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The Red Sea – Pirates, Ahoy!
As a highly sought after diving destination, the Red Sea is a prime region for exotic yacht chartering companies. But is it accessible to sailing enthusiast? Let’s explore the area and its challenges.
Stretching from the north to the south between the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, the Red Sea is a massive expanse of glittering turquoise waters beckoning divers and snorkelling enthusiasts from all over the world. Vast reefs teeming with rich marine life, picture-perfect beaches, year-round temperate weather and the close proximity to the world-class archaeological sites of Egypt offers an ideal secluded holiday destination. Unfortunately it’s not all smooth sailing when it comes to the Red Sea. Be warned, this destination is not for the faint-hearted, and only the brave and adventurous at heart should take on the challenge of navigating these waters.
A Challenging Platform
Even if your yacht is not captured by contemporary pirates, there are other threats like dramatic sandstorms, Mediterranean headwinds and corrupt officials in the Suez Canal. Weather forecasting in the Red Sea region is usually not accurate and it can be challenging to anchor in the often squally conditions. If you are looking for a tranquil destination, don’t even consider the Red Sea – the North Winds are legendary, as are the currents.
Is it Worth it?
It is absolutely worth it, especially for experienced sailors looking for something equally challenging and rewarding. The marsa anchorages offer a respite in the form of lonely but lovely pots of water suspended between the unending combers of the Red Sea and the vastness of the desert. These are some of the most stunning anchorages in the world and the diving is phenomenal. If you can manage to brave the sandstorms, the crazy conditions and the unfriendly natives, and not let your guard down, the Red Sea makes for an unforgettable sailing experience.