It’s a map that shows where pirate attacks occur. You can even click on individual incidents to get more-detailed information.
The Caribbean is amazingly pirate-free, as is the Med, Australia, New Zealand, most of South America and many other places.
And, the best news is, it appears our route to Japan is 100% pirate free! What we’ll do after we get there is a tougher question…
And, on a different topic:
If you haven’t been following Kosmos’ adventures lately, it’s a good day to read their latest report:
It raises the issue of one of my deepest fears about boating, and one of the things which is really the greatest nuisance of cruising.
I have always had a rule which drives Roberta crazy. When at anchor, I don’t like to let the boat get out of sight. I like to know that if the wind comes up I can be back on the boat in minutes. I still remember the first time I had to break this rule. We were anchored off a small island, in the Med. The island was only about 2 miles around and Roberta insisted we explore the island. I couldn’t imagine being out of sight of the boat, and it took her a serious effort, and some harsh words, to get me to hike.
Over the years since, I’ve loosened up, and more relevantly, built confidence in my ground tackle. Depending on where we are, and how the skys look, I can now comfortably leave the boat for a few hours. But, irregardless the weather, I’m never really comfortable out of sight of the boat while it is at anchor. I can’t imagine “leaving the boat at anchor for a day or two” so we can go inland exploring. Even if it were a completely protected anchorage, how do I leave the tender? There are few safe places in third world countries where it is safe to leave the tender for several days. And, if you lose the tender, in the middle of nowhere, it can be a long drive to go fetch a new one.