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  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 
  • Piracy Anecdotes and Discourse
    False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia  Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?  New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection  Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe  Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf  Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden  Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..  How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)  World’s Smartest Pirates  2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone  Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor  US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?  Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala  Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004  Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001  What Would You Do? 


  • Latest News    

    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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, ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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? ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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    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. ...
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