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Crew in NARC Rally Lost Overboard off Bermuda

Date Published - November 14, 2011

From November 12, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Atlantic Ocean 285 miles northwest of Bermuda for a woman who was washed overboard from the 38-foot sailing vessel ‘Triple Stars’ yesterday afternoon (Nov.11). Coast Guard watchstanders received notification from the woman’s husband aboard the vessel at 1:39 p.m…. Read More

Last Update - March 25, 2017

St. Lucia: New Yachting Regulations

Date Published - November 11, 2011


No visa requirements for Australians and Russians among approved concessions

Saint Lucia’s reputation as a serious yachting destination has been further enhanced with government’s approval of several proposals aimed at facilitating easier clearing in and out of yachts and other pleasure craft traversing Saint Lucia waters.

The… Read More

Last Update - November 01, 2011

Spain: More Tax for Spanish Boat Owners

Date Published - November 02, 2011

As reported by Med

Spain re-introduced the Wealth Tax in September in one of the last significant actions of the government before the General Election this month.

The tax, which was previously scrapped in April 2008, is payable by all residents and non-residents and is levied on all property and assets… Read More

Last Update - November 02, 2011

Armed Guards to Protect UK Ships?

Date Published - October 30, 2011

BBC News 30 October 2011

Ships sailing under a British flag will be able to carry armed guards to protect them from pirates, the prime minister has announced.

David Cameron says he wants to combat the risks to shipping off the coast of Somalia, where 49 of the world’s 53 hijackings last… Read More

Last Update - October 30, 2011

Danish Family held hostage in Somalia regret Sailing Route

Date Published - October 27, 2011

By JAN M. OLSEN – Associated Press

A Danish family that was held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months said in an interview published Thursday that it decided to sail alone through the dangerous waters off the Horn of Africa, hoping to sneak through safely. “It was the… Read More

Last Update - October 27, 2011

Transat boat sinks after hitting 'metal object' mid-Atlantic

Date Published - October 27, 2011

As reported by

Was it a whale? No, the skipper didn’t think so. Was it a runaway container? We all thought they had perforations that allowed them to sink these days. Was it an abandoned vessel?

The bad news for cruising sailors is that we shall probably never know, but there… Read More

Last Update - October 27, 2011

Somalia: Abducted Durban cruising couple calls family

Date Published - October 20, 2011

As reported by IOL News

October 20 2011 at 09:24am

By Rizwana Sheik Umar

The Somali pirates holding Durban couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz hostage, allowed them to make a call home so that the conversation could be recorded and sent to CNN and the BBC. The Tuesday night call to Pelizzari’s… Read More

Last Update - October 20, 2011

Tackling Piracy: UK Government Response

Date Published - October 20, 2011

See report by of UK Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham’s speech to the British Chamber of Shipping on the UK Government’s response to counter-piracy.

Some very encouraging news regarding piracy.

Our thanks to Jim Logan for bringing this news to our attention…. Read More

Last Update - October 20, 2011

New Zealand: Rena Disaster - Further Updates

Date Published - October 19, 2011


14 October 2011

Maritime NZ, on Friday 14 October, issued a media release/public notice in regard to the Rena Disaster updating on the situation and containing public information relating to the environmental disaster. Read about it on


Posted 12 October… Read More

Last Update - October 19, 2011

World Piracy Hits a New High - IMB Report

Date Published - October 18, 2011

As reported by

Piracy on the world’s seas has risen to record levels, with Somali pirates behind 56% of the 352 attacks reported this year, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) revealed today in its latest global piracy report. Meanwhile, more Somali hijack attempts are being… Read More

Last Update - October 18, 2011

Marqueses, Nuku Hiva - "Cannibal" fear over death of German Yachtsman

Date Published - October 17, 2011

As reported by the

Investigators into the death of a German yachtsman have not ruled out the possibility he was eaten by cannibals after he stopped off on the idyllic island of Nuku Hiva (the largest island in the Marqueses, French Polynesia) during a cruise across the Pacific Ocean.

Stefan Ramin,… Read More

Last Update - October 17, 2011

Canary Islands: New Subsea Volcanic Eruption Occurs Near El Hierro

Date Published - October 16, 2011

As reported by

The Spanish port of La Restinga, located in the southeast of El Hierro in The Canary Islands, has been closed due to fresh subsea volcanic activity.

An underwater volcanic eruption, Spain’s first since La Palma in 1971, was first detected in Las Calmas Sea on Monday three months… Read More

Last Update - October 16, 2011

Venezuela: Los Roques to be Nationalised

Date Published - October 11, 2011

As reported by

Some of the remotest islands in the Caribbean are the most precious. In an area most distinguished by rampant commercialism, it is those that have remained almost totally undeveloped which are a reminder of what once was.

