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Atlantic Crossing

Useful Resources

  • 15 things you should know when planning an Atlantic crossing

    Elaine Bunting's list of her top 15 tips for an Atlantic crossing, which she has drawn up both from her own ocean passages in the... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean East to West: Ascension to Barbados

    Useful passage notes part I, II & III from SV Totem (March/April 2016).

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2016/04/passage-notes-ascension-to-barbados-part-i.html?... Read More

  • Atlantic Pilot Atlas

    By: James Clarke
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (5th Edn Feb.2011)
    ISBN 9781408122471

    The Atlantic Pilot Atlas provides a complete guide to the weather of the North and... Read More

  • How to Sail an Atlantic Circuit

    Sam and Alexandra Fortescue share the knowledge and experience they gained on a one-year Atlantic circuit from the UK to the Caribbean, and back home... Read More

  • Ocean-bound – experienced skippers offer their advice on Atlantic crossing preparation

    26 November 2015

    Crossing the Atlantic is a huge endeavour, requiring careful preparation. Yachting World Editor Elaine Bunting gets some advice from skippers who between them... 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 and Boating

    Cruising and sailing information gathered during a circumnavigation, including detailed notes on the Red Sea and Atlantic crossing. Download various useful ebooks.

    http://www.michaelbriant.com/sailing.htm... Read More

  • Sailing the Atlantic

    Posted July 2016.

    Set up by cruising sailors with over 100,000 ocean miles in a small sailboat, over 20 Atlantic Passages and more than 40 years... Read More

  • Taking the northerly route across the Atlantic; YW meteorologist explains

    Posted October 2015.

    Meteorologist Chris Tibbs deconstructs the ARC-winning northerly route across the Atlantic and explains why it comes with a caution for cruisers. From www.yachtingworld.com.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/features/taking-the-northerly-route-across-the-atlantic-68327

    UPDATE... Read More

Reports

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

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    Noonsite, in association with the Ocean Cruising Club, has compiled a list of transatlantic ports, Mediterranean ports and Northern European ports that are open to... Read More

  • Tropical Season 2020: What will this Tropical Season bring, where can I go, and when and how might I try to get there?

    Date Published - April 13, 2020

    Officially, Hurricane season for the Atlantic North of the Equator begins June 1, and ends November 30. Cruisers currently stuck in the Caribbean basin due... Read More

  • Atlantic Islands

    Date Published - May 15, 2017

    The latest (6th) edition of this most useful pilot has been extensively revised and updated. It now includes Bermuda along with the other Island groups... Read More

  • On Passage from Canary Islands to Cape Verdes: Attempted Boarding off W Sahara – November 2016

    Date Published - November 16, 2016

    Reported by SV Sherpa

    On passage from Lanzarote to Mindelo, Cape Verdes

    Approximate position: 27,07,34 N / 13,58 W

    35 miles from shore off El Anjum, West Sahara.

    It... Read More

  • Passage Notes: Namibia to St Helena

    Date Published - March 18, 2016

    SV Totem has been sailing around the world since 2008. Now on the final leg back to the USA, this family’s passage notes from Namibia... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Nova Scotia, Halifax to Azores

    Date Published - January 12, 2009

    I am planning to sail from Halifax to the Azores next year and to winter in the Azores before crossing to the Med. There appears... Read More

  • Caribbean, Cape Town, Seychelles

    Date Published - August 25, 2008

    Do you have any thoughts on passage planning/routing for a 45 foot Cat from Caribbean to Cape Town to Seychelles. Owner wants to leave June... Read More

  • Toronto to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - August 25, 2008

    Hi, we have a searunner 40 tri and wish to cruise the Med. Currently in Toronto and would like your thoughts in terms of winds... Read More

  • My First Atlantic Crossing

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    If you have never crossed the Atlantic and always wondered what it might be like – read Camille Parrain’s personal reflections on her first ocean... Read More

  • Azores to Jacksonville, Florida

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    As with the Canaries, is January considered a safe month to sail a 44ft sloop directly to Jacksonville Florida from the Azores? Our intended route... Read More

  • Turkey to US East Coast

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are thinking of having a 44' trawler built for us in Turkey. After sea trials and shakedown cruise, we plan to take our new... Read More

News

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... Read More

  • Atlantic: UK Yacht in Trouble – Crew Rescued using AMVER System

    Date Published - May 04, 2020

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda on Friday (May 1) using the Automated... 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

  • USA, Georgia: New Regulations for Overnight Anchoring and Waste Disposal.

    Date Published - February 22, 2020

    Effective from January 1, 2020, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has implemented new regulations for overnight anchoring and waste disposal from vessels along the... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: Curtain Call for ARC 2019

    Date Published - December 23, 2019

    On Saturday 21st December hundreds of sailors from the 2019 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers came together for a night of celebration to... Read More

  • Canaries, Gran Canaria, ARC 2019: An Ocean Classic Gets Underway

    Date Published - November 25, 2019

    A great adventure has now begun for over a thousand sailors from fifty-three nations who departed Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday to cross the... Read More

  • ARC 2019 officially opens with lively national flag parade

    Date Published - November 19, 2019

    With the majority of boats now docked in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crews busy making preparations for their 2,700 nm Atlantic ahead of... Read More

  • Canary Islands: A Swell Send-off for ARC+

    Date Published - November 10, 2019

    ARC 2019 has three starts from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The first, ARC+, departed on Sunday 10 November 2019. Leg 1 sails to Mindelo,... Read More

  • 34th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - November 01, 2019

    The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) will bring together a diverse group of boats and crews to sail with the historic ocean rally celebrating its... 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

  • ARC+2015 Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    A gentle swell, warm sunshine, and an easy F4 ENE breeze were the order of the day for the 64 strong ARC+ fleets heading off... Read More

  • Canary Islands, El Hierro: Frenchman sets off to cross the Atlantic in a Barrel

    Date Published - January 04, 2019

    71-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin, an experienced navigator, and sailor has now decided to embark on a new challenge in an extremely small vessel. He swam across... Read More

  • ARC+ 2018 Comes to an end in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - December 15, 2018

    ARC+ route of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers celebrates their arrival in St Lucia.... Read More

  • ARC 2018 sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 25, 2018

    The 33rd edition of the ARC gets underway in perfect cruising rally conditions... Read More

  • Support Research and Help Track Caribbean Seaweed

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    All you have to do if you spot Sargassum (Caribbean seaweed) is log the incident (date/time/photo) and post the data to the research website on... 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

  • Canary Islands: The Atlantic Rally For Cruisers 2018 Gets Underway

    Date Published - November 15, 2018

    The popularity of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) only gets better with three different routes and three separate starts this year. ARC+ Saint Lucia... Read More

  • Canary Islands, Las Palmas: 33rd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 31, 2018

    With three starts planned, it’s going to be an exciting year in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as the rally preparations commence at the beginning... Read More

  • SSCA’s Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will resume operation Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Date Published - October 23, 2018

    Beginning on October 24, 2018, and continuing during the traditional winter crossing season (and again in the spring), Chris Parker will provide weather routing specifically... Read More

  • Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates

    Date Published - September 14, 2018

    September tends to bring increased storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins. Right now there are 4 named storms in the Atlantic and... Read More

  • Heading to the Caribbean this Fall? Find out about Sargassum…..

    Date Published - August 22, 2018

    Part of a natural response to changing ocean conditions, the Pelagic Sargassum has bloomed in vast amounts over the past several years. While it offers... Read More

  • Cruising Gib to Canaries: Industrial fishing off Morocco is a hazard for yachts

    Date Published - August 01, 2018

    Skipper Ron van Putten was shocked to encounter so many extensive fishing nets blocking his path shortly after exiting the Straits of Gibraltar on route... Read More

  • New route option launched for ARC – November 2018

    Date Published - July 25, 2018

    Following high demand, World Cruising Club has announced a new alternative route option for ARC+ this November - ARC+ St. Vincent!... Read More

  • Antigua to Southampton: Record 52 Yacht Shipment

    Date Published - June 20, 2018

    Peters & May has completed a record-breaking shipment of 52 yachts on one vessel travelling from Antigua to Southampton.
    ... Read More

  • Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net to join daily Doo Dah SSB Net

    Date Published - May 09, 2018

    The Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net is expanding its coverage.... Read More

  • Atlantic, Azores: Italian Sailors Missing

    Date Published - May 05, 2018

    Wreck discovered, but 2 Italian sailors still missing: SAR search called off
    ... Read More

  • 2018 ARC Europe: Bound for Bermuda!

    Date Published - April 09, 2018

    On Saturday 5 May, crews from World Cruising Club's "return ARC", the ARC Europe transatlantic rally, said farewell to Caribbean waters as they set off... Read More

  • Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Major Seaweed Invasion Underway

    Date Published - April 05, 2018

    Over recent years, quantities of Sargassum, a type of seaweed commonly known as sargasso, have continued to wash up on beaches and appear in the... Read More

  • Outlook of Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean Sea for 2018

    Date Published - March 02, 2018

    March 1st, 2018, by University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Lab

    Sargassum Outlook Bulletin

    According to past experience, a winter bloom in the central West Atlantic often... Read More

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

    Date Published - November 30, 2017

    Stanislaw and Elisabeth Dabrowna were just at the start of their 4-year circumnavigation, having left the Canary Islands for Barbados in early November. Sadly 180nm... Read More

  • Crossing the Atlantic with ARC 2017: Settling in to life at sea

    Date Published - November 27, 2017

    So far ARC 2017 has delivered a mix of weather, emotions, and celebrations.... Read More

  • Into the Atlantic: ARC 2017 Sets Sail from Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 19, 2017

    An international fleet of yachts taking part in the 32nd edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today from Las Palmas de... Read More

  • ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 05, 2017

    68 boats sailing with ARC+ 2017 set off today, 5th November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the first leg of their Atlantic crossing,... Read More

  • 32nd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 23, 2017

    The bustling city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is set to welcome the 32nd edition for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) this November.... Read More

  • Transatlantic: Sailing out and shipping home with Peters & May in record style

    Date Published - June 19, 2017

    Everyone loves sailing over to the Caribbean and enjoying the place when they arrive but what happens when the season is coming to a close... Read More

  • North Atlantic Storm: Yachts dismasted and sunk in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR shorthanded transaltantic race

    Date Published - June 09, 2017

    One yacht has sunk, another has been dismasted and two crews have been rescued in the North Atlantic after crews in the OSTAR and OSTAR... Read More

  • Atlantic Rescue: Coast Guard Rescues Austrian Boater From Life Raft

    Date Published - February 08, 2017

    The crew of a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod rescued an Austrian boater from a life raft in the Atlantic... Read More

  • ARC 2016 comes to a close in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - December 18, 2016

    The 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday 17th December, with the prize-giving ceremony held at the Beausejour Indoor... Read More

  • ARC: Record-Breaking Rambler 88 arrives in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - November 29, 2016

    George David's super-maxi Rambler 88 has added a new accolade to her already enviable sailing reputation, as she crossed ARC Finish Line in Rodney Bay,... Read More

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: A Classic Start for ARC 2016

    Date Published - November 20, 2016

    Following years and months of planning, two weeks of preparations and provisioning and final hours of farewells, the yachts taking part in ARC 2016 made... Read More

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 25, 2016

    It's a full house for this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Both route options are at capacity with waiting lists in place for the... Read More

  • World Cruising News

    Date Published - October 03, 2016

    Welcome to the latest news from World Cruising Club!... Read More

  • Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

    Date Published - May 03, 2016

    Tropical storms & hurricanes in the Atlantic predicted to total 14 this season, 2 more than normal. This article by AccuWeather.com... Read More

  • Sargasso Weed Infestation Research – Citizen Science for Transatlantic Sailors

    Date Published - January 28, 2016

    Sargasso Weed in the North Atlantic is becoming a problem for both boats and the countries facing the Atlantic (the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa).... Read More

  • Cruise liner carries out mid-Atlantic yacht rescue

    Date Published - January 26, 2016

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ‎ship Braemar came to the aid of a sailing yacht which had been adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean... Read More

  • Atlantic Sargasso Weed: On-going Research Update

    Date Published - December 04, 2015

    The annual migration of cruising boats to warmer Caribbean waters is now underway, from both North America and Europe (and a few from South America).... Read More

  • Team Brunel sail in to Saint Lucia to set a new ARC Course Record

    Date Published - November 30, 2015

    VO65 Team Brunel has broken the ARC Course Record sailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in an elapse time... Read More

  • Rocking and rolling to Saint Lucia: The 30th Edition of the ARC starts in spectacular style

    Date Published - November 22, 2015

    Years and months of intense planning and preparation finally paid off today as the yachts taking part in ARC 2015 made their way out of... Read More

  • Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

    Date Published - November 11, 2015

    As of early on Wednesday morning, Kate became the fourth tropical system to reach hurricane strength during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Kate will bring strong... Read More

  • ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 08, 2015

    A gentle swell, warm sunshine, and an easy F4 ENE breeze, were the order of the day for the 64 strong ARC+ fleet heading off... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean – The Sargassum Phenomenon is a Serious Issue for Atlantic sailors

    Date Published - September 20, 2015

    Single-hander Donna Lange who started a non-stop sail around the world in July from Bristol, RI, USA, kicked off a serendipitous scientific event by showing... Read More

  • Cheeki Rafiki Accident Report Points to Keel Detachment

    Date Published - April 30, 2015

    Official accident report concludes that previous groundings and repairs to keel may have a weakened structure of yacht which capsized with the loss of four... Read More

  • ARC 2014: ARC Start Delayed

    Date Published - November 22, 2014

    ARC start delayed as local strong winds cause postponement of starts for Racers and Cruisers.... Read More

  • Missing yacht: Search called off for British sailors after US Navy finds Cheeki Rafiki’s life raft was not used

    Date Published - May 23, 2014

    The US Coast Guard has called off its search for the four missing British sailors after the wreck of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: The first edition of ARC+ comes to a close

    Date Published - December 13, 2013

    ARC+, World Cruising Club's new route option for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, came to an official end last night at the Royal by Rex... Read More

  • The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 25, 2013

    The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail yesterday from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia.... Read More

  • ARC 2013: Club Racing Across the Atlantic

    Date Published - November 15, 2013

    The ARC has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing... Read More

  • TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 12, 2013

    The first ARC+ set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk... Read More

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

  • Rescued at sea for the second time in four months

    Date Published - March 27, 2013

    Loss of their rudder in November last year meant their boat "Viewfinder" had to be towed to Madeira. At the end of February this year,... Read More

Atlantic Ocean East

Useful Resources

  • Reeds Nautical Almanac

    The Yachtsman's Bible

    Publication Date: September each year
    Price: £39.99(2012)
    ISBN: 9781408140543
    Published by: Adlard Coles Nautical

    Reeds Nautical Almanac is the indispensable annual compendium of navigational data for yachtsmen.

    Providing... Read More

Reports

  • Atlantic Islands

    Date Published - May 15, 2017

    The latest (6th) edition of this most useful pilot has been extensively revised and updated. It now includes Bermuda along with the other Island groups... Read More

  • Passage from Azores to England in July

    Date Published - August 10, 2009

    Received 27 July 2009 from yacht Vindomar

    Roy and Sue Potter are almost at the end of a 5-year circumnavigation

    Azores to NW Spain

    This is to be... Read More

  • Australia, Durban to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I recently completed a Westward circumnavigation on a 48 ft catamaran built in St Francis Bay South Africa. The boat is back at the factory... Read More

News

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... Read More

  • Atlantic Hurricane Activity: Could we see an increase now El Nino has ended?

    Date Published - August 08, 2019

    August 8, 2019 - NOAA announced today that the current El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has ended and neutral conditions have returned. This now... 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

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

Atlantic Ocean South

Reports

  • Chile: Cruising the Channels in Patagonia

    Date Published - January 25, 2019

    Interesting report from Dan Stroud who is cruising the Channels in Patagonia and who had to divert to Ushuaia in Argentina.
    ... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

News

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... 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

Atlantic Ocean West

Useful Resources

  • Notes on crossing the gulf stream en route to Bermuda or the Caribbean

    November 2015.

    Passage planning from Fishing Bay, Deltaville, Virginia USA to Bermuda.

    http://sailingsimplicity.com/sailing-to-bermuda-weather-planning/

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

Reports

  • Buenos Aires to San Francisco

    Date Published - August 28, 2012

    Beneteau 51.5 - single-handed delivery trip back home
    Buenos Aires to San Francisco
    Departed Buenos Aires March 14th 2012.... Read More

  • Bahamas to Bermuda

    Date Published - October 22, 2009

    We arrived in the Bahamas having crossed the Gulf stream in company with friends and we leave them in Morgans Bluff and head out in... Read More

  • USA, Florida to Margarita, Venezuela

    Date Published - May 18, 2008

    Could you advise on a proposed route, please?

    I need to sail from Key West to Margarita, towards the end of June. I had hoped to... Read More

  • North Atlantic in November

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I have little choice on timing my way out of the Great Lakes and November appears to be best for me. I have been told... Read More

  • USA, Rhode Island to the Caribbean in November

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I'm Med based and don't know a great deal about the goings on across the pond, but I may have to take a Swan 65... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Lucia to Maine, USA

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    I am in the process of purchasing a catamaran in St. Lucia. I need to sail it from St. Lucia to Maine in May. Do... Read More

  • USA to Panama in April

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    I'm leaving Charleston, SC aboard a 42' catamaran 01APR08 for Panama Canal (and NZ thereafter) and I'm wondering:

    if we should stay inside (West) of... Read More

News

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... Read More

  • Atlantic Hurricane Activity: Could we see an increase now El Nino has ended?

    Date Published - August 08, 2019

    August 8, 2019 - NOAA announced today that the current El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has ended and neutral conditions have returned. This now... 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

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA HF Net is a valuable service for cruisers

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    Information, news, security and assistance with land based resources - if you haven't already, find out more about this great radio service open to all... 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

  • Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

    Date Published - November 11, 2015

    As of early on Wednesday morning, Kate became the fourth tropical system to reach hurricane strength during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Kate will bring strong... Read More

  • Caribbean, Grenada: Alert Level Raised for Grenada’s Underwater Volcano

    Date Published - July 23, 2015

    UPDATE: ORANGE ALERT DOWNGRADED TO YELLOW - 27 July 2015... Read More

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

Caribbean Sea

Businesses

  • Coconut Telegraph

    The eastern Caribbean's SSB net which runs throughout the Caribbean Season.2019 resumes service 11th November.The Net operates Monday through Saturday at 8:00am AST (-4GMT) on... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Colombia to Rio Dulce Cruising Guide

    Authors: Amaia Agirre & Frank Virgintino (May 2016). Covers the coast of Colombia, The San Blas Islands, the off-lying islands of Colombia (San Andres and... Read More

Reports

  • The Great Caribbean Shut Down – by Chris Doyle

    Date Published - April 14, 2020

    Well known cruising guide author Chris Doyle is stuck in lock down on board his boat in Saint Lucia. With his breadth of local knowledge... Read More

  • Tropical Season 2020: What will this Tropical Season bring, where can I go, and when and how might I try to get there?

