Ok... I'll try one more time. (i tried to edit my first post but ran out of time, here is the complete and better version!!!)
It seems that none (or very few) of all you posters have ever been to the area so, while we have been through this year give you a little update. Further, if you want to post, ask yourself if you know anything about the situation and not just say something to say something. It blurrrs the post and is not helpful in anyway to anybody.
1. So far the first 6 months there have been some 24 incidents on piracy in the gulf of Aden, both yachts and merchant ships
2. every year, some 200 and not 100 yachts are passing by this area going either north or south.
3. Everybody is adviced to stay at least not 50 but 150 miles away of the Somalian coast, that is close to yemen
4. Yemens coast is concidered safe, there is a very active coast guard there
5. There are no reported incidents of the coast of Oman
6. Shooting makes no sence. These little attack boats are very quick and often they have a very different perspective of life and death all around. Weapons to them is second nature and the harsh invironment they live in makes it that they shoot quite easy. So, first you have to (dare!) shoot a lot of people, often more than 6 or 7 are on board one boat and if you dare, you have to succeed. If you mis one, you may get killed (after they rape you and your wife?).
7. THEY DON'T SHOOT AT HALYARDS!! Haha!! They don't even know what they look like and have you ever shot a gun from a rolling boat?! (and for all, I have an infurl)
8. International forces are there (italians, dutch, us, uk, french, aus, canada) and doing a lot of patrolling and since recently even in Somalian waters. Canada
recently anounced to send HMCS Ville de Quebec
over to especially help against piracy attacks
9. The french boat was captured with all crew on board? What did you exepect the french to do? Shoot it??
10. A monthly or two weeks planned passage
is vertualy impossible or very hard to plan as you are very dependent on the weather
in that area, You simply cannot go all the time you want.
11. Staying away is not a very simple option. You have to cross on your way over to the med or vice versa if you don't want to go around Africa
, bringing all sorts of problems
12. In convoi you are quite safe, and there are always yachts waiting in Salalah( oman), Mukallah ( Yemen) and Aden (yemen) to accompany you.
13. That coalition forces are not willing to pay is again BS. They burn so much fuel
there that this little bit (extra) could care them less! We have seen them litterally dropping a message to one of our friends, coming wit a warship all the way from India
to the Omani coast. For fun. Further, and you will notice that if you have been there, there is a large number of vessels out at sea there supporting the war in Irak so there is a lot of movement, but.. the area however small it may be is larger than you expect and the boats involved very small most of the times.
14. Given the number of incidents, yes, chances are there that you run in trouble but. if you follow some rules, you are pretty well of.
The german couple for one ran very close to the somalian coast, don't do it. And oh oh yes, it is not the first boat held hostage, there was the french boat and we know of one other that was taken to a bay, people taken from board, completely stripped and than given back to them.
15. Mr. Jurgen K. (age 63) and Mrs. Sabina M. (age 51) are the names of the german couple. They are currently still held hostage since the 22nd of june or around that date in a remote
area of Badhan district of Sanaag a very rough terrain and not easy to reach. Last reports are that they are well allthough Mr. Jorgan is suffering from diabetis and needs medicines. They are now in their third month of capture.
16. There is an unconfirmed message indicating that they also held a french captain
of the same boat and a seven or eight year old boy.
17. the 22nd of July a japanese ship was hijacked, Stella Maris (panama flag) was boarded by 38 men
. The crew of this ship consists of 20 Philippine sailors
18. And here I come to the final problem. Flying a 'convinient' flag such as that of Panama
makes you vulnarable. Since these governments don't care about a 'foreign' crew and thus they are not likely to step in and do something. The pirates therefor can go a long way before getting harmed.
Any questions on the matter, let me know.