Originally Posted by paulbennett
What's the current
thinking on how far one ought to stay offshore
Venezuela? I've read some reports that acts of true piracy—defined as robbers assaulting a vessel at sea, Somali style—have been limited, and a 50-nm buffer as fine. 50nm isn't much. What do you think?
I went past Los Tostigos at night with the lights out ensuring it was night till right close into Cumana. On the way out I was offshore of Margarita at sunset and out of visual range of Los Testigos by dawn.
I wouldn't approach the coast between Margarita and Trinidad at all as black market fuel
runners use that area to run cheap
I wouldn't go inshore of Los Testigos or Las Roqueas at all and only sail outside visual distance north of both, unless at night and without lights.
If heading into Venuzalea only at night and only on a shortest line in etc.
The good thing about sailing boats is when you motor
you can be hull
down in 5 nms and quite invisible, with sails
up its like 20 miles. But the bad boys sit on top of Los Testigos so can spot you a fair way off.
It's a real pitty because the people who do need tourism to add money
to the economy are being stymied by criminals and a government
inspired hate of Westerners, particularly Americans.
If things change politically I think it would be a fairly fast and simple job to clean the coast of criminals. And then we can go cruise
some beautiful areas!
I hope this helps