Cruising Reports

Cruising the Seychelles

Date Published - October 10, 2019

Another informative and useful cruising report from the crew of Starry Horizons (a US-flagged 44-foot catamaran) who after cruising the Maldives continued westwards across the Indian Ocean to explore Seychelles, reporting their time there as “the highlight of the Indian Ocean so far”. Starry Horizons was in Seychelles from June… Read More

Ocean Sailing Book Review

Date Published - October 10, 2019

Launched at the 2019 Southampton Boat Show by Bloomsbury, the Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation’s new book is a practical guide to long-distance ocean sailing. This review by John Franklin, Past Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club…. Read More

Portrait of a Cruiser: Allen and Maria Wadsworth

Date Published - September 27, 2019

Allen and Maria Wadsworth have been contributing information to Noonsite ever since they cast off their dock lines from the UK in 2017. Cruising double-handed in their Moody ’42 “Lady Jane”, they have enjoyed the Caribbean and east coast of the USA before transiting the Panama Canal in March of… Read More

French Polynesia: Cruising Niku Hiva

Date Published - September 17, 2019

Regular Noonsite contributor Maria Wadsworth provided this useful report on cruising Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Archipelago of French Polynesia…. Read More

Eight Weeks Cruising the Maldives

Date Published - September 02, 2019

The crew of Starry Horizons (a US-flagged 44-foot catamaran) cruised the Maldives from the end of March to the end of May 2019 arriving there from Sri Lanka. The expense of clearing and permits meant they chose to stay two months to get the maximum for their money. … Read More

Portrait of a Cruiser: Lisa Dorenfest

Date Published - August 22, 2019

Circumnavigator Lisa Dorenfest had always wanted to escape to sea, but the time never seemed quite right. Surviving cancer threw life into perspective and encouraged her to complete her sailing dream…. Read More

Belize, San Pedro: Unexpected Clearance Fees

Date Published - August 21, 2019

I am cruising the Caribbean with my wife and kids aboard a Catamaran. I would like to provide some more details regarding our recent experience clearing in and out of San Pedro, Belize, where there were a number of unexpected charges during the clearing in and out process…. Read More

Venezuela, Los Roques: Cruising Los Roques – Fears Unfounded

Date Published - August 21, 2019

In recent years the Venezuelan archipelago of Los Roques has rarely seen any visiting yachts due to fluctuating clearance fees and security issues. Klaus and Elgard of SY September sailed to Los Roques in mid-2019 on passage from Saint Lucia to Bonaire, and found the experience rewarding and worthy of… Read More

Taking your Teenager to Sea – Two Perspectives

Date Published - August 15, 2019

Is it fair to take your teenager to sea, long-distance cruising? Mum Melissa Beit did just that when her daughter was 13 on their 42 foot Brewer ketch, Pandion. Here she and her teenage daughter Reminy Holmes give their thoughts on the meaning of casting off the dock lines in… Read More

Western Indonesia, Batam to Belitung: Cruising the Riau Islands

Date Published - August 01, 2019

Long-term cruisers in SE Asia, as well as long-term contributors to Noonsite, Sue and John Woods spent 2 months cruising the Southern Riau Islands in Western Indonesia in early 2019. Their route took them down the west coast of most islands and then back up the east coasts on their… Read More

Important Safety Considerations when Offshore Cruising

Date Published - July 15, 2019

Recently, two single-handed sailors have been lost in the Caribbean Sea, in spite of their activation of an EPIRB or PLB. Technology has changed and improved and it’s no longer necessary to just rely on your EPIRB as your safety net. Glen Tuttle, moderator of the SSCA HF Radio Service… Read More

Vanuatu, Aneityum: How to clear-in at Anelcauhat

Date Published - July 09, 2019

If you are coming from New Zealand to Vanuatu it is useful to be able to clear into Vanuatu at Aneityum. (Also called Anatom if you have French charts). Not an official port of entry, Patricia of Gulf Harbour Radio explains how two yachts (SY Meccetroy and SY Elysium)… Read More

Argentina: Clearance and Prefectura Experiences

Date Published - July 02, 2019

Floris and Ivar cruised Argentina in early 2019 before heading to Patagonia. While the paperwork and reporting system can be tedious, they report that overall they found officials to be helpful and courteous…. Read More

A Guide to Checking in and out of Countries with your Sailboat

Date Published - June 28, 2019

(June 15, 2019) – Liz Cleere, Jamie Furlong and rescue cat Millie on SY Esper have cruised through 14 countries from Turkey to Indonesia. Based on their experiences, they have put together a useful guide to checking in and out across borders with your sailboat. … Read More

A Circumnavigation Under Power

Date Published - May 22, 2019

Robert Burn fulfilled a circumnavigation from 2016 to 2018 in his 16.7m Bermudan ketch rigged motor sailer. Wai-O-Tira.The complete voyage was carried out under power and this report contains extensive details of all the fuelling aspects of doing so. … Read More

An update on Fees for Egypt (2019)

Date Published - May 06, 2019

Yacht Miyagi Moon has visited Egypt several times over the last 7 years. This is their latest update on fees charged by agencies in Egypt for the various different ports, and what costs you can expect if wishing to transit the Suez Canal…. Read More