    Date Published - April 13, 2020

    Officially, Hurricane season for the Atlantic North of the Equator begins June 1, and ends November 30. Cruisers currently stuck in the Caribbean basin due... Read More

  • Caribbean: National, Regional and Island Weather Websites and Reports

    Date Published - January 08, 2019

    Report listing weather websites and forecasting services.... Read More

  • Cuba, East Coast: Puerto de Vita to Santiago

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    A cruiser provides info covering Puerto de Vita to Santiago/Marina Punta Gorda.... Read More

  • Panama: Anchoring Information for Guna Yala (San Blas)

    Date Published - December 10, 2018

    Cruisers have compiled a useful list of anchorages and fees charged in Guna Yala.... Read More

  • Routing: Grenada to Panama

    Date Published - February 20, 2017

    Routing Grenada to Panama: 

    We generally take the same route. Last time we went north from Grenada to Martinique, where there is great provisioning for a... Read More

  • Sailing Panama to the British Virgin Islands – some hints

    Date Published - June 26, 2015

    We are mid-way on our series of voyages from Victoria, Canada to Sweden and are currently in the BVI. We just completed our third time... Read More

  • Sailing Advisory North West Coast of Caribbean Colombia

    Date Published - June 10, 2014

    Weather North West Coast of Caribbean Colombia from David Jones book "The Concise Guide to Caribbean Weather".... Read More

  • Cruising West from Trinidad: Cruisers give their advice

    Date Published - November 22, 2013

    In the wake of November's violent attack on a cruising yacht off the coast of Venezuela's Paria Peninsula (on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La... 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

  • Panama to Windward Islands

    Date Published - May 15, 2009

    14 May 2008

    I have been trying to get some information on the least aggravating route to get from Panama to say Jamaica or better (maybe... Read More

News

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • Hurricane Dorian Leaves a Trail of Destruction in the Northern Bahamas

    Date Published - September 06, 2019

    Rescuers are now able to reach areas of the northern Bahamas that were devastated by Hurricane Dorian leaving the islands with severe flooding and widespread... Read More

  • Atlantic Hurricane Activity: Could we see an increase now El Nino has ended?

    Date Published - August 08, 2019

    August 8, 2019 - NOAA announced today that the current El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has ended and neutral conditions have returned. This now... 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

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA HF Net is a valuable service for cruisers

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    Information, news, security and assistance with land based resources - if you haven't already, find out more about this great radio service open to all... Read More

  • Support Research and Help Track Caribbean Seaweed

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    All you have to do if you spot Sargassum (Caribbean seaweed) is log the incident (date/time/photo) and post the data to the research website on... 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

  • Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates

    Date Published - September 14, 2018

    September tends to bring increased storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins. Right now there are 4 named storms in the Atlantic and... Read More

  • St Lucia: Feedback from Cruisers wanted via online survey

    Date Published - September 06, 2018

    Contributors: James D. Crockett
    The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising... Read More

  • Heading to the Caribbean this Fall? Find out about Sargassum…..

    Date Published - August 22, 2018

    Part of a natural response to changing ocean conditions, the Pelagic Sargassum has bloomed in vast amounts over the past several years. While it offers... Read More

  • Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico: US family rescued transiting from Turks and Caicos to the Dominican Republic

    Date Published - June 04, 2018

    Coast Guard brings to Puerto Rico 3 survivors of capsized vessel rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by the M/V Jacamar Arrow.... Read More

  • Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Major Seaweed Invasion Underway

    Date Published - April 05, 2018

    Over recent years, quantities of Sargassum, a type of seaweed commonly known as sargasso, have continued to wash up on beaches and appear in the... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - March 13, 2018

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 18 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self funded team of volunteers dedicated to... Read More

  • Outlook of Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean Sea for 2018

    Date Published - March 02, 2018

    March 1st, 2018, by University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Lab

    Sargassum Outlook Bulletin

    According to past experience, a winter bloom in the central West Atlantic often... 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

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launches Zoom-Tap, Know and Go

    Date Published - January 12, 2018

    CSSN has announced a compelling new feature now active on their website Homepage – Zoom-Tap, Know & Go interactive infographics, designed to assist captains and... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA Net expands its service

    Date Published - January 08, 2018

    During this time of year when many cruisers are in the Bahamas and maybe without WiFi service or inexpensive cellular service, Jim West (KJM) and... 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

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    Date Published - July 23, 2017

    Official warning by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Boaters should be extra cautious during the summer months about securing their dinghies and outboard motors.... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 17 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self-funded team of volunteers dedicated to maintaining... Read More

  • Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten: Atlantic 57 Catamaran capsizes

    Date Published - December 05, 2016

    In late November on passage from the USA to St. Maarten, the Atlantic 57 Catamaran "Leopard" was capsized about 400NM north of the Dominican Republic.... Read More

  • Reports of Piracy in the Caribbean – The OCC working to combat this threat

    Date Published - January 02, 2016

    Two incidents of piracy have been reported in the closing days of 2015 in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The Ocean... Read More

  • Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

    Date Published - September 15, 2015

    When Glenn Tuttle was asked to join the Board of Directors of the SSCA, he thought to himself, “How could he combine his passions; cruising... Read More

  • Caribbean, Grenada: Alert Level Raised for Grenada’s Underwater Volcano

    Date Published - July 23, 2015

    UPDATE: ORANGE ALERT DOWNGRADED TO YELLOW - 27 July 2015... Read More

  • Caribbean: Massive quantities of Pelagic Sargassum (brown seaweed)

    Date Published - June 07, 2015

    During 2011, massive quantities of pelagic sargassum occurred throughout the Caribbean, impacting aquatic resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism. A similar event occurred in 2014... Read More

  • USA: Print-on-demand Imray Caribbean charts now available

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    Imray can now offer retailers and customers in the U.S.A. fast, print-on-demand access to charts in the Imray-Iolaire Caribbean range through a new partnership with... Read More

  • Caribbean: A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands in Spanish from Free Cruising Guides

    Date Published - August 12, 2014

    August 7, 2014: Free Cruising Guides has announced the forthcoming release of A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands in Spanish. A Cruising Guide to... 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

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

China Sea

Reports

  • 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

  • Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia

    Date Published - May 17, 2008

    Could you please advise on a route from Hong Kong to Pittwater sailing 50-foot yacht departing approx. March/April 08.

    There are two route options to reach... Read More

  • Hong Kong to Whitsundays, Australia

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    Currently living in Hong Kong and planning to take our 39' foot sailing yacht to Australia in the next 12 to 18 months. Just like... Read More

Circumnavigation

Useful Resources

  • Panama Canal: Tips for the Transit

    Well known cruiser and regular Noonsite contributor Behan Gifford of SailingTotem was recruited at the last minute to be the fourth line handler for a... Read More

Reports

  • Ireland to Malaysia

    Date Published - August 01, 2008

    I have just got and updated a beautiful 1937, 68foot wooden motor sailor and intend to sail from Ireland to Malaysia. Is there anyone out... Read More

  • New Zealand to Europe

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are in New Zealand and want to come back to the Atlantic ocean. The boat is a Lagoon 57'. Can you help me suggesting... Read More

  • Europe to British Colombia

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are about to buy a Catamaran from Fountaine Pajot for Jan-Feb delivery 2007. We are concerned that this time of year may be challenging... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from Florida

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are planning a trip around the world, up to 3 years. I have been studying maps, the weather, etc... but I still have many... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from South Pacific/Brazil

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I am researching for a cruise around the world leaving Brazil, through the Panama Canal, Torres Strait, Cape Town, Brazil. Any suggestions for known routes,... Read More

  • Advice on Quick Circumnavigation

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I have noticed that recommended circumnavigation routes (in World Cruising Routes) from the U.S. are no shorter than 18-20 months if you leave from the... Read More

  • Denmark to China

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are planning to sail from Denmark to China next year 2008 from February 1st to August 1st via Suez around India passing Singapore to... Read More

  • Australia, Brisbane to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are seeking to return to the Med from Brisbane in the fastest possible way, leaving Brisbane in April. What route would you recommend?

    April start:... Read More

  • Spain, Palma de Mallorca to Cairns, Australia

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are a large sloop planning to depart Palma for Cairns via Suez Canal early August and are under an extremely tight time frame to... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from Vancouver, British Columbia

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We are planning a circumnavigation from and back to Vancouver, BC. I have ordered latest edition of World Cruising Routes but aren’t expected to receive... Read More

News

  • South Pacific: New Zealand’s Current Position for Yachts under COVID-19 Restrictions

    Date Published - April 18, 2020

    With many yachts currently in self-isolation in the Pacific Islands still wanting to sail to New Zealand, Sharron Beck from Whangarei Marina - also the... Read More

  • French Polynesia: World ARC 2020 Rally Suspended

    Date Published - March 21, 2020

    The World ARC 2020 rally has been suspended in French Polynesia due to the international response to the COVID19 virus pandemic. Nations along the route... Read More

  • Bill Hatfield is Oldest Man to Sail Solo, Non-Stop and Unassisted Around the World

    Date Published - February 27, 2020

    Press Release by the Ocean Cruising Club:By Daria Blackwell - 22/02/2020The 81-year-old completed his eight-month journey on Saturday morning, sailing into The Spit on the... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: The 10th World ARC Sets Sail

    Date Published - January 13, 2020

    Saturday 11th January marked a special day in World ARC history as the 10th edition of World Cruising Club's round-the-world rally set sail from Rodney... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... 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

  • Saint Lucia: World Arc 2018-19 Comes to an End

    Date Published - April 17, 2019

    Saint Lucia has welcomed the return of World ARC Circumnavigators who started from the same spot back in January 2018. The rally concluded with a... Read More

  • France: Jean Luc Van Den Heede Wins The Golden Globe Race 2018

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    After 211 days at sea, the Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede was the victor in the re-created Golden Globe Race 2018. The original race... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: World ARC 2019-20 Sets Sail

    Date Published - January 15, 2019

    The World ARC 2019-20 set sail from St. Lucia on 12 January. This is the ninth edition of this rally and the eleventh round the... Read More

  • Australia: Overturned vessel identified as Wild Eyes

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    Eight years after being dismasted and abandoned Abby Sunderland's yacht is found.... Read More

  • USA, West Coast: Circumnavigators almost lose everything just a handful of miles from home

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    Homing in on Washington state with just 150 miles remaining of their 6-year circumnavigation, Joy and Jim Carey encountered a wave unlike any other in... Read More

  • Saint Lucia Welcomes the Return of World ARC Circumnavigators

    Date Published - April 09, 2018

    Saturday, 7th April saw the conclusion of World ARC 2017-18 back where it all began in Saint Lucia with jubilant crews celebrating the achievement of... Read More

  • Antarctica: Solo sailor Lisa Blair circumnavigates the Antarctic

    Date Published - July 28, 2017

    Lisa Blair arrived in Albany, Queensland, Australia, after a 184-day circumnavigation of Antarctica. Blair set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: World ARC enjoy idylic Cocos (Keeling) Islands

    Date Published - October 05, 2016

    After such trying conditions on the previous leg, World ARC crews are now well rested and prepared for their next adventures. The fleet has had... Read More

  • World Cruising News

    Date Published - October 03, 2016

    Welcome to the latest news from World Cruising Club!... Read More

  • Donna Lange completes second solo sail around the world at the end of this month

    Date Published - May 19, 2016

    When Donna Lange brings her boat to the Herreshoff Museum dock in Bristol, RI, at the end of this month (May 2016) she will have... Read More

  • Completing the Circle: World ARC 2015-16 ends in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - April 10, 2016

    15 months ago, the World ARC 2015-16 fleet set out from Saint Lucia to sail around the world. Amongst the crews were many nationalities, backgrounds... Read More

  • SSCA Radio Station “KPK” Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

    Date Published - March 10, 2016

    Seven Seas Cruising Association Radio Station “KPK” has teamed up with the Maritime Mobile Service Network and Chris Parker’s Marine Weather Center to help track... Read More

  • World ARC 2016-17: Circumnavigation Rally Sets Sail from Saint Lucia

    Date Published - January 11, 2016

    30 boats sailing as part of World ARC 2016-17 departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Saturday 9 January for the start of an... 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

  • Australia, Mackay: World ARC 2014-15 reaches half-way point

    Date Published - July 23, 2014

    Today Mackay QLD became the latest focus of interest for sailors from around the world as the first of 23 cruising boats arrived in Mackay... Read More

  • World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

    Date Published - January 13, 2014

    31 boats in the World ARC fleet departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Saturday 11 January, at the start of an epic 26,000-mile... Read More

  • News of 16 year old Singlehanded Circumnavigator

    Date Published - July 27, 2008

    Zac Sunderland - Intrepid - 25 July 2008

    Update by David Morris, Meteorologist

    Sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland departed Marina del Rey, California, aboard Intrepid, his Islander 36, on... Read More

Indian Ocean

Businesses

  • Indian Ocean Oil Company Pty Ltd

    Address: Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island,

    Can assist with the supply of diesel and unleaded petrol to yachts visiting Christmas Island.

    They will also help transport jerry cans from the service station... Read More

Useful Resources

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean (on passage)

    Cruising Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/821618948007286/... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Crossing Facebook Page

    Contact Sherry McCampbell on SV Soggy Paws to join.

    [email protected] Read More

  • Indian Ocean Cruising Bloggers

    A useful list of cruising bloggers who crossed the Indian Ocean in 2015, by SV Totem. A mix of thoughtful perspectives, good writing, great photographs,... Read More

Reports

  • Covid-19 Field Report: Trapped in the Maldives

    Date Published - May 28, 2020

    Americans Sherman and Judy Sundin are sailing the world on their 41ft Bristol, “Fairwinds 1” having left Florida in 2012. In 2020 their plan was... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Desperately Seeking Solutions

    Date Published - May 08, 2020

    Pete and Jen Bernard of SY Steel Sapphire left Sydney in July 2018 to begin a 5 year circumnavigation. They arrived in the Maldives in... 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

  • Mozambique Security Update

    Date Published - January 20, 2020

    Cruisers planning to visit Mozambique and passage the Mozambique channel are being advised to be extremely cautious according to experienced South African cruiser Des Cason.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: An exciting transit with welcome support (April 2016)

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    In April 2016 SY Sea Child sailed from the Maldive Islands into the Red Sea. This report is notable, not only for the routing they... Read More

  • Madagascar to Richards Bay: The routes and the formalities

    Date Published - November 13, 2018

    Bev and Robbie Collins on their 46ft yacht Mersoleil had an interesting passage from Madagascar to Richards Bay. Whilst the sailing presented a few challenges... Read More

  • Tanzania, Tanga: A comprehensive update

    Date Published - September 17, 2018

    Jack and Jackie Hunt, in their yacht SV Barbara Ann, have sailed extensively around Tanzania and this report offers detailed information on the facilities and... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (June 2018)

    Date Published - July 27, 2018

    See Wade Alarie's update (Administrator for the Facebook Group RED SEA PASSAGE) at the bottom of the page - June 2018. All cruisers contemplating this... Read More

  • Cruising East Africa, Tanzania: A great place to sit out the cyclone season

    Date Published - July 24, 2018

    SV Barbara Ann cruised East Africa for a year - from Tanga (just under the Kenyan border) down to Mafia Island. Jack and Jackie Hunt... Read More

  • The Challenge of Passage Planning in the SW Indian Ocean

    Date Published - March 14, 2018

    With the route out of the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean still significantly affected by the threat of Somali piracy most yachts on a world... Read More

  • A Passage from the Seychelles to Kenya

    Date Published - March 14, 2018

    Here are some notes on a passage I made from Seychelles to Kilifi, Kenya, in August 2017 and some notes about Kilifi itself and Lamu.... Read More

  • Cyclone patterns in SW Indian Ocean

    Date Published - March 12, 2018

    This useful information from Des Cason, based in SA, who offers advice to cruisers visiting the country and routing and weather information for the Indian... Read More

  • Six weeks in the Maldives – a couple of weeks too long

    Date Published - August 24, 2017

    Alba has just spent six weeks in the Maldives. If we had our time again, we'd still visit the Maldives, but only plan to stay... Read More

  • South Indian Ocean Passage: Chagos to Rodrigues 2017

    Date Published - August 24, 2017

    Alba has just completed the 1,100-mile passage from Chagos to Rodrigues, so here are my thoughts on the routing.... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    April 2017: Tom Sampson organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through the Gulf of Aden. Since completing his circumnavigation he has kept... Read More

  • Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017

    Date Published - April 11, 2017

    Route detail and preparation suggestions for yachts transiting from the Indian Ocean into the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Charm: From Thailand to the Cape of Good Hope

    Date Published - October 16, 2016

    This report by experienced long-term cruiser Fatty Goodlander summarises neatly (and amusingly) the options and most popular routing across the Indian Ocean.... Read More

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean Guide 2015

    Date Published - January 05, 2016

    A useful report by Jason Trautz on his experiences while taking a 10-month cruise from Thailand to South Africa in 2015.... Read More

  • African Ocean Blues: From the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - October 22, 2015

    African Ocean Blues

    By Carlo Auriemma and Elisabeth Eordegh

    Published in Italian in 2001, translated to English 2015

    Available on Amazon

    Elisabetta Eordegh & Carlo Auriemma are two Italian... Read More

  • Madagascar Cruising Notes

    Date Published - October 12, 2015

    Long-term cruisers Des & Nell of SY Gambit (and the ex-Madagascar relay station for the Peri-Peri Net) used to be based on Sakatia Island (near... Read More

  • Singapore to Sunda Strait, Indonesia in August 2015

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    A useful report if planning this passage from the Singapore area to Indonesia.... Read More

  • SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden 2015

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan in a 3-boat convoy. This is not a casual trip and needs... Read More

  • Maldives to the Red Sea: Travelling solo through the HRA (High Risk Area)

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    The SV ROGUE BRIT travelled as a single sailboat from Male' in the Maldives to Platform 18N040E in the Red Sea between March 6th and... Read More

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean – May 2014

    Date Published - October 29, 2014

    Whilst the piracy problems remain in the north-west of the Indian Ocean, the only really safe option for would-be circumnavigators is to make the trip... 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

  • 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

  • Malaysia to Turkey

    Date Published - January 05, 2009

    This very interesting and useful report was sent to noonsite by Amanda & Mark Church – Farrell (NZ) of SY Balvenie. For anyone planning on... Read More

  • Indian Ocean – West to East

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    3 entries

    We are currently moored in Aden, Yemen. Having transited the Red Sea southwards through the summer, we originally intended to cross to Cochin, then... Read More

  • Question About Mozambique Current

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    In your World Cruising Routes, p524, IS46 Comoros to South Africa, you talk about the north-setting Mozambique Current creating very difficult sailing conditions and rough... Read More

  • Question on South Indian Ocean routing

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    In a "standard" westabout circumnavigation, the segment which gives me most concern is the southern Indian Ocean, particularly from Chagos to Durban. The route via... Read More

  • Cocos Keeling to Perth, Australia

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    I'm interested in finding out information regarding sailing from Cocos Island to get to the West Coast and finally sail on to Perth leaving the... Read More

  • Best time of year to cross the Indian Ocean?

