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Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book By Peter King, The Maritime Executive/Sail-World, 12:57 PM Tue 5 Nov 2013
I travelled to Djibouti to witness the sailing yacht Quest, whereupon the four Americans had been murdered by Somali pirates; those pirates have this year been sentenced in the United States for murder. A definitive guide is necessary for both yachts and ships in the future, and this one, by ex-security professional Peter King, makes fascinating reading. ...[more]

Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa By IMB/Sail-World Cruising, 11:06 AM Wed 17 Jul 2013
While cruising sailors are now, finally, staying away from the Gulf of Aden and the waters around Somalia, the annual IMB Piracy report this year highlights violence in West, as opposed to East, Africa. This is fair warning for long range cruising sailors to take the prevailing winds after rounding the Cape of Good Hope and head for South America or the Caribbean. ...[more]

Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail By Tom Thompson**, The Maritime Executive/Sail-World, , 9:26 AM Tue 4 Jun 2013
Piracy May Be Getting Worse, Not Better. The Gulf of Guinea is fast replacing Somalia as the world's most dangerous place to sail. While the frequency of pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, this is no time to celebrate, as Nigeria accounted for 27 attacks lat year. ...[more]

Maritime Anti-Piracy: The Captain's Guidebook By Nancy Knudsen, , 6:18 AM Wed 17 Apr 2013
If there is anything you ever wanted to know about piracy and protecting your vessel, whether it be a sailing boat or a super tanker, for a small donation of around $333, this up-to-date and definitive handbook will tell all. ...[more]

Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa By MSCHOA/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:42 AM Sat 2 Feb 2013
MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa has a warning message for all would-be long-range cruising sailors: Dear Yachtsman, ...[more]

Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon By Des Ryan, , 10:32 AM Mon 21 Jan 2013
Pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean have dropped 27 percent since 2009, when reports of armed bandits off the coast of Somalia drew navies from throughout the world to protect trade routes, and not one cruising sailor was attacked in 2012. But that doesn't mean you can sail the West Indian Ocean any time soon. ...[more]

Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012 By ICC International Maritime Bureau/Sail-World, , 11:35 AM Fri 18 Jan 2013
The Annual Piracy report by the International Maritime Bureau is out, and for the first time for many years, there is not a single report of a yacht being attacked by pirates anywhere in the world. Either the pirates have realised yachts are measly pickings or the campaign to prevent yachts from sailing in dangerous areas has worked, and maybe a bit of both. ...[more]

Now Dad's Navy takes charge of pirate prevention By RT/Sail-World Cruising, , 2:56 PM Mon 7 Jan 2013
If you thought that private navies were a thing of the past, think again. Soon Somali pirates will have more than the forces of Britain's Royal Navy, NATO and EUNAVFOR to worry about. The UK's first private navy in almost 200 years has been set up to defend shipping from the threat of pirates. Will THIS mean that cruising sailors will one day be able to sail the Red Sea again to the Med? ...[more]

Pirated sailors away on their dream sail By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 7:13 AM Mon 29 Oct 2012
Three years after their kidnap in the Indian Ocean, Paul and Rachel Chandler are well on their way to realising their dream of continuing their sail across the oceans of the world. Last month, their freshly restored 38ft yacht Lynn Rival slipped out of Dartmouth harbour into the Channel and steered southwards for the coast of Europe. ...[more]

Warning on Venezuela - worsening security on pirate-prone coast By Lee Mylchreest, , 6:36 AM Tue 16 Oct 2012
While much of the talk about piracy revolves around the Indian Ocean, Venezuela has been getting more and more dangerous over recent years. As local knowledge of the problem spread, fewer and fewer boats are venturing to the magnificent, but dangerous, cruising grounds. ...[more]

Warning on Venezuela - worsening security on pirate-prone coast By Lee Mylchreest, 12:36 AM Mon 15 Oct 2012
While much of the talk about piracy revolves around the Indian Ocean, Venezuela has been getting more and more dangerous over recent years. As local knowledge of the problem spread, fewer and fewer boats are venturing to the magnificent, but dangerous, cruising grounds. ...[more]

Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away By NATO/Sail-World Cruising, , 6:21 PM Mon 8 Oct 2012
The Maritime Shipping Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre, UK Maritime and Trade Organisation (UKMTO) and MARLO are united in their advice that sailing yachts should avoid transiting the High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean for the foreseeable future. ...[more]

Pirate victims tell: What really happened By Tazeen Ahmad/Sail-World Cruising, , 1:31 PM Wed 19 Sep 2012
British piracy victims Paul and Rachel Chandler have slipped the mooring lines once again and, almost three years after their capture, are again more concerned about weather systems and anchors holding than they are about world news. But before they left they finally gave a comprehensive interview about the circumstances of their captivity for 388 days in Somaliland. ...[more]

Couple kidnapped by pirates triumph by setting sail again By Sail-World Cruising Round-up, 1:58 PM Mon 10 Sep 2012
Paul and Rachel Chandler, kidnapped by Somali pirates and held for over a year in appalling conditions while the pirates negotiated for a ransom, have set sail again. An additional triumph for them is that, as their yacht was retrieved by the British Navy after their kidnapping and returned to Britain, they have even set sail aboard the same boat. ...[more]

Piracy on the downturn in Somali waters By Nancy Knudsen, 9:39 PM Wed 29 Aug 2012
While ever piracy remains rife in the waters around Somalia the most popular and natural route for circumnavigating cruising sailors remains out of bounds. Safe waters may be a long way off but there's progress and it's worth relating. ...[more]

Somali piracy - dramatic drop in incidents By IMB/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:54 AM Tue 17 Jul 2012
It's good news that there are, for the first time, no cruising sailors in the hands of Somali pirates, and better news that the International Maritime Bureau reports this week a six months drop in world piracy, primarily due to a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, the critical area for circumnavigating cruising sailors. The Gulf of Guinea is a different story. ...[more]

The Human Cost - why cruising sailors should avoid pirate zones By Sail-World Cruising, 1:10 PM Tue 3 Jul 2012
Last week the last cruising sailors in the hands of Somali pirates were released. Italian/South African Bruno Pelizzari and South African Deborah Calitz had been in the hands of pirates for 20 months, and their haggard looks on release gave clue to the difficult conditions that they survived. Not all Somali hostage do, and the recently published statistical report paints a harrowing picture. ...[more]

Freed South African sailors to reach Johannesburg today By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 9:55 AM Wed 27 Jun 2012
South African cruising sailors Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz, the couple freed from pirates in Somalia last week, are expected back in Johannesburg today (Wednesday) after flying to Italy so that Bruno could see his elderly mother. ...[more]

Kidnapped cruising sailors freed after 20 months captivity By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 11:11 AM Fri 22 Jun 2012
They're FREE. Cruising sailors around the world will be jubilant to learn that Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, cruising sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates almost two years ago, have been freed! This was announced by Somalia's Defence Minister yesterday. ...[more]

Chandlers return to sailing after pirate horror. By Lee Mylchreest, , 10:51 AM Fri 8 Jun 2012
The British couple held hostage by Somali pirates for more than a year are planning to continue their sailing adventures. Rachel and Paul Chandler said they had the support of family and friends who raised half a million pounds of ransom money for them. ...[more]

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