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2008 Hurricane Season - One for the Record Books

Date Published - December 11, 2008

As reported in Cruising Compass today.

The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season produced a record number of consecutive storms to hit the United States and was the fourth-most active since record-keeping began in 1944, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

There were 16 named storms this season, which officially ended November… Read More

First ARC Arrivals at Rodney Bay after a slow crossing

Date Published - December 08, 2008

Dream Catcher KM takes line honors in ARC 2008

After a crossing of just under 14 days in light and variable conditions, the first yacht to finish in ARC 2008 arrived at Rodney Bay, St.Lucia yesterday, Sunday 07 December. Karsten Moller’s Swan 82, DreamCatcherKM, skippered by Jarrod Cripps, took line honors,… Read More

A View on Piracy in the Indian Ocean

Date Published - November 30, 2008

The recent audacious hijack of a giant supertanker from Saudi Arabia by Somali pirates off the Kenyan coast has dismayed the world, carried out in spite of the presence of more and more of the world’s battleships. There has been no lack of news from the troubled area, but what… Read More

Useful Clarification of Australian Pre-Arrival Notification Rule

Date Published - November 22, 2008

In Australia, Sail-World has received encouraging news about the notification requirements, in which Customs have heralded a “common sense” line until new legislation is enacted.

Sail-World Cruising interviewed Barbara Sweeney from Customs Media, who gave out the good news:

Sail-World Cruising: If someone notifies Customs of arrival but it turns out to… Read More

Dockwise Yacht Transport Offers Safe Passage from Oman to the Med

Date Published - November 21, 2008

For owners of cruising yachts wishing to return to the Med safely, Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is offering a sailing from Oman to Genoa aboard its super ship Yacht Express when it returns from its inaugural trip to the Persian Gulf next spring. The largest vessel of its kind in… Read More

North Brittany and The Channel Islands Cruising Companion

Date Published - November 19, 2008

2nd Edition (2008)

By Peter Cumberlidge

ISBN 978-0-470-98829-9

Published by Wiley Nautical

Anyone familiar with the first edition of this essential cruising guide will welcome this latest edition, and any who are planning a cruise in this area will find it invaluable.

This newest edition has the same number of pages (288) as the previous… Read More

Nanny Cay Marina, BVI, Host Port For 2009 ARC Europe

Date Published - November 15, 2008

Yacht rally specialists, World Cruising Club, have selected Nanny Cay Resort & Marina in Tortola, as the Caribbean host port for the start of ARC Europe 2009, the annual transatlantic cruising rally. This move brings the rally, which provides a fun and safe framework for transatlantic cruising, to the British… Read More

Neutral Conditions in the South Pacific

Date Published - November 12, 2008

ENSO (EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION) neutral conditions are expected to continue into early 2009.

The latest claims by the Climate Prediction Centre are that the situation in the South Pacific is stable and promises to remain unchanged.

Neutral ENSO conditions still prevail in the Pacific Basin. There have been only minor fluctuations in… Read More

Fatal Pirate Attack in Venezuela

Date Published - November 10, 2008

It has been reported on cruising forums that on Sunday night an American, the captain of the vessel Chill, Ken Peters, was killed by pirates at Isla Borracha near Puerto La Cruz.

It appears that Ken and his wife Cathy were anchored with another boat I’Lean, with fellow cruisers Steve &… Read More

New Weather Website Launched by NOAA

Date Published - November 06, 2008

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched a one-stop Southeast Marine Weather Internet portal collecting marine weather forecasts and real-time coastal wind and water condition data for the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Featuring coastal map overlays, the site displays radar images, radar loop, air and sea surface temps,… Read More

C-MAP MAX Chart Products – Alert for NE Australia

Date Published - October 20, 2008

Following a number of recent losses by cruising sailors on the reefs of NE Australia, in particular, the World ARC yacht which was abandoned in August (see news item here), Jeppesen Marina, owners of C-Map, have published the following alert.

