IT Red Sea to East Africa


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IT221 Mandeb 12°20'N, 43'40'E

IT222 Asir 12°10'N. 50'45'E IT223 Guardafui 12r00'N,5r30'N IT224 Hafui 10'30'N, 5r50"E IT225

5fOO'N,49'00'E IT226

0'00\ 43'45'E

IT227 Kenya N v 2°15'S, 41 C00'E


2'18'S; 40'55'E


Because Kenya and other points along the east coast of Africa are easier to reach during the NE monsoon, passages to that area should be planned for that time. The major difficulty usually occurs soon after the Red Sea has been left behind, when consistent easterly winds make it difficult to get out of the Gulf of Aden. Once the Horn of Africa has been weathered, favourable winds and current ensure a fast sail along the east coast of Africa. For this reason, southbound passages through the Red Sea should take place in the autumn, so that the Gulf of Aden is crossed at the change of seasons, in late October or early November. However, arriving too early off the Horn of Africa carries the risk of the NE monsoon not yet being established. It is therefore a matter of weighing up the disadvantages of contrary winds in the Gulf of Aden against the advantages of favourable winds and current along the coast of East Africa.

Having passed through Bab el Mandeb, from WP

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