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Jimmy Cornell's Books Available on Kindle

Date Published - March 05, 2012

Kindle ebook versions of World Cruising Routes and World Cruising Destinations are now available via Amazon:

World Cruising Routes Companion ebook

World Cruising Destinations Inspirational ebook… Read More

Last Update - March 05, 2012

Panama: Waiting Time for Canal Transits Increases

Date Published - March 01, 2012

A number of sources in Panama have informed noonsite that the current waiting time for a Panama Canal transit (after transit arrangements have been made and payment received) is estimated at between two and three weeks (on average 17 days).

Small Craft Advisors are currently coming from the Dredging Division and… Read More

Last Update - March 01, 2012

Bermuda Streamlines Visa Regulations for Visiting Yachts

Date Published - February 23, 2012

From an article in

Tue, 21 Feb 2012

While Greece and Italy are putting up barriers to visiting yachts by charging berthing taxes and other fees, Bermuda is making it easier for visiting yachts by streamlining their visa process, allowing it happen while the yacht is still en route. This comes… Read More

Last Update - February 23, 2012

Scotland, Isle of Kerrera - New Buyer for Oban Marina

Date Published - February 13, 2012

New owners pledge friendly, customer-orientated approach

The 115 berth Oban Marina, Isle of Kerrera on the West Coast of Scotland has been purchased by new owners with effect from 9 February 2012. The newly formed Oban Marina & Yacht Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of The North Ledaig Co… Read More

Last Update - February 13, 2012

Year later, still no release for SA hostage couple

Date Published - February 09, 2012

As reported by

A fundraising event was held last week at the Bluff Yacht Club in Durban, which Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, who were taken hostage by Somali pirates, often visited. Bruno’s sister Vera Hecht, who was running the event said, “The fundraiser went very well, we made more… Read More

Last Update - February 09, 2012

Antigua, Jolly Harbour: Possible Navigation Hazard

Date Published - February 07, 2012

During the evening of 26 January, SV “Sugar and Spice” sank on the approach to Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua.

At the time of the sinking, part of the mast was still above water at 17 degrees 4.97 minutes north and 61 degrees 57.69 minutes west, or about three nautical miles from… Read More

Last Update - February 07, 2012

Whale Migration Season in the Eastern Caribbean

Date Published - February 07, 2012

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net reports that two vessels reported spotting whales over the weekend of 28th/29th January 2012: one was seen between Grenada and Carriacou and the second about two miles off Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.

This is the time of year when whales are moving north and yachts… Read More

Last Update - February 07, 2012

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Dia Triste - Pedro Texaco Retires

Date Published - February 06, 2012

The wonderful character, “Don Pedro”, who raised so many smiles amongst the crew as they departed Las Palmas for the long Atlantic crossing ahead, has officially retired and will no longer be the face of Las Palmas at the fuel dock.

Pedro Perez Abrante (Don Pedro) was the driving force behind… Read More

Last Update - August 08, 2012

Greece, Ionian Islands: Caution if taking North Entrance to Lefkas Marina

Date Published - January 31, 2012

The following communications between Thomas Bossard of SY Sarabella (Hanse 470) and Lefkas Marina show the importance of contacting the marina beforehand if intending to enter via the North entrance channel. Our thanks to Thomas for sharing this information with noonsite.

Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2012

Subject: Lefkas channel entrance ok?

Dear Marina… Read More

Last Update - January 31, 2012

Turkey: New Visa Rules starting next month to apply to ALL countries

Date Published - January 30, 2012

Latest reports on this new visa rule (visitors will only be allowed to stay for up to 90 days only, within a 180 day period), are that the new regulations will apply to ALL countries from 01 February 2012.

This is really bad news for cruisers who wish to spend more… Read More

Last Update - January 30, 2012

Croatia Now Applying Temporary Importation Rules

Date Published - January 30, 2012

In advance of Croatia planned to join the European Union in 2013, it is now bringing in rules to harmonize the Temporary Importation (TI) of boats in line with those in the EU.

This means that the rules now being applied to foreign yachts spending any amount of time in Croatia… Read More

Last Update - January 30, 2012

The Grenadines: Warning re. Yacht Activity in Union/Canouan

Date Published - January 27, 2012

The safety department at SVG Air strongly urges operators of yachts and other marine vessels to avoid the area within 2 miles of the runway final approach areas in Union and Canouan.

