Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Volvo Race confronts piracy as it heads to Asia

"The race's eight yachts left Cape Town, South Africa, on Nov. 15 on the second leg of the contest. They were told to sail out hundreds of miles east from southern Africa before turning north toward India to keep well away from Somalia's pirates.
'Piracy is something that is taken very seriously,' the race's spokesman, Lizzie Ward, said in a telephone interview Monday from race headquarters near Southampton, England.
The boats are expected to arrive in Kochi, India, beginning Sunday and the crews will get security briefings to discuss the threats from pirates in Southeast Asia."

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