Los Roques, just 90 miles north of the Venezuelan mainland is… Read More

Last Update - October 11, 2011

NSC Pirate Attack Group Map Update

Date Published - October 07, 2011

The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is continually reviewing its practices to provide accurate and timely information. They have recently amended their website in part through feedback and input from website users.

As of 07 October, 2011, an updated and refined Pirate Attack Group (PAG) Map is available. This new PAG map… Read More

Last Update - October 07, 2011

Good News for Boats Wishing to Cruise in Norway

Date Published - October 07, 2011

From an article by Jon Amtrup in

As of 5th October 2011, the rules regarding foreign yachts remaining in Norway for more than 6 weeks when their owner is absent have, at last, been amended.

“Sailors visiting Norway can easily leave their boats here over the winter, and continue the… Read More

Last Update - October 07, 2011

St. Lucia: Major Strides in Growth for the Countries Yachting Sector

Date Published - September 30, 2011

Editor’s Note: The following proposed changes are good news for visiting yachtsmen, especially those from Russia and Australia, however, it is advisable to check via the St. Lucia Tourist Board website before arrival to verify they have been implemented.

ST LUCIA, WI – September 28, 2011

The St. Lucia Tourist Ministry of… Read More

Last Update - September 30, 2011

Pirate Kidnap Ordeal: South African Family Speaks of Anguish

Date Published - September 24, 2011

From Durban’s East Coast Radio

It has been a month since the family of a Durban man taken hostage by Somali pirates has spoken to him. Bruno Pelizzari’s sister, Vera Hecht, says each day that goes by brings more anxiety.

Pelizzari and his partner Deborah Calitz were kidnapped in October last year,… Read More

Last Update - September 24, 2011

Safety Alert for Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator on Lifejackets Made Prior to 2006

Date Published - September 15, 2011

As reported by

Be sure to check your lifejacket carefully — you may have one with one of these defective pieces.

The Hammar Hydrostatic Inflator is attached to a lifejacket with a sealing ring. In 2006, CM Hammar upgraded the sealing ring with new state-of-the-art raw materials to eliminate potential defects… Read More

Last Update - September 15, 2011

Crew Abudcted from French Sailing Yacht off Yemen by Somali Pirates - Update

Date Published - September 13, 2011

As reported by the European Union Naval Force in Somalia – Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR)


Hostage rescued after suspected pirate skiff was stopped by EU NAVFOR warship SPS GALICIA

EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta assets yesterday, 10 September, stopped and boarded a skiff thought to have been involved in… Read More

Last Update - April 05, 2016

West Africa: Copycat Piracy Cause for Concern

Date Published - September 08, 2011

As reported by Des Ryan of

One of the joys of sailing is the freedom to go where you want when you want. While all sensible cruising sailors are now avoiding the western Indian Ocean as too dangerous to sail, latest reports also suggest that West African pirates are copy-catting… Read More

Last Update - September 08, 2011

Somalia Hostages - Danish Family Free

Date Published - September 07, 2011

As reported by Ecoterra International


Tuesday 6 September 2011

After an aircraft delivered the reduced ransom money for the ill-fated group of Danes taken hostage from sailing yacht “SY ING” by Somali pirates in February, Jan Quist Johansen, his… Read More

Last Update - September 07, 2011

Bahamas, Family Islands: Ravaged by Hurricane Irene

Date Published - September 02, 2011

For full report with pictures see

August 30, 2011

Island Devastation

On August 25, the usually idyllic and remote Family Islands of the Bahamas were struck by Hurricane Irene. Starting as a category two storm with sustained winds of 90 mph, Irene strengthened to a category three as it passed through the… Read More

Last Update - September 02, 2011

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 Europe from the Indian Ocean, avoiding the GOA and Red Sea and associated dangers.If you have sailed this route, either back to Europe or the… Read More

Last Update - August 19, 2011

Foreign yachts fined in Europe for "wrong" fuel

Date Published - August 18, 2011

The warning is clear for all cruising sailors headed for Europe after being in America, even for a short time. Two megayachts have been boarded and fined thousands of dollars by German customs officers in Kiel for having red-tinted fuel in their tanks.

Read more at … Read More

Last Update - August 18, 2011

Somali pirates jailed in Netherlands for Choizil hijack

Date Published - August 15, 2011

As reported by

A Dutch court has sentenced two Somali pirates who hijacked a South African yacht last November to up to seven years in jail. The men were convicted of seizing the boat off Tanzania and abducting a South African couple, who remain missing.

Three other Somalis – captured at… Read More

Last Update - August 15, 2011