There is good news and bad, it seems.
The German yachtsmen who were being held by some Somali pirates were released after 41 days. The bad news is that there are reports from Yemen that another yacht is feared taken by pirates.
One other piece of bad news - a retired couple was attacked in Guatemala - exact circumstances are still coming out.
Please prepare yourself for cruising. There is no need for paranoia, just more situational awareness and a few precautions and some of these incidents can be averted.
Drop Maritime Vital Asset Protection, LLC a line if you need assistance or training to help prepare you for your travels.