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Last update November 7 2005.

After months of preparations we arrived in Port Said, Egypt last week. The sail was excellent, fast, but uncomfortable. We've had a backstay wind of 20 to 25 knots half the way which gave us for almost 24 hours an exiting 6+ knots. We made a new record of more than 140 miles in a day (hullspeed all the time!). A light breeze for the rest of the time made that the boat was furiously rolling and we felt being in a blender for at least 250 miles. But we're there in 72 hours, done 352 mile in all.

As usual we came in last anyway, the rest of the boats are roughly twice the size (or more, one catamaan is 8x our size...). The welcome was better than expected and much has been arranged by the Felix Maritime Agency for the rally. The quay we're on is bumpy but water and electricity is available, and so is GPRS by mobile phone. Imagine, we, being in a marsa or bay and able to surf the net and pdate the site anyway...
Hmmm Egypt developed to its advance the last thee years, at least the facilities are.

For more info about the rally see our rally-website and press the ''news'' button. For stories of the other boats, press the ''organisation'' button and click on the boats wich have an own site.

We have some nice pictures of the group, our boat and us.


Picture taken by Scharrel, high from their mast, thanks to Liesbeth and Leo.

Current position

We're in Port Said at this moment, position 31°15,5' N - 32°18,3' E.

Plans

From now on we will lead the Vasco da Gama Yach Rally 2005-2006.
This rally which we organised together with Lo Brust from 'Mistral' will visit a diversity of countries in the Red Sea and on the way to India.
Detailled information on www.redsearally.com.

We hope to arrive in India somewhere in March 2006. June till September 2006 we'll explore the mainlands of India while it is impossible to sail because of the South-West monsoon.
In
2006 we will go from India to the Maldives, Thailand and Maleisia.

We hope to get in Hong Kong and Japan in 2008/2009.
From then and there on we want to sail from Alaska and Canada to the USA, and then down to Mexico, Costa Rica and by Galapagos through the Pacific Islands back again. Eventually we want to get to New Zealand and Australia. On our way back we will visit the Chagos Archipelago, Seychelles, Madagascar, South Afrika.

When we still have time and money left we go by St.Helena and Carribean back to the Netherlands, or we might sell the boat somewhere on the way........

JH en JG.