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    Pirates Off Honduras Threaten Cruisers


    "Our first day was perfect…a bluebird sky and gentle breezes. Eight hours of spectacular sailing.

    Day two we awoke to another day in paradise – it was so beautiful as we left Guanaja. We cruised without a care. Then, in the distance, we saw them. At first there was one panga (a native fishing boat) – we gave them a 6 pack and they left. Then another – one more 6 pack. Then they came all together – 4 pangas with 6 men in each – throwing and coiling lines at the prop to foul our engine. When it came to a dead stop, we raced below and locked the hatch cover. We were literally dead in the water. We put out a distress call but there was no answer. Fortunately, the hatch cover had security bars so withstood the 40 minutes that the more than 20 men pounded on it with machetes and hammers.

    They broke all the glass portholes and we were walking barefoot on broken glass everywhere but, thank God, they couldn’t get through. When they knew they weren’t going to be able to get to us and therefore, capture the boat, they stripped the deck of our dingy, the water maker, 12 sets of our diving gear and 12 filled scuba tanks, fuel and all the electronics, the chart plotter, auto pilot and navigation instruments. They even slit the mainsail and cut most of the lines. When they finally left after the longest 40 minutes of my life, we went onto the deck to survey the devastating damage. We reefed the mainsail to a functional level and with only the navigation program on an iPad, we sailed 30 more hours, (hand steering) through the night and following day into Providencia.

    At anchor in the harbor, we could not leave our vessel as the dingy had been stolen. We communicated with shore and got a local to come get us so we could file a report of the attack. Once ashore, we managed to set up a water taxi to use for transportation so we could get water and supplies back to the boat. Our plan for the future is sketchy at best but, for the moment we are safe and physically unharmed. It looks like we’ll be here 4+ days waiting for parts and repairs. We’re crossing our fingers. From here, it’s a straight shot to Shelter Bay where we hope to get more assistance. Right now, it’s just good to be alive.

    Will Vandermeer

    Wiki On Guanaja:

    Location in Honduras
    Coordinates: 16°28′N 85°53′W
    Islas de la Bahía
    • Total
    50 km2 (20 sq mi)
    Population (2015)
    • Total
    • Density
    110/km2 (290/sq mi)

    Guanaja is one of the Bay Islands of Honduras and is in the Caribbean. It is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) off the north coast of Honduras, and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the island of Roatan. One of the cays off Guanaja, also called Guanaja or Bonacca or Low Cay (or just simply, The Cay), is near the main island, and contains most of the approximately 10,000 people who live in Guanaja. The densely populated cay has been described as the Venice of Honduras because of the waterways that run through it.[citation needed] The other two main settlements on Guanaja are Mangrove Bight and Savannah Bight. Smaller settlements include East End and North East Bight.

    The primary source of income for the islanders is fishing and shrimping. Tourism is confined to a handful of small resorts that cater to divers, snorkelers and adventure travellers. The island's warm, clear waters support an extensive coral reef that is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and second only to the Great Barrier Reef off the coasts of Australia. Currently, there is still access to fresh water on Guanaja, and several waterfalls can be seen.
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    The pirate attacks off Venezuela have been on the rise, but this is the 1st I have heard of piracy in this part of the Caribbean.

    I suppose if you are desperate enough and people are in your hood that have valuable things to take, it's all part of the Robin Hood economy?

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