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Grenada Lifts Restrictions against Swine Flu Threat

Date Published - February 26, 2010

With the passing of the H1N1 Swine flu threat, the restrictions regarding ports of entry in Grenada for yachts have now been lifted.

The Ministry of Health has announced that entry requirements are now as they were pre-H1N1. A medical officer will be retained at The Grenada Yacht Club, but yachts… Read More

New Edition of Dominican Republic Cruising Guide Now Available Online

Date Published - February 25, 2010

The 4th edition of the CRUISING GUIDE TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC has been published and is now available online, FREE, at its website: www.dominicanrepubliccruisingguide.com.

The 4th edition of the guide has 35 pages more than the 3rd. edition and includes 7 additional harbors and anchorages as well as additional information on… 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 10 years of experience assisting cruisers with their varied queries regarding routes around the world.

We are delighted to have this new service for our readers…. Read More

Antigua: Tourist Murdered at Pigeon Point

Date Published - January 21, 2010

January 19th

The body of a young woman has been found in the scrub bushes behind Windward beach at the entrance to Falmouth harbor Antigua. She has been identified as a guest on a visiting cruise ship that was anchored at the entrance to the harbor for the day.

Our thanks to… Read More

New Moorings on East Coast of Sicily

Date Published - January 10, 2010

Taormina Roads, Sicily – 37.50.7N 015.17.6E

Small craft bound north or south on the east coast of Sicily can now take advantage of a newly laid (2009) mooring field in Taormina Roads.

There are now 20 orange mooring buoys available for hire from the operator, George Rizzo, who lives on site on… Read More

British sailors rescued by Belgian helicopter

Date Published - January 07, 2010

As reported in Sail-World.com

Two British sailors have escaped with their lives by being rescued by a Belgian helicopter when their brand new 45ft yacht Justice hit a sandbank off the Kent coast and sank.

The pair were off Herne Bay in Kent when they hit the bank. They called the May… Read More

New Florida Boating Education Law Started January 1st

Date Published - January 07, 2010

As reported in Cruising Compass

Effective Friday, January 1, Florida boat operators born on or after January 1, 1988, must complete and pass an approved boating safety education course to operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or more. The new law changes the age threshold for Florida boater education requirements; in… Read More

Attack on Yacht in Venezuela

Date Published - December 04, 2009

Sent by Dave Jones

Yacht Navarna III (a Fisher 37 British registered)

On Saturday 7th April motoring along the Venezuelan coast just past Tres Puntos, I noticed a penero coming up astern about a mile away. Looking through binoculars I saw 4 men armed with AK47s and shotguns.

I headed north out to… Read More

St. Lucia, Marigot Bay - Cruisers Robbed in Street

Date Published - November 28, 2009

This email is to report a recent incident.

Date: November 25, 2009, 10.30 AM

Location: Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

While waiting for the customs, we were walking in the street about 2500 feet from the police station. Two young boys, masked and armed with knives, attacked us from behind.

They stole money and credit… Read More

Swiss solo sailor successfully rescued after whale strike

Date Published - November 26, 2009

As reported in Sail-World.com

A solo Swiss yachtsman and would-be double circumnavigator were successfully rescued from his crippled boat Tuesday 24 November, 430nm west of New Zealand’s Stewart Island, the New Zealand Rescue Coordination Centre said. The rudder on Bernt Luchtenborg’s yacht Horizons was badly damaged by what is presumed to… Read More

Light Winds for Start of ARC 2009

Date Published - November 22, 2009

22 November 2009 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Spinnaker start for the 24th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

Light winds make for a slow start

The 24th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 209 yachts from 32 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran… Read More

European Black Water Regulations

Date Published - November 22, 2009

Blackwater is the term which is commonly used to describe toilet waste (which will often contain harmful bacteria and viruses). Greywater is wastewater from sinks, showers and washing machines.

The following information is on holding tanks for black water.

