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Old 11-20-2009, 10:32 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Nausikaa View Post
Worth examining is the UK Hydrographic Office's Anti-Piracy chart.. In PDF format, it is freely downloadable.
Please NOTE this Chart is NOT designed for the benefit of cruising sail boats - but specifically for Merchant Ships that can achieve at least 15 knots. Slow moving Sailboats are not permitted to use the IRTC (Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor).

Prior to August of this year, sailboats were advised to sail north of the corridor but south of the Yemen's 12nm territorial limit. Subsequent changes in tactics by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and offshore from the East Coast of Somalia (for at least 1,500nm in the Indian Ocean) In that, the pirates are now consistently opening fire directly at ships prior to and during the attempt to board, hijack and take hostages, has meant that option for sailboats is no longer being advised.

In 18 REPORTED incidents of Piracy occurring between the 2nd and 18th of this month - although coalition forces were informed in 3 or 4 of them - there is no report of warships actually engaging the pirates during the attacks. Merchant ships were able to use their speed and freeboard to deter boarding in most of the attacks - cruising sail boats have no such inherent methods of evasion.

Unless a sailboat is capable of at least 15 knots with a freeboard of at least 6 metres - the boat and crew are sitting ducks, their next destination could very well be a mud hut in Somalia! No Skipper should put his crew or family in harms way, The risk is there and is too apparent..

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Old 11-21-2009, 04:07 AM   #16
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Indeeed, my posting of the link was not intended to encourage yachtsmen to take the Red Sea route but just as some general information.

If I were to contemplate such a voyage today and my craft was a sailing vessel I would avoid the area like the plague, taking the extra time to round the Cape. No questioons about it.

Of course, rounding the Cape brings so many advantages with it. You get the chance to see the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, pop into Richard's Bay or Durban and take a trip inland and see the Kruger Park, visit the lovely town of Knysna and as the icing on the cake there is Capetown itself with the mountain and the possibility of sīwhiling away many delightful hours in the vinyards around Stellenbosch.

Come to think of it, I fail to see why anyone would not want to take the long way round.

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Old 11-23-2009, 01:28 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Nausikaa View Post
Come to think of it, I fail to see why anyone would not want to take the long way round.

Aye // Stephen
I could not agree more about both avoiding the Red Sea at this time and all the wonderful things one could see if one rounded the Cape instead. We live in a beautiful world.

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