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How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)
By Sail-World Cruising/strategypage.com,
5:17 PM Sat 1 Apr 2006
Now they haven’t mentioned a thing about parrots, eye patches, wooden legs or skull and crossbones. However, www.strategypage.com claim that merchant mariners plying pirate-infested waters, as well as naval personnel conducting anti-piracy patrols, seem to have developed some simple 'rules of thumb' to improve their chances of spotting pirates. ...[more]
World’s Smartest Pirates
By John Burtis, imbedded with Somali pirates,
9:08 AM Thu 30 Mar 2006
There is an old saw in street fighting, never bring a knife to a gun fight.
And so it was with a particular group of rather poorly educated pirates who ran afoul of two large and heavily armed US warships off the coast of Somalia… ...[more]
U.S. Navy Ships Return Fire on Suspected Pirates
By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs,
1:16 AM Thu 23 Mar 2006
ABOARD USS CAPE ST. GEORGE, At sea (NNS) -- USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) returned fire on a group of suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, killing one and wounding five, approximately 25 nautical miles off the central eastern coast of Somalia in international waters at 5:40 a.m. local time, March 18. ...[more]
Three Times through Pirate Zone for Dogged Sailor
By Nancy Knudsen,
9:01 PM Fri 17 Mar 2006
The Oasis Club is busy these days with the clamour of Yachties having their last touch of ‘civilisation’ before heading up Gulf of Aden towards the Red Sea. Rick Everest is one of these, but with more than his correct share of misadventures, it’s only by sheer doggedness that he has made it at all. ...[more]
Yachts for Pirate Zone ‘better organised'
By Nancy Knudsen,
4:55 PM Thu 9 Mar 2006
Last night when I asked David Ross, a single-hander, in the Oasis Club in Oman, how his trip round the world was going, his reply went instantly to the question of pirates. ...[more]
2006 Cruising fleet approaches Pirate zone
By Ian Potter/Sail_World Cruising,
6:18 AM Wed 1 Mar 2006
In spite of world-wide reporting of the vicious attacks this time last year on the two American-flagged boats Mahdi and Gandalf, there are over 70 boats headed now for the pirate zone in the Gulf of Aden. Sundancer II and its crew, Australians Ian and Helen Potter, are part of this contingent. ...[more]
Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor
11:42 PM Mon 13 Feb 2006
When traveling to far-off places in a small sailing boat, is it wise to carry a gun? Would NZ Yachting hero Peter Blake be alive now if he hadn’t possessed a gun? Should the boats heading for the Red Sea now, in the migratory season, have a gun on board? Whoever you ask, you get a different answer, so we decided to ask some people who have been there – some piracy survivors, one year after an attack that could have cost their lives. ...[more]
US Navy Arrests Pirates - Hope for Sailors?
By Nancy Knudsen,
8:22 AM Thu 26 Jan 2006
The presence of a more active US Navy and a new Somali contract for security could mean less danger for cruising sailors on their way through the Gulf of Aden this year. ...[more]
Dec 05 Pirate Anchorage Robbery in Venezuala
4:01 PM Tue 27 Dec 2005
December, 2005: Noonsite reports a late evening anchorage robbery in Venezuala. Police called, but reportedly unhelpful. ...[more]
Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004
By Nancy Knudsen,
6:20 PM Mon 19 Dec 2005
On 21st February, 2004, 21 sailing boats set out from Salalah in Oman to transverse the hottest pirate zone in the world. Opinions were mixed. Some boats wished to slip through alone, some wanted a contingent. Some wanted to make contingents with boats who didn't want them. ...[more]
Armed Attack on Daisy Duck in 2001
By Daisy Duck,
4:39 AM Mon 5 Dec 2005
In spite of the recent increase in publicity surrounding piracy in the Arabian Gulf, armed attacks on yachts - with the yachts returning fire - in this area are not new. In 2001, the Daisy Duck was attacked in the early morning ...[more]
What Would You Do?
By Cruising Editor,
6:40 AM Mon 28 Nov 2005
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? ...[more]
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