Friday, March 06, 2009

Into Aden

We arrived in Aden just after midday. After the having the anchorage in Mukalla to ourselves, it took some adjustment to have to search for a place to anchor in amongst the other yachts - but great to be reunited with friends again.

The last part of the trip was fairly uneventful except Antares picking up a DSC distress call from east of Suqutra island over 600 miles away - amazing when VHF is normally only line of sight. More worrying was that when he tried to relay the mayday to the collation forces no one responded!

Looking back on this last leg, it's been great to sail the whole way and compared with most other boats in the anchorage it sounds like we've been lucky with the wind. One downside of the wind, is the accompanying desert haze - the ropes, deck, and any flat surface is covered in a thin layer of sand that makes everything look instantly dirty and unloved. I guess beating into the Red Sea head winds should wash it all away...

Aden 06/03/2009 12:30 (GMT+3) N12 47.59' E 44deg 59.00'

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