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Old 16-06-2010, 20:04   #16
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Cochin can't be all that bad. There is a new marina there now. Both the Vasco de Gama Rally and the Bluewater Round the World Rally stop in Cochin now rather than Sri Lanka or the Maldives. Both rallies then proceed to a more northern latitude before proceeding to Oman or Yemen. This is because of the increasing number of piracy attacks on the more direct route of Uligan to Salalah, as shown on the Live Piracy site. The Maldives certainly might be more beautiful than the western coast of India; but as Mark mentioned, Bill and I have seen enough patches of coral in the South Pacific to last us a lifetime.

Getting from Thailand to some point past the Gate of Tears is just a "do it quickly and do it safely" part of our circumnavigation. Then we will take our time going up the Red Sea after getting past the piracy areas.

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I looked at the map linked in the first post and was quite shocked in the number of acts of piracy. And then I looked at the details of the 3 on the west coast of South America. Those really were acts of attempted theft and theft of ships stores while the ships were at anchor. I can't see why they would be considered acts of piracy. I didn't look at other locations but feel those statistics are tainted.
I've wondered the same thing? Even thefts on shore/about town of crew members get classified as "piracy"?
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3 years seems a goodly time for a focused circumnavigation. I thought I heard you say you like it well enough that it's become open-ended, or have you decided to settle in on one of the lovely islands you've visited? But first, the Med.
Its always been an open ended cruise.
The idea was one quick circumnaviagtion and one slow one
When we get back to the Caribbean this Chritmas we will 'rest' there one year (I want a new dink and a dodger); then either Med/Carib curcuit a couple of times. Or USA. Or Soth America.
We will do them all, the only question is whats first.

We will definitly be in Rio 2016 for the Olympics! Man that place will rock!

The basic idea on the 'quick' circumnavigation is like a taste tester If we did a 12 year one starting in tjhe Caribbean Nicolle (age 25 when we started) would have been in her mid 30's before she saw Europe or the USA.



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Old 17-06-2010, 00:04   #19
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Convoy/Pirate alley

We went to Sri Lanka, enjoyed it but others hated it! Some went to Sri lanka and Cochin and still managed to get up the Red Sea and into the Med using the right seasons, can be done.
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