On numerous occasions marine vessels have been crossing the final approach path, particularly of runway 13 in Canouan, at… Read More

Last Update - January 27, 2012

Piracy attacks in East and West Africa dominate IMB’s world report

Date Published - January 25, 2012

As reported by

Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signaling a rising trend, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said Jan. 19.

Of the 439 attacks reported to the IMB in 2011, 275 attacks took place off Somalia on the… Read More

Last Update - January 25, 2012

World ARC 2012-13: Circumnavigation Rally Starts

Date Published - January 10, 2012

Boats depart Saint Lucia for 26,000-mile voyage

9 January 2012, Cowes UK

Twenty-six boats in the World ARC fleet departed Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Sunday, at the start of an epic 26,000-mile adventure around the world in 15 months. World ARC is a circumnavigation rally for cruising boats, with… Read More

Last Update - January 10, 2012

New Zealand: Rena Disaster - Ship breaks up in storm

Date Published - January 09, 2012

As reported by

Maritime NZ has advised that the container ship Rena, which has been the subject of a major salvage operation off the Tauranga coast, has broken up in the most severe storm to hit the area since her grounding three months ago on the Astrolabe Reef.

Severe weather overnight… Read More

Last Update - January 09, 2012

Caribbean, Carriacou: Armed Robbery in Tyrrel Bay - Update

Date Published - December 31, 2011

From the Caribbean Safety & Security Net: .

18 December 2011 – Progress Reported in Tyrrel Bay Incident

On Saturday 17 December Carriacou police representatives of the Royal Grenada Police Force announced that four persons have been detained and charged in connection with the robbery and assault of two yachtsmen in… Read More

Last Update - December 31, 2011

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Arrests Made in Canouan Yacht Burglaries

Date Published - December 09, 2011

As reported by

Four persons are presently in the custody of the police in Canouan, in the St. Vincent Grenadines, in respect of burglary of yachts in the waters of Canouan during the mid-October 2011 period.

In the possession of the police are also the following items: one digital camera, three… Read More

Last Update - December 09, 2011

Piracy fears drive yachts away from Oman and Yemen

Date Published - December 09, 2011

As reported by

Oman and Yemen used to greet around 200 cruising yachts a year who pass through their waters to reach the Red Sea, are suffering because of the persistent danger of piracy which has now spread right across the Arabian Sea.

Fear of piracy has forced cancellation or rerouting… Read More

Last Update - December 09, 2011

ARC2011: First Yacht Arrives in Saint Lucia after an 11 Day Crossing

Date Published - December 02, 2011

ARC2011: Med Spirit Takes Line Honours

Atlantic crossing in 11 days and 14 hours

2 December 2011, Cowes UK

ARC2011 line honors were taken last night by the Franco-Russian team onboard Med Spirit. The 28.70m super-maxi (ex Bols) skippered by Vladimir Kulinichenko and crewed by a mix of Russian and French sailors made… Read More

Last Update - December 02, 2011

RCC Pilotage Foundation - New Forum

Date Published - November 28, 2011

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

The RCCPF has always encouraged users of their pilot books and other publications to feedback corrections and other comments to them for incorporation into the regular updates and new editions of the books…. Read More

Last Update - November 28, 2011

Caribbean, Bequia: Coastguard now patrolling at night

Date Published - November 23, 2011

As reported today by I-Witness News

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The local Coast Guard last week began nightly patrols in Bequia in response to a recent spate of yacht burglaries there, Tourism Minister Saboto Caesar told Parliament yesterday.

Caesar said these patrols are expected to continue and that Cabinet has approved the… Read More

Last Update - November 23, 2011

Caribbean, Bequia, Admiralty Bay: Spate of Burglaries - Update

Date Published - November 20, 2011


As reported in the December issue of Caribbean Compass

20 November 2011

Steps were taken against yacht burglaries in Bequia

Following a rash of burglaries from yachts visiting Admiralty Bay, Bequia, in late October and early November, as this issue of Compass goes to press there has been one relevant arrest and conviction… Read More

Last Update - November 20, 2011

ARC 2011 Starts

Date Published - November 20, 2011

Perfect conditions for the start of the 26th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

November 20, 2011, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The 26th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Saint Lucia. A brisk northerly wind and blue sky provided perfect conditions for a… Read More

Last Update - November 20, 2011