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https://www.windyty.com has just added a new global forecasting system to it's magical weather display. Just above the Overlay selection is a button to change between the well known GFS forecasts to the new ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) which claims to be be more accurate than GFS. We'll see if it is, but meantime it serves a super beneficial purpose for sailors. If you click on GFS then ECMWF and the wind or rain patterns more or less agree then the weather is predictable. You can sail or not depending on if the winds are favorable. If the two supercomputers disagree substantially the weather is NOT predictable (don't set sail).
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We have just updated the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia and the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu for Mac and Windows 10. The March 2016 version includes the latest version of the Flash Player, new images, and updated information on Internet, mobile phone and various services. We added local tide offset information to many anchorages. The new guides work well on Windows 10 tablets.
Find out more about updating your guide on http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/upgrades.html



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Check out this brand new site with hundreds of images of the wonders of New Caledonia. Please use the links on the top of the pages to share the site with your friends.
Photos of New Caledonia lagoon, wilderness, islands, coral reefs, sights, waterfalls, rivers, flowers, orchids, culture and more.
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Whale watchers are having a great season in New Caledonia. The humpback whales have come close to Noumea and last week were cavorting just off the Meridian Hotel! The weather is splendid too.
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Boats headed for tropical cruises should honour and promote the Code of Anchoring in Reef Environments (CARE) ; Anchor in Sand, not in the Coral. Here is the link to a video about CARE on Youtube
https://youtu.be/5f0dykqfwaA
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Vanuatu suffered extensive damage from one of the worst cyclones in the history of the Pacific. Remote villages in Epi, Efate, Erromango, Tanna, and Aneityum were devastated.
If you are planning to visit Vanuatu this year your assistance in bringing needed relief supplies to the remote villages would be extremely welcome. If you can help with relief delivery – Please contact YachtAid Global info@yachtaidglobal.org
For more information visit:
http://yachtaidglobal.org/wp/
You can also assist by donations to Yacht Aid.
March 15, 2015 Cyclone PAM damage to Vanuatu. Click the link below to see the UN situation report for Vanuatu. Vanuatu OCHA_VUT_TCPam_Sitrep1_20150310. Please help us help the people of Vanuatu – devasted by Cyclone Pam – over 80 islands direct hit, the largest Cylone ever in that ...
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"When you don't know what you're doing, you spend a lot of time doing it." Quote from Admiral Freddy.
When you get our cruising guide, please save yourself a lot of time by clicking on the ? icon and read the file on how to use the guide.
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Come do a virtual tour of the New Caledonia Lagoon with full screen sphere images from underwater to aerials.
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Many sailors heading for New Caledonia need to know if their mobile phone or tablet will work here - and for that they need to know the 4G and 3G bands used in New Caledonia AND the frequencies available on their own phone or tablet.
New Caledonia uses these frequencies with 3G covering almost all of the coastline and lagoon of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines. (The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia gives you the actual signal strength in each anchorage).
4G Lte Bands 3 (1800MHz), 7 (2600MHz), 20 (800MHz)
3G WCDMA Bands 1 (2100MHz H-IMT), 8 (900 MHz E-GSM) (Normal for Australia, New Zealand and Europe - not for US or Japanese phones).
GSM works with almost all phones.
Of course you MUST have an UNLOCKED phone to use a local pay-in-advance sim card (roaming is idiotically expensive but the local pay-in-advance sim card data is wonderfully inexpensive). So after making sure your phone or tablet is unlocked you need to find out what frequencies it has by visiting:
http://www.gsmarena.com/

GSMArena.com - The ultimate resource for GSM handset information
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The world's best weather site just got better with an improved user interface, pro-level weather predictions and details for any location in the world, and an astounding 14-day animated weather preview.
 
https://www.windyty.com/?-21.500,165.500,5
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SeaMercy.org has been helping islanders in the South Pacific for years and doing a great job. This year they are planning a major expedition to Va nuatu with several volunteer yachts. You can join the fleet or make a donation to the effort to help the villagers of Vanuatu rebuild after the devastating Cyclone.
http://www.seamercy.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=20
Donations: Sea Mercy is a US based 501(c)3 organization (Since 2012) and all donations are tax deductable. We use the secure PayPal processing for credit card and PayPal donations. Cyclone Pam Devastates the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu ...
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Internet for Yachts in New Caledonia hits 4G.

3G mobile phone coverage is excellent in New Caledonia and yachts can enjoy good internet and phone service in most of the lagoon and island anchorages. In February the local telco, OPT, began a 4G mobile service that boosts data speeds. 
The 4G network has 55 base stations in operation with 57 more planned by the end of 2015 and 38 new sites in 2016.
New Caledonia 4G network will ultimately consist of 150 sites, 75 with Band 3 1800MHz, 74 with Band 20 800MHz  and one, in Noumea, with Band 1 - 2600MHz
If you have an UNLOCKED Australian or New Zealand smart phone or modem it will work fine on 3G in New Caledonia. But you might be limited to Band 3 of the 4G network because Australia, New Zealand, the US and many other countries don't use Band 20 (800 MHz). 
New Caledonia mobile bands and frequencies:
4G Lte Bands 3 (1800MHz), 7 (2600MHz), 20 (800MHz)
3G WCDMA Bands 1 (2100MHz H-IMT), 8 (900 MHz E-GSM)

Once you arrive in New Caledonia you can buy a pay-in-advance "Carte Liberte" welcome pack. Once you install the sim card in your phone or modem,  the telco has devised a nutty system for accessing a data connection. When you are ready to get data you send an SMS to one of three numbers with IMD (stands for Internet Mobile a la Demand) as the message. 
For example if you send an SMS to 1110 you get one hour of data for about 100cfp (about AUS$1.00).
Send the SMS to 1111 and you'll get 24hrs Unlimited data but the speed drops to 250Kb/s after 20MB. That costs 420cfp (about Aus$4.20).

For more information visit: 
http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/internet-new-caledonia.html
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Sailing in New Caledonia and Vanuatu
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Here is the latest information about sailing, cruising, and yachting in New Caledonia an Vanuatu. We'll keep you posted on what's new and invite all those with a maritime interest in Vanuatu and New Caledonia to share their nautical experiences, photos, and information about cruising in these fascinating South Pacific island countries. We appreciate feedback on our cruising guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
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