Eloquently succinct and true.
Regrettably, it's no longer safe to circumnavigate the world as skipper of one's own small ship.
Not because of the immense challenges of the world's oceans, which small ship circumnavigators have always faced with a mixture of profound respect and excited anticipation.
Rather because of the dull throb of the genuine threat of terrorism-motivated pirates taking one hostage, sometimes for years, regardless of one's ability to pay millions as a ransom in the face of execution threats.
What a profound loss to those of us who dreamed off, let alone intended to, circumnavigate this incredible planet we are blessed to share with the majesty of the natural world.