When we were starting our circumnavigation
one of the questions we had was which way into the Atlantic. I could make a very solid case for both routes, mainly based on the sailing to be done and the quality of the places to be visited. Now that we are actually doing it, there is not question at all - you go around South Africa
. If you go to the site for the naval forces there, they say flat-out that you should not go the Red Sea route
. The International Sailing Federation say the same thing. The use of motherships by the pirates has meant attacks huge distances from the Horn of Africa
. It is just a reality of life as is the fact that virtually no sailing boats are going that way - long distance cruisers are not fools and survive by managing risk. Saying that I am going to take my personal armoury and fight my way through the pirates is the kind of thing that people sitting at home far from the Arabian Gulf say come up with.