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Danish Family Released from Somali Pirates

It’s unfortunate that the ransom had to be paid and the pirates got what they wanted, but we are happy to hear that this family is now safe. A Danish family of five and two crew members captured by Somali … Continue reading

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West Africa Home to Copycat Pirates: Avoid It!

One of the joys of sailing is the freedom to go where you want when you want. While all sensible cruising sailors are now recognizing the western Indian Ocean as too dangerous to sail, the latest reports also suggest that … Continue reading

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Take a Cue from the VOR when it Comes to Cruising Pirate Alley

While we aren’t thrilled with the idea that this ’round the world race is going to transport the sailors for a portion of it, we are definitely in agreement that cruisers should be taking a lesson from this decision and … Continue reading

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Two Pirates Sentenced to Life in Prison for Quest Attack

While we doubt this will deter the pirates who are still out there, we are pleased to see some justice for the victims of the s/v Quest. Two Somali men were sentenced Monday to spend the rest of their lives … Continue reading

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Yemeni Man Pleads Guilty in Murder of Quest Crew

There’s still a long way to go in making the waters safe again, but it’s always good to see another pirate facing sentencing. A Yemeni man pleaded guilty to piracy on Thursday for his role in the hijacking of a … Continue reading

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Pirate Hostages Update

We’ve had requests for updates on some of the pirate hijackings that have occurred over the past year, and Noonsite.com has just posted updates on the status of the release of the crews of the s/v Choizil and the s/v … Continue reading

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Three Pirates in Quest Attack Plead Guilty

While we are happy to see an admission of guilt, the possibility of a lighter sentence and deportation back to Somalia seems like nothing more than a slap on the wrist and the setting free of people who are certain … Continue reading

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Automated Piracy Updates by Follow the Boat

Never sure where to turn when you want the latest news on piracy issues? Well, now you can find it all in one place or even have it delivered right to your inbox on a daily or weekly basis.

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Costa Rican Gang Members Causing Trouble on the Water

While this may apply mainly to freighters, you can never be too careful, and knowing what’s going on in every port you enter is key to staying safe. Officials report that seagoing crooks have invaded and robbed at least six … Continue reading

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Somali Pirate Indicted on Murder of Quest Cruisers

An accused Somali pirate said to have been the chief negotiator in a hijacking that left four Americans dead has been indicted on charges related to the killings. A federal court in Norfolk, Virginia, unsealed the indictment (originally handed up … Continue reading

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Danish Reporter Boards Pirate Ship to Interview Kidnapped Family

The Danish cruising family and their two crew, kidnapped on February 24 by Somali pirates, have been described as being exhausted, tired, angry and demoralized by a Danish reporter who was allowed to see them on the Greek vessel where … Continue reading

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Is Private Escort Through Pirate Territory Really an Option?

We received an email on March 10th from Nancy and Burger Zapf, s/v Halekai, who are currently in Phuket, Thailand looking to make their way to the Med. Like many (and as they should be), they are wary of making … Continue reading

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Dockwise Offering Additional Transit from SE Asia to Med

According to noonsite.com, Dockwise Yacht Transportation has added additional sailings between Singapore and Phuket and the Mediterranean, one in each direction. The additional transports are a direct result of cruisers’ concerns in light of the recent piracy incidents.

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Boat Rat: Our Readers Respond to the Piracy Debate

We received many well thought out responses to our publisher’s letter last week in regards to how to handle the threats of piracy. Here are just a few of them: “I would not sail into a hurricane so why would I … Continue reading

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In Harm’s Way

The report on Tuesday morning of the capture of a Danish flag cruising boat in the Arabian Sea near Socotra that was crewed by four adults and three children is yet another tragedy. This incident of piracy comes on the … Continue reading

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Four Americans Killed By Pirates

Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the … Continue reading

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Mindbender

Where is this mystery cruising spot? Send your answers to comments@cruisingcompass.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers. Hint: If you’re stumped, pick up the March issue of … Continue reading

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Do Cruisers Have the Right to a Navy Escort in Pirate Zones?

The Royal Navy has turned down a request by a Dutch couple who asked for a warship escort for a yacht flotilla across pirate zones of the Indian Ocean. Rene and Edith Tiemessen told the Daily Express they have the … Continue reading

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