Cruising Reports

Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

Date Published - January 22, 2019

Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of yachts a day dispose of their garbage on these tiny islands. A big percentage of yachts are buying much of their groceries and items in… Read More

Peru, Callao: 5 months and $6000 to clear in!

Date Published - January 19, 2019

We entered Peru based on comments made on noonsite and accepted it might cost us in the region of $2000 to clear in as the benefits of land travel outweighed the cost.
So, we made all of our radio calls at 08.00 and 20.00 as advised, writing times and positions of… Read More

French Bureaucracy

Date Published - January 19, 2019

This report highlights the importance of retaining historical documentation in case you need to prove your date of entry into the EU…. Read More

France – Old Engines will be Refused Service

Date Published - January 19, 2019

The law in France is such that any mechanic working on a marine engine will be held responsible for any incident that may subsequently arise from the failure of the engine. As a result, there is a reluctance for engineers to carry out work on old engines…. Read More

North Biscay Cruising Guide

Date Published - January 19, 2019

This beautifully produced cruising guide could well be described as the flagship of the Royal Cruising Club’s Pilotage Foundation. The original source of this guide goes back to the end of the 19th century when Frank Cowper published a book under the title of “Sailing Tours – Falmouth to the… Read More

France: Recommendations from Cruisers

Date Published - January 19, 2019

The following comments are from sailors who have recently cruised in French Waters and contributed to a survey run in co-operation with Segeln magazine, about Mediterranean cruising recommendations…. Read More

Mediterranean Almanac 2015-2016

Date Published - January 16, 2019

Mediterranean Almanac 2015-2016By Lucinda Heikell with Rod HeikellPublished by Imray (2015)See for  2016 supplementISBN 978-1846235986This is a very useful almanac covering all of the countries bordering the Mediterranean as well as the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. It is in a very similar format to the well-known Reed… Read More

European Black and Grey Water Regulations

Date Published - January 10, 2019

January 2019: The regulations regarding the discharge of black and grey water from cruising boats in various European countries (including foreign flagged vessels) are becoming increasingly strict in an attempt to reduce the pollution in our seas. Below is the latest information available on the regulations in force…. Read More

Essaouira and Jorf Lasfar – Morocco

Date Published - January 07, 2019

I’m sailing in Morocco just now with my 42 foot cutter “John Silver”. Here are some updates. I’ve spent 40 days in Essaouira so far, so the information is highly accurate.

Alessandro Palladino

SY John Silver


For yachts over 50 feet or over 2 meters draught, it may be better to anchor in… Read More

Ceuta to the Canaries with 2 stops in Morocco

Date Published - January 07, 2019

I have just travelled from Ceuta to the Canaries via two stops in Morroco, and I would like to report the following:

The yacht dock at El Jadida is occupied by locally owned small craft, and sitting inside the harbour restricts usage to yachts with a draft below 1.80 m, according… Read More

Sale/Rabat: Wintering at Bouregreg Marina

Date Published - January 07, 2019

We spent Nov. 2011 thru April 2012 living aboard our 42 ft. sailboat in the Bouregreg Marina. We were denied entry to the Royal Yacht Club of Tangier last October, and, as there was no room for visiting boats, we had to turn around and recross the Straits of Gibraltar,… Read More

Morocco, Tangier: Updates from Cruisers

Date Published - January 07, 2019

Report from Stan Luyten – February 2015We visited Tangier in February 2015.Work continues on the re-conversion of the port into a brand new marina. However, no facilities are available for visiting yachts at the moment.The pontoons of the local yacht club are occupied by local boats. Upon arrival (in daylight),… Read More

Mediterranean Anchoring Restrictions

Date Published - January 04, 2019

As the Mediterranean sailing season is now in full swing, it might be timely to remind all cruising boats of the anchoring restrictions that are enforced (albeit inconsistently) in many northern Mediterranean countries including Spain (and the Canaries), Greece, Italy and Portugal too – although it’s not in the Med!… Read More