Date: October 8, 2008

Subject: Missing Chart on C-MAP MAX Chart Products… Read More

Environment Central to Marina Development in Grenada

Date Published - October 02, 2008

Phase One of the Port Louis Marina development in Grenada is due for completion at the beginning of November – and 50 fully-serviced berths are currently in operation. When completed, the new marina will offer almost 400 berths for craft from 10m to 90m – including 73 superyacht berths (25m+… Read More

The Arabian Gulf - New Route for Dockwise Yacht Transport

Date Published - September 25, 2008

Dockwise Yacht Transport’s Super Ship Scheduled for First Trip to UAE

In style appropriately “fit for a king,” a shipload of luxury yachts will arrive at the Dubai International Boat Show and the inaugural Abu Dhabi Yacht Show (set for March 3-7 and March 12-14, respectively) next year. The royal ride… Read More

Fatal Attack on French Cruising Couple in Venezuela

Date Published - September 17, 2008

A French Catamaran skipper was shot dead during an attack last Sunday night – 14 September – on board his yacht at anchor outside Marina de Caraballeda, situated on the Central Litoral coast between La Guaira and Cabo Codera, Venezuela.

Caracas newspaper “El Universal”, reports that four robbers attacked French yacht… Read More

Confusion in the San Blas Islands

Date Published - September 17, 2008

There appears to have been some confusion of late, amongst cruising sailors regarding a resolution recently passed by the Kuna Indians, restricting the movements of yachts in the San Blas area.

See the Resolution in Spanish (para 08/06/08, on page 6) here 

However, visiting cruising yachtsmen are not to worry, as… Read More

Yachts with New SSR Documents at Suez - Beware

Date Published - September 16, 2008

Noonsite received this email from a concerned skipper and should be read by anyone planning a Suez transit in possession of recently issued Small Ships Register (SSR) documents.

Message Reads:

I am currently delivering a British flagged yacht, registered recently on the Small Ships Register, from Greece to Dubai.

New SSR registration documents… Read More

Queensland, Australia - Missing Yacht

Date Published - September 14, 2008

Friday 12 September, 2008.

The search for the 42ft yacht the Blessed Be, missing since August 23 on a journey between Noumea and the coast of Australia, has been suspended. However, relatives are asking for all to report sightings of debris along the coastline.

Bruce Glasson, 58, and Graeme Woodhouse, 60, last… Read More

Australian Reef Claims Another Cruising Boat

Date Published - September 06, 2008

As reported on Sail-World,

The crew of the Australian Customs vessel (ACV) StormBay have plucked three German men to safety from their stricken yacht in waters near the Raine Island entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, in the second rescue from the treacherous reef waters in a month.

It is only… Read More

'Ghost ship' Deaths an Accident

Date Published - August 10, 2008

Three sailors who disappeared from a yacht later found empty and drifting off the coast of Australia died in a freak accident, an inquest found. The vessel, Kaz II, was found with its engine running, food on the table, and its full complement of lifebelts.

Derek Batten, 56, and brothers Peter… Read More

World ARC Rally Yacht Strikes Reef off Cairns

Date Published - August 06, 2008

The two crew of World ARC yacht “Asolare”, have been successfully evacuated from the yacht, an Amel 54, after it struck a reef approximately 200nm from Cairns Australia in the early hours of Sunday 3rd August. Both Skipper Peter Turner and crewman Tim Wood are safe and well following their… Read More

News of 16 year old Singlehanded Circumnavigator

Date Published - July 27, 2008

Zac Sunderland – Intrepid – 25 July 2008

Update by David Morris, Meteorologist

Sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland departed Marina del Rey, California, aboard Intrepid, his Islander 36, on Saturday 14th June 2008, on his attempt to become the youngest singlehanded circumnavigator.

The first leg to Oahu, Hawaii was hampered by light conditions and slow… Read More

British Virgin Islands: New Fees Deferred Indefinitely

Date Published - July 16, 2008

Noonsite is pleased to report that the planned new fees for visiting yachts to the BVIs (see a news report 03 July) which were due for introduction yesterday – 15 July – have been deferred indefinitely.

BREAKING NEWS: Cabinet indefinitely defers implementation of harbor fees

Government Information Service

Cabinet has decided to… Read More

Whale Collision Survey

Date Published - July 15, 2008

Collisions between ships and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are increasing around the world and several whale populations are under massive threat due to a high collision risk in some areas such as the US East Coast, the Mediterranean and around the Canary Islands. However, information on these collisions is scarce,… Read More

Recent Spate of Attacks on Cruising Yachts in Venezuela

Date Published - July 15, 2008

The recent spate of attacks on cruising yachts in Venezuela has caused alarm among many sailors planning to visit that country. Over the last two years, the situation has been visibly deteriorating, with seven reported incidents brought to the attention of noonsite in the last month.

Four Robberies in Porlamar

One Armed… Read More