sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?

Piracy is more and more perceived by yachts as a growing menace on the high seas. When you’re out on the sea and hundreds of miles from anywhere, too far away to see fishermen, what would YOU do if you saw this?
If you saw this...,If you saw this... -    

















..and then it became THIS:
and then this... -    

When this occurred several hunderd miles off the coast of India while crossing the Indian Ocean in November 2004, , we didn’t know what to think. With just two of us on board, our options were limited. We couldn’t outrun the boats, which had big diesel engines, and we had decided many years before never to carry weapons. So our reaction was purely intuitive – We attempted to behave normally, and not to look alarmed. We waved as naturally as possible, something casual and regal, like the Queen. I grabbed the camera and started taking photos. The skipper stayed on the wheel, casually glancing up at the sails and down at the instruments, always looking forward, and muttering “What are they doing now? What are they doing now?”

“Nothing, nothing” I kept replying, “I don’t know what they’re doing. They’re just sitting on our wake. Next I grabbed the satellite phone and started talking into it while staring at the boats. Was this overkill? Were we being hysterical? Paranoid? Who knows?

The boats kept pace with us for a while; sometimes coming so close we were worried the boats would collide. They didn’t smile, but half-heartedly waved when we waved. This was strange, and re-confirmed that they were certainly not fishermen, who are usually smiling and friendly to fellow sea travellers.

Then they pulled away a few metres and the two boats came together - they seemed to be having some kind of conference between the skippers. I kept talking on the telephone and stopping to take photos every now and then. The skipper kept up the best pace possible with both engine and sails, and kept up his muttering. When the boats veered towards us, we waved them away, pointing as innocently as possible to the danger of collision. The adrenaline was running high in our boat, but the two ‘pirate’ boats seemed languidly unconcerned that at the very least they were invading our comfort zone.

While they were keeping pace, some of the crew who were closest to us mimed the need for food/drinks and cigarettes. We shrugged and mimed back that we didn’t smoke, but Ted threw over a plastic bottle of water. They stayed apace with us without trouble with their powerful diesels, and were there for about eight minutes (felt like hours)

Then as suddenly as they appeared, as if the skippers’ conference had produced a decision, the boats drew away sharply and headed off into our wake.

Were they pirates? Did we deter them with a fear that help would be at hand for us? Did we honey them with our gift of water? Who knows – who will ever know?

A couple of months later, two boats Mahdi and Gandalf had what appeared like a close brush with death when they were attacked by gun toting – and firing – speedboats. This incident has become famous, or infamous, as the most serious reported attack on sailing boats in history.

More and more incidents like this are being reported on the high seas. Maybe, as far as sailing yachts are concerned, this could be the result of better communication. However, there’s no doubt that piracy of commercial shipping has increased in the last few years, with sometimes fatal results. Read on....




by Cruising Editor

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=20257

8:40 PM Sun 27 Nov 2005 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Piracy and the Cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

05 Nov 2013  Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
17 Jul 2013  Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa
04 Jun 2013  Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail
17 Apr 2013  Maritime Anti-Piracy: The Captain's Guidebook
02 Feb 2013  Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa
21 Jan 2013  Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon
18 Jan 2013  Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
07 Jan 2013  Now Dad's Navy takes charge of pirate prevention
29 Oct 2012  Pirated sailors away on their dream sail
08 Oct 2012  Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World























America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature
World Youth Sailing Week – Second edition officially presented + Video
Rolex China Sea Race - Sailing classic returns
Les Voiles de St Barth – Fired up for battle
CNN Mainsail Down Under for the 75th JJ Giltinan Trophy - 18ft skiffs
Volvo Ocean Race: North Sails on outfitting the Volvo 65
Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete   
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event   
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website   
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!   
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale   
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW US