Nov 4, 2005, 4:42 AM
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Reefs on a "map"? I didn't realize that there were reefs on land. That aside, the grandaddy of running rallies, Jimmy Cornell, found out the hard way that rallies don't make your trip any safer. In fact one might submit that it allows the unqualified to participate in an environment of false security. The exact types of sailors you will attract are the least qualified to make such a journey. These participants will expect a level coddling that you can't possibly provide. Is it your intention to attempt to provide the necessary security to protect your participants?
Re: [slaney] Yacht Rally to the Red Sea and Africa
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During Mr. Cornell's inaugural round the world rally, Europa '92, there we numerous incidents that were well out of his control. If memory serves in regards to that event, they lost one life, lost one vessel to grounding, had numerous injuries, crew being detained by immigration officials for reasons unclear, at least a half a dozen pirate altercations plus a vessel and her crew seized by Somalian terrorists. The later nearly turning into an international incident to procure the release of said vessel and crew. Further the scheduled layover in Sudan was canceled and upon finishing of that leg from Sri Lanka, participants were instructed to head directly to The Suez Canal as their security could not be guaranteed. In retrospect, Jimmy probably would have been well advised to send the fleet to Cape Town and brought them back to the Med via The Cape of Good Hope and up the West Coast of Africa.
That said, what contingency plans do you have in place in the event of an escalation of political unrest or in the event of war? How will you deal with any of the above circumstances World Cruising encountered as listed above? What degree of personal responsibility are you willing to assume to insure the safe passage of those who contrat you to "hold their hands"?