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    I'm currently in Malaysian Borneo and thinking of heading out into the Indian Ocean, up to the Maldives and Sri Lankan [if I can get... Read More

  • Malaysia, Langkawi to South Africa (via Cocos Keeling )

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    We would like to include Malaysia in our route around the Cape of Good Hope. Plan A would take us from Langkawi to the north... Read More

  • Northern Indian Ocean – Advice Sought

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are working on the plan of a round-the-Africa voyage, starting from Egypt and ending in Gibraltar.

    World Cruising Routes suggests crossing from Aden to Maldives... Read More

News

  • Maldives: Costs and Restrictions Eased for Small Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - May 27, 2020

    At last what was hoped for, then delayed due to Covid-19, has now been implemented and cruising yachts can enjoy more cost-effective cruising and easier... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Lockdown

    Date Published - May 07, 2020

    Where's open and where's not? A quick guide for Indian Ocean Passagemakers. ... Read More

  • Maldives: Clearance Fee Reductions Appear to be on Hold

    Date Published - April 02, 2020

    In an effort to become more cruiser friendly, the Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean was set to substantially reduce clearance costs from 1st April... Read More

  • Maldives: Becoming More Cruiser-Friendly

    Date Published - February 03, 2020

    Historically a country that favored land-based tourists more than those arriving on their own keel, Maldives clearance costs are set to reduce substantially from 1st... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Cocos Keeling to Mauritius: World ARC Yacht Dismasted

    Date Published - October 12, 2019

    World ARC yacht Babsea, with a double-handed crew, was dismasted on route from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius on Friday 11 October, approximately 1700 nautical miles... Read More

  • Indian Ocean & Southern Red Sea: High Risk Area to be Reduced

    Date Published - March 11, 2019

    As of 1 May 2019, the coordinates of the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean will be changed.
    ... 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

  • Yemen, Socotra: Clearances simplified but fees increased

    Date Published - December 20, 2018

    December 2018: The difficulties experienced last year when some yachtsmen were prohibited from going ashore have been resolved and clearances for entry and tourism... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: The Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 seeks more liaison with cruisers

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    January 2019: With cruisers returning to the southern Red Sea after years of avoiding the region due to the threat of piracy, the multinational... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Report on Noonsite Community Survey Results

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    Earlier in 2018, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the multinational coalition responsible for counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa, conducted a survey with noonsite.com.... Read More

  • BIOT (Chagos): Increase in Fees and Tighter Restrictions

    Date Published - May 24, 2018

    From 1st August 2018, there will be an increase in the mooring fees for yachts which visit the British Ocean Territory of the Chagos Islands.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Liaison with the Yachting Community

    Date Published - April 12, 2018

    April 2018: This year there are a significant number of yachts that have already, or will shortly, make the passage from the Maldives or... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    Date Published - January 18, 2018

    January 2018: For those cruisers heading from SE Asia back to the Mediterranean, winds turn favorable for a passage up the Red Sea at... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    The wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Vestas Wind on a remote Mauritian reef is a reminder of the chief danger of modern... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    Date Published - September 22, 2014

    In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the assistance of a stricken yacht in the Gulf... Read More

  • South Indian Ocean: Navigational Warning for Mozambique Channel

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    Warning for vessels travelling between Madagascar and South Africa to be on the lookout for a slow moving survey vessel which is unable to manoeuvre.... Read More

Java Sea

Reports

  • Indonesia, West Kalimantan: Good Provisioning stop at Pontianak

    Date Published - November 27, 2019

    Stefan Hirsch reports on a three day visit to Pontianak, Kalimantan which is situated about 16 kms (10 miles) up the Kapuas River, one of... Read More

  • Cruising the Anambas: Know before you go

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    We have now spent the past two summers, 2016 and 2017, cruising the Anambas and had a marvellous time snorkelling and diving in the clear... Read More

  • SE Asia to Australia via Selat Muli in West Papua

    Date Published - November 22, 2017

    My wife and I have just returned to Australia from cruising SE Asia for 3 years. For the return journey, I studied what routes other... Read More

  • Anchorages – Phuket, Thailand to Saumlaki, Indonesia

    Date Published - October 11, 2017

    Popeye 1 is a Beneteau First 47.7 with the deep draft keel of 2.85m. We sailed from Phuket, Thailand to Darwin, Australia and onto The... Read More

  • Singapore to Sunda Strait, Indonesia in August 2015

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    A useful report if planning this passage from the Singapore area to Indonesia.... Read More

  • Bali to Singapore in the transition season November 2014

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    We've just done a passage from Bali to near Singapore and thought the weather we experienced might provide useful information for others. I couldn't find... Read More

  • Bali to Lombok SW: Transit Advice

    Date Published - July 02, 2013

    Raymond La Fontaine of Marina Del Ray on Gili Gede has been crossing the straight between Bali and Lombok for the past 2 years at... 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

  • Indonesia “Loop” from Langkawi, Malaysia

    Date Published - January 11, 2013

    Thank you to all the cruisers who have helped with advice and recommendations.... 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

News

  • 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

  • Indonesia, Lombok: Second earthquake in a week brings devastation to the island

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has devastated areas of the Indonesian island of Lombok and comes just a week after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake also rocked... Read More

Malay Archipelago

Businesses

  • Borneo Guide – Leslie Chang

    Address: Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei,

    Organizes individualized tours including a visit to the Sumbilit Eco Village in Tamburong.... Read More

  • JC Avenue Travel & Tour Services

    Address: Spg 209, Block A, Unit 2, Jalan Utama, KgLambak, Kanan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei,

    Very helpful people.... Read More

Reports

  • 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

  • Davao, Philippines to Sangihe Island, Indonesia

    Date Published - July 03, 2013

    Posted 3 July 2013 by Roger Denis

    Waypoints from Davao to Sangihe:

    We adapted the location of the anchorages considering wind directions. Mornings good sailing and favourable... Read More

  • Indonesia “Loop” from Langkawi, Malaysia

    Date Published - January 11, 2013

    Thank you to all the cruisers who have helped with advice and recommendations.... Read More

  • Malacca Straits – A Fishy Business

    Date Published - May 23, 2012

    How to Stay out of Trouble with the Fishing Fleet

    This article is primarily for those approaching their first cruising trip through the Malacca Straits.

    Once upon... Read More

  • Southern Taiwan to Sydney, Australia

    Date Published - January 19, 2009

    We are planning to pick up a 64ft cruising yacht from Taiwan and sail her to Australia. Looking at your comments (on previous reports) we... Read More

  • Vanuatu to Indonesia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are finally leaving NZ this May and would like to explore Vanuatu and the Solomons before continuing west. Is it reasonable to go across... Read More

  • Singapore – Vietnam – Hong Kong

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Appreciate any advice and routing information from Singapore to Vietnam and subsequently Hong Kong from late April. Any views on how the 2006/7 El Nino... Read More

  • Singapore to Carins, Australia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We intend taking our 50' traditional timber ketch from Singapore to Cairns, and then on further south, in November/December this year. There seems to be... Read More

  • Philippines to Singapore

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I'm seeking advice for sailing from the Philippines to Singapore.

    That's an easy one, especially if you do it during the NE monsoon (best time Jan... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea to Bali, Indonesia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I have bought your book and would like to know a little more about crossing from PNG to Indonesia. I would prefer to go through... Read More

Mediterranean

Useful Resources

  • 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

Reports

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

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    Noonsite, in association with the Ocean Cruising Club, has compiled a list of transatlantic ports, Mediterranean ports and Northern European ports that are open to... 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 should give you a good... Read More

  • The best cruising ground: Greece vs Croatia

    Date Published - November 27, 2013

    Australian cruiser, Dave Elliott, of SY Scarlett, spent the Spring and Summer of 2013 cruising Greece and Croatia. Here he gives his thoughts on which... Read More

  • Malta to Gibraltar: Concern that direct course is close to Algeria

    Date Published - October 10, 2013

    I would be very grateful for any advice you can give for the planned delivery of our Elan 410 from Malta to Gibraltar later this... Read More

  • Malta to Turkey via Greece: Anchorages 2011

    Date Published - March 14, 2013

    Mario and Lillian Borg left Malta in May 2011 and cruised to Turkey on their boat "Maltese Falcon", stopping principally in anchorages rather than using... Read More

  • Cruising from Greece to France in 2011

    Date Published - January 10, 2012

    GREECE to FRANCE (June – July 2011)

    SY CURRAWONG, Formosa 41 ketch

    ITALY

    June 1, 2011

    We left the Greek island of Orthoni in Greece, with SW winds F2-F5.... Read More

News

  • 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

  • Turkey, Marmaris: Damaging waterspout overturns yachts in Yat Marina

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    At least one damaging waterspout hit Marmaris, Mugla province, southwestern Turkey on Wednesday.... 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

  • 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

  • Portrait of a Cruiser #12: Tony & Linda Olin

    Date Published - April 25, 2018

    This month sees a year that we have been running our "Portrait of a Cruiser" series. To celebrate we are featuring one of our dedicated... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser: Chris and Valeria Thorne

    Date Published - November 03, 2017

    The seventh in our “Portrait of a Cruiser” series, this month we are profiling a British couple who are seasonal cruising in the Mediterranean. After... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser – Barb and Con Sprenger

    Date Published - August 09, 2017

    The fourth in our “Portrait of a Cruiser” series, this time we are profiling a Canadian couple who have spent several years cruising the Mediterranean... Read More

  • Malta to Greece: Collision at night on the Ionian Sea

    Date Published - July 05, 2017

    A cruising yacht was struck and dismasted by an unlit boat at night off the coast of Greece.... Read More

Pacific Crossing

General

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Reports

The Pacific Crossing Guide – 3rd Edition

Sailing Advisory Galapagos to Marquesas

Sailing Advisory Panama to Galapagos

Pacific Ocean Crossing: Collecting Water Samples on the Fly

South Pacific Cruising Notes: April to November 2013

Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

Pacific Planning Advice

Pacific Crossing in 2010 and El Nino

Eastbound in North Pacific

Volcanic Activity Causes Magnetic Interference

Seattle to New Zealand – More comments added

San Diego to Brisbane – South or North?

The Caribbean to Hong Kong

Australia To Hawaii

Pacific East About

Australia, Sydney to Washington State, USA

The USA, Seattle to Cambodia

Australia, Brisbane to Coquimbo, Chile

Chile to New Zealand

Mexico to the Marquesas via powerboat

Hawaii, Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia

Marshall Islands to the USA

Fiji to Canada – suggestions

Panama to the Philippines – North Pacific Passage

Links

Galapagos to French Polynesia: May/June 2015
http://www.jacarandajourney.com/#!76-puddle-jump-to-fp/c13l1
SY Jacaranda did this trip in 21 days. Their blog post on this passage is interesting, useful and very entertaining.

Mexico to Marquesas – March 2018
http://currents.bluewatercruising.org/articles/mexico-to-marquesas-crossing/
This article from the Bluewater Cruising Association’s magazine ‘Currents’ by Henk and Lisa Benckhuysen on their Express 37 Sloop “Harlequin”.

North Pacific Weather Patterns
Posted December 2015
http://www.oceannavigator.com/Web-Exclusives-2015/An-active-December-in-the-Pacific/
This article by Ocean Navigator focuses on the weather in the North Pacific during December 2015 and how to examine weather charts in order to learn more about Ocean weather patterns.

Useful Resources

  • Galapagos to French Polynesia: May/June 2015

    SY Jacaranda did this trip in 21 days. Their blog post on this passage is interesting, useful and very entertaining.

    https://www.jacarandajourney.com/76-puddle-jump-to-fp... Read More

  • Mexico to Marquesas – March 2018

    This article from the Bluewater Cruising Association's magazine 'Currents' by Henk and Lisa Benckhuysen on their Express 37 Sloop "Harlequin".

    http://currents.bluewatercruising.org/articles/mexico-to-marquesas-crossing/... Read More

  • North Pacific Weather Patterns

    Posted December 2015

    This article by Ocean Navigator focuses on the weather in the North Pacific during December 2015 and how to examine weather charts in... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

  • Panama Canal: Tips for the Transit

    Well known cruiser and regular Noonsite contributor Behan Gifford of SailingTotem was recruited at the last minute to be the fourth line handler for a... Read More

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation: Navionics Webinar Pacific Crossing

    The newly-published RCC Pilotage Foundation book “Pacific Crossing Guide” has met with acclaim among the cruising/sailing public and press.

    On Friday, June 16, 2017, 1:30 PM... Read More

Reports

  • Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the Options?

    Date Published - May 23, 2020

    Nearly three months have passed with a Pacific basin full of yachts thrown into confusion. Yachts stacking up in French Polynesia, no where ahead or... 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

  • South Pacific: Options for Getting Out of the Cyclone Zone

    Date Published - April 20, 2020

    Andy and Sue Warman currently in Gambiers, French Polynesia are thinking ahead to cyclone season in October/November and what options there are for yachts wanting... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Current Situation on Anchoring Restrictions from AVP

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    The Association des Voiliers en Polynesie (AVP) is concerned about the recent evolution towards restricting the conditions of stay of sailboats in French Polynesia. The... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    Useful and informative planning advice for anyone undertaking a Pacific crossing, updated annually.... 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

  • Sailing Advisory Galapagos to Marquesas

    Date Published - February 22, 2016

    Eastern Tropical Pacific EQ­15 S and 85W ­ 145W.... Read More

  • Sailing Advisory Panama to Galapagos

    Date Published - February 22, 2016

    Information for yachts sailing from Panama to the Galapagos Islands (Archipelago de Colon): Area Eastern Tropical Pacific: Equator to 9 North and Pacific Coasts of... Read More

  • Pacific Ocean Crossing: Collecting Water Samples on the Fly

    Date Published - July 01, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_46189" align="alignright" width="300"] Jessica Newley (Sailor, Environmental Educator, UW Photographer) onboard S/V Silent Sun, a 37-foot sailboat, last month during her 34-day passage from... 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

  • South Pacific Cruising Notes: April to November 2013

    Date Published - October 21, 2014

    The Bright family on their cutter-rigged sloop Yindee Plus have been cruising the world since 2009. They left Panama in the middle of April 2013... Read More

  • Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    Over the last few years, we have learned a lot about how to (and how not to) manage our onboard garbage. Friends who now charter... Read More

  • Pacific Crossing in 2010 and El Nino

    Date Published - August 06, 2009

    I am planning a Pacific Crossing from Panama to New Zealand in 2010. I just heard that El Nino is back and next year its... Read More

  • Eastbound in North Pacific

    Date Published - July 28, 2009

    Greetings Jimmy,

    Wondering if you can give me some advice? I've been operating boats for the past 12 years and live by your routing books and... Read More

  • Volcanic Activity Causes Magnetic Interference

    Date Published - May 13, 2009

    When we left Port Vila in Vanuatu for Townsville, Australia in late November, we encountered very strong magnetic activity. During the first 60 - 70... Read More

  • Seattle to New Zealand – More comments added

    Date Published - February 23, 2009

    Hello,

    We have moved from near Seattle to New Zealand, but left our C&C; Landfall 38 back there. We'd now like to bring her down, but... Read More

  • San Diego to Brisbane – South or North?

    Date Published - July 11, 2008

    G'day Jimmy,

    I am delivering a yacht from San Diego to Brisbane leaving late July, and I was hoping for a bit of advice on which... Read More

  • Caribbean to Hong Kong

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I am planning to take my boat from the Caribbean (Tortola) to Hong Kong, hopefully, start out next month (March). Can someone help me in... Read More

  • Australia To Hawaii

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    Aloha Noonsite, still love the site! We're contemplating returning home to Hawaii from Brisbane, and can't seem to get motivated to do the NZ, French... Read More

  • Pacific East About

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    Dear Jimmy Cornell,

    In your Cruising Routes, you dismiss East-About Pacific routes to Panama, but I am thinking about going South down the Red Sea, then... Read More

  • Australia, Sydney to Washington State, USA

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I'm sailing my Robert's 53' back to Washington state from Sydney, Au. My plan is to go to Fiji, Hawaii, and then to the Columbia... Read More

  • USA, Seattle to Cambodia

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I need to get my boat from Seattle to Sihanoukville in Cambodia. The obvious route (and most direct) seems to be from Seattle to Hawaii,... Read More

  • Australia, Brisbane to Coquimbo, Chile

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I would like to sail from Brisbane to Chile in October/November on a 50" cutter sailboat. I was wondering about a route tween 10S and... Read More

  • Chile to New Zealand

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are in South Chile and would like to sail to New Zealand/Australia end of the year say November. I think up the Chile coast... Read More

  • Mexico to the Marquesas via powerboat

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I will be crossing from the west coast of Mexico to the Marquesas in about a year. Powerboats prefer very light winds and a somewhat... Read More

  • Hawaii, Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Great Web site with great information, it's much appreciated. I'm leaving Honolulu in mid-July and making a run for Brisbane.

