice for Customs in Opua.

    Russell Radio is no... Read More

  • Sailors turned Scientists: Be a part of the world’s biggest plankton survey

    Date Published - April 16, 2013

    A recent study has suggested that the phytoplankton in the oceans that underpin the whole marine food chain has declined by 40% since the 1950s... Read More

  • Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Announces Two Openings in Youth Blue Water Cruising Programme for 2013 Season

    Date Published - April 04, 2013

    London, England – The Ocean Cruising Club has introduced a bursary (scholarship or grant) programme, the aim of which is to foster the development of... Read More

  • Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Boatyard Manager Vacancy

    Date Published - March 18, 2013

    Communication skills in both English and Spanish necessary as well as an understanding of Panamanian culture.... Read More

  • USA: NOAA and U.S. Power Squadrons Renew Cooperative Charting Program

    Date Published - January 25, 2013

    As reported by www.bwsailing.com. NOAA and the U.S. Power Squadrons renew a 50-year commitment to a cooperative charting program that helps to update the nation’s... Read More

  • The Ocean Cruising Club announces recipients of the 2012 OCC Awards

    Date Published - January 23, 2013

    The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the world’s truly global ocean cruising association, has announced the recipients of the OCC Annual Awards.  Each year the OCC... Read More

  • Australia: Marine Imray Charts App just released for iPad

    Date Published - January 23, 2013

    Update 2.20 for the Marine Imray Charts App. There are lots of new features and in the Chart Store coverage has been extended with Australian... Read More

  • Cruising Association (CA) Launches North Sea Section

    Date Published - January 09, 2013

    The Cruising Association has more than 4300 members worldwide.... Read More

  • Honduras, Roatan: Foreign Cruisers Disrespect Local Marine Park Laws

    Date Published - December 26, 2012

    On Thursday, December 20th, 2012, the Director of the Marine Park in Roatan boarded a Canadian boat named “La Pointe Gaspesienne” in West End. The... Read More

  • Ocean Crew Link: New Online Directory to connect Boat Owners with Offshore sailing crew.

    Date Published - December 17, 2012

    Specializing purely in ocean sailing opportunities, OceanCrewLink.com is a new online directory of sailors and opportunities, which aims to connect boat owners with the offshore... Read More

  • New Show looking for People who live their lives at Sea

    Date Published - October 16, 2012

    Have you given up the Rat Race for a life cruising the world's oceans?... Read More

  • Sailing Today Magazine App now FREE

    Date Published - April 27, 2012

    Smartphone and tablet device users will now be able to download the Sailing Today application free of charge. Following an overhaul of Sailing Today’s digital... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation – New Forum

    Date Published - November 28, 2011

    The RCC Pilotage Foundation website has recently been updated with a new feedback and questions forum [BROKEN LINK].

    The RCCPF has always encouraged users of their... Read More

  • Foreign yachts fined in Europe for “wrong” fuel

    Date Published - August 18, 2011

    The warning is clear for all cruising sailors headed for Europe after being in America, even for a short time. Two megayachts have been boarded... Read More

  • Dispute As To Facts Of Kiribati Yacht Arrest

    Date Published - May 31, 2008

    Several concerned sailors have contacted Noonsite regarding a news item we published in April regarding the arrest of the crew of German yacht Atlantis in... Read More

  • Authorities are tightening regulations in Patagonia

    Date Published - February 11, 2008

    Noonsite has received the following communication from Skip Novak, who has been chartering in Southern Chile and Antarctica for the past 15 years. Anyone planning... Read More

  • Seahorse Marine: One of China’s best kept secrets

    Date Published - December 11, 2007

    On a recent visit to China, Jimmy Cornell visited the Seahorse Marine boatyard in Zhuhai, close to Hong Kong. The yard produces a range of... Read More

  • Procedures Required For Visiting Libya

    Date Published - January 21, 2007

    This information has kindly been provided for us by Salem Altoaish of United Tours, Libya.

    Private Yachts calling Libyan Ports for tourism are welcome in Libya,... Read More

Books

  • Adlard Coles Heavy Weather Sailing

    The latest edition of this classic book.

    Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition (2008), Published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

    See book review here... Read More

  • Atlantic: The Atlantic Crossing Guide

    The Atlantic Crossing Guide, expanded and refreshed in its 7th edition for a new generation of Atlantic cruisers, is the well-established and definitive reference, relied... Read More

  • Bahamas: Explorer Chartbooks

    www.explorercharts.com
    Edited by Monty and Sara Lewis and updated on average every 3rd year.
    1. Near Bahamas (including Abacos) - 8th Edition (2017)
    2. Exumas (including Ragged Islands)... Read More

  • British and US Virgin Island: Virgin Anchorages

    Excellent companion to the Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, featuring stunning, color, aerial photography, it captures 46 of the most popular anchorages in the... Read More

  • Canada: Exploring the South Coast of British Columbia: Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound to Port Hardy and Blunden Harbour

    By Don Douglass and Reanne Hemingway Douglass
    Publisher: Fine Edge Productions; 3rd edition (August 26, 2009)
    ISBN-13: 978-1932310238... Read More

  • Caribbean: Leeward Anchorages

    Depicts 43 anchorages and harbors throughout the islands of Anguilla, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, Saint Barts, Saba, Statia, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Barbuda, Antigua, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante,... Read More

  • Caribbean: Windward Anchorages

    Windward Anchorages graphically, and through spectacular aerial photography, depicts 47 anchorages and harbors throughout the islands of Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenadines and Grenada,... Read More

  • Cruisers’ AA

    Contains over 1,800 tips, tricks, advice, and ideas on cruising – interspersed with color pictures and shorts stories. Available in paperback or as an ebook.... Read More

  • Guyana, Venezuela: Around The Next Bend

    Bernie and Yvonne Katchor have been adventuring and exploring for 44 years aboard their sailboats. 'Around the next Bend' is the beguiling story of their... Read More

  • How to Battle Seasickness: 100 Tips to Help You Get Your Sea Legs

    Michelle Segrest has experienced epic battles with seasickness while sailing the world on a 43-foot steel ketch with only a two-person crew. She has learned... Read More

  • Norway, Sweden: Norwegian Cruising Guide- Vol. 1 (General Cruising Information)

    A mariners complete guide to the coasts of Norway, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), and the west coast of Sweden.

    Everyone cruising the area covered by the guide will... Read More

  • Norway: Norwegian Cruising Guide- Vol. 2 (Swedish Border to Bergen)

    A guide for mariners from the Swedish border to and including Bergen. The volume 2 of this book is newly updated with 264 pages.

    2021 Update:... Read More

  • Norway: Norwegian Cruising Guide- Vol. 3 (Bergen to Bodø)

    A mariners guide to the west coast of Norway, from Bergen up to and including Bodø. It has 252 pages with up-to-date information to help... Read More

  • Norway: Norwegian Cruising Guide- Vol. 4 (Bodø to the Russian Border)

    The updated Volume 4 of this book has 254 pages that covers the west and north coasts of Norway, from Bodø to the Russian border,... Read More

  • Norway: Norwegian Cruising Guide- Vol. 5 (Svalbard and Jan Mayen)

    A mariners complete guide to the coasts of Norway, Svalbard (Spitsbergen), and Jan Mayen.

    Continuously updated since 1978. It has over 900 pages in five volumes... Read More

  • Ocean Sailing

    A practical guide to long-distance ocean sailing covering the most important issues facing the aspiring ocean cruiser illustrated by passages from “those who have done... Read More

  • Sail Away: How to escape the rat race and live the dream

    Written by a yachting journalist who has sailed away for 8 years, together with the contributions of 100 other blue-water cruisers. There is a practical... Read More

  • Surviving the Storm: Coastal and Offshore Tactics

    Steve Dashew has produced a really useful addition to the blue water cruising library with a comprehensive and gripping book about storm preparation, gear, and... Read More

  • The Boatyard Book

    The Boatyard Book is a practical, comprehensive reference manual that provides sensible, accessible advice for boatowners on planning and carrying out annual maintenance, repairs, upgrades and... Read More

  • The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew, 4th Edition

    The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew
    By Lin and Larry Pardey

    Despite the title, this is hardly a cookbook; rather it s a primer on successful... Read More

  • The Voyager’s Handbook: The Essential Guide to Blue Water Cruising

    This exquisitely detailed guide helps you master the skills you’ll need to handle a boat at sea with a small crew, including weather forecasting, passage... Read More

  • U.K. and Ireland Circumnavigator’s Guide

    A valuable guide for anyone planning all or part of such a cruise.

    For more details, see here.

    By Sam Steel
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (March 2011,... Read More

  • Voyaging with Kids

    An incredible resource for parents with kids on board and for all those families thinking about taking their children voyaging who want their questions answered.

    A... Read More

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