Cruising Reports

Fiji to Lombok, Indonesia: A 3800NM Non-Stop Journey

Date Published - November 14, 2021

On August 20, 2021 Jörg Domann and his crew member Jakub set sail from Fiji on a near 4000NM non-stop journey to the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Along the way they encountered heavy seas, strong winds, drift nets and the most turquoise coloured sea they had seen in… Read More

Last Update - November 13, 2021

NW Spain, Finisterre: Speedy Repairs after Orca Damage

Date Published - November 14, 2021

Orcas have been interacting with yachts off the western Iberian Peninsula for some time now, widely reported on Noonsite and the web. SY Carissa was on passage from northern Europe to the Canary Islands to join the ARC when they encounterd orcas at night off the coast of NW Spain,… Read More

Last Update - November 13, 2021

West Africa, Guinea Bisseau: An Unexplored Paradise

Date Published - November 05, 2021

Situated in West Africa, Guinea Bisseau is one of the few unexplored and little sailed paradises around the world. Greek sailor Anastasakis Kleanthis and Bernado Conceicao (who was born in Guinea Bisseau) report on their time there while circumnavigating the world in their 26 foot Beneteau “Nala”.
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Last Update - November 04, 2021

US: Buying a Boat Privately – A Kiwi Couple’s Experience

Date Published - November 01, 2021

New Zealand sailors Craig and Karen Bishop-Everett have just been through the process of purchasing a boat direct from the sellers in the United States, while still in New Zealand. They report on the process for anyone who might be contemplating the same…. Read More

Last Update - October 27, 2021

French Polynesia: Obtaining Authorization to Enter with a Compelling Reason

Date Published - October 20, 2021

French Polynesia is now open to cruising yachts with vaccinated crew with no restrictions (other than pre-authorization), however prior to August 8th all yachts needed a compelling reason to enter (still a requirement for un-vaccinated yachts). SY Dunracin, on passage to Australia, needed to stop at Nuku Hiva for supplies… Read More

Last Update - October 20, 2021

Canada, Nunavut: Wintering a Boat Above the Arctic Circle

Date Published - October 17, 2021

During the High Arctic Summer, Eric Brossier and partner France Pinczon du Sel host scientific expeditions aboard their polar yacht Vagabond. When winter approaches Vagabond is “moth-balled” on the beach in Grise Fiord, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut to safely spend the winter. In this report, Eric details just how they keep… Read More

Last Update - October 16, 2021

Mediterranean: Coping with Schengen Schenanigans

Date Published - October 10, 2021

Doing the “Schengen Shuffle” is a well-known dance that non-EU cruisers have to deal with when cruising Europe and the Med. Following Brexit, this is now a dance that UK boats also have to learn to manage. In this report, a UK Skipper gives his first-hand experience of sailing the… Read More

Last Update - October 11, 2021

Tanzania: Checking in with the Transire Process

Date Published - October 01, 2021

Tanzania has remained open to visiting yachts throughout the pandemic with no restrictions on entry as long as crew arrive with visas. Documentation is required, however, when moving between ports in the country and all new arrivals need to be aware of how to obtain a ‘Transire’ from Tanzania Customs…. Read More

Last Update - September 29, 2021

France: Navigating the Canals and Rivers in a Small Yacht

Date Published - September 20, 2021

After dealing with inquisitive Orcas off the coast of Spain while on a recent yacht delivery, Martin Evans decided to take his yacht back to the UK from Greece via the canals and rivers of France. Unfortunately, he found this idea wasn’t without its problems and complications either…. Read More

Last Update - September 20, 2021

Canary Islands: A Low Season Refuge

Date Published - September 16, 2021

When Remi Blanchet set sail from mainland Spain on his 55-foot ketch, Télémaque, on a round-the-world odyssey, his first stop was in the Canary Islands, where he found a warm welcome and some good anchoring spots due to arriving in the “low season”…. Read More

Last Update - September 14, 2021