    The proposed route is Honolulu, Palmyra... Read More

  • Marshall Islands to USA

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Hoping to sail out of the Marshall Islands in August. Would like advice on the fastest/safest route to hit the west coast - any place... Read More

  • Fiji to Canada – suggestions

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Recommendation on route planning from Fiji to Canada. ... Read More

  • Panama to Philippines – North Pacific Passage

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are planning to sail from Panama to the Philippines via Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Guam from next November to March 2008. We need information... Read More

News

  • South Pacific: New Zealand’s Current Position for Yachts under COVID-19 Restrictions

    Date Published - April 18, 2020

    With many yachts currently in self-isolation in the Pacific Islands still wanting to sail to New Zealand, Sharron Beck from Whangarei Marina - also the... Read More

  • Fiji, Viti Levu: Port of Lautoka No Longer Offering Clearance Services

    Date Published - November 20, 2019

    Noonsite has received information that the Port of Lautoka on Fiji's west coast is no longer providing clearance services or allowing yachts to anchor near... Read More

  • Japan to San Francisco: Single-Hander on Passage Seeks Help from USCG Three Times

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    A trans-Pacific passage that was meant to take three months ended up taking five due to light winds and engine failure. Thankfully the USCG and... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Significant Changes to Anchoring Restrictions for Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    Many common destinations throughout French Polynesia are now being placed under stringent anchoring restrictions, with visiting yachts being made to use mooring balls or forced... 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

  • North Pacific, Palau: Fees Increase by 400% for Visiting Foreign Vessels

    Date Published - July 22, 2019

    On June 17, 2019, the President of Palau, Tommy E. Remensegau Jr., signed into law a bill that increases the fees charged to foreign yacht... 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

  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Shows

    Date Published - April 10, 2018

    New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.... Read More

  • USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in Pacific Ocean – Updated

    Date Published - February 14, 2018

    The yacht, SV Sea Nymph, originally abandoned in October 2017, has now been seen drifting 360 miles east of Guam on February 13, 2018, by... Read More

  • South Pacific, Beveridge Reef: British cruising family rescued from remote reef

    Date Published - August 28, 2017

    Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles (209 km) from Niue and 600 miles (966... Read More

  • Pacific Crossing: Niue Departure tax increase for ALL visitors

    Date Published - June 19, 2017

    Niue is a popular stopover for many yachts crossing the Pacific. Not only does it's position provide the perfect opportunity for a well-deserved stopover, but... 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

  • ARC Pacific – new rally route from Los Angeles to Hiva Oa, via Mexico , announced for Spring 2018

    Date Published - January 19, 2017

    Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Bora Bora, to name just a few of the thousands of amazing islands and coral atolls that form one of... Read More

  • South Pacific: Niue Yacht Club (NYC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary

    Date Published - December 07, 2016

    Twenty-five years ago, a few volunteers (both Niuean and ex-pats), shared a vision to provide safe moorings that would encourage cruisers to visit Niue during... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tuamotus: Skipper Found Dead aboard Grounded Sloop

    Date Published - July 22, 2016

    July 13, 2016 – Takapoto, Tuamotus, French Polynesia (reported by Latitude 38) - The South Pacific cruising community was stunned to learn that one of... Read More

  • Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    This is the first time in history that any organization has done a continuous marine plastics survey from one continent to another. During our 7,000... Read More

Books

  • All I wish I knew before setting sail

    A beginners' guide for short and long-distance cruising in the digital age. The author shares his experience of crossing the Pacific Ocean in an inexpensive, good... Read More

Pacific Ocean East

Useful Resources

  • Sailing to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest: Hazards and Resources

    In the previous article about sailing to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest, Rob and Debra from Avant highlighted the three passage-making plans that one may choose to make... Read More

Reports

  • Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the Options?

    Date Published - May 23, 2020

    Nearly three months have passed with a Pacific basin full of yachts thrown into confusion. Yachts stacking up in French Polynesia, no where ahead or... 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

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

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

  • Panama/Ecuador to Chile

    Date Published - March 21, 2017

    I am writing this to offer an alternative approach to Chile from Panama and/or Ecuador.

    I'm sure that many others have taken this route, but most... Read More

  • Buenos Aires to San Francisco

    Date Published - August 28, 2012

    Beneteau 51.5 - single-handed delivery trip back home
    Buenos Aires to San Francisco
    Departed Buenos Aires March 14th 2012.... Read More

  • USA: Seattle to San Francisco

    Date Published - December 30, 2009

    I am planning to sail from Seattle to San Francisco sometime in 2010. In (Jimmy Cornell's book) "World Routes", it says a passage can be... Read More

  • Venezuela to Canada

    Date Published - September 15, 2009

    (August 5, 2009) - From Venezuela to Canada's Pacific Coast, March 2007 to December 2008.... Read More

  • More Thoughts on Vancouver to San Francisco

    Date Published - September 03, 2009

    From Irene on 29th August 2009

    I was just reading on your site, the Report on Vancouver to San Francisco in September where you state:

    "Late August... Read More

  • Panama to Callao, Peru in June

    Date Published - April 27, 2009

    I wanted some advice about sailing from Panama to Callao in June/July. My plan was to sail from Panama to the Galapagos, Galapagos to Easter... Read More

  • Vancouver to San Francisco in September – Further Comment

    Date Published - March 02, 2009

    We plan to sail from Victoria to San Francisco in mid/late September 08. We would choose to go 50-100 mi offshore. We have a Hanse401... Read More

  • Panama To The Galapagos

    Date Published - February 10, 2009

    INFORMATION FOR YACHTS SAILING FROM PANAMA TO GALAPAGOS

    Yachts sailing from Panama to Galapagos, or to mainland Ecuador, have to pass the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)... Read More

  • Galapagos to Hawaii in February

    Date Published - February 05, 2009

    I have read your WCR (World Cruising Routes) on the passage from Galapagos to Hawaii. We are in the Galapagos now and will be leaving... Read More

  • USA, San Diego to Easter Island, Juan Fernandez and Valparaiso

    Date Published - October 03, 2008

    I have three editions plus the British book. It looks like I should get into the northern trades and try to get as much easting... Read More

  • USA, Los Angeles to Hawaii

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    Hi,

    My husband has your Cruising Routes book, but he is on another continent boat shopping. He tells me your book recommends the best sailing from... Read More

  • Hawaii to Chile

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    Can you please advise on the best route and timing for a "fast" trip from Hawaii to Valparaiso? I would greatly appreciate your comments on... Read More

  • Chile to B.C. Canada

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are in Pt. Montt Chile making our way home to Victoria, Canada. What would be the most direct route with the best winds?

    That's an... Read More

  • Los Angeles to Hawaii

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    My copy of World Cruising Guide is in Hawaii, I am in Oz visiting my daughter. I asked earlier if Jan was a good month... Read More

  • B.C. Victoria to Pt. Montt, Chile

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I saw a quick description of a sailing route from Pt Montt Chile to Victoria BC in your cruising routes section. I am curious about... Read More

  • Galapagos to Hawaii

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are currently in Panama and planning a March departure for the Galapagos and onward to Hawaii via Clipperton. I notice in your WCR that... Read More

  • Panama to Victoria, B.C.

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We are currently in Bonaire and heading west for Panama over the next few weeks. From there we plan to head for the Galapagos Islands.... Read More

  • Chile, Valdivia to San Diego, CA.

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    Valdivia, Chile to San Diego, CA. (departing the end of May/early June - sail). Do you have any advice? My WCR, 5th ed., only seems... Read More

News

  • East Pacific Offshore Waters Forecasts

    Date Published - April 14, 2019

    (April 16, 2019) - The East Pacific offshore waters forecast is issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC)/Tropical Analysis Forecast Branch (TAFB).... Read More

  • Northeastern Pacific Ocean: New Satellite Improves Weather Forecasting

    Date Published - November 20, 2018

    NOAA's GOES-17 satellite improves our ability to forecast the weather over Alaska, Hawaii and the northeastern Pacific Ocean.... Read More

  • USA, West Coast: Circumnavigators almost lose everything just a handful of miles from home

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    Homing in on Washington state with just 150 miles remaining of their 6-year circumnavigation, Joy and Jim Carey encountered a wave unlike any other in... Read More

  • Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    This is the first time in history that any organization has done a continuous marine plastics survey from one continent to another. During our 7,000... Read More

Pacific Ocean South

Reports

  • Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the Options?

    Date Published - May 23, 2020

    Nearly three months have passed with a Pacific basin full of yachts thrown into confusion. Yachts stacking up in French Polynesia, no where ahead or... 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

  • South Pacific: Options for Getting Out of the Cyclone Zone

    Date Published - April 20, 2020

    Andy and Sue Warman currently in Gambiers, French Polynesia are thinking ahead to cyclone season in October/November and what options there are for yachts wanting... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Current Situation on Anchoring Restrictions from AVP

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    The Association des Voiliers en Polynesie (AVP) is concerned about the recent evolution towards restricting the conditions of stay of sailboats in French Polynesia. The... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    Useful and informative planning advice for anyone undertaking a Pacific crossing, updated annually.... 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

  • New South Wales to Fiji: A Challenging Voyagef

    Date Published - May 26, 2015

    John and Leanne Hembrow of Catamaran Songlines share the tale of their challenging voyage from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia to Fiji (via New Caledonia).... Read More

  • South Pacific Cruising Notes: April to November 2013

    Date Published - October 21, 2014

    The Bright family on their cutter-rigged sloop Yindee Plus have been cruising the world since 2009. They left Panama in the middle of April 2013... Read More

  • Fiji to Marshalls Passage Planning

    Date Published - September 10, 2013

    Since we sent in the article about spending South Pacific cyclone season in the Marshalls, we've met quite a few boats who are interested in... Read More

  • Passage from Vanuatu to Marshalls

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    From Noonsite Regional Editor: Luc Callebaut & Jackie Lee on s/v Sloepmouche

    It is a La Nina year so this may affect the wx we encountered.... Read More

  • Fiji to New Zealand

    Date Published - July 16, 2008

    Hello,

    My grandson in single handing his 27' Albin Vega in the S. Pacific. He is now a few days out of Samoa.

    He is an avid... Read More

  • Pacific East About

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    Dear Jimmy Cornell,

    In your Cruising Routes, you dismiss East-About Pacific routes to Panama, but I am thinking about going South down the Red Sea, then... Read More

  • Tips for Extended Cruising in the South Pacific

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    Hi, our last time around we spent 4 years in the S. Pacific, bouncing between NZ and the islands and finally on to Australia. This... Read More

News

  • 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

  • Fiji, Viti Levu: Port of Lautoka No Longer Offering Clearance Services

    Date Published - November 20, 2019

    Noonsite has received information that the Port of Lautoka on Fiji's west coast is no longer providing clearance services or allowing yachts to anchor near... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Significant Changes to Anchoring Restrictions for Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    Many common destinations throughout French Polynesia are now being placed under stringent anchoring restrictions, with visiting yachts being made to use mooring balls or forced... Read More

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Efate, Havannah: All Vessels Currently Banned from this Harbor

    Date Published - September 17, 2019

    All vessels are currently banned from entering Havannah Harbor, on the NW of Vanuatu Island, and all surrounding islands due to an infestation of the Coconut... Read More

  • Tonga and Fiji: The Importance of Advance Notice of Arrival

    Date Published - September 05, 2019

    Advance Notice of Arrival (ANOA) is an important tool in stopping illegal activity in all countries. Customs in Tonga and Fiji require that all visiting... Read More

  • Solomon Islands: Two Rescued From British Flagged Yacht in Distress

    Date Published - December 20, 2018

    Yacht in distress off Solomon Islands uses alert to help pinpoint its position... 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

  • 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

  • French Polynesia: Morning Dove Lost on Tuamotu Reef

    Date Published - May 08, 2016

    At roughly 8 p.m. Tuesday 3 May, what should have been an easy inter-island passage turned tragic, as the Alaska-based Amel 46 ketch Morning Dove... Read More

Pacific Ocean West

Useful Resources

  • Indonesia to Australia

    Cruising in Company: Page on the Sail Indonesia website where boats returning from Indonesia to Australia can post their details if they wish to meet... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

Reports

  • Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the Options?

    Date Published - May 23, 2020

    Nearly three months have passed with a Pacific basin full of yachts thrown into confusion. Yachts stacking up in French Polynesia, no where ahead or... 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

  • South Pacific: Options for Getting Out of the Cyclone Zone

    Date Published - April 20, 2020

    Andy and Sue Warman currently in Gambiers, French Polynesia are thinking ahead to cyclone season in October/November and what options there are for yachts wanting... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

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

  • SE Asia to Australia via Selat Muli in West Papua

    Date Published - November 22, 2017

    My wife and I have just returned to Australia from cruising SE Asia for 3 years. For the return journey, I studied what routes other... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Darwin (Australia) to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) – September to December 2010

    Date Published - March 29, 2012

    Our thanks to Sue Woods of MV Solita, who put together these beautiful passage notes of their time spent cruising from Australia to Malaysia via... Read More

  • Sailing Round the top of Australia – West to East

    Date Published - March 26, 2010

    Follow this forum thread on the noonsite routing and weather forum.

    I'm looking at sailing from Perth to Melbourne, the long way. I'm pretty comfortable with... Read More

  • Hobart to Darwin

    Date Published - May 26, 2009

    Posted 4 April, 2009 - see bottom for feedback from cruiser following his voyage.

    Jimmy,

    Both of your books are on my boat at the moment in... Read More

  • New Caledonia to NZ then on to Alaska

    Date Published - April 15, 2009

    Subject: Departing New Caledonia in April

    Is it possible to sail south from New Caledonia to New Zealand to catch the west winds and thus head... Read More

  • Thailand to New Zealand

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I plan to be in Thailand/Malaysia with my Salar 40 ketch by Sep/Oct 2006. I am a little confused with the information, or lack of... Read More

  • Australia, Darwin to Palau – best route and time

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are preparing to set off on a voyage to Palau. Two routes are possible either through Indonesia via Ambon going North East or through... Read More

News

  • Pacific Ocean, Hawaii: Burning car carrier Sincerity Ace abandoned

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    Crew of 21 forced to abandon Car Carrier midway between Japan and Hawaii due to fire on New Year's Eve.... Read More

  • Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates

    Date Published - September 14, 2018

    September tends to bring increased storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins. Right now there are 4 named storms in the Atlantic and... Read More

Red Sea

Useful Resources

  • Sailing and Boating

    Cruising and sailing information gathered during a circumnavigation, including detailed notes on the Red Sea and Atlantic crossing. Download various useful ebooks.

    http://www.michaelbriant.com/sailing.htm... Read More

  • Tamarisk – Round the World (and through the Red Sea)

    January 2015: Passage via Saudi Arabia, Sudan and upwards through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal.

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

Reports

  • Horn of Africa, Djibouti: Exploring the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet Al Khareb

    Date Published - November 06, 2019

    The majority of cruising boats use Djibouti simply as a convenient stopover port on their way through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. SV... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: An exciting transit with welcome support (April 2016)

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    In April 2016 SY Sea Child sailed from the Maldive Islands into the Red Sea. This report is notable, not only for the routing they... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (June 2018)

    Date Published - July 27, 2018

    See Wade Alarie's update (Administrator for the Facebook Group RED SEA PASSAGE) at the bottom of the page - June 2018. All cruisers contemplating this... Read More

  • Soaking in Sudan

    Date Published - April 20, 2018

    Suakin, Sudan

    April 8, 2018

    Before leaving Massawa, Eritrea, I emailed Mohammed, Suakin’s wonderful yacht service agent, via inReach SE satellite text of our pending arrival. He... Read More

  • Entry into the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden – Our Story 2018

    Date Published - April 15, 2018

    Checked in with UKMTO prior to departure.
    Left Cochin March 10 2018, arrived Massawa, Eritrea March 30 2018.
    Sailed, motor sailed, sailed, motor sailed, sailed. Motored 9... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

    Date Published - February 19, 2018

    February 2018: Further updates of suspicious activity in the same area: UKMTO-10#72 states a motor vessel was attacked and shots fired by the onboard... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Yemen, Socotra Island: Totally unique and a great place to stop on the way to the Red Sea

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    A very interesting report of a visit to Socotra Island which, in spite of the situation on the mainland, appears to be both a safe... Read More

  • Djibouti: Expensive, Difficult and Dirty – A visit April 2017

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    July 2017: A report by a cruising boat which called in at Djibouti on their way to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.... Read More

  • Sudan, Suakin: An Enjoyable Visit by a Cruising Boat in April 2017

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    An interesting report of a short visit to Suakin and the value of the many old items which accumulate on a cruising boat to the... Read More

  • Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    April 2017: Tom Sampson organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through the Gulf of Aden. Since completing his circumnavigation he has kept... Read More

  • Somalia – Sudan – Red Sea – Suez (October 2016)

    Date Published - November 19, 2016

    Just a quick message to report that we have safely crossed the red sea from South to North in October 2016.

    Ralf (a great German sailor... Read More

  • Family Sailing through the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (2016)

    Date Published - June 05, 2016

    We, that is Heide (44), Fritze (44) and Mina (10), decided to take a break and sail around the world in two years. The tour... Read More

  • Port Djibouti Updates

    Date Published - April 14, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_2404" align="alignright" width="300"] Djibouti Anchorage[/caption]

    After crossing the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka to Djibouti we are currently in Port Djibouti and would like to... Read More

  • African Ocean Blues: From the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - October 22, 2015

    African Ocean Blues

    By Carlo Auriemma and Elisabeth Eordegh

    Published in Italian in 2001, translated to English 2015

    Available on Amazon

    Elisabetta Eordegh & Carlo Auriemma are two Italian... Read More

  • Red Sea to the Seychelles 2015

    Date Published - July 07, 2015

    From: Jerry Standen of SV ‘Dragonfly’

    Boat Type: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56 sailing catamaran

    Flag: Fiji

    Captain: Fiji/UK citizen

    Crew: Fiji citizen

    Passage: Hurghada Egypt to Mahe, Seychelles - via... Read More

  • SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden 2015

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan in a 3-boat convoy. This is not a casual trip and needs... Read More

  • Maldives to the Red Sea: Travelling solo through the HRA (High Risk Area)

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    The SV ROGUE BRIT travelled as a single sailboat from Male' in the Maldives to Platform 18N040E in the Red Sea between March 6th and... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    It is January 20, 2015, and we've just completed our 31-day passage to the top of the Red Sea, from Male (Maldives) to Eilat (Israel).... 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

  • Tested Red Sea Anchorages

    Date Published - May 29, 2012

    From June to August 2007 we sailed uneventfully down the Red Sea (before the Gulf of Aden was renamed into “pirates’ alley”), from Egypt via... Read More

  • Thailand to the Med – 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Yacht Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. This report submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin includes anti-piracy strategies,... Read More

  • Malaysia to Turkey

    Date Published - January 05, 2009

    This very interesting and useful report was sent to noonsite by Amanda & Mark Church – Farrell (NZ) of SY Balvenie. For anyone planning on... Read More

  • Turkey to Malaysia

    Date Published - December 11, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • India to Red Sea Transit

    Date Published - August 29, 2008

    We recently completed a transit of the Red Sea and the Suez. I thought the following would be of interest.

