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Severe Tropical Cyclone NE of Cairns

Date Published - February 02, 2011

Posted Wed, 2nd Feb 2011

Severe Tropical Cyclone ‘Yasi’ was upgraded to category five off north Queensland this morning as the weather bureau warned it was likely to be more life-threatening than any storm seen in Australia in living memory.

A Tropical Cyclone warning is current for island and coastal areas from… Read More

Are Sharks Colour Blind? Why NOT to Wear Black Swim Gear

Date Published - January 25, 2011

Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimeras have some colour vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. And this leads to the question -when you… Read More

Warning About GPS Unreliability in US Waters

Date Published - January 23, 2011

Due ‘tests’ being carried out by the US Defence Department, GPS signals in the southeastern US may be unreliable or unavailable for periods of time between 20th January and 22nd February 2011.

See this website for a map of the area affected.

Our thanks to Larry Noble for passing on this information…. Read More

Great Barrier Reef Deluged with Tonnes of Toxic Water

Date Published - January 13, 2011

Tue, 11 Jan 2011

Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef is being flushed with toxic, pesticide-laden sediment that environmental experts fear could devastate fragile corals and marine life, damage that may require as long as a century to repair.

Hydrologists estimate the equivalent of three Sydney Harbours of floodwater is flowing out to sea… Read More

Life Jacket Safety Warning

Date Published - January 01, 2011

Sun, 26 Dec 2010

A Marine Safety Alert has been issued warning about a number of Type I (Offshore) PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices) manufactured by Kent, which is often preferred by off-shore cruisers. They have been assembled in a way that could prevent donning the PFD in the event of an… Read More

Turkey’s Blue Card Scheme – More Concerns

Date Published - December 30, 2010

Posted 30th December 2010

Here is a local newspaper article about the Blue Card Scheme.

Posted 14th December 2010

For previous noonsite reports about this proposed scheme see here.

Following a number of reports (see above) concerning proposed Grey Water Regulations for cruising yachts in the Mugla area of Turkey (Gocek-Dalaman bays) in the… Read More

World ARC 2012 - the fleet is growing!

Date Published - December 27, 2010

So far 24 yachts have entered!

Reservations and entries are coming through strongly for World ARC 2012 and we expect at least 30 boats to be joining us in Saint Lucia in January 2012 for the first leg of this round-the-world adventure. 24 yachts are now either confirmed or have paid… Read More

Update Regarding the Issuing of US Recreational Vessel Documents

Date Published - December 19, 2010

Email received on 20th December 2010

This is a reply received from USCG regarding the delay in issuing documents, dated Dec 9th, 2010.

“Unfortunately our growing recreational vessel backlog is due to some internal personnel issues here at the NVDC. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this is having on you,… Read More

Galapagos New Rules

Date Published - December 14, 2010

Following reports from agents in the Galapagos, it appears that nothing has really changed from last year’s rules, despite the proposed changes that were reported by noonsite back in August.

Although only a very small percentage of visiting yachts request the cruising permit for the Park Area, it is still good… Read More

EU Force: Somali pirates cannot be stopped by force

Date Published - December 08, 2010

As reported by the BBC

Pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone, a top European naval officer says.

“It is arguable how much of a deterrent effect counter-piracy forces are having,” Thomas Ernst from the EU’s anti-piracy task force NAVFOR said.

More should be done to stop… Read More

First Sailing Yacht Finishes in ARC 2010

Date Published - December 06, 2010

After a struggle with unseasonal winds, the first sailing yacht in ARC 2010 arrived safely into Rodney Bay Marina yesterday (Sunday 5th December 2010), crossing the line at 09:57:06 local time, a little over 14 days since the start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Berenice, the Italian crewed Swan… Read More

Venezuela: Porlamar - Price Increase for Clearance

Date Published - December 04, 2010

Immigration in Porlamar has just raised prices significantly making this one of the most expensive ports to clear in and out of in the Caribbean. However to clear in and out yourself is now much easier than in the past.

Clearing in is approximately 300BsF (US$40).

Clearing out is 325BsF (US$40) to… Read More

A New Cruising Guide to Bonaire

Date Published - December 04, 2010

Hot from the press of John Hoedemakers and Jolanda Geerdink, is their latest cruising guide. This one is for the small Caribbean island of Bonaire.

Its 50 or so pages cover the island in all the detail that a cruiser could wish for and in an easily obtained downloadable format.

See… Read More

Sailor drowned, two lost for 12 days, no EPIRB

Date Published - December 02, 2010

As reported by

Sat, 27 Nov 2010

Today almost every tragic tale of being lost at sea involves the admission of carrying no EPIRB. What was meant to be a routine sail from Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts in the USA to the Caribbean this month was no different. The voyage ended… Read More

Bahamas: Caribbean 1500 Yacht on Reef and Crew Member Missing - Update

Date Published - November 24, 2010

Update from Caribbean 1500 website

Update: Noon —- Steve Black has been notified by the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) today that “the conditions are not favourable for finding Laura Zekoll alive.” The search and rescue mission involving the US Coast Guard, the Bahamas Defense Force, BASRA, and local efforts… Read More

ARC 2010 Starts - 233 Yachts Cross the Line in Sunshine

Date Published - November 21, 2010

The 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.

The early morning rain and dark clouds cleared… Read More

Paul and Rachel Chandler Speaking at a Press Conference in Mogadishu

Date Published - November 14, 2010

As reported by the

Speaking at a press conference at the presidential palace in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, before flying to Kenya, a thin-looking but smiling Rachel Chandler told reporters: “We’re happy to be alive, happy to be here, desperate to see our family and friends, and so happy to… Read More

Chile: New Customs Rules

Date Published - November 13, 2010

Customs in Punta Arenas have announced new, tighter Customs rules in response to certain foreign yachts being left in Chile, overstaying their temporary import or neglecting to renew.

Any foreign yacht entering Chile will now get a 90-day temporary import permit. This is renewable for a further 90 days and again… Read More

Hurricane Tomas in Saint Lucia

Date Published - November 05, 2010

Hurricane Tomas in Saint Lucia – Sailors can help the island recover

Hurricane Tomas, which struck Saint Lucia earlier this week, caused considerable damage to areas in the south of the island, including damage to houses, bridges, and roads.

However, sailors should still continue to visit Saint Lucia.

Rodney Bay Marina, which is… Read More

Crew circles North Pole in one summer

Date Published - October 20, 2010

As reported by ABC News

A trimaran sailing boat has circled the North Pole in a single summer season, a feat made possible by global warming and the melting of the Arctic ice cap, the boat’s international crew said Thursday.

The “Northern Passage” left the western Norwegian port of Bergen at the… Read More

New Attainable Adventure Cruising Website for Northern Latitudes

Date Published - September 20, 2010

September 2010: Writers and photographers, John Harries and Phyllis Nickel, live on board Morgan’s Cloud, their 56-foot aluminum cutter, voyaging the Northern Latitudes while running their business, Attainable Adventure Cruising Ltd, which publishes the Norwegian Cruising Guide and marine websites and provides consulting and guide services…. Read More