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Last update March 12 2006.

We finally made it!
We're in Aden.
Bruised and shaken but alive and kicking.

As told in the last update, this Southern part of the Red Sea is a dangerous one. Two boats had to give up the rally, one sunk after a fire and the other one hit a reef and is badly damaged. No personal injuries thank god, so 'only' material damage.
We have had fierce winds all the way from Ras Terma to Aden (about 180 NM), 20 to 35 knots on the nose, South-South East that is. First part of Massawa to Ras Therma was much better, 250 NM of very light winds, in the beginning even from the North.

Eritrea was a poor but very friendly country, being a half christian, half islamic country. We expected Yemen to be more like Sudan again, but that's not the case. Aden is a pleasant surprise being a city of 1 million people who live in reasonable wealth and in good circumstances. Islamic as it is, the women of the rally can walk the streets here without hassle and food and drinks are good, it's a pleasure again to eat out in this town.
Negative side is that the only women you see are 'Ninja's' that is totally veiled in black. Also the sight of men walking hand in hand like lovers HERE is weird, let's say that I can't get used to this culture.......

We have a bit of a problem with the rallygroup divided, but when weather is good we move on to Salalah, where we hope that everything comes right and the group will be whole again.

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.

Current position

We're in Aden in front of the Prince of Wales peer at anchor, position 12°47,6' N - 44°58,9' E.


We organise the Vasco da Gama Yach Rally 2005-2006, which brings us to a diversity of countries in the Red Sea on the way to India.
Detailled information can be found on www.redsearally.com.

We hope to arrive in Salalah, Oman somewhere in March 2006. Then it looks to be as follows, but seen the state Thalassa is in it depends on what can be worked out.
April 2006 till June 2006 we go with JoHo in our rally to Vasco da Gama, near Goa in India.
July to November 2006 we plan to bring the Thalassa from Salalah (Oman) via Maldives, Chagos, Seychelles and Madagascar to Port Elisabeth (South Africa) as delivery-skippers.

2006 we will go further with JoHo from India to Sri Lanka, Thailand and Maleisia. We hope to get to Hong Kong and in Beijing in time for the games. After that it will be 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 and South Afrika again.

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.