Noonsite began as a culmination of Jimmy Cornell's books and his work on the global cruising scene, but has since grown extensively into the vital ocean-sailors online resource thanks to constant updates from cruisers using the site, extensive research by the noonsite team and input from cruising organisations, guides, blogs and magazines.
The noonsite team who maintain this valuable resource to ensure the accuracy and relevancy of content is lead by Sue Richards working from Galicia in NW Spain. Sue has been Editor for 8 years and is principally supported by UK-based Site Researcher Val Ellis, and Editorial Assistant Noah Darnell in Arkansas, USA – reflecting the true global nature of the site. All work part-time, balancing their role with family and other work commitments, but are passionate about noonsite and sailing/cruising; in fact all are perhaps a little guilty of finding it hard to “close the door” on work for the day. Input from various regional editors around the world keeps the team well balanced and enables them to help cruisers with most queries about over 2000 ports covered by the website.
At its heart, the information on noonsite (covering all things from country clearance requirements to port laundry facilities) is provided and edited by passionate cruising sailors. Undoubtedly noonsite's founders never imagined that 17 years later the site would still be going strong and relied upon by so many in the cruising community, thanks as well to the continued financial support provided by World Cruising Club, which funds the site.
The noonsite team are surprised and grateful for the recognition this award gives the website. “I am overwhelmed that noonsite has been recognised by the OCC and awarded the Geoff Pack Memorial Trophy.” Said Sue, “It should not be overlooked that without the support of the global sailing community feeding back their cruising reports and port and country updates to the noonsite team, the site would have expired a long time ago. So in our mind, this Trophy has to be shared with the cruising community as a whole, who have unfailingly and wholeheartedly helped the site grow with their words.”