    We sailed very close to the... Read More

  • Southerly Red Sea Passage 2007

    Date Published - June 01, 2008

    Yacht Calliope

    From the Mediterranean to Seychelles

    Autumn 2007

    Calliope felt utterly insignificant as we threaded our way anxiously through the ships being marshalled into convoys at the... Read More

News

  • Red Sea: SV Simba Found on Reef and Captain Missing

    Date Published - January 10, 2020

    SV Simba, a Nauticat 44, owned and skippered by Colin Finnie, has been found wrecked on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam.... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... Read More

  • Yemen, Socotra: Clearances simplified but fees increased

    Date Published - December 20, 2018

    December 2018: The difficulties experienced last year when some yachtsmen were prohibited from going ashore have been resolved and clearances for entry and tourism... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: The Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 seeks more liaison with cruisers

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    January 2019: With cruisers returning to the southern Red Sea after years of avoiding the region due to the threat of piracy, the multinational... 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

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Report on Noonsite Community Survey Results

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    Earlier in 2018, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the multinational coalition responsible for counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa, conducted a survey with noonsite.com.... Read More

  • Egypt, Port Said: Massive Hike in Clearance Fees for Foreign Flagged Yachts

    Date Published - May 13, 2018

    Latest reports from agents in Egypt are that the authorities in Port Said have increased clearance charges for foreign flagged yachts transiting south from $40... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Liaison with the Yachting Community

    Date Published - April 12, 2018

    April 2018: This year there are a significant number of yachts that have already, or will shortly, make the passage from the Maldives or... Read More

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    Date Published - January 18, 2018

    January 2018: For those cruisers heading from SE Asia back to the Mediterranean, winds turn favorable for a passage up the Red Sea at... Read More

  • Information for Yachts Planning to Transit the Red Sea

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Gulf of Aden - Maritime Security Patrol Area

    A Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) has been established to provide a route through the Gulf of Aden... Read More

Tasman Sea

Reports

  • Queensland to New Zealand

    Date Published - January 12, 2009

    Hi,

    I see that Jimmy Cornell says that January is generally ok to cross the Tasman in either direction. We are in Bundaberg, in a 28... Read More

  • Australia and New Zealand during the summer months

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We will (hopefully) be in Fiji in September and are looking for someplace to sit out the hurricane season. I want to spend it in... Read More

News

  • Tasman Sea: Searchers for yacht Nina find a new satellite image

    Date Published - September 12, 2013

    Never-say-die family and friends searching for the crew of the missing schooner Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image,... Read More

  • Tasman Sea: Family plead for missing schooner search to continue

    Date Published - July 01, 2013

    In spite of fading hopes for the seven crew members of the vintage yacht Nina, missing in the Tasman Sea since June 04 and thought... Read More

Timor Sea

Reports

  • SE Asia to Australia via Selat Muli in West Papua

    Date Published - November 22, 2017

    My wife and I have just returned to Australia from cruising SE Asia for 3 years. For the return journey, I studied what routes other... Read More

News

  • 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

  • Timor Sea, 80nm from Darwin: Sunken yacht discovered by trawler

    Date Published - March 27, 2014

    ABC radio Darwin Australia reports that a trawler snagged a sunken yacht about 80 miles out of Darwin in 80-90 metres of water. After 6... Read More

Businesses

  • Borneo Guide – Leslie Chang

    Address: Bandar Seri Bagawan, Brunei,

    Organizes individualized tours including a visit to the Sumbilit Eco Village in Tamburong.... Read More

  • Coconut Telegraph

    The eastern Caribbean's SSB net which runs throughout the Caribbean Season.2019 resumes service 11th November.The Net operates Monday through Saturday at 8:00am AST (-4GMT) on... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Oil Company Pty Ltd

    Address: Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island,

    Can assist with the supply of diesel and unleaded petrol to yachts visiting Christmas Island.

    They will also help transport jerry cans from the service station... Read More

  • JC Avenue Travel & Tour Services

    Address: Spg 209, Block A, Unit 2, Jalan Utama, KgLambak, Kanan, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei,

    Very helpful people.... Read More

  • Ocean-Pro Weather Services

    Address: Naples, Florida, USA,

    Ocean-Pro Weather offers precision weather forecasting, passage timing & routing advice for yachts globally. Ocean-Pro is operated by Bob Cook, an experienced offshore sailor since... Read More

Useful Resources

  • 15 things you should know when planning an Atlantic crossing

    Elaine Bunting's list of her top 15 tips for an Atlantic crossing, which she has drawn up both from her own ocean passages in the... Read More

  • Atlantic Crossing

    General

    Don't miss the noonsite Routing Forum. Where fellow cruisers can assist each other with advice. It takes only a few minutes to register.

    Reports

    Atlantic Ocean East... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean East to West: Ascension to Barbados

    Useful passage notes part I, II & III from SV Totem (March/April 2016).

    http://www.sailingtotem.com/2016/04/passage-notes-ascension-to-barbados-part-i.html?... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean West

    General

    Don't miss the noonsite Routing Forum. Where fellow cruisers can assist each other with advice. It takes only a few minutes to register.

    Reports

    Buenos Aires to... Read More

  • Atlantic Pilot Atlas

    By: James Clarke
    Published by Adlard Coles Nautical (5th Edn Feb.2011)
    ISBN 9781408122471

    The Atlantic Pilot Atlas provides a complete guide to the weather of the North and... Read More

  • Atlas of Pilot Charts (free from MSI)

    For long-distance passagemakers, global coverage passage charts free of charge. Each region can be downloaded separately and one month at a time. (Beware of large... Read More

  • Caribbean Sea

    General

    Don't miss the noonsite Routing Forum. Where fellow cruisers can assist each other with advice. It takes only a few minutes to register.

    Reports

    Caribbean: National, Regional... Read More

  • Colombia to Rio Dulce Cruising Guide

    Authors: Amaia Agirre & Frank Virgintino (May 2016). Covers the coast of Colombia, The San Blas Islands, the off-lying islands of Colombia (San Andres and... Read More

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean (on passage)

    Cruising Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/821618948007286/... Read More

  • El Niño (and La Niña) Advisory

    Updated once a month (2nd Thursday of each month) this gives excellent information about the current conditions, past history, and future predictions. A site to... 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

  • Galapagos to French Polynesia: May/June 2015

    SY Jacaranda did this trip in 21 days. Their blog post on this passage is interesting, useful and very entertaining.

    https://www.jacarandajourney.com/76-puddle-jump-to-fp... Read More

  • How to Sail an Atlantic Circuit

    Sam and Alexandra Fortescue share the knowledge and experience they gained on a one-year Atlantic circuit from the UK to the Caribbean, and back home... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Crossing Facebook Page

    Contact Sherry McCampbell on SV Soggy Paws to join.

    [email protected] Read More

  • Indian Ocean Cruising Bloggers

    A useful list of cruising bloggers who crossed the Indian Ocean in 2015, by SV Totem. A mix of thoughtful perspectives, good writing, great photographs,... Read More

  • Indonesia to Australia

    Cruising in Company: Page on the Sail Indonesia website where boats returning from Indonesia to Australia can post their details if they wish to meet... Read More

  • Katharsis II’s Circumnavigation Round Antarctica

    In March 2018, Oyster 72 Katharsis II became the first yacht to sail round Antarctica below 62°S. Skipper Mariusz Koper recounts this extraordinary expedition to... Read More

  • Mexico to Marquesas – March 2018

    This article from the Bluewater Cruising Association's magazine 'Currents' by Henk and Lisa Benckhuysen on their Express 37 Sloop "Harlequin".

    http://currents.bluewatercruising.org/articles/mexico-to-marquesas-crossing/... Read More

  • North Pacific Weather Patterns

    Posted December 2015

    This article by Ocean Navigator focuses on the weather in the North Pacific during December 2015 and how to examine weather charts in... Read More

  • Notes on crossing the gulf stream en route to Bermuda or the Caribbean

    November 2015.

    Passage planning from Fishing Bay, Deltaville, Virginia USA to Bermuda.

    http://sailingsimplicity.com/sailing-to-bermuda-weather-planning/

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

  • Ocean current data for passages

    Ocean currents are a significant factor when planning an Ocean passage, and if researched properly can be used to your benefit. In this report by... Read More

  • Ocean-bound – experienced skippers offer their advice on Atlantic crossing preparation

    26 November 2015

    Crossing the Atlantic is a huge endeavour, requiring careful preparation. Yachting World Editor Elaine Bunting gets some advice from skippers who between them... Read More

  • Pacific: How a Shipwrecked Crew Survived 10 Days Lost at Sea

    The story of how three crewmen lived more than a week in the middle of the Pacific in a wrecked sailboat with almost nothing. The... Read More

  • Panama Canal: Tips for the Transit

    Well known cruiser and regular Noonsite contributor Behan Gifford of SailingTotem was recruited at the last minute to be the fourth line handler for a... 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

  • 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

  • RCC Pilotage Foundation: Navionics Webinar Pacific Crossing

    The newly-published RCC Pilotage Foundation book “Pacific Crossing Guide” has met with acclaim among the cruising/sailing public and press.

    On Friday, June 16, 2017, 1:30 PM... Read More

  • Reeds Nautical Almanac

    The Yachtsman's Bible

    Publication Date: September each year
    Price: £39.99(2012)
    ISBN: 9781408140543
    Published by: Adlard Coles Nautical

    Reeds Nautical Almanac is the indispensable annual compendium of navigational data for yachtsmen.

    Providing... Read More

  • Sailing and Boating

    Cruising and sailing information gathered during a circumnavigation, including detailed notes on the Red Sea and Atlantic crossing. Download various useful ebooks.

    http://www.michaelbriant.com/sailing.htm... Read More

  • Sailing the Atlantic

    Posted July 2016.

    Set up by cruising sailors with over 100,000 ocean miles in a small sailboat, over 20 Atlantic Passages and more than 40 years... Read More

  • Sailing to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest: Hazards and Resources

    In the previous article about sailing to Mexico from the Pacific Northwest, Rob and Debra from Avant highlighted the three passage-making plans that one may choose to make... 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

  • Taking the northerly route across the Atlantic; YW meteorologist explains

    Posted October 2015.

    Meteorologist Chris Tibbs deconstructs the ARC-winning northerly route across the Atlantic and explains why it comes with a caution for cruisers. From www.yachtingworld.com.

    http://www.yachtingworld.com/features/taking-the-northerly-route-across-the-atlantic-68327

    UPDATE... Read More

  • Tamarisk – Round the World (and through the Red Sea)

    January 2015: Passage via Saudi Arabia, Sudan and upwards through the Red Sea towards the Suez Canal.

    http://www.tamariskrtw.com/... 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

  • Wind Prediction

    It has some holes in the Pacific regions but overall provides good routing information.

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

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

    Some of the most important changes have been dictated by the effects of climate change on global weather and the availability of the data gathered... Read More

  • www.morganscloud.com

    Information for cruisers on a variety of topics including high-latitude sailing in Greenland and working with aluminum boats.

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

Reports

  • Covid-19 Field Report: Trapped in the Maldives

    Date Published - May 28, 2020

    Americans Sherman and Judy Sundin are sailing the world on their 41ft Bristol, “Fairwinds 1” having left Florida in 2012. In 2020 their plan was... Read More

  • Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the Options?

    Date Published - May 23, 2020

    Nearly three months have passed with a Pacific basin full of yachts thrown into confusion. Yachts stacking up in French Polynesia, no where ahead or... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Desperately Seeking Solutions

    Date Published - May 08, 2020

    Pete and Jen Bernard of SY Steel Sapphire left Sydney in July 2018 to begin a 5 year circumnavigation. They arrived in the Maldives in... Read More

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

    Date Published - April 30, 2020

    Noonsite, in association with the Ocean Cruising Club, has compiled a list of transatlantic ports, Mediterranean ports and Northern European ports that are open to... 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

  • South Pacific: Options for Getting Out of the Cyclone Zone

    Date Published - April 20, 2020

    Andy and Sue Warman currently in Gambiers, French Polynesia are thinking ahead to cyclone season in October/November and what options there are for yachts wanting... Read More

  • The Great Caribbean Shut Down – by Chris Doyle

    Date Published - April 14, 2020

    Well known cruising guide author Chris Doyle is stuck in lock down on board his boat in Saint Lucia. With his breadth of local knowledge... Read More

  • Tropical Season 2020: What will this Tropical Season bring, where can I go, and when and how might I try to get there?

    Date Published - April 13, 2020

    Officially, Hurricane season for the Atlantic North of the Equator begins June 1, and ends November 30. Cruisers currently stuck in the Caribbean basin due... 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

  • Mozambique Security Update

    Date Published - January 20, 2020

    Cruisers planning to visit Mozambique and passage the Mozambique channel are being advised to be extremely cautious according to experienced South African cruiser Des Cason.... Read More

  • Indonesia, West Kalimantan: Good Provisioning stop at Pontianak

    Date Published - November 27, 2019

    Stefan Hirsch reports on a three day visit to Pontianak, Kalimantan which is situated about 16 kms (10 miles) up the Kapuas River, one of... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Current Situation on Anchoring Restrictions from AVP

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    The Association des Voiliers en Polynesie (AVP) is concerned about the recent evolution towards restricting the conditions of stay of sailboats in French Polynesia. The... Read More

  • Horn of Africa, Djibouti: Exploring the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet Al Khareb

    Date Published - November 06, 2019

    The majority of cruising boats use Djibouti simply as a convenient stopover port on their way through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. SV... Read More

  • Ocean Sailing Book Review

    Date Published - October 10, 2019

    Launched at the 2019 Southampton Boat Show by Bloomsbury, the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation's new book is a practical guide to long-distance ocean sailing.... 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 should give you a good... Read More

  • Pacific Planning Advice

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

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

  • Cruising the Anambas: Know before you go

    Date Published - February 22, 2019

    We have now spent the past two summers, 2016 and 2017, cruising the Anambas and had a marvellous time snorkelling and diving in the clear... Read More

  • Chile: Cruising the Channels in Patagonia

    Date Published - January 25, 2019

    Interesting report from Dan Stroud who is cruising the Channels in Patagonia and who had to divert to Ushuaia in Argentina.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean: National, Regional and Island Weather Websites and Reports

    Date Published - January 08, 2019

    Report listing weather websites and forecasting services.... Read More

  • Cuba, East Coast: Puerto de Vita to Santiago

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    A cruiser provides info covering Puerto de Vita to Santiago/Marina Punta Gorda.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: An exciting transit with welcome support (April 2016)

    Date Published - December 14, 2018

    In April 2016 SY Sea Child sailed from the Maldive Islands into the Red Sea. This report is notable, not only for the routing they... Read More

  • Panama: Anchoring Information for Guna Yala (San Blas)

    Date Published - December 10, 2018

    Cruisers have compiled a useful list of anchorages and fees charged in Guna Yala.... Read More

  • Madagascar to Richards Bay: The routes and the formalities

    Date Published - November 13, 2018

    Bev and Robbie Collins on their 46ft yacht Mersoleil had an interesting passage from Madagascar to Richards Bay. Whilst the sailing presented a few challenges... 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

  • Tanzania, Tanga: A comprehensive update

    Date Published - September 17, 2018

    Jack and Jackie Hunt, in their yacht SV Barbara Ann, have sailed extensively around Tanzania and this report offers detailed information on the facilities and... 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

  • 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

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (June 2018)

    Date Published - July 27, 2018

    See Wade Alarie's update (Administrator for the Facebook Group RED SEA PASSAGE) at the bottom of the page - June 2018. All cruisers contemplating this... Read More

  • Cruising East Africa, Tanzania: A great place to sit out the cyclone season

    Date Published - July 24, 2018

    SV Barbara Ann cruised East Africa for a year - from Tanga (just under the Kenyan border) down to Mafia Island. Jack and Jackie Hunt... 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

  • Soaking in Sudan

    Date Published - April 20, 2018

    Suakin, Sudan

    April 8, 2018

    Before leaving Massawa, Eritrea, I emailed Mohammed, Suakin’s wonderful yacht service agent, via inReach SE satellite text of our pending arrival. He... Read More

  • Entry into the Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden – Our Story 2018

    Date Published - April 15, 2018

    Checked in with UKMTO prior to departure.
    Left Cochin March 10 2018, arrived Massawa, Eritrea March 30 2018.
    Sailed, motor sailed, sailed, motor sailed, sailed. Motored 9... Read More

  • The Challenge of Passage Planning in the SW Indian Ocean

    Date Published - March 14, 2018

    With the route out of the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean still significantly affected by the threat of Somali piracy most yachts on a world... Read More

  • A Passage from the Seychelles to Kenya

    Date Published - March 14, 2018

    Here are some notes on a passage I made from Seychelles to Kilifi, Kenya, in August 2017 and some notes about Kilifi itself and Lamu.... Read More

  • Cyclone patterns in SW Indian Ocean

    Date Published - March 12, 2018

    This useful information from Des Cason, based in SA, who offers advice to cruisers visiting the country and routing and weather information for the Indian... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy – February 2018

    Date Published - February 19, 2018

    February 2018: Further updates of suspicious activity in the same area: UKMTO-10#72 states a motor vessel was attacked and shots fired by the onboard... 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

  • SE Asia to Australia via Selat Muli in West Papua

    Date Published - November 22, 2017

    My wife and I have just returned to Australia from cruising SE Asia for 3 years. For the return journey, I studied what routes other... Read More

  • Anchorages – Phuket, Thailand to Saumlaki, Indonesia

    Date Published - October 11, 2017

    Popeye 1 is a Beneteau First 47.7 with the deep draft keel of 2.85m. We sailed from Phuket, Thailand to Darwin, Australia and onto The... 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

  • Six weeks in the Maldives – a couple of weeks too long

    Date Published - August 24, 2017

    Alba has just spent six weeks in the Maldives. If we had our time again, we'd still visit the Maldives, but only plan to stay... Read More

  • South Indian Ocean Passage: Chagos to Rodrigues 2017

    Date Published - August 24, 2017

    Alba has just completed the 1,100-mile passage from Chagos to Rodrigues, so here are my thoughts on the routing.... Read More

  • Northern Red Sea Passage: Security and Other Concerns March 2017

    Date Published - July 18, 2017

    July 2017: One small, lightly crewed yacht's experience of a passage from India to the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Yemen, Socotra Island: Totally unique and a great place to stop on the way to the Red Sea

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    A very interesting report of a visit to Socotra Island which, in spite of the situation on the mainland, appears to be both a safe... Read More

  • Djibouti: Expensive, Difficult and Dirty – A visit April 2017

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    July 2017: A report by a cruising boat which called in at Djibouti on their way to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.... Read More

  • Sudan, Suakin: An Enjoyable Visit by a Cruising Boat in April 2017

    Date Published - July 14, 2017

    An interesting report of a short visit to Suakin and the value of the many old items which accumulate on a cruising boat to the... Read More

  • Atlantic Islands

    Date Published - May 15, 2017

    The latest (6th) edition of this most useful pilot has been extensively revised and updated. It now includes Bermuda along with the other Island groups... Read More

  • Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?

    Date Published - April 19, 2017

    April 2017: Tom Sampson organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through the Gulf of Aden. Since completing his circumnavigation he has kept... Read More

  • Transiting from Maldives to Djibouti in March 2017

    Date Published - April 11, 2017

    Route detail and preparation suggestions for yachts transiting from the Indian Ocean into the Red Sea.... Read More

  • Panama/Ecuador to Chile

    Date Published - March 21, 2017

    I am writing this to offer an alternative approach to Chile from Panama and/or Ecuador.

    I'm sure that many others have taken this route, but most... Read More

  • Routing: Grenada to Panama

    Date Published - February 20, 2017

    Routing Grenada to Panama: 

    We generally take the same route. Last time we went north from Grenada to Martinique, where there is great provisioning for a... 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

  • Somalia – Sudan – Red Sea – Suez (October 2016)

    Date Published - November 19, 2016

    Just a quick message to report that we have safely crossed the red sea from South to North in October 2016.

    Ralf (a great German sailor... Read More

  • On Passage from Canary Islands to Cape Verdes: Attempted Boarding off W Sahara – November 2016

    Date Published - November 16, 2016

    Reported by SV Sherpa

    On passage from Lanzarote to Mindelo, Cape Verdes

    Approximate position: 27,07,34 N / 13,58 W

    35 miles from shore off El Anjum, West Sahara.

