Well we have now been here for nine days. The plan was to leave today, but once again the northerly winds are still blowing strongly enough to churn up short sharp seas making the first part of the run to our next port, Hurghada some 110nm north of here, rather uncomfortable. The plan now is to leave in the morning. My ribs are still quite tender and we are in no great rush as we have heard that temperatures in the Mediterranean are still quite cool. Looking at the ANZAC Dawn Service at ANZCA Cove in Turkey yesterday morning on the net, we saw that everyone was dressed in hats, blankets and warm clothing. NO I do not want to swap shorts and T-shirts or swimsuits for winter clothing!!
Yesterday our group did a day trip to Cairo – just under two hours away. That was interesting with a very strong military presents everywhere. One Egyptian told Alec that because they have no proper Government at the moment the Military is out in force including tanks, armed personal carries and trucks. There are check points everywhere across the country. Of course the Police and Tourist Police are still on duty everywhere as well.
All going well it looks like we will start our transit of the Suez Canal tomorrow. It is a two day trip for yachts as our average speeds are around 5kts. We are to spend a night in the middle at Ismailia. Looking forward to this trip.
OK will sign out for this one
Love to you all
The Admiral and the Commander