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Galapagos – New Rules for Next Season

Date Published - August 26, 2010

In an effort to try and control the movement of private yachts in the Galapagos National Park Area, new regulations have been introduced.

Yachts buying a permit to cruise the National Park Area will need to have tracking equipment on board (provided by the Ecuador Navy at a cost of $1700)… Read More

Have you ever experienced unusual weather phenomena whilst sailing?

Date Published - August 18, 2010

Our friends at Segeln Magazine – Britta Kunz and Lina Nagel – are planning an article about unusual weather phenomena, such as:

microbursts

– freak waves

– cyclones

– fog

– hurricanes/ tropical waves

– tsunamis

– maelstrom

To spice things up, they would like to introduce scientific information via “real life stories”. If you have ever experienced… Read More

Colombia, Cartagena - Fuel Problems

Date Published - July 29, 2010

Cruisers need to be aware of the fuel situation here in Cartagena, Colombia.

In Colombia, all diesel now contains 10% biofuel. This includes all marina and normal car outlets.

This is causing all sorts of troubles for cruisers.

We bought the fuel from two separate marina outlets. Treated both with biocide in the… Read More

Canadian government to tighten up boating certification in wake of accident

Date Published - July 15, 2010

By IBI Magazine

A fatality resulting from a boating accident last week in British Columbia has prompted Transport Canada to change the exam that certifies boaters. The government agency reacted to outrage from the media and local boating communities after a 53-year-old man was killed when a speedboat demolished his houseboat… Read More

Somali pirates move north towards the Red Sea - Confirmed by Cruisers

Date Published - July 11, 2010

Comment Received from Mark Jensen in response to this warning, who transited the Gulf of Aden in February 2010

Sun, 11 Jul 2010

We transited the Gulf of Aden into the Red Sea in February 2010 and confirm this warning (below).

We encountered pirate activity very close to the Straits of Bab al-Mandab.

We… Read More

Update on Tourist Murdered in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Date Published - July 06, 2010

Update posted 6th July 2010

The person who found the body is a fellow cruiser and advised me that the perp has been apprehended and has confessed. The witness saw him leaving the scene. He is in jail awaiting trial. He is a local from Antigua. Further information is that the… Read More

Panama: New Regulations Covering Cruising Permits - Effective July 1st 2010

Date Published - July 02, 2010

As reported by The Log Newspaper and confirmed by Karsten Staffeldt.

Panama’s new administration has passed new laws allowing foreign-registered pleasure boats to stay in the country for one or two years, reversing the old 90-day limit. These new regulations are effective as of 1 July 2010.

New Immigration regulations to bring… Read More

UK. New interactive marine conservation zone map launches online

Date Published - June 29, 2010

As reported on bymnews.com

A new interactive map has been launched by the Marine Conservation Zone Project, to create an insight into how the sea is being used, and to build upon what we know about existing marine species and habitats in our seas.

Anyone who uses the sea is invited to… Read More

UK South Coast: No Anchor Zones in Studland Bay

Date Published - June 24, 2010

As reported by Sail-World.com

The RYA is urging boaters to observe the Voluntary No Anchor Zone (VNAZ) that has been set up in Studland Bay, Dorset by The Crown Estate and Natural England as part of the “Studland Bay Seagrass Project”.

Studland Bay is shallow, a sandy embayment on the south coast… Read More

El Salvador - Proposed Changes to Clearance Fees for Visiting Yachts

Date Published - June 23, 2010

The El Salvador Government are now proposing a charge of $1 a day, paid by visiting yachts for every day spent in Salvadoran waters. If this new levy becomes law (and it is likely it will be implemented), then it will replace the Autoridad Marítima Portuaria (AMP)’s new regulation announced… Read More

Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally Cancelled

Date Published - June 08, 2010

As reported on Sail-World.com

The Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally event has received unprecedented interest from local and international yacht owners, crew and supporters, along with a groundswell of enthusiasm from potential event host around Australia – including yacht clubs, local councils, port authorities, tourism and development authorities and governments.

Like… Read More

China as a cruising destination?

