Is It Time To Put An End To "Adventures" On The Indian Ocean?Posted on the 24 March 2011 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Jon Bowermaster has posted a really thoughtful and interesting piece on Gadling today that declares that it is time to end Indian Ocean adventures. That's a very bold statement from a man who has spent plenty of time on the world's oceans, including the Indian, but Jon's message makes sense, and should serve as a warning for those sailing those treacherous waters.
What spurred Jon to write this piece is the recent high profile pirate attacks in that region. We've all been well aware of the pirate activity off the coast of Somalia for a number of years now, but the recent taking, and subsequent killing, of four Americans a month ago, has brought the subject back to the forefront. Just days later, a Danish ship, with three children aboard, was captured, making worldwide headlines as well.
According to the article, there are now more than 800 hostages being held by the pirates, who are conducting weekly raids on ships in the Northern Indian Ocean. They have mostly preyed upon shipping and oil vessels, but have begun to attack private yachts with increasing frequency of late, which has many wondering why anyone would sail through those waters to begin with.
Jon notes that he is someone who encourages what he calls "an adventurous life," but reminds us that we need to take caution and think things through when we set out on our adventures. There is a fine line between being adventurous and being foolish, and sailing into those dangerous waters is probably falls more on the foolish end of the spectrum.
So what do you think? Do you agree with Jon when he says that is perhaps best if we avoid a significant portion of the Indian Ocean for now? Should sailing, and maybe rowing, adventures in that area of the world be postponed or even cancelled? There is little doubt that there is significant risk attached to sailing the ocean in general, but adding the real threat of pirates to the mix is just asking for trouble.
Personally, I'm not one to tell someone they shouldn't go on an adventure, but I have to agree with Jon. It is important that you be smart when embarking on what ever adventure you choose, and while some inherent risks are involved, why invite more trouble than you have to?
These articles might interest you :
This morning, Team Indian Ocean 3100 set off from Australia and are now out on the open water, where they'll attempt to set a new record for crossing the... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Ocean rower Roz Savage had to put a temporary halt on her attempt to row across the Indian Ocean a few days back thanks to an equipment failure. Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Roz's departure. Photograph by Colin Leonhardt British Ocean Rower Roz Savage set off on her crossing of the Indian Ocean on the 12th (2 days ago). Read moreBy Exceedpossibility
It seems the Indian Ocean is the source of all kinds of interesting news at the moment, with a couple of challenging rows just getting underway and another... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
The Indian Ocean has been the site of several ongoing attempts for rowers to cross that body of water, and while some are continuing to make progress toward... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
The government in Nepal has requested that the height of Mt. Everest be re-measured in an attempt to gain a more accurate reading of its true height and to end ... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
DEBATE, OUTDOORS, SOCIETY
Hey thanks for your question. Um…unfortunately all i can say is that i am a sales assistant part time at a huge international fashion retailer and the rest of... Read moreBy Lauramoodley
DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
MOST POPULAR FROM OUTDOORS
- Kona Fire Mountain 1991 – reborn by Stodge
- Fun in the Mist by Hikingwithheather
- Nat Geo Gives Us the World's Best Via Ferrata Hikes by Kungfujedi
- Winter Climbs 2017: Carlos Rubio Leaves Everest, Elisabeth Revol Departs Manaslu by Kungfujedi
MOST RECOMMENDED IN OUTDOORS
- Backpacker Maps America's Best Long Distance Hiking Trails by Kungfujedi
- Video: Kayaking Through Underground Caves in Mexico by Kungfujedi
- Video: Through the Khumbu Icefall on Everest in the Winter by Kungfujedi
- Sparkling Frost by Ashley Crombet-Beolens