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Predatory Venezuelan Coast Guard
Previously I had written that while most cruisers consider the Venezuelan mainland a no-go-zone I felt that the Islands of Los Roches and the Aves were relatively safe.
Last night we had dinner with a young French single-hander who related the following story of a recent encounter.
He was sailing from the Eastern Caribbean towards the ABC's when, at night, he detected a solid radar target running without lights and following at a distance of 3-5 miles that did not respond to a VHF hail. Feeling nervous he contacted the Dutch CG in Curacao, probably the Bonaire station, and arranged an hourly radio check-in.
After 3 hours the following vessel finally admitted that they were Venezuelan CG hoping that he would anchor at one of the Venezuelan Islands so that they could arrest and confiscate the boat.
We had previously heard reports of the Venezuelan CG demanding bribes up to $900.
Once the local CG become predatory then the entire country and their territorial waters become a no-go-zone.
In January we sailed from Aruba to Panama and gave Venezuelan waters a wide berth fearing pirates but perhaps we had more to fear from their CG!
Last edited by Yorksailor; 06-07-2014 at 09:44 AM.