Coastal Waters

As yet there is no international convention which requires private pleasure craft… Read More

India: French yacht Adriano seized in Kochi

Date Published - November 19, 2009

As reported by Sail-World.com

It’s a timely warning for cruising sailors ensure that their documents are in order before entering foreign ports and never take their documentation casually. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) of India has seized a French yacht, Adriano, in Kochi after it entered the port without valid… Read More

Dominican Republic - Current Entry Procedures

Date Published - November 19, 2009

This is the latest information concerning Clearance Procedures for the DR. The previous report posted on noonsite on 27 October was incorrect and has been removed.

Dated: 19 November 2009

The new entrance law that was put into effect last spring by the Dominican Republic was recently revoked. The main reason that… Read More

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Cape Verdes

Date Published - November 16, 2009

Cabo Verde Ministry of Health has declared, for the first time in its history, an epidemic of dengue fever in the country.

The first cases emerged in September 2009, however, the outbreak intensified at the start of November with over 13,000 cases recorded so far.

The International Federation of Red Cross and… Read More

Update to Arrival Notification for Australia

Date Published - November 08, 2009

New guidance regarding the period of prior notification of arrival in Australia has been issued. It now makes it clear that although the MINIMUM period of notice is 4 days (96 hours), the Customs authorities will accept such a notice up to 3 months before planned arrival.

See the Noonsite page… Read More

Galapagos – A Reminder of Entry Regulations - Updated

Date Published - November 06, 2009

This report was originally published on 31 October 2009, however details about Isabella as a port of entry were not very clear, so we have clarified and re-published.

Many cruisers are now planning their itinerary for the Caribbean season and probably already thinking what to do after that. Transiting the Panama… Read More

Caribbean: St. Vincent, Chateaubelair, Assault and Robbery

Date Published - November 05, 2009

After some thirteen months with no reports of robberies at the Chateaubelair anchorage, the Caribbean Safety and Security Net  have received a report of an assault and robbery of a yacht during the late evening hours of 18 October 2009.

Around 21:00 the yacht was boarded by four men, armed with… Read More

Grenada - Prickly Bay Port of Entry Once Again

Date Published - November 02, 2009

Following restrictions put in place in May 2009 to prevent individuals with symptoms of Influenza H1 N1 (swine flu) from entering Grenada and passing on the disease (see report here), it is once again possible to clear into Grenada at Prickly Bay.

With effect from Tuesday 3rd November, a Medical Officer… Read More

Pirates attack off the Nicaraguan Banks

Date Published - November 02, 2009

This is a report from s/v Blu Interlude, a 47′ sailing vessel.

At 0700 on Monday 26 October 2009, we were underway along the Nicaraguan Banks, about 16 miles off Cabo Gracias A Dios (GPS position Lat: 15 4.7′ N / Long: 82 55.1 W).

We were flagged down by a green… Read More

Seychelles - Lynn Rival Siezed by Pirates

Date Published - October 28, 2009

Rachel and Paul Chandler, of yacht Lynn Rival (see the previous report here) appear to have fallen victim to kidnappers near Seychelles, according to reports from Reuters, the BBC and a number of other news sources.

Somali pirates said yesterday (Tuesday 27 October) they had seized a yacht in the Indian… Read More

Yacht dismasted by one ship, saved by another

Date Published - October 26, 2009

As posted on Sail-World Cruising: Thu 22 Oct 2009

A Swiss Canadian boat builder and his French Canadian shipmate, who had never been to sea before, were rescued one week ago off the coast of North Carolina after a collision with a tanker which didn’t stop. Their dismasted yacht, floundering in… Read More

Plenty of Wind

Date Published - October 22, 2009

As reported in Cruising Compass

Hurricane Rick, once a Category Five storm with winds of 180 miles per hour, continues to weaken in the Pacific. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded along the Pacific coast of Mexico, and despite the change in track and intensity of then-Hurricane Rick, the… Read More

Panama Canal - Official Agent Listing Available Soon

Date Published - October 21, 2009

The Panama Canal Authorities will be publishing a list of authorized ship agents on their website on October 30th, 2009.

Yachts who wish to use an agent will be able to choose from a list of authorized companies, hopefully avoiding problems such as those reported to noonsite re. bogus agents etc.

Noonsite… Read More