I have been fortunate to have experienced some of the very best superyachts in the world. Days spent drinking champagne while moored off tranquil Mediterranean coves, evenings spent traversing Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas, and waking up to the most amazing ports from Positano to La Paz.
Bonding with the captains and crew is always one of the highlights of yachting and I am constantly amazed at the new technologies and amenities added for comfort and safety. On one particular voyage, I was a bit apprehensive about some of the places we would anchor at every night. Small villages filled with inquiring eyes; large groups of natives would greet us when we disembarked to explore. It wasn’t until a month after I returned home that I heard about armed pirates boarding a similar boat, pistol whipping the captain and stealing the guest’s passports and money.
We are, after all displaying massive amounts of wealth floating to remote areas in these extravagant vessels with cocktails in hand, and it would only become a matter of time before enterprising and often desperately poor natives would take advantage. Such is the case currently in Venezuela and Trinidad, two areas previously safe to yachts but now on the red alert watch list as piracy is increasing dramatically.
The shipping industry is continuing its fight against pirates with The International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center detailing that 27 vessels were boarded, seven vessels were fired upon and four attempted attacks occurred in the first quarter of 2019.
This article originally appeared on Forbes