Jud - s/v Sputnik
Right. Armed mercs and razor wire. Makes senseIn 2015/16 most boats we knew of went via S.Africa. When you see big ships in Seychelles putting razor wire all around the deck you sort of conclude that their intended route may not be that friendly.
We also knew of a big cat that took on armed mercs just offshore of Maldives. Again, when you need to pay $20K or more for a few armed guys with assault rifles to help security on a passage, maybe that route is not the best choice for a cruising sailboat...
Not having looked into it in any detail (not having imminent big sailing plans) I was under the impression things had calmed down there in recent years in terms of piracy, etc. Sailing up the Red Sea sea sounds brutal, but quite an amazing place, the desert.