Date Published - June 04, 2010

Posted Sat, 29th May 2010

A New Marina Announced

China is not known as a cruising destination, but that could all change in the near future as China becomes more and more interested in yachting. Camper and Nicholsons Marinas, one of the world’s most prestigious marina operators, has just been commissioned to… Read More

Hurricane Season Predicted To Be Active

Date Published - June 03, 2010

As reported by Cruising Compass

An “active to extremely active” hurricane season is expected for the Atlantic Basin this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Climate Prediction Center – a division of the National Weather Service.

Across the entire Atlantic Basin for the… Read More

Using Mobiles in Greece

Date Published - May 31, 2010

Thanks to SAILTAILS for passing this information on to Noonsite

We use a prepaid SIM card from Wind for mobile internet. Coverage is excellent, also quite far out at sea. SIM card costs 5 euro including 1 euro credit. There are three options for GPRS internet:

(1) 2 days unlimited use (maximum… Read More

A Effective Increase in Fees for Cruising in Grenada

Date Published - May 19, 2010

Posted 19th May 2010

Although the actual fee for a Cruising Permit in Grenada remains the same – EC$75, it is now only valid for one month instead of for the whole length of time of the cruise. If the length of time the boat is to remain in Grenada is… Read More

Calling All ARC'86 Children!

Date Published - May 12, 2010

This year is a significant milestone for the famous Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – better known by its acronym ARC – as the 25th edition of the ARC will set off from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia this November.

To help celebrate the occasion, event organizers… Read More

Vanuatu - Crew arriving on one way tickets - UPDATE

Date Published - May 11, 2010

Since posting the below news item, noonsite has received the following information from Port Vila Boatyard.

“Owners/crew who have their vessel under our care in Port Vila Boatyard do not require a return ticket if they are returning to continue out of Vanuatu within the prescribed timelines.

Port Vila Boatyard can assist… Read More

USA: North Carolina Coast - Update to No Discharge Regulation

Date Published - May 08, 2010

Originally posted 18 April 2010

Update (in bold) posted 8 May 2010

Just a reminder to cruisers that will be transiting the North Carolina Coastal area around Carolina Beach, Snows Cut and even sections of the Cape Fear River, There is currently a no discharge regulation in effect. Please read the following… Read More

Dockwise Yacht Transport now offer Lift-On/Lift-Off

Date Published - May 03, 2010

Even though its schedule with the semi-submersible yacht carriers regularly covers main harbors around the world, as well as more unique destinations, DYT recognizes that it can’t meet every demand for location or timing with its own ships.

Therefore, the company has entered the lift-on/lift-off market, offering the same dogged professionalism… Read More

Panama - Warning of ACP Canal Toll increase 2011

Date Published - April 30, 2010

Taken from Press Release issued April 28, 2010 (Brief translation from Spanish).

ACP Canal Toll Increase 2011

From 1 January 2011 the Panama Canal Tolls will be increased according to a proposal approved by the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

Following the proposal, the ACP has opened a consultation… Read More

Roatan, Honduras - Introduction of Mandatory Yacht Fees

Date Published - April 28, 2010

Introduction of mandatory yacht fees within the Sandy Bay West End Marine Reserve, Roatan, Honduras

As of April 27th 2010, the Roatan Marine Park (RMP) will be introducing a mandatory mooring fee of $10 per day, $40 a week, and $100 for a month. This fee will enable the sustainability of… Read More

A Summary of all "Piracy" Reports to noonsite in 2009

Date Published - April 20, 2010

A summary of piracy, suspicious incidents, robbery and burglary reports sent to noonsite during 2009.

Atlantic Ocean

N of Cape Verdes

December 2009: Suspicious Pursuit.

Brazil

Amazon River

July 2009: Tourist vessel boarded by pirates – armed robbery.

Itaparica Island

February 2009: Yachtsman murdered on his boat.

Caribbean

Antigua

English Harbour

January 2009: Skipper shot and killed ashore.

Jolly Harbour, Moscito Cove

January 2009:… Read More