Originally Posted by Nausikaa
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..