Cruising Reports

France – Old Engines will be Refused Service

Date Published - January 19, 2019

My boat is a Moody Eclipse 33. The engine a 20-year-old Volvo Penta 2003T.

I have been cruising the Med in this boat each summer for the past 12 years and on arriving at my 70th year last year I tried to sell it from a berth in Corfu. Due to… Read More

North Biscay Cruising Guide

Date Published - January 19, 2019

North Biscay: The west coast of France – Brest to Bordeaux

By Mike and Gill Barron

Published by Imray (7th edition 2005)

ISBN 0 85288 702 7

Updates at Imray (2009)

Also published in French as “Côte Atlantique – de Brest à Hendaye” by Editions du Plaisancier (Vagnon)

This beautifully produced cruising guide could well be… 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.


Marina di Bonifacio – the best harbor in the Mediterranean!!! Great landscape: Old town and castle on a rock, marina in a deep… Read More

Unforgettable Pitcairn

Date Published - January 11, 2019

“Watch your step, the surface is terribly slippery!” A huge man points his finger at the landing ramp, which is covered in green algae. We are just about to step ashore on Pitcairn Island for the first time, where the Mayor, policeman, Quarantine Officer and several others are waiting for… 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

Turkey, Dardanelles, Çanakkale: Yachting services update

Date Published - January 03, 2019

I am at the city marina here in Çanakkale, Turkey.


The winter rate is quite reasonable, the summer rate less so. Looks can be deceiving, but it appears to be well run, with the boaters’ interest placed first. It is a little run down but I have heard that they plan… Read More

Malaysia: Anchorages around Penang

Date Published - December 22, 2018

With the help of a number of cruising friends, Jennifer Rouse has put together a useful list of anchorages, which run from south to north, around Penang…. Read More

Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Dinghy Theft at Nana Juana

Date Published - December 05, 2018

As reported by CSSN.

DATE: 2018-05-11 23:00

Country Name: Guatemala

Location Detail: Rio Dulce Nana Juana

EVENT: Theft


Stolen Items: Dinghy, 15 HP outboard



A yacht anchored in front of the marina had its in-the-water but locked dinghy stolen overnight. The owners discovered that the painter and locking cable had both been cut. The… Read More