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Old 02-19-2011
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The only safe route from the Pacific to the Med these days is via Cape Town and that is a heck of an additional stretch. Cocos, Chagos, Aden, Suez to Gibralter is 6900nm, Cocos, Chagos, Mauritius, Richards Bay, Durban, Cape Town, Canaries, Gibralter is 10200nm.

However, if you want to avoid Somalians these days, the last stop anyone should contemplate in the upper part of the Indian Ocean is Chagos (I was going to say Northern Indian Ocean but Chagos is actually 6 degrees S) and from there a drop directly to Mauritius and from there to South Africa (or if you're into real 3rd world, southern Mozambique).

That route will avoid pirates (the Chagos area is actively patrolled by the Royal Navy and the US Navy) as well as the Mozambique Channel/Agulhas Stream.

Would I sail 3300nm to ensure I'm safe from Somalians? You bet.

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