17 March 2011
Massawa Eritrea to Suakin Sudan
So here we will stay for a few days to explore the area and we will do the bus trip to Port Sudan as I understand that is where I will be able to send off these last three emails from.
Lots of love from
We have just heard from a group of yachts that have come through from Salalah after us that a Memorial Service was arranged and held in Salalah for the American crew who were taken by the pirates and subsequently killed. Some had met them as they had been on the ‘Blue Water Round the World’ rally with them. That was so sad. The Omani American Ambassador came down from Muscat for the service. There was also some representative from the coalition forces who attended and gave a speech after, advising yachts not to sail the Gulf of Aden and that a ship could be arranged – at around US$30,000 per vessel!!!! -to take their boats through to Turkey. Well he put the fear of God into some of them and they arranged to do that, but, in the last couple of days apparently the shipping company has gone under!! Oh help what to do. I am so glad we came through when we did. Also we feel if you made it to Salalah you were past the worst of it. The pirates seem to have moved out into the Indian Ocean more. There has become a real fear among some yachties especially as a Danish family and crew have also been taken by the pirates. We spoke to the captain of a yacht who was only 70nm away from the Danish yacht when it was taken and he was then escorted into Salalah by a coalition warship.