Fundi Sailing

Global Yacht Deliveries: Available for delivering all kinds of motor and sail boats worldwide. Come sail away with me to explore new horizons from Cape Town to Belize in Central America - A journey of 8500Miles!

31 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
24 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
20 December 2010 | Royal Jamaican Yacht Club
16 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
09 December 2010 | St Vincent
08 December 2010 | St Vincent
05 December 2010 | North Atlantic Ocean
28 November 2010 | Atlantic Ocean
24 November 2010 | Atlantic Ocean
22 November 2010 | Brazil, South America
17 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
15 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
14 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
13 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
08 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
06 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
03 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
01 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
30 October 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
23 October 2010 | Cape Town, South Africa

Fishermen 'Pirates'

15 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
An armed Somali pirate keeping vigil on the coastline near Hobyo, Somalia

Sailing along on this voyage with two new sailors, there have been very many questions and queries. The ultimate question is always..."Are we likely to come across pirates on our trip?" So the tongue in cheek answer that I give is "there could be as pirates are anywhere in the ocean and not in one place".

The other evening, I was on watch and chatting with Chris who had just come on watch. We noticed two lights up ahead and Chris asked "what are those lights" to which I replied .."it could be fishing boat but might be pirates!" We had not passed any shipping traffic since leaving Cape town and were 800nm from any coast or Island. Chris suggested we wake up Kyle and see his reaction, which was amusing as he really thought they were pirates. Enjoying the moment we told Kyle to switch off the lights and proceed in stealth mode. Later that night, Kyle was very alert and vigulant on his watch and we all enjoyed a laugh the next morning when we told him that they were only fishing boats.

On the subject of pirates,I was astounded to get news last week of a sailing friend Peter Eldridge from Richards Bay, who managed to escape from pirates when he refused to leave his boat, Choizil, when it ran aground in Southern Somalia. He managed to send a mayday and was rescued by European naval forces. Peter built the the boat with his own hands (and some assistance from me) 20 years ago. When the boat was ready, we completed a two month journey to Madagascar. Pirates usually demand a ransom after they hijack a vessel but there has been no news yet of the two captured crew, Bruno and his partner Debbie.

These pirates are becoming a real problem and are putting a damper on many a yachty wanting to cruise the east African coast. There are quite a few other yachts up there who plan to sail south back to SA early January 2011.

All safe and well on board.

Vince and crew
Vessel Name: Delivery Skipper
Vessel Make/Model: 140ft Monohull
Hailing Port: Cape Town, South Africa
About: My carefully chosen experienced crew are keen fishermen wanting to explore new oceans and catch a variety of fish species and have good clean fun...
I deliver motor yachts, sailing yachts, catamarans, commercial, sport fishing yachts, and power boats, offshore, coastal and worldwide. I am a full service yacht delivery captain. I have a extensive knowledge of the boating industry having sailed and worked on yachts and boats all over the [...]

Vince Fundaro (Fundi) +27 (79) 9296033

Port: Cape Town, South Africa
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