A sad turn of events for an American crew has taken place off the coast of Oman, which is on the Arabian peninsula. According to various sources, including the BBC and the New York Times_ , the four Americans on board _Quest, a Davidson 58-foot pilothouse sloop which was hijacked by Somali pirates on February 18, have been killed. The Quest_ (www.svquest.com), with owners Scott and Jean Adam, and veteran Blue Water Rally participants Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle aboard, was sailing with the Oz-Med Rally, a portion of the Blue Water Round the World Rally in which the participants cruise in company from Mackay, Australia, to Crete in the Mediterranean. They left the rally on February 15 to take an independent course between Mumbai, India, and Salalah, Oman. The Adams have been sailing _Quest since 2002 and began their circumnavigation in 2004.