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Old 06-09-2007, 04:11 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by RobinStorm View Post
ONI's latest report ... 30 May 2007...

"12. GULF OF ADEN: Yacht reported suspicious approach 21 Mar (per 1 May reporting) at

0950 local time while underway in position 14:03.6N - 049:07.0E, approximately 17NM off the

coast Yemen. Two suspicious vessels approached the yacht underway at high speed. The alarm

was raised; the crew mustered and activated fire hoses. The yacht increased speed and took

evasive maneuvers. The vessels aborted the attempt and moved away (IM."


Is this a joke? Where is the integrity in these type of reports?

This hype is completely over the top. Sure, there is a possibility of being attacked on your boat in certain areas of the world but, there is a far larger possibility of being the victim of violent crime ashore in MANY areas of the world. The same rules of caution apply! Be careful wherever you are. As I would not drive my car into certain places I would not go looking for a marina berth on the Somali coast.

The bottom line is that I would be far safer on a cruising yacht - period!

GO CRUISING! Enjoy life!


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Old 06-09-2007, 04:49 PM   #30
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Okay... this will be my last response to this subject.

Its only funny to some when it does not happen to them. As far as integirty of reports is concerned, do some research. there are plenty of news articles and even some books written on the subject. I do not consider the International Maritime Bureau, the International Martime Organization nor the US Office of Naval Intelligence, rogue sources. On top of that my information comes from contacts i have in with insurance and admiralty law firms. But here is a book and site you can reference as one who has been there and experienced that ( http://www.yachtpiracy.org/en/index.htm ).

Yes there are greater risks and i have never said otherwise nor do I feel that priacy is hyped. And Somalia is not the only place where pirates float around. Enjoy the map... ( http://www.icc-ccs.org/extra/display.php )

Again, all I am saying is take it into consideration when your sailing in these areas. Nothing else...



PS: I was the best man for a couple who were boarded by priates as their sail boat was anchored off of Belize in 2006. Luckily all that happened was theft. Want to bet they don't think its a joke?

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Old 06-09-2007, 07:02 PM   #31
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I agree with Manor, and having spent a year in Yemen concerned with maritime surveillance I am not att all surprised at small vessels 17 NM off the coast travelling at high speed.

There are about 3,000 artisanal fishing vessels in the country. All are powered by large outboards and, as the vessels are all narrow (more or less like an overgrown ship's gig) they tend to move at high speed. This is especially true when the fishemen are following schools of tuna,makerel or baraccuda. You simply cannot avoid the fishermen - all of whom I have had the pleasure to meet have been extremly friendly. Sure, they will ask for cigs etc. but are more than willing to exchange fish for them.

Sure, there are incidents of piracy in many parts of the world but the quoted incident sounds completely innocent to me......but of course I have only worked in the country with the coast guard and fishermen.



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Old 06-10-2007, 02:46 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by RobinStorm View Post
The alarm was raised; the crew mustered and activated fire hoses. The yacht increased speed and took

evasive maneuvers. The vessels aborted the attempt and moved away (IM."
Must be a very big "yacht" to be activating fire hoses. My 37-foot boat has nothing like that, and certainly couldn't increase speed enough to make any difference in evading a pirate. What kind of report is this, anyway?

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