Official advice remains that yachts are strongly advised to avoid the area. Those that, having assessed the risks, nonetheless decide to make the passage may wish to register with the naval authorities in advance in order to receive up-to-date reports, and may wish to report regularly to the authorities during their passage.
A proposal was noted for yachts to be offered transit through the Gulf of Aden on board ships at commercial rates and details of this service, if confirmed, will be made available shortly by the specialist company concerned.
Guidelines first published in 2009 jointly by MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa) and the International Sailing Federation will be revised following the meeting though the principles will remain the same.
The current guidelines can be found at:
ISAF Cruising microsite - www.sailing.org/cruising