Well, it’s been a long time coming, but finally I have put the finishing touches on, and published, our new website. Everything is new, and I have taken great pains to improve the readability, accessibility and relevance of the site. My photos are displayed in even better quality, and I’ve refreshed every component from the ground up. As with our ‘old’ site, I’ve eliminated Flash, and used HTML5 and JQuery elements to ensure our pages display perfectly across the whole spectrum of browsers, including iPads and iPhones (which don’t use Flash).
Let me know if you find something broken or not rendering properly - or if the site is too slow to load. As we know, not everyone has fast broadband Mr Turnbull!
A massive area of the Indian Ocean should be considered very dangerous indeed - far, far more so than was the case even last year.
The danger area now stretches from the Gulf of Aden down to the Seychelles, 650 miles south (this where Paul and Rachel Chandler were captured in 2009) but also east to the Maldives and Laccadive Islands, which are some 1,400 miles from Somalia.
That’s as far away as, say, Turkey or Libya is from London.
Unbelievably we are talking about a high risk area stretching over 1.4 million square nautical miles.
If I were contemplating a cruise back to Europe from the Far East, I wouldn’t even think of the Red Sea, which can be a pretty horrible sailing experience in itself. I’d be looking at taking the longer route round the Cape of Good Hope, or even shipping my boat back.
But both of those options have some potentially big disadvantages.