Finally Reaching The Med

I can’t believe that it was just over 1 month ago that we were in Egypt, half way through the Suez Canal, waiting for a window of favourable winds, to sail up to our next destination in Turkey. But here we are. The Suez Canal, officially opened in 1869, is one of the most heavily used shipping routes of the

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Gulf of Suez

March 2022 We have finally made it to the Suez Canal. So happy to be here and at present moored at the Ismailia Yacht Club, which is half way along the Canal between Port Suez and Port Said. Port Said is where we exit to the Mediterranean Sea. It is really lovely here, spotlessly clean with friendly people, restaurant, hot

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Egypt

It is already February and we had hoped to be in the Mediterranean by now!! That was the plan when we left Kenya last September, to be in Turkey for Christmas, safely tucked away in a marina, where we could weather out the freezing cold Mediterranean winter.  It seems there have been a lot of nasty storms this year, so

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Southern Red Sea – Djibouti to Sudan

Merry Christmas from Sudan! When we left Kenya in the middle of September we were headed directly for Djibouti, then up the Red Sea to the Suez Canal, into the Med in plenty of time for Christmas. We even had a marina booked for November in Tunisia. However, our detour to Oman to repair our engine took up a month

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Change of plans, unexpected adventures

Now, safely anchored in Djibouti, we take a look back at our month spent in the charming country of Oman. It was during our recent stay in Zanzibar and Kenya that I first learned a bit more about Oman. I began to read books about how Oman had been the centre of the world trading routes for thousands of years,

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Kenya Adventures

Before leaving Kenya, we were so busy preparing Mai Tai for this trip north, plus visiting more of the fascinating areas around Kilifi, that we did not manage to get a final post out of our adventures in this wonderful country. As soon as we arrived in Port Salalah, in Oman, we first wanted to get the blog posted of

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Africa to the Middle East

After 2 weeks at sea, with no sight of land, nothing but ocean in every direction, we sail through a dense fog, and arrive at the giant commercial port of Salalah, in Oman. This is a massive container port that can handle 6 to 8 container ships at any one time, each around 200 to 300 metres in length, all

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On Safari in Kenya

Before leaving Zanzibar, we wanted to spend time also visiting the northern part of Pemba Island, so we anchored off the small town of Wete to find a driver to show us around.  Here, we will complete our Immigration and Customs clearance to go to Kenya. We have received our visas for Kenya online, so the last thing we need

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Mai Tai follows in the wake of Sinbad

ZANZIBAR Trying to complete our circumnavigation during this Covid Global Pandemic has given us several major issues to contend with that we hadn’t planned on. Weather systems determine when we can move from place to place, especially when making ocean passages, but now with travel restrictions and border closures that can change daily, planning our onward journey becomes even more

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Crossing the Indian Ocean

After 14 months “stuck” in the beautiful Western Sumatra islands of Nias, Tello and the Mentawai’s, it is now time for us to say goodbye to some of the wonderful people we met there, and finally move on.  Our visas are due to expire in June and the SE trade winds, that we have been waiting for, are filling in

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