    It... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Charm: From Thailand to the Cape of Good Hope

    Date Published - October 16, 2016

    This report by experienced long-term cruiser Fatty Goodlander summarises neatly (and amusingly) the options and most popular routing across the Indian Ocean.... Read More

  • Family Sailing through the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (2016)

    Date Published - June 05, 2016

    We, that is Heide (44), Fritze (44) and Mina (10), decided to take a break and sail around the world in two years. The tour... Read More

  • Port Djibouti Updates

    Date Published - April 14, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_2404" align="alignright" width="300"] Djibouti Anchorage[/caption]

    After crossing the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka to Djibouti we are currently in Port Djibouti and would like to... 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

  • Passage Notes: Namibia to St Helena

    Date Published - March 18, 2016

    SV Totem has been sailing around the world since 2008. Now on the final leg back to the USA, this family’s passage notes from Namibia... Read More

  • Sailing Advisory Galapagos to Marquesas

    Date Published - February 22, 2016

    Eastern Tropical Pacific EQ­15 S and 85W ­ 145W.... Read More

  • Sailing Advisory Panama to Galapagos

    Date Published - February 22, 2016

    Information for yachts sailing from Panama to the Galapagos Islands (Archipelago de Colon): Area Eastern Tropical Pacific: Equator to 9 North and Pacific Coasts of... Read More

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean Guide 2015

    Date Published - January 05, 2016

    A useful report by Jason Trautz on his experiences while taking a 10-month cruise from Thailand to South Africa in 2015.... Read More

  • African Ocean Blues: From the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean

    Date Published - October 22, 2015

    African Ocean Blues

    By Carlo Auriemma and Elisabeth Eordegh

    Published in Italian in 2001, translated to English 2015

    Available on Amazon

    Elisabetta Eordegh & Carlo Auriemma are two Italian... Read More

  • Madagascar Cruising Notes

    Date Published - October 12, 2015

    Long-term cruisers Des & Nell of SY Gambit (and the ex-Madagascar relay station for the Peri-Peri Net) used to be based on Sakatia Island (near... 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

  • Singapore to Sunda Strait, Indonesia in August 2015

    Date Published - September 06, 2015

    A useful report if planning this passage from the Singapore area to Indonesia.... Read More

  • Red Sea to the Seychelles 2015

    Date Published - July 07, 2015

    From: Jerry Standen of SV ‘Dragonfly’

    Boat Type: Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56 sailing catamaran

    Flag: Fiji

    Captain: Fiji/UK citizen

    Crew: Fiji citizen

    Passage: Hurghada Egypt to Mahe, Seychelles - via... Read More

  • Pacific Ocean Crossing: Collecting Water Samples on the Fly

    Date Published - July 01, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_46189" align="alignright" width="300"] Jessica Newley (Sailor, Environmental Educator, UW Photographer) onboard S/V Silent Sun, a 37-foot sailboat, last month during her 34-day passage from... Read More

  • Sailing Panama to the British Virgin Islands – some hints

    Date Published - June 26, 2015

    We are mid-way on our series of voyages from Victoria, Canada to Sweden and are currently in the BVI. We just completed our third time... Read More

  • New South Wales to Fiji: A Challenging Voyagef

    Date Published - May 26, 2015

    John and Leanne Hembrow of Catamaran Songlines share the tale of their challenging voyage from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia to Fiji (via New Caledonia).... Read More

  • SE Asia to the Med in Convoy through the Gulf of Aden 2015

    Date Published - April 16, 2015

    We just completed a long trip from Male, Maldives to Port Suakin, Sudan in a 3-boat convoy. This is not a casual trip and needs... Read More

  • Maldives to the Red Sea: Travelling solo through the HRA (High Risk Area)

    Date Published - March 25, 2015

    The SV ROGUE BRIT travelled as a single sailboat from Male' in the Maldives to Platform 18N040E in the Red Sea between March 6th and... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage – January 2015

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    It is January 20, 2015, and we've just completed our 31-day passage to the top of the Red Sea, from Male (Maldives) to Eilat (Israel).... Read More

  • Bali to Singapore in the transition season November 2014

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    We've just done a passage from Bali to near Singapore and thought the weather we experienced might provide useful information for others. I couldn't find... 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

  • Crossing the Indian Ocean – May 2014

    Date Published - October 29, 2014

    Whilst the piracy problems remain in the north-west of the Indian Ocean, the only really safe option for would-be circumnavigators is to make the trip... Read More

  • Netherlands to Spain – Marina Prices 2014

    Date Published - October 28, 2014

    Our thanks to Sietse Buruma for these useful costs.... Read More

  • South Pacific Cruising Notes: April to November 2013

    Date Published - October 21, 2014

    The Bright family on their cutter-rigged sloop Yindee Plus have been cruising the world since 2009. They left Panama in the middle of April 2013... 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

  • Sailing Advisory North West Coast of Caribbean Colombia

    Date Published - June 10, 2014

    Weather North West Coast of Caribbean Colombia from David Jones book "The Concise Guide to Caribbean Weather".... Read More

  • Guidance on managing garbage when cruising remote islands in the Pacific

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    Over the last few years, we have learned a lot about how to (and how not to) manage our onboard garbage. Friends who now charter... 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

  • The best cruising ground: Greece vs Croatia

    Date Published - November 27, 2013

    Australian cruiser, Dave Elliott, of SY Scarlett, spent the Spring and Summer of 2013 cruising Greece and Croatia. Here he gives his thoughts on which... Read More

  • Cruising West from Trinidad: Cruisers give their advice

    Date Published - November 22, 2013

    In the wake of November's violent attack on a cruising yacht off the coast of Venezuela's Paria Peninsula (on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La... 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

  • Malta to Gibraltar: Concern that direct course is close to Algeria

    Date Published - October 10, 2013

    I would be very grateful for any advice you can give for the planned delivery of our Elan 410 from Malta to Gibraltar later this... Read More

  • Fiji to Marshalls Passage Planning

    Date Published - September 10, 2013

    Since we sent in the article about spending South Pacific cyclone season in the Marshalls, we've met quite a few boats who are interested in... Read More

  • Davao, Philippines to Sangihe Island, Indonesia

    Date Published - July 03, 2013

    Posted 3 July 2013 by Roger Denis

    Waypoints from Davao to Sangihe:

    We adapted the location of the anchorages considering wind directions. Mornings good sailing and favourable... 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

  • Bali to Lombok SW: Transit Advice

    Date Published - July 02, 2013

    Raymond La Fontaine of Marina Del Ray on Gili Gede has been crossing the straight between Bali and Lombok for the past 2 years at... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Malta to Turkey via Greece: Anchorages 2011

    Date Published - March 14, 2013

    Mario and Lillian Borg left Malta in May 2011 and cruised to Turkey on their boat "Maltese Falcon", stopping principally in anchorages rather than using... 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

  • Indonesia “Loop” from Langkawi, Malaysia

    Date Published - January 11, 2013

    Thank you to all the cruisers who have helped with advice and recommendations.... 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

  • Buenos Aires to San Francisco

    Date Published - August 28, 2012

    Beneteau 51.5 - single-handed delivery trip back home
    Buenos Aires to San Francisco
    Departed Buenos Aires March 14th 2012.... Read More

  • Crossing Canada and Voyaging Down the St. Lawrence to Nova Scotia

    Date Published - July 10, 2012

    (January 31, 2011) - S/Y Tairua spent 7 years cruising the Pacific North West. In 2010 they decided to return to the cruising grounds in... Read More

  • Tested Red Sea Anchorages

    Date Published - May 29, 2012

    From June to August 2007 we sailed uneventfully down the Red Sea (before the Gulf of Aden was renamed into “pirates’ alley”), from Egypt via... Read More

  • Malacca Straits – A Fishy Business

    Date Published - May 23, 2012

    How to Stay out of Trouble with the Fishing Fleet

    This article is primarily for those approaching their first cruising trip through the Malacca Straits.

    Once upon... Read More

  • Darwin (Australia) to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) – September to December 2010

    Date Published - March 29, 2012

    Our thanks to Sue Woods of MV Solita, who put together these beautiful passage notes of their time spent cruising from Australia to Malaysia via... Read More

  • Cruising from Greece to France in 2011

    Date Published - January 10, 2012

    GREECE to FRANCE (June – July 2011)

    SY CURRAWONG, Formosa 41 ketch

    ITALY

    June 1, 2011

    We left the Greek island of Orthoni in Greece, with SW winds F2-F5.... Read More

  • Passage from Vanuatu to Marshalls

    Date Published - September 07, 2011

    From Noonsite Regional Editor: Luc Callebaut & Jackie Lee on s/v Sloepmouche

    It is a La Nina year so this may affect the wx we encountered.... 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

  • Sailing Round the top of Australia – West to East

    Date Published - March 26, 2010

    Follow this forum thread on the noonsite routing and weather forum.

    I'm looking at sailing from Perth to Melbourne, the long way. I'm pretty comfortable with... 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

  • USA: Seattle to San Francisco

    Date Published - December 30, 2009

    I am planning to sail from Seattle to San Francisco sometime in 2010. In (Jimmy Cornell's book) "World Routes", it says a passage can be... Read More

  • Bahamas to Bermuda

    Date Published - October 22, 2009

    We arrived in the Bahamas having crossed the Gulf stream in company with friends and we leave them in Morgans Bluff and head out in... Read More

  • Venezuela to Canada

    Date Published - September 15, 2009

    (August 5, 2009) - From Venezuela to Canada's Pacific Coast, March 2007 to December 2008.... Read More

  • More Thoughts on Vancouver to San Francisco

    Date Published - September 03, 2009

    From Irene on 29th August 2009

    I was just reading on your site, the Report on Vancouver to San Francisco in September where you state:

    "Late August... Read More

  • Passage from Azores to England in July

    Date Published - August 10, 2009

    Received 27 July 2009 from yacht Vindomar

    Roy and Sue Potter are almost at the end of a 5-year circumnavigation

    Azores to NW Spain

    This is to be... Read More

  • Pacific Crossing in 2010 and El Nino

    Date Published - August 06, 2009

    I am planning a Pacific Crossing from Panama to New Zealand in 2010. I just heard that El Nino is back and next year its... Read More

  • Thailand to the Med – 2009

    Date Published - July 29, 2009

    Yacht Ventana made the passage from Thailand to the Med during the 2009 season. This report submitted by Rob and Dee Dubin includes anti-piracy strategies,... Read More

  • Eastbound in North Pacific

    Date Published - July 28, 2009

    Greetings Jimmy,

    Wondering if you can give me some advice? I've been operating boats for the past 12 years and live by your routing books and... Read More

  • Hobart to Darwin

    Date Published - May 26, 2009

    Posted 4 April, 2009 - see bottom for feedback from cruiser following his voyage.

    Jimmy,

    Both of your books are on my boat at the moment in... Read More

  • Panama to Windward Islands

    Date Published - May 15, 2009

    14 May 2008

    I have been trying to get some information on the least aggravating route to get from Panama to say Jamaica or better (maybe... Read More

  • Volcanic Activity Causes Magnetic Interference

    Date Published - May 13, 2009

    When we left Port Vila in Vanuatu for Townsville, Australia in late November, we encountered very strong magnetic activity. During the first 60 - 70... Read More

  • Panama to Callao, Peru in June

    Date Published - April 27, 2009

    I wanted some advice about sailing from Panama to Callao in June/July. My plan was to sail from Panama to the Galapagos, Galapagos to Easter... Read More

  • New Caledonia to NZ then on to Alaska

    Date Published - April 15, 2009

    Subject: Departing New Caledonia in April

    Is it possible to sail south from New Caledonia to New Zealand to catch the west winds and thus head... Read More

  • Vancouver to San Francisco in September – Further Comment

    Date Published - March 02, 2009

    We plan to sail from Victoria to San Francisco in mid/late September 08. We would choose to go 50-100 mi offshore. We have a Hanse401... Read More

  • Seattle to New Zealand – More comments added

    Date Published - February 23, 2009

    Hello,

    We have moved from near Seattle to New Zealand, but left our C&C; Landfall 38 back there. We'd now like to bring her down, but... Read More

  • Panama To The Galapagos

    Date Published - February 10, 2009

    INFORMATION FOR YACHTS SAILING FROM PANAMA TO GALAPAGOS

    Yachts sailing from Panama to Galapagos, or to mainland Ecuador, have to pass the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)... Read More

  • Galapagos to Hawaii in February

    Date Published - February 05, 2009

    I have read your WCR (World Cruising Routes) on the passage from Galapagos to Hawaii. We are in the Galapagos now and will be leaving... Read More

  • Southern Taiwan to Sydney, Australia

    Date Published - January 19, 2009

    We are planning to pick up a 64ft cruising yacht from Taiwan and sail her to Australia. Looking at your comments (on previous reports) we... Read More

  • Queensland to New Zealand

    Date Published - January 12, 2009

    Hi,

    I see that Jimmy Cornell says that January is generally ok to cross the Tasman in either direction. We are in Bundaberg, in a 28... Read More

  • Nova Scotia, Halifax to Azores

    Date Published - January 12, 2009

    I am planning to sail from Halifax to the Azores next year and to winter in the Azores before crossing to the Med. There appears... Read More

  • Malaysia to Turkey

    Date Published - January 05, 2009

    This very interesting and useful report was sent to noonsite by Amanda & Mark Church – Farrell (NZ) of SY Balvenie. For anyone planning on... Read More

  • Turkey to Malaysia

    Date Published - December 11, 2008

    Sent by Dave Ungless, S/Y Sänna 2, UK Flag.

    Safe Haven in Yemen

    With the many piracy stories originating from the Gulf of Aden right now, I... Read More

  • USA, San Diego to Easter Island, Juan Fernandez and Valparaiso

    Date Published - October 03, 2008

    I have three editions plus the British book. It looks like I should get into the northern trades and try to get as much easting... Read More

  • India to Red Sea Transit

    Date Published - August 29, 2008

    We recently completed a transit of the Red Sea and the Suez. I thought the following would be of interest.

    We sailed very close to the... Read More

  • Caribbean, Cape Town, Seychelles

    Date Published - August 25, 2008

    Do you have any thoughts on passage planning/routing for a 45 foot Cat from Caribbean to Cape Town to Seychelles. Owner wants to leave June... Read More

  • Toronto to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - August 25, 2008

    Hi, we have a searunner 40 tri and wish to cruise the Med. Currently in Toronto and would like your thoughts in terms of winds... Read More

  • Ireland to Malaysia

    Date Published - August 01, 2008

    I have just got and updated a beautiful 1937, 68foot wooden motor sailor and intend to sail from Ireland to Malaysia. Is there anyone out... Read More

  • Fiji to New Zealand

    Date Published - July 16, 2008

    Hello,

    My grandson in single handing his 27' Albin Vega in the S. Pacific. He is now a few days out of Samoa.

    He is an avid... Read More

  • San Diego to Brisbane – South or North?

    Date Published - July 11, 2008

    G'day Jimmy,

    I am delivering a yacht from San Diego to Brisbane leaving late July, and I was hoping for a bit of advice on which... Read More

  • My First Atlantic Crossing

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    If you have never crossed the Atlantic and always wondered what it might be like – read Camille Parrain’s personal reflections on her first ocean... Read More

  • New Zealand to Europe

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are in New Zealand and want to come back to the Atlantic ocean. The boat is a Lagoon 57'. Can you help me suggesting... Read More

  • Thailand to New Zealand

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I plan to be in Thailand/Malaysia with my Salar 40 ketch by Sep/Oct 2006. I am a little confused with the information, or lack of... Read More

  • Europe to British Colombia

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are about to buy a Catamaran from Fountaine Pajot for Jan-Feb delivery 2007. We are concerned that this time of year may be challenging... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from Florida

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are planning a trip around the world, up to 3 years. I have been studying maps, the weather, etc... but I still have many... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from South Pacific/Brazil

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I am researching for a cruise around the world leaving Brazil, through the Panama Canal, Torres Strait, Cape Town, Brazil. Any suggestions for known routes,... Read More

  • Caribbean to Hong Kong

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    I am planning to take my boat from the Caribbean (Tortola) to Hong Kong, hopefully, start out next month (March). Can someone help me in... Read More

  • Australia To Hawaii

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    Aloha Noonsite, still love the site! We're contemplating returning home to Hawaii from Brisbane, and can't seem to get motivated to do the NZ, French... Read More

  • Indian Ocean – West to East

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    3 entries

    We are currently moored in Aden, Yemen. Having transited the Red Sea southwards through the summer, we originally intended to cross to Cochin, then... Read More

  • Australia, Darwin to Palau – best route and time

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    We are preparing to set off on a voyage to Palau. Two routes are possible either through Indonesia via Ambon going North East or through... Read More

  • Pacific East About

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    Dear Jimmy Cornell,

    In your Cruising Routes, you dismiss East-About Pacific routes to Panama, but I am thinking about going South down the Red Sea, then... Read More

  • Question About Mozambique Current

    Date Published - July 10, 2008

    In your World Cruising Routes, p524, IS46 Comoros to South Africa, you talk about the north-setting Mozambique Current creating very difficult sailing conditions and rough... Read More

  • From the Chesapeake to Lake Ontario, via the Hudson River

    Date Published - June 26, 2008

    (June 26, 2008) - The first of May 2008 we left the very friendly Delaville Marina (Virginia) in the Chesapeake Bay, to sail up to... Read More

  • Question on South Indian Ocean routing

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    In a "standard" westabout circumnavigation, the segment which gives me most concern is the southern Indian Ocean, particularly from Chagos to Durban. The route via... Read More

  • Cocos Keeling to Perth, Australia

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    I'm interested in finding out information regarding sailing from Cocos Island to get to the West Coast and finally sail on to Perth leaving the... Read More

  • Best time of year to cross the Indian Ocean?

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    I'm currently in Malaysian Borneo and thinking of heading out into the Indian Ocean, up to the Maldives and Sri Lankan [if I can get... Read More

  • Tips for Extended Cruising in the South Pacific

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    Hi, our last time around we spent 4 years in the S. Pacific, bouncing between NZ and the islands and finally on to Australia. This... Read More

  • Azores to Jacksonville, Florida

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    As with the Canaries, is January considered a safe month to sail a 44ft sloop directly to Jacksonville Florida from the Azores? Our intended route... Read More

  • USA, Los Angeles to Hawaii

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    Hi,

    My husband has your Cruising Routes book, but he is on another continent boat shopping. He tells me your book recommends the best sailing from... Read More

  • Malaysia, Langkawi to South Africa (via Cocos Keeling )

    Date Published - June 24, 2008

    We would like to include Malaysia in our route around the Cape of Good Hope. Plan A would take us from Langkawi to the north... Read More

  • Southerly Red Sea Passage 2007

    Date Published - June 01, 2008

    Yacht Calliope

    From the Mediterranean to Seychelles

    Autumn 2007

    Calliope felt utterly insignificant as we threaded our way anxiously through the ships being marshalled into convoys at the... Read More

  • Advice on Quick Circumnavigation

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I have noticed that recommended circumnavigation routes (in World Cruising Routes) from the U.S. are no shorter than 18-20 months if you leave from the... Read More

  • Australia, Sydney to Washington State, USA

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I'm sailing my Robert's 53' back to Washington state from Sydney, Au. My plan is to go to Fiji, Hawaii, and then to the Columbia... Read More

  • USA, Seattle to Cambodia

    Date Published - May 25, 2008

    I need to get my boat from Seattle to Sihanoukville in Cambodia. The obvious route (and most direct) seems to be from Seattle to Hawaii,... Read More

  • Vanuatu to Indonesia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are finally leaving NZ this May and would like to explore Vanuatu and the Solomons before continuing west. Is it reasonable to go across... Read More

  • Singapore – Vietnam – Hong Kong

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Appreciate any advice and routing information from Singapore to Vietnam and subsequently Hong Kong from late April. Any views on how the 2006/7 El Nino... Read More

  • Singapore to Carins, Australia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We intend taking our 50' traditional timber ketch from Singapore to Cairns, and then on further south, in November/December this year. There seems to be... Read More

  • Philippines to Singapore

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I'm seeking advice for sailing from the Philippines to Singapore.

