Monday 12 March, 2007 – 00:39
We ended up giving up on waiting for the weather window and just left. And after 3 days and 2 nights of extremely trying conditions we made it to Port Ghalib in Egypt. The wind was blowing 25 plus knots on the nose with really horrible seas. At first we started tacking up the Red Sea, some boats where making no more than 50 miles a day. It wasn’t long before we realized that the quickest and easiest way was to turn on the motors and bash straight into it – it wasn’t comfortable, but at least we did it quickly
Port Ghalib is a new marina and resort on the Red Sea, just one of the many new developments along this part of the coast. It was great to be connected to water and power as it has been well over two months since we were last in a marina. We did have second thoughts when we came to checking out – it took over two hours to pay our marina bill as the officials had to put all our details in the computer and then proceed to fill out at least 10 separate forms.
After leaving Port Ghalib we headed 120 miles further north up the coast to El Guona. Here we hope to leave the boat for a few days and visit the Nile Valley – Luxor to visit The Valley of the Kings, Aswan and Abusimbel. And guess what, We’re going on a boat!!!