THE WOLF PACK
Take a look at this fishing vessel. It’s not dragging just one net in the water. Not just two nets. Not three nets. There are four giant nets being dragged through the water sweeping the ocean clean of fish at different depths.
These aren’t fishermen. These are boats dedicated to the destruction of ecosystems that feed the world. Their giant nets suck the life out of the ocean. Sea turtles and dolphins are their by catch - by catch is an euphemism for collateral damage to marine life caused by fishermen and nations who don’t care.
Imagine 260 Chinese fishing vessels putting a noose around the Galapagos that decimates the populations of pelagic fish, sea turtles, and dolphins in Galapagos Marine Reserve.
Imagine how impossible it is for the Ecuadorian Navy to keep track of the location and activities of 260 Chinese fishing vessels that intrude into Galapagos waters.
The picture at the bottom shows the AIS locations of most of the Chinese fishing vessels that are so far far from home.
If one of these mega Chinese fishing vessels wants to fish inside protected waters, all they have to do is put their AIS on a small boat in international waters, and send the mothership to an illegal fishing zone. As far as the world is concerned, the AIS shows the ship is in international waters spoofing the Ecuadorian Navy and the world into believing that they are obeying the rules.
Even easier, they simply turn off their AIS so they cannot be tracked as they deplete and destroy the fisheries of the world.
We spent two months in the Galapagos on Exit Only, and we were not permitted to even put a fishing line in the water as we sailed through Galapagos.
These ships deploy nets of mass destruction.
These ships are wolf packs - and the entire world is paying the price for their predatory activities on planet ocean.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
Captain Dave and his family spent eleven years sailing around the world on their Privilege 39 catamaran, Exit Only. During the trip, the crew shot 200 hours of video with professional cameras to show people what it's like to sail on a small boat around the world.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a one hour and twenty-two minute feature film showing their adventures as Exit Only sails through Pirate Alley in the Gulf of Aden and up the Red Sea. The professional footage documents their experiences in Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, and the Suez Canal. It chronicles the rigors of traveling in a remote section of the world rarely visited by cruisers. Exit Only dodges Yemeni pirates, fights a gale and sand storms in the Bab al Mandeb at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The crew explores deserted islands on the western shores of the Red Sea, and learns to check the cruising guides for land mines before venturing ashore.
The Red Sea Chronicles also has outstanding Special Features including an Instructional Video on Storm Management that tells sailors how to deal with storms at sea.
The Red Sea Chronicles is a first class adventure that stokes the sailing dreams of both experienced and wannabe sailors alike.
Join Team Maxingout as they sail through Pirate Alley and up the Red Sea
See what it's like to cruise on a catamaran before you spend a bazillion dollars purchasing one
After watching the Red Sea Chronicles you will be able to see yourself sailing on the ocean of your dreams
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