The pirate threat in the Indian Ocean has forced the Volvo Ocean Race to reroute part of its 39,000 nm around-the-world yachting contest, the organisers have revealed.
Director Knut Frostad said in a press release: “This has been an incredibly difficult decision. We have consulted leading naval and commercial intelligence experts and their advice could not have been clearer: ‘Do not risk it’.”
Competitors were scheduled to sail through an East African corridor in the Indian Ocean on the race’s second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and on the third leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China.
Unfortunately, yachts are an easy target for pirates because they are slow and sit low in the water, according to the release.
The yachts will now sail from Cape Town to an undisclosed port and then be transported closer to Abu Dhabi to complete the second leg. A similar process will be conducted on the third leg.