wave of attacks and highjackings of vessels in the Gulf of Aden - despite the presence of coalition forces. Despite UN resolutions authorising hot pursuit. Means that passage in the Gulf of Aden by Cruising Sailboats, whose speed over the ground amounts to no more than a fast jog, is something that should only be undertaken if absolutely necessary and with a great deal of planning. See details in Cruiser Log's forum :- Pirates & Mother Ships
See also our WIKI re. Gulf of Aden.
While it is evident that the main focus of attacks has been on commercial shipping (who can manage greater speed and who have anti-piracy resources) sailboats have been attacked and hostages taken. Unfortunately, it appears that boats are being released after ransom has been paid (reports of a million dollars the norm!) This being the case has no doubt given rise to an organised industry where returns on investment are good - especially when the pickings are so easy to come by!
The Piracy Reporting Centre gives a telephone number to call (in Malaysia) in the event of an attack or a sighting. This may
work for a tanker but few cruising boats have that facility.
Current usable frequencies for emergencies for HF and VHF radio will be acquired by Cruiser Log and published appropriately in these forums and elsewhere.
Once these criminals are identified as not only pirates but as Terrorists
- then, we might see some credible action that will remove them from this stretch of water.
Again, while the waters of the Gulf of Aden remain treacherous, Skippers who are nevertheless are inclined to make passage, are cautioned ; women and children? ; insurance? Think about it!