Cruising Reports

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

Date Published - June 17, 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

Gambia, Banjul: The Anchorage at Lamin Lodge

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Marti Rijken — Mar 20, 2019

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising Club.

Marti Rijken offers a good insight in to the anchorage at Lamin Lodge, near Banjul, and the attractions to be found… Read More

Fiji: Cultural Protocols for Visiting Yachts

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Georgia Gremore — Mar 29, 2019

Fiji has a rich cultural history and many of their ancient traditions are alive and well today particularly in some of the farther flung islands where cruisers like to explore…. Read More

Okinawa, Naha: A Welcome Arrival at our First Port of Call

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Anne and Damien of SY Tamm Ha Tamm — Apr 06, 2019

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of noonsite.com or the World Cruising Club.

SY Tamm Ha Tamm arrived in Okinawa from Tahiti on 1st March 2019 with a plan… Read More

France, Belgium, Netherlands: Essential Knowledge on Ports of Entry

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Val Ellis – Apr 16, 2019

With Brexit likely to happen in the near future, UK Skippers planning on visiting European waters this season need to be aware of the location of the Ports of Entry (POE) in the countries adjacent to the United Kingdom. All Noonsite Ports of Entry… Read More

Suez Canal: Transit Information

Date Published - April 28, 2019

By Tom Sampson — Apr 18, 2019

A transit of the Suez Canal requires some planning. There is a lot of paperwork to complete and a pilot is required for the whole transit. In addition, there is an overnight stop at Ismailia and clearance has to be completed once the transit… Read More

East Pacific Offshore Waters Forecasts

Date Published - April 27, 2019

(April 16, 2019) – The East Pacific offshore waters forecast is issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC)/Tropical Analysis Forecast Branch (TAFB)…. Read More

Wintering in the Mediterranean

Date Published - April 18, 2019

If you are currently cruising the Mediterranean and considering where to winter your boat, these comments from the cruising community should give you a good idea as to where the majority are spending the colder months. This report is continually updated.
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Brazil, Salvador: Clearing In

Date Published - March 18, 2019

Clearing into Brazil at Salvador is easy, if time-consuming. We were not asked to use an agent for clearance.

The Policia Federal (Immigration) should be visited first, then Customs (Alfandega), which is next door to the Policia Federal. These are both a short distance north of the Terminal Nautico. The Capitania… Read More

Six Months Cruising Brazil

Date Published - March 18, 2019

We cruised in Brazil from January to June 2013 and offer below some comments as well as information which updates the Pilot…. Read More

Brazil: Angra dos Reis to Florianapolis

Date Published - March 18, 2019

I checked in in Angra dos Reis (60 miles south of Rio de Janeiro). Very easy and friendly.

The anchorage is not very comfy with lots of wake from the boats, but it is close to the dinghy dock. The anchorage spot is right in front and a slight distance away… Read More

Positive Feedback about Luperon

Date Published - March 16, 2019

We have sailed to & very much enjoyed Luperon on three separate occasions. The people are friendly, fuel, water, groceries, repairs, transportation, etc. are easily available.

On our first trip, we remained for 8 months, bought a motorcycle & enjoyed becoming a part of the place as well as venturing out… Read More

Major Repair Work, Marin, Martinique

Date Published - March 16, 2019

I had major repair work carried out in Marin by Techni Marine Services and was satisfied with the work done. It involved removal of the keel,(we hit a whale in the Atlantic crossing), substantial grinding and re-lamination work and removal of the mast.

I can’t imagine getting this work carried out… Read More

Report From Bonaire

Date Published - March 15, 2019

Pets

Although our dog has updated vaccines and health certificates, neither Customs nor Immigration asked whether we were traveling with a pet when we signed in.

Cruising Guide

Also worth noting, the ABC Guide is out of print and no one is sure when (or if) another edition will be available anytime soon…. Read More

Checking in to Tobago: Time your arrival to avoid high fees

Date Published - March 15, 2019

Checking in in Tobago is always an adventurous Task.

Coming from the North towards Tobago we decided to sail into Charlotteville, because once at the jetty Customs and Immigration is within walkable distance. In contrary to Store Bay in the South where you’ll need a taxi for all your crew members… Read More

Cruising Updates for St. Helena 2015

Date Published - March 15, 2019

Report by SY Gryphon 2, based on a visit February 2015

There is an excellent PDF available online with more information at the St Helena tourist board website www.sthelenatourism.com

Approach and Mooring

Easy. The moorings are just north of…15 55.4S 05 43.05 W. They are large, secure and reasonably yacht friendly. Anchoring would… Read More

Good Anchorage in Nga Bay, Near Phuket

Date Published - March 14, 2019

Posted 140th June 2010

During the North East Monsoon, there is a good anchorage on the west coast of Ko Yao Yai in Phang Nga Bay near Phuket. It has a good landing beach without rocks or reefs and a small resort with a nice restaurant. Anchor just south of the… Read More

Use of Unskilled Boatyard Workers in Thailand

Date Published - March 14, 2019

Recently a series of emails received by Noonsite has highlighted the problems caused by some boatyards in Thailand using unskilled labour when carrying out work such as fibreglassing, decking and safety-critical repairs.

However helpful and accommodating the owner/manager might be, it is the skill (or otherwise) of the workers which is… Read More