    That's an easy one, especially if you do it during the NE monsoon (best time Jan... Read More

  • Australia, Brisbane to Coquimbo, Chile

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I would like to sail from Brisbane to Chile in October/November on a 50" cutter sailboat. I was wondering about a route tween 10S and... Read More

  • Chile to New Zealand

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are in South Chile and would like to sail to New Zealand/Australia end of the year say November. I think up the Chile coast... Read More

  • Mexico to the Marquesas via powerboat

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I will be crossing from the west coast of Mexico to the Marquesas in about a year. Powerboats prefer very light winds and a somewhat... Read More

  • Papua New Guinea to Bali, Indonesia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    I have bought your book and would like to know a little more about crossing from PNG to Indonesia. I would prefer to go through... Read More

  • Hawaii, Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Great Web site with great information, it's much appreciated. I'm leaving Honolulu in mid-July and making a run for Brisbane.

    The proposed route is Honolulu, Palmyra... Read More

  • Marshall Islands to USA

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Hoping to sail out of the Marshall Islands in August. Would like advice on the fastest/safest route to hit the west coast - any place... Read More

  • Fiji to Canada – suggestions

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    Recommendation on route planning from Fiji to Canada. ... Read More

  • Panama to Philippines – North Pacific Passage

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are planning to sail from Panama to the Philippines via Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Guam from next November to March 2008. We need information... Read More

  • Turkey to US East Coast

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are thinking of having a 44' trawler built for us in Turkey. After sea trials and shakedown cruise, we plan to take our new... Read More

  • Denmark to China

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are planning to sail from Denmark to China next year 2008 from February 1st to August 1st via Suez around India passing Singapore to... Read More

  • Australia, Brisbane to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We are seeking to return to the Med from Brisbane in the fastest possible way, leaving Brisbane in April. What route would you recommend?

    April start:... Read More

  • Australia and New Zealand during the summer months

    Date Published - May 22, 2008

    We will (hopefully) be in Fiji in September and are looking for someplace to sit out the hurricane season. I want to spend it in... Read More

  • USA, Florida to Margarita, Venezuela

    Date Published - May 18, 2008

    Could you advise on a proposed route, please?

    I need to sail from Key West to Margarita, towards the end of June. I had hoped to... Read More

  • Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia

    Date Published - May 17, 2008

    Could you please advise on a route from Hong Kong to Pittwater sailing 50-foot yacht departing approx. March/April 08.

    There are two route options to reach... Read More

  • Hawaii to Chile

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    Can you please advise on the best route and timing for a "fast" trip from Hawaii to Valparaiso? I would greatly appreciate your comments on... Read More

  • Spain, Palma de Mallorca to Cairns, Australia

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are a large sloop planning to depart Palma for Cairns via Suez Canal early August and are under an extremely tight time frame to... Read More

  • North Atlantic in November

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I have little choice on timing my way out of the Great Lakes and November appears to be best for me. I have been told... Read More

  • Northern Indian Ocean – Advice Sought

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are working on the plan of a round-the-Africa voyage, starting from Egypt and ending in Gibraltar.

    World Cruising Routes suggests crossing from Aden to Maldives... Read More

  • Chile to B.C. Canada

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are in Pt. Montt Chile making our way home to Victoria, Canada. What would be the most direct route with the best winds?

    That's an... Read More

  • USA, Rhode Island to the Caribbean in November

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I'm Med based and don't know a great deal about the goings on across the pond, but I may have to take a Swan 65... Read More

  • Australia, Durban to the Mediterranean

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I recently completed a Westward circumnavigation on a 48 ft catamaran built in St Francis Bay South Africa. The boat is back at the factory... Read More

  • Los Angeles to Hawaii

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    My copy of World Cruising Guide is in Hawaii, I am in Oz visiting my daughter. I asked earlier if Jan was a good month... Read More

  • B.C. Victoria to Pt. Montt, Chile

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    I saw a quick description of a sailing route from Pt Montt Chile to Victoria BC in your cruising routes section. I am curious about... Read More

  • Galapagos to Hawaii

    Date Published - May 15, 2008

    We are currently in Panama and planning a March departure for the Galapagos and onward to Hawaii via Clipperton. I notice in your WCR that... Read More

  • Caribbean, St. Lucia to Maine, USA

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    I am in the process of purchasing a catamaran in St. Lucia. I need to sail it from St. Lucia to Maine in May. Do... Read More

  • Panama to Victoria, B.C.

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We are currently in Bonaire and heading west for Panama over the next few weeks. From there we plan to head for the Galapagos Islands.... Read More

  • Hong Kong to Whitsundays, Australia

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    Currently living in Hong Kong and planning to take our 39' foot sailing yacht to Australia in the next 12 to 18 months. Just like... Read More

  • Circumnavigation from Vancouver, British Columbia

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    We are planning a circumnavigation from and back to Vancouver, BC. I have ordered latest edition of World Cruising Routes but aren’t expected to receive... Read More

  • USA to Panama in April

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    I'm leaving Charleston, SC aboard a 42' catamaran 01APR08 for Panama Canal (and NZ thereafter) and I'm wondering:

    if we should stay inside (West) of... Read More

  • Chile, Valdivia to San Diego, CA.

    Date Published - May 14, 2008

    Valdivia, Chile to San Diego, CA. (departing the end of May/early June - sail). Do you have any advice? My WCR, 5th ed., only seems... Read More

News

  • Maldives: Costs and Restrictions Eased for Small Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - May 27, 2020

    At last what was hoped for, then delayed due to Covid-19, has now been implemented and cruising yachts can enjoy more cost-effective cruising and easier... Read More

  • Busy Atlantic hurricane season predicted for 2020

    Date Published - May 22, 2020

    An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook... Read More

  • Indian Ocean Lockdown

    Date Published - May 07, 2020

    Where's open and where's not? A quick guide for Indian Ocean Passagemakers. ... Read More

  • Atlantic: UK Yacht in Trouble – Crew Rescued using AMVER System

    Date Published - May 04, 2020

    U.S. Coast Guard personnel coordinated the rescue of two British mariners 598 miles off the coast of Bermuda on Friday (May 1) using the Automated... 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

  • South Pacific: New Zealand’s Current Position for Yachts under COVID-19 Restrictions

    Date Published - April 18, 2020

    With many yachts currently in self-isolation in the Pacific Islands still wanting to sail to New Zealand, Sharron Beck from Whangarei Marina - also the... Read More

  • Maldives: Clearance Fee Reductions Appear to be on Hold

    Date Published - April 02, 2020

    In an effort to become more cruiser friendly, the Maldives archipelago in the Indian Ocean was set to substantially reduce clearance costs from 1st April... 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

  • French Polynesia: World ARC 2020 Rally Suspended

    Date Published - March 21, 2020

    The World ARC 2020 rally has been suspended in French Polynesia due to the international response to the COVID19 virus pandemic. Nations along the route... Read More

  • Bill Hatfield is Oldest Man to Sail Solo, Non-Stop and Unassisted Around the World

    Date Published - February 27, 2020

    Press Release by the Ocean Cruising Club:By Daria Blackwell - 22/02/2020The 81-year-old completed his eight-month journey on Saturday morning, sailing into The Spit on the... Read More

  • USA, Georgia: New Regulations for Overnight Anchoring and Waste Disposal.

    Date Published - February 22, 2020

    Effective from January 1, 2020, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has implemented new regulations for overnight anchoring and waste disposal from vessels along the... Read More

  • Maldives: Becoming More Cruiser-Friendly

    Date Published - February 03, 2020

    Historically a country that favored land-based tourists more than those arriving on their own keel, Maldives clearance costs are set to reduce substantially from 1st... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: The 10th World ARC Sets Sail

    Date Published - January 13, 2020

    Saturday 11th January marked a special day in World ARC history as the 10th edition of World Cruising Club's round-the-world rally set sail from Rodney... Read More

  • Red Sea: SV Simba Found on Reef and Captain Missing

    Date Published - January 10, 2020

    SV Simba, a Nauticat 44, owned and skippered by Colin Finnie, has been found wrecked on a reef in the Red Sea near Marsa Alam.... 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

  • Saint Lucia: Curtain Call for ARC 2019

    Date Published - December 23, 2019

    On Saturday 21st December hundreds of sailors from the 2019 edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers came together for a night of celebration to... Read More

  • Canaries, Gran Canaria, ARC 2019: An Ocean Classic Gets Underway

    Date Published - November 25, 2019

    A great adventure has now begun for over a thousand sailors from fifty-three nations who departed Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday to cross the... Read More

  • Fiji, Viti Levu: Port of Lautoka No Longer Offering Clearance Services

    Date Published - November 20, 2019

    Noonsite has received information that the Port of Lautoka on Fiji's west coast is no longer providing clearance services or allowing yachts to anchor near... Read More

  • ARC 2019 officially opens with lively national flag parade

    Date Published - November 19, 2019

    With the majority of boats now docked in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crews busy making preparations for their 2,700 nm Atlantic ahead of... Read More

  • Japan to San Francisco: Single-Hander on Passage Seeks Help from USCG Three Times

    Date Published - November 16, 2019

    A trans-Pacific passage that was meant to take three months ended up taking five due to light winds and engine failure. Thankfully the USCG and... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Significant Changes to Anchoring Restrictions for Cruising Yachts

    Date Published - November 13, 2019

    Many common destinations throughout French Polynesia are now being placed under stringent anchoring restrictions, with visiting yachts being made to use mooring balls or forced... Read More

  • Canary Islands: A Swell Send-off for ARC+

    Date Published - November 10, 2019

    ARC 2019 has three starts from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The first, ARC+, departed on Sunday 10 November 2019. Leg 1 sails to Mindelo,... Read More

  • Eastern Caribbean: Single Side Band Coconut Telegraph to Resume

    Date Published - November 08, 2019

    The single side band (SSB) radio’s Coconut Telegraph will resume its cruisers’ net on November 11th. Its main objective is to share active cruiser information... Read More

  • 34th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - November 01, 2019

    The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) will bring together a diverse group of boats and crews to sail with the historic ocean rally celebrating its... Read More

  • Update for Red Sea Passage and Cochin India (October 2019)

    Date Published - October 29, 2019

    With the season for a Red Sea passage rapidly approaching, Wade Alarie - primary Admin of the private, closed Red Sea Facebook Group for the... Read More

  • New Zealand: Intense Weather System Results in Yachting Tragedy

    Date Published - October 14, 2019

    An intense low pressure weather system that hit New Zealand this week has tragically led to the loss of a yacht and the death of... Read More

  • Indian Ocean, Cocos Keeling to Mauritius: World ARC Yacht Dismasted

    Date Published - October 12, 2019

    World ARC yacht Babsea, with a double-handed crew, was dismasted on route from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius on Friday 11 October, approximately 1700 nautical miles... Read More

  • Vanuatu, Efate, Havannah: All Vessels Currently Banned from this Harbor

    Date Published - September 17, 2019

    All vessels are currently banned from entering Havannah Harbor, on the NW of Vanuatu Island, and all surrounding islands due to an infestation of the Coconut... Read More

  • Hurricane Dorian Leaves a Trail of Destruction in the Northern Bahamas

    Date Published - September 06, 2019

    Rescuers are now able to reach areas of the northern Bahamas that were devastated by Hurricane Dorian leaving the islands with severe flooding and widespread... Read More

  • Tonga and Fiji: The Importance of Advance Notice of Arrival

    Date Published - September 05, 2019

    Advance Notice of Arrival (ANOA) is an important tool in stopping illegal activity in all countries. Customs in Tonga and Fiji require that all visiting... 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

  • Atlantic Hurricane Activity: Could we see an increase now El Nino has ended?

    Date Published - August 08, 2019

    August 8, 2019 - NOAA announced today that the current El Nino in the Pacific Ocean has ended and neutral conditions have returned. This now... Read More

  • North Pacific, Palau: Fees Increase by 400% for Visiting Foreign Vessels

    Date Published - July 22, 2019

    On June 17, 2019, the President of Palau, Tommy E. Remensegau Jr., signed into law a bill that increases the fees charged to foreign yacht... 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

  • Saint Lucia: World Arc 2018-19 Comes to an End

    Date Published - April 17, 2019

    Saint Lucia has welcomed the return of World ARC Circumnavigators who started from the same spot back in January 2018. The rally concluded with a... Read More

  • East Pacific Offshore Waters Forecasts

    Date Published - April 14, 2019

    (April 16, 2019) - The East Pacific offshore waters forecast is issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC)/Tropical Analysis Forecast Branch (TAFB).... Read More

  • ARC+2015 Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - March 26, 2019

    A gentle swell, warm sunshine, and an easy F4 ENE breeze were the order of the day for the 64 strong ARC+ fleets heading off... 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

  • Indian Ocean & Southern Red Sea: High Risk Area to be Reduced

    Date Published - March 11, 2019

    As of 1 May 2019, the coordinates of the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean will be changed.
    ... Read More

  • France: Jean Luc Van Den Heede Wins The Golden Globe Race 2018

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    After 211 days at sea, the Frenchman Jean Luc Van Den Heede was the victor in the re-created Golden Globe Race 2018. The original race... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA HF Net is a valuable service for cruisers

    Date Published - January 31, 2019

    Information, news, security and assistance with land based resources - if you haven't already, find out more about this great radio service open to all... Read More

  • Saint Lucia: World ARC 2019-20 Sets Sail

    Date Published - January 15, 2019

    The World ARC 2019-20 set sail from St. Lucia on 12 January. This is the ninth edition of this rally and the eleventh round the... Read More

  • Canary Islands, El Hierro: Frenchman sets off to cross the Atlantic in a Barrel

    Date Published - January 04, 2019

    71-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin, an experienced navigator, and sailor has now decided to embark on a new challenge in an extremely small vessel. He swam across... Read More

  • Australia: Overturned vessel identified as Wild Eyes

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    Eight years after being dismasted and abandoned Abby Sunderland's yacht is found.... Read More

  • Pacific Ocean, Hawaii: Burning car carrier Sincerity Ace abandoned

    Date Published - January 02, 2019

    Crew of 21 forced to abandon Car Carrier midway between Japan and Hawaii due to fire on New Year's Eve.... 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

  • Yemen, Socotra: Clearances simplified but fees increased

    Date Published - December 20, 2018

    December 2018: The difficulties experienced last year when some yachtsmen were prohibited from going ashore have been resolved and clearances for entry and tourism... Read More

  • Solomon Islands: Two Rescued From British Flagged Yacht in Distress

    Date Published - December 20, 2018

    Yacht in distress off Solomon Islands uses alert to help pinpoint its position... Read More

  • ARC+ 2018 Comes to an end in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - December 15, 2018

    ARC+ route of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers celebrates their arrival in St Lucia.... 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

  • ARC 2018 sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 25, 2018

    The 33rd edition of the ARC gets underway in perfect cruising rally conditions... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: The Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 seeks more liaison with cruisers

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    January 2019: With cruisers returning to the southern Red Sea after years of avoiding the region due to the threat of piracy, the multinational... Read More

  • Turkey, Marmaris: Damaging waterspout overturns yachts in Yat Marina

    Date Published - November 22, 2018

    At least one damaging waterspout hit Marmaris, Mugla province, southwestern Turkey on Wednesday.... Read More

  • Northeastern Pacific Ocean: New Satellite Improves Weather Forecasting

    Date Published - November 20, 2018

    NOAA's GOES-17 satellite improves our ability to forecast the weather over Alaska, Hawaii and the northeastern Pacific Ocean.... Read More

  • Support Research and Help Track Caribbean Seaweed

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    All you have to do if you spot Sargassum (Caribbean seaweed) is log the incident (date/time/photo) and post the data to the research website on... 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

  • Canary Islands: The Atlantic Rally For Cruisers 2018 Gets Underway

    Date Published - November 15, 2018

    The popularity of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) only gets better with three different routes and three separate starts this year. ARC+ Saint Lucia... 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

  • Canary Islands, Las Palmas: 33rd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 31, 2018

    With three starts planned, it’s going to be an exciting year in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as the rally preparations commence at the beginning... Read More

  • SSCA’s Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net will resume operation Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Date Published - October 23, 2018

    Beginning on October 24, 2018, and continuing during the traditional winter crossing season (and again in the spring), Chris Parker will provide weather routing specifically... Read More

  • Indian Ocean and Red Sea Passage: Helping cruisers exchange information

    Date Published - October 18, 2018

    Bob and Alex Bechler have been sailing some 15 years with 75,000 miles logged having crossed the Pacific several times. They have created a number... 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

  • 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

  • Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates

    Date Published - September 14, 2018

    September tends to bring increased storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific basins. Right now there are 4 named storms in the Atlantic and... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Report on Noonsite Community Survey Results

    Date Published - September 12, 2018

    Earlier in 2018, Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the multinational coalition responsible for counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa, conducted a survey with noonsite.com.... Read More

  • St Lucia: Feedback from Cruisers wanted via online survey

    Date Published - September 06, 2018

    Contributors: James D. Crockett
    The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising... Read More

  • Heading to the Caribbean this Fall? Find out about Sargassum…..

    Date Published - August 22, 2018

    Part of a natural response to changing ocean conditions, the Pelagic Sargassum has bloomed in vast amounts over the past several years. While it offers... Read More

  • Indonesia, Lombok: Second earthquake in a week brings devastation to the island

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has devastated areas of the Indonesian island of Lombok and comes just a week after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake also rocked... Read More

  • USA, West Coast: Circumnavigators almost lose everything just a handful of miles from home

    Date Published - August 07, 2018

    Homing in on Washington state with just 150 miles remaining of their 6-year circumnavigation, Joy and Jim Carey encountered a wave unlike any other in... Read More

  • Cruising Gib to Canaries: Industrial fishing off Morocco is a hazard for yachts

    Date Published - August 01, 2018

    Skipper Ron van Putten was shocked to encounter so many extensive fishing nets blocking his path shortly after exiting the Straits of Gibraltar on route... Read More

  • New route option launched for ARC – November 2018

    Date Published - July 25, 2018

    Following high demand, World Cruising Club has announced a new alternative route option for ARC+ this November - ARC+ St. Vincent!... Read More

  • Antigua to Southampton: Record 52 Yacht Shipment

    Date Published - June 20, 2018

    Peters & May has completed a record-breaking shipment of 52 yachts on one vessel travelling from Antigua to Southampton.
    ... Read More

  • Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico: US family rescued transiting from Turks and Caicos to the Dominican Republic

    Date Published - June 04, 2018

    Coast Guard brings to Puerto Rico 3 survivors of capsized vessel rescued in the Atlantic Ocean by the M/V Jacamar Arrow.... Read More

  • BIOT (Chagos): Increase in Fees and Tighter Restrictions

    Date Published - May 24, 2018

    From 1st August 2018, there will be an increase in the mooring fees for yachts which visit the British Ocean Territory of the Chagos Islands.... Read More

  • Egypt, Port Said: Massive Hike in Clearance Fees for Foreign Flagged Yachts

    Date Published - May 13, 2018

    Latest reports from agents in Egypt are that the authorities in Port Said have increased clearance charges for foreign flagged yachts transiting south from $40... Read More

  • Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net to join daily Doo Dah SSB Net

    Date Published - May 09, 2018

    The Trans-Atlantic Cruisers Net is expanding its coverage.... Read More

  • Atlantic, Azores: Italian Sailors Missing

    Date Published - May 05, 2018

    Wreck discovered, but 2 Italian sailors still missing: SAR search called off
    ... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser #12: Tony & Linda Olin

    Date Published - April 25, 2018

    This month sees a year that we have been running our "Portrait of a Cruiser" series. To celebrate we are featuring one of our dedicated... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden & Horn of Africa: CTF 151 Liaison with the Yachting Community

    Date Published - April 12, 2018

    April 2018: This year there are a significant number of yachts that have already, or will shortly, make the passage from the Maldives or... Read More

  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch Growing Rapidly, Study Shows

    Date Published - April 10, 2018

    New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.... Read More

  • Saint Lucia Welcomes the Return of World ARC Circumnavigators

    Date Published - April 09, 2018

    Saturday, 7th April saw the conclusion of World ARC 2017-18 back where it all began in Saint Lucia with jubilant crews celebrating the achievement of... Read More

  • 2018 ARC Europe: Bound for Bermuda!

    Date Published - April 09, 2018

    On Saturday 5 May, crews from World Cruising Club's "return ARC", the ARC Europe transatlantic rally, said farewell to Caribbean waters as they set off... Read More

  • Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Major Seaweed Invasion Underway

    Date Published - April 05, 2018

    Over recent years, quantities of Sargassum, a type of seaweed commonly known as sargasso, have continued to wash up on beaches and appear in the... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2017 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - March 13, 2018

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 18 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self funded team of volunteers dedicated to... Read More

  • Outlook of Sargassum blooms in the Caribbean Sea for 2018

    Date Published - March 02, 2018

    March 1st, 2018, by University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Lab

    Sargassum Outlook Bulletin

    According to past experience, a winter bloom in the central West Atlantic often... Read More

  • USS Ashland Assists Distressed Mariners in Pacific Ocean – Updated

    Date Published - February 14, 2018

    The yacht, SV Sea Nymph, originally abandoned in October 2017, has now been seen drifting 360 miles east of Guam on February 13, 2018, by... 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

  • Indian Ocean 2018: Threat Update and Recommendations

    Date Published - January 18, 2018

    January 2018: For those cruisers heading from SE Asia back to the Mediterranean, winds turn favorable for a passage up the Red Sea at... 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

  • Caribbean Safety & Security Net Launches Zoom-Tap, Know and Go

    Date Published - January 12, 2018

    CSSN has announced a compelling new feature now active on their website Homepage – Zoom-Tap, Know & Go interactive infographics, designed to assist captains and... Read More

  • Caribbean, Bahamas & USA East Coast: SSCA Net expands its service

    Date Published - January 08, 2018

    During this time of year when many cruisers are in the Bahamas and maybe without WiFi service or inexpensive cellular service, Jim West (KJM) and... Read More

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

    Date Published - November 30, 2017

    Stanislaw and Elisabeth Dabrowna were just at the start of their 4-year circumnavigation, having left the Canary Islands for Barbados in early November. Sadly 180nm... Read More

  • Crossing the Atlantic with ARC 2017: Settling in to life at sea

    Date Published - November 27, 2017

    So far ARC 2017 has delivered a mix of weather, emotions, and celebrations.... 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

  • Into the Atlantic: ARC 2017 Sets Sail from Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 19, 2017

    An international fleet of yachts taking part in the 32nd edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today from Las Palmas de... Read More

  • ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 05, 2017

    68 boats sailing with ARC+ 2017 set off today, 5th November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the first leg of their Atlantic crossing,... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser: Chris and Valeria Thorne

    Date Published - November 03, 2017

    The seventh in our “Portrait of a Cruiser” series, this month we are profiling a British couple who are seasonal cruising in the Mediterranean. After... Read More

  • 32nd Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 23, 2017

    The bustling city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is set to welcome the 32nd edition for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) this November.... Read More

  • South Pacific, Beveridge Reef: British cruising family rescued from remote reef

    Date Published - August 28, 2017

    Beveridge Reef is a submerged atoll located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Niue, approximately 130 miles (209 km) from Niue and 600 miles (966... Read More

  • Portrait of a Cruiser – Barb and Con Sprenger

    Date Published - August 09, 2017

    The fourth in our “Portrait of a Cruiser” series, this time we are profiling a Canadian couple who have spent several years cruising the Mediterranean... Read More

  • Antarctica: Solo sailor Lisa Blair circumnavigates the Antarctic

    Date Published - July 28, 2017

    Lisa Blair arrived in Albany, Queensland, Australia, after a 184-day circumnavigation of Antarctica. Blair set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is... Read More

  • BVI: Warning about the Rise in Dinghy Thefts

    Date Published - July 23, 2017

    Official warning by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Boaters should be extra cautious during the summer months about securing their dinghies and outboard motors.... Read More

  • Malta to Greece: Collision at night on the Ionian Sea

    Date Published - July 05, 2017

    A cruising yacht was struck and dismasted by an unlit boat at night off the coast of Greece.... Read More

  • Pacific Crossing: Niue Departure tax increase for ALL visitors

    Date Published - June 19, 2017

    Niue is a popular stopover for many yachts crossing the Pacific. Not only does it's position provide the perfect opportunity for a well-deserved stopover, but... Read More

  • Transatlantic: Sailing out and shipping home with Peters & May in record style

    Date Published - June 19, 2017

    Everyone loves sailing over to the Caribbean and enjoying the place when they arrive but what happens when the season is coming to a close... 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

  • North Atlantic Storm: Yachts dismasted and sunk in the OSTAR and TWOSTAR shorthanded transaltantic race

    Date Published - June 09, 2017

    One yacht has sunk, another has been dismasted and two crews have been rescued in the North Atlantic after crews in the OSTAR and OSTAR... Read More

  • CSSN Annual Report 2016 Reported Yacht Crime – Caribbean

    Date Published - February 23, 2017

    The Caribbean Safety & Security Net was started by cruisers 17 years ago. It is an all-volunteer, independent, self-funded team of volunteers dedicated to maintaining... Read More

  • Atlantic Rescue: Coast Guard Rescues Austrian Boater From Life Raft

    Date Published - February 08, 2017

    The crew of a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod rescued an Austrian boater from a life raft in the Atlantic... Read More

  • ARC Pacific – new rally route from Los Angeles to Hiva Oa, via Mexico , announced for Spring 2018

    Date Published - January 19, 2017

    Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Bora Bora, to name just a few of the thousands of amazing islands and coral atolls that form one of... 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

  • ARC 2016 comes to a close in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - December 18, 2016

    The 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday 17th December, with the prize-giving ceremony held at the Beausejour Indoor... Read More

  • South Pacific: Niue Yacht Club (NYC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary

    Date Published - December 07, 2016

    Twenty-five years ago, a few volunteers (both Niuean and ex-pats), shared a vision to provide safe moorings that would encourage cruisers to visit Niue during... Read More

  • Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten: Atlantic 57 Catamaran capsizes

    Date Published - December 05, 2016

    In late November on passage from the USA to St. Maarten, the Atlantic 57 Catamaran "Leopard" was capsized about 400NM north of the Dominican Republic.... Read More

  • ARC: Record-Breaking Rambler 88 arrives in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - November 29, 2016

    George David's super-maxi Rambler 88 has added a new accolade to her already enviable sailing reputation, as she crossed ARC Finish Line in Rodney Bay,... Read More

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: A Classic Start for ARC 2016

    Date Published - November 20, 2016

    Following years and months of planning, two weeks of preparations and provisioning and final hours of farewells, the yachts taking part in ARC 2016 made... Read More

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

    Date Published - October 25, 2016

    It's a full house for this year's Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Both route options are at capacity with waiting lists in place for the... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: World ARC enjoy idylic Cocos (Keeling) Islands

    Date Published - October 05, 2016

    After such trying conditions on the previous leg, World ARC crews are now well rested and prepared for their next adventures. The fleet has had... Read More

  • World Cruising News

    Date Published - October 03, 2016

    Welcome to the latest news from World Cruising Club!... Read More

  • French Polynesia, Tuamotus: Skipper Found Dead aboard Grounded Sloop

    Date Published - July 22, 2016

    July 13, 2016 – Takapoto, Tuamotus, French Polynesia (reported by Latitude 38) - The South Pacific cruising community was stunned to learn that one of... Read More

  • Donna Lange completes second solo sail around the world at the end of this month

    Date Published - May 19, 2016

    When Donna Lange brings her boat to the Herreshoff Museum dock in Bristol, RI, at the end of this month (May 2016) she will have... Read More

  • French Polynesia: Morning Dove Lost on Tuamotu Reef

    Date Published - May 08, 2016

    At roughly 8 p.m. Tuesday 3 May, what should have been an easy inter-island passage turned tragic, as the Alaska-based Amel 46 ketch Morning Dove... Read More

  • Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

    Date Published - May 03, 2016

    Tropical storms & hurricanes in the Atlantic predicted to total 14 this season, 2 more than normal. This article by AccuWeather.com... Read More

  • Completing the Circle: World ARC 2015-16 ends in Saint Lucia

    Date Published - April 10, 2016

    15 months ago, the World ARC 2015-16 fleet set out from Saint Lucia to sail around the world. Amongst the crews were many nationalities, backgrounds... Read More

  • SSCA Radio Station “KPK” Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

    Date Published - March 10, 2016

    Seven Seas Cruising Association Radio Station “KPK” has teamed up with the Maritime Mobile Service Network and Chris Parker’s Marine Weather Center to help track... Read More

  • Sargasso Weed Infestation Research – Citizen Science for Transatlantic Sailors

    Date Published - January 28, 2016

    Sargasso Weed in the North Atlantic is becoming a problem for both boats and the countries facing the Atlantic (the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, and Africa).... Read More

  • Cruise liner carries out mid-Atlantic yacht rescue

    Date Published - January 26, 2016

    Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ‎ship Braemar came to the aid of a sailing yacht which had been adrift in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean... Read More

  • World ARC 2016-17: Circumnavigation Rally Sets Sail from Saint Lucia

    Date Published - January 11, 2016

    30 boats sailing as part of World ARC 2016-17 departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Saturday 9 January for the start of an... Read More

  • Reports of Piracy in the Caribbean – The OCC working to combat this threat

    Date Published - January 02, 2016

    Two incidents of piracy have been reported in the closing days of 2015 in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The Ocean... Read More

  • Atlantic Sargasso Weed: On-going Research Update

    Date Published - December 04, 2015

    The annual migration of cruising boats to warmer Caribbean waters is now underway, from both North America and Europe (and a few from South America).... Read More

  • Team Brunel sail in to Saint Lucia to set a new ARC Course Record

    Date Published - November 30, 2015

    VO65 Team Brunel has broken the ARC Course Record sailing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in an elapse time... Read More

  • Rocking and rolling to Saint Lucia: The 30th Edition of the ARC starts in spectacular style

    Date Published - November 22, 2015

    Years and months of intense planning and preparation finally paid off today as the yachts taking part in ARC 2015 made their way out of... Read More

  • Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

    Date Published - November 11, 2015

    As of early on Wednesday morning, Kate became the fourth tropical system to reach hurricane strength during the 2015 Hurricane Season. Kate will bring strong... Read More

  • ARC+ Cape Verde sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 08, 2015

    A gentle swell, warm sunshine, and an easy F4 ENE breeze, were the order of the day for the 64 strong ARC+ fleet heading off... Read More

  • Atlantic Ocean – The Sargassum Phenomenon is a Serious Issue for Atlantic sailors

    Date Published - September 20, 2015

    Single-hander Donna Lange who started a non-stop sail around the world in July from Bristol, RI, USA, kicked off a serendipitous scientific event by showing... Read More

  • Caribbean & Beyond: SSCA Obtains New FCC License to Benefit Cruisers

    Date Published - September 15, 2015

    When Glenn Tuttle was asked to join the Board of Directors of the SSCA, he thought to himself, “How could he combine his passions; cruising... Read More

  • Caribbean, Grenada: Alert Level Raised for Grenada’s Underwater Volcano

    Date Published - July 23, 2015

    UPDATE: ORANGE ALERT DOWNGRADED TO YELLOW - 27 July 2015... Read More

  • Caribbean: Massive quantities of Pelagic Sargassum (brown seaweed)

    Date Published - June 07, 2015

    During 2011, massive quantities of pelagic sargassum occurred throughout the Caribbean, impacting aquatic resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism. A similar event occurred in 2014... Read More

  • Cheeki Rafiki Accident Report Points to Keel Detachment

    Date Published - April 30, 2015

    Official accident report concludes that previous groundings and repairs to keel may have a weakened structure of yacht which capsized with the loss of four... 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

  • USA: Print-on-demand Imray Caribbean charts now available

    Date Published - January 22, 2015

    Imray can now offer retailers and customers in the U.S.A. fast, print-on-demand access to charts in the Imray-Iolaire Caribbean range through a new partnership with... Read More

  • Indian Ocean: Volvo Ocean Race – how could a yacht bristling with technology hit a known reef?

    Date Published - December 03, 2014

    The wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Vestas Wind on a remote Mauritian reef is a reminder of the chief danger of modern... Read More

  • ARC 2014: ARC Start Delayed

    Date Published - November 22, 2014

    ARC start delayed as local strong winds cause postponement of starts for Racers and Cruisers.... Read More

  • Gulf of Aden: EU Naval Force Frigate Assists Yacht

    Date Published - September 22, 2014

    In the early morning of Friday 19 September, EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra, came to the assistance of a stricken yacht in the Gulf... Read More

  • Caribbean: A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands in Spanish from Free Cruising Guides

    Date Published - August 12, 2014

    August 7, 2014: Free Cruising Guides has announced the forthcoming release of A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands in Spanish. A Cruising Guide to... Read More

  • Australia, Mackay: World ARC 2014-15 reaches half-way point

    Date Published - July 23, 2014

    Today Mackay QLD became the latest focus of interest for sailors from around the world as the first of 23 cruising boats arrived in Mackay... Read More

  • Missing yacht: Search called off for British sailors after US Navy finds Cheeki Rafiki’s life raft was not used

    Date Published - May 23, 2014

    The US Coast Guard has called off its search for the four missing British sailors after the wreck of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki was found... Read More

  • Trans Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

    Date Published - May 08, 2014

    This is the first time in history that any organization has done a continuous marine plastics survey from one continent to another. During our 7,000... Read More

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

    Date Published - April 06, 2014

    Since the publication of the first edition of this book in 1987, offshore navigation has undergone a number of major changes, and this new edition... Read More

  • Timor Sea, 80nm from Darwin: Sunken yacht discovered by trawler

    Date Published - March 27, 2014

    ABC radio Darwin Australia reports that a trawler snagged a sunken yacht about 80 miles out of Darwin in 80-90 metres of water. After 6... Read More

  • World ARC 2014-15: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

    Date Published - January 13, 2014

    31 boats in the World ARC fleet departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Saturday 11 January, at the start of an epic 26,000-mile... Read More

  • Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: The first edition of ARC+ comes to a close

    Date Published - December 13, 2013

    ARC+, World Cruising Club's new route option for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, came to an official end last night at the Royal by Rex... Read More

  • The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 25, 2013

    The 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail yesterday from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia.... Read More

  • ARC 2013: Club Racing Across the Atlantic

    Date Published - November 15, 2013

    The ARC has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing... Read More

  • TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Date Published - November 12, 2013

    The first ARC+ set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk... 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

  • South Indian Ocean: Navigational Warning for Mozambique Channel

    Date Published - October 08, 2013

    Warning for vessels travelling between Madagascar and South Africa to be on the lookout for a slow moving survey vessel which is unable to manoeuvre.... Read More

  • Tasman Sea: Searchers for yacht Nina find a new satellite image

    Date Published - September 12, 2013

    Never-say-die family and friends searching for the crew of the missing schooner Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image,... Read More

  • Tasman Sea: Family plead for missing schooner search to continue

    Date Published - July 01, 2013

    In spite of fading hopes for the seven crew members of the vintage yacht Nina, missing in the Tasman Sea since June 04 and thought... Read More

  • North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

    Date Published - June 07, 2013

    The HF/SSB weather forecasting and routing service offered by Herb Hilgenberg (Call Sign VAX498, ‘South Bound II Coastal’) has ceased broadcasting as from the 1st... Read More

  • Rescued at sea for the second time in four months

    Date Published - March 27, 2013

    Loss of their rudder in November last year meant their boat "Viewfinder" had to be towed to Madeira. At the end of February this year,... Read More

  • Routing: Getting Back to Europe – Avoiding GOA and the Red Sea

    Date Published - August 19, 2011

    A new topic has been started on the noonsite Weather and Routing Forum to discuss routes that work for yachts wanting to get back to... Read More

  • New Weather and Routing Forum by noonsite.com

    Date Published - February 01, 2010

    Today noonsite has launched a unique service for cruisers wanting global weather and routing advice. The new noonsite.com weather and routing forum have developed from... Read More

  • Information for Yachts Planning to Transit the Red Sea

    Date Published - December 15, 2008

    Gulf of Aden - Maritime Security Patrol Area

    A Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) has been established to provide a route through the Gulf of Aden... Read More

  • News of 16 year old Singlehanded Circumnavigator

    Date Published - July 27, 2008

    Zac Sunderland - Intrepid - 25 July 2008

    Update by David Morris, Meteorologist

    Sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland departed Marina del Rey, California, aboard Intrepid, his Islander 36, on... Read More

Books

  • All I wish I knew before setting sail

    A beginners' guide for short and long-distance cruising in the digital age. The author shares his experience of crossing the Pacific Ocean in an inexpensive, good... 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

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