I love it when people think they are more important than they actually are. Do you know who I am? Nope. If they want protection then I am sure they could hire some protection from those private military companies but of course they would have to pay.
P.S. I am sailing from dover to Calais in the summer I demand to be protected by HMS Ocean from the french navy whilst crossing the channel.
But if I foolishly sailed into waters I'd been strongly advised not to sail in then I would have to accept the consequences of my actions.
If you jumped off a cliff onto rocks and risked breaking your leg despite warnings not to, would you expect the council to prepare for your fall by putting a large airbag in place in readiness for your stupidity.....thought not.
There's a major difference between needing rescuing through no fault of your own and deliberately putting yourself in harms way despite warnings and demanding protection.
'A journey we have to make'
Oh yeah, and by whose say so do you 'have to make' it.
Had this years ago, up their arses yachties always wanting right of way and thought the RN some kind of taxi service.
Sod the lot of them.
"I have seen the warnings and advice given by military commanders to the organisers of these yacht rallies which clearly asks participants to avoid any unnecessary sailing in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. The hard work of the Royal Navy alongside our allies is having a positive effect in suppressing piracy but they must focus their resources on protecting essential shipping activity. I strongly urge the yachtsmen in these rallies to reconsider their proposed route to avoid placing themselves in danger of attacks from pirates."