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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline By EU NAVFOR/Sail-World, , 6:31 AM Sun 3 Jun 2012
For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped all cruising sailors from entering the once popular Gulf of Aden route to the Med, the EU Naval Force last month made a direct hit, not on Somali pirates at sea, but on their equipment on shore. ...[more]


Kidnapped South African cruising sailors confirmed alive By Tamlyn Canham, Newswatch/Sail-World Cruising, 12:39 PM Fri 11 May 2012
It has been a long agonising wait, not over yet, but the family of a South African man who was taken hostage by Somali pirates 19 months ago is relieved to have received confirmation that he and his partner are alive. Durban couple, Bruno Pelizzari, 52, and Debbie Calitz, 49, were kidnapped by Somali pirates in October 2010 and have been in captivity ever since. ...[more]


Message from ISAF: Let your yacht take the ferry By ISAF, 5:27 PM Sat 5 May 2012
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has a message for all cruising sailors in or approaching the Indian Ocean. Let your Yacht take the ferry – when considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and western Indian Ocean, north of 10 degrees south and west of 78 degrees east ...[more]


Piracy jitters cause international search - yacht found By Des Ryan, 7:15 AM Sat 5 May 2012
Piracy jitters have caused yet another international search for a catamaran in the west Indian Ocean, but the search was successful, locating the yacht before it arrived at its destination. The yacht had merely had 'engine problems and bad weather.' ...[more]


Piracy down in Indian Ocean, but up in West Africa, Indonesia By International Chamber of Commerce, 6:27 PM Mon 23 Apr 2012
Piracy in the waters east of Africa is slightly down, but it is still a no-go zone for yachts and a nervous crossing for ships. West African shores are experiencing increased piracy attacks, and there have been five kidnappings in Indonesia, according to the Global Piracy Report by the International Maritime Bureau. ...[more]


EU Warship Escorts Freed Dhow to Yemeni Coast By EU NAVFOR/Sail-World, , 8:47 AM Sat 21 Apr 2012
Dhows have for centuries been sailing the coasts of Africa and the Middle East, for fishing and for transport. But today's dhow crews are also vulnerable to the attacks of Somali pirates Unlike the rest of us, they depend completely on these waters. So there is always great joy when the crew of a dhow is freed by the efforts of the coalition and EU forces in the Indian Ocean. ...[more]


Yacht found safe after searchers fear pirate attack By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 7:37 AM Tue 17 Apr 2012
Piracy nervousness is rife in the western Indian Ocean. When Dandelion, a 47ft Leopard catamaran with seven on board sailing between the island Mayotte in the Indian Ocean and Pemba in northern Mozambique, hadn't been heard from for several days, families and rescue authorities quickly feared that they had been 'sea-jacked' by pirates. A major search was launched. ...[more]


Piracy reaches the Maldives By Lee Mylchreest, 9:59 AM Wed 28 Mar 2012
The hijack of a ship by Somali pirates in the waters of the Maldives may keep away cruising yachts in future. Up until now, the Maldives has been a popular stopping place on the way across the Indian Ocean, whether the yachts are headed for the Red Sea or for Africa. With the Red Sea out, the Maldives has still been a good rest point for yachts on their way around Africa - but maybe no more. ...[more]


Notice update on piracy in the Indian Ocean for cruising sailors By Nancy Knudsen, , 10:17 AM Sun 18 Mar 2012
Every year there used to be around 250 yachts who used the Gulf of Aden to reach the Mediterranean during a circumnavigation, but no more. A Working Party from the Royal Yachting Association, the Cruising Association; the Royal Yacht Squadron; the Ocean Cruising Club; the Royal Cruising Club and the World Cruising Club offer the following update on piracy in the Indian Ocean: ...[more]


South African Somalis help effort to free kidnapped cruising sailors By Sail-World Cruising, , 8:44 AM Mon 5 Mar 2012
On October 26, 2010, Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz were helping a yacht owner move his yacht south to Richards Bay in South Africa where they intended to see their first grandchild when they were kidnapped by Somali pirates. For the last seventeen months, in spite of money raising efforts by the family and intermittent publicity by the mainstream press, they are still in captivity. ...[more]


Somali piracy and its forgotten victims By Lee Mylchreest, , 2:05 PM Sat 18 Feb 2012
While would-be circumnavigators and other would-be Indian Ocean sailors have had their sailing options curtailed by the scourge of Somali piracy, spare a thought for the other victims, from the economic victim, the Port of Kochi to the tragic death of some Indian fishermen this week at the hands of the crew of an Italian cargo ship who thought they were pirates. ...[more]


Annual world report on piracy By IMB, , 7:10 AM Sat 21 Jan 2012
Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signalling a rising trend, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) global piracy report revealed today. ...[more]


Pirate attack on EU NAVFOR flag ship - suddenly sorry By Des Ryan, 2:24 PM Fri 13 Jan 2012
The fact that it occurred at first light must be the excuse for a skiff full of suspected pirates who opened fire and commenced boarding a target ship this week. What a surprise when the 'target' fired back and launched a helicopter. As the light increased they learned why. Rather than a commercial ship which they could have hijacked, it was the flagship of EU NAVFOR itself, the ESPS Patino. ...[more]


Somali pirate leader gets Life for murder of cruising sailors By Des Ryan, 7:52 AM Sat 17 Dec 2011
The leader of the thirteen pirates who were captured and pleaded guilty to the murder of four American cruising sailors has, along with one other pirate, been found guilty and sentenced in US federal court to life in prison. ...[more]


Piracy fears drive yachts away from Oman and Yemen By Nancy Knudsen, 7:06 PM Wed 7 Dec 2011
Oman and Yemen, used to greeting around 200 cruising yachts a year who pass through their waters to reach the Red Sea, are suffering because of the persistent danger of piracy which has now spread right across the Arabian Sea. Fear of piracy has forced cancellation or rerouting of yachts and yacht rallies, say rally organisers. ...[more]


French couple tell of pirate attack and commando release By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 3:48 PM Tue 22 Nov 2011
A French couple from Tahiti, Bernadette and Jean-Yves Delanne, from their yacht the Carre d'As IV, have told for the first time the details of their attack and capture by Somali pirates in September 2008. Six Somali pirates are on trial for the attack, reported by Sail-World at the time ...[more]


First photos - the pirate attack on SY Tribal Kat By EU NAVFOR Coastweek report/Sail-World, , 4:26 PM Fri 4 Nov 2011
Christian Colombo, a former French Navy sailor and his wife were on their way to fulfil their dream of sailing the world until their yacht, the SY Tribal Kat was attacked by Somali suspect criminals off the coast of Yemen while passing through the Gulf of Aden. ...[more]


British merchant ships to carry arms: PM By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:29 PM Tue 1 Nov 2011
Signifying, for the cruising sailor, just how seriously the UK takes the pirate dangers of the western Indian Ocean, in an historic break with a long held tradition, Britain will now allow armaments on British ships. ...[more]


Families anguish for kidnapped South African cruising sailors By BBC/Sail-World Cruising, 2:41 PM Mon 31 Oct 2011
With the release of the Danish family last month, only one crew from a sailing boat now remains in the hands of Somali pirates. In a first telephone call to a family member, the couple have 'demanded' their release, claiming the had 'sold everything' to be able to go sailing. ...[more]


Released hostage sailors' regrets - first interview By Nancy Knudsen, 7:17 PM Fri 28 Oct 2011
A Danish family that was held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months said in an interview published Thursday that it decided to sail alone through the dangerous waters off the Horn of Africa, hoping to sneak through safely, and 'it was the decision of my life that I regret the most.' ...[more]


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