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Battle up the Red Sea
 Updated April / May 05


We were very glad to arrive in Aden after motorsailing the whole way from Salalah with no lights for fear of pirates.(See for latest on attack on Mahdi and Gandalf).We picked up fresh produce and fueled up for the first leg up the Red Sea. As we went through the souk we noticed many of the men had chipmunk cheeks caused by a wad of quat leaves.

 knife salesman with cheek full of quat leaves

even the mango man chewed

Our first landfall in the Red Sea was the old slaveport of Suakin in Sudan. We were lucky to carry SE winds almost to Suakin but for the next 800 miles we battled headwinds and steep seas.

first view of  ruins of Suakin

    the port fell into disuse

 yachtie book swap-important social occasion

downtown Suakin

crew from Exit Only buying veggies

selling grains in Suakin market

tribesman waiting for bus

old Suakin

Emma sailing Swallow in Suakin harbour

We have crashed and bashed our way against headwinds to Abu Soma Egypt.

El Quiser, just south of Abu Soma

You want to take our picture ???


Karnak Temple by day

Karnak under a full moon

 security was tight at all the tourist attractions

not too sure what this hieroglyphic means...

can't keep away from darn sailboats

Port Suez, start of the Big Ditch

might has right in the canal

We headed up to Cairo to check out the pyramids and King Tut exhibit.

Emma decided she prefers riding horses to camals.