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Piracy News & Commentary

Danger to Yachts

Blog post of the new Warning Notice issued by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) on the dangers to yachts transitting through waters prone to attacks by Somali pirates. Yacht owners and crews must understand that sailing vessels lack the speed, maneuverability, and physical protection to defend against pirate attack. Even with a well-armed professional defense force, yachts remain vulnerable. Yachts cannot be reasonably defended from attack by pirates with fast boats, military assault rifles, and RPGs. Although escort vessels could convoy a yacht through the danger zone, the yacht's crew and passengers would remain vulnerable. The best advice to yacht owners and crew, as the blog post states, as naval authority states: Avoid the region entirely.
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