Rn Port Sudan to Suez

North from Port Sudan, boats bound for Egypt and the Suez Canal have the same choice as before and can either stay inside the reefs or sail offshore. The best area for day sailing starts immediately to the north of Port Sudan, with several well protected inlets among the reefs. Compared to the southern half of the Red Sea, the north has fewer offshore dangers and the direct route has a clear run all the way to Daedalus Reef (24°56'N, 35°52'E). The recommended route runs roughly parallel to the axis of the Red Sea, although it favours the Sudanese side in case the decision is taken to head for the coast and seek temporary shelter in one of the many inlets.

tered natural harbour in which the port of Hodaida occupies the southern extremity. A 10 mile long buoyed channel leads into Hodaida, whose Port Control should be contacted on VHF channel 16 to advise ETA, name of vessel, and other details before permission is given to proceed into the port. The Yemeni capital Sanaa is easily reached overland from Hodaida. • ,

Having left Port Sudan, from WP RN40, south of Wingate Reef, an initial course is set to WP RN41, east of Sanganeb Reef. The course is then altered for WP RN42, east of Abington Reef, where the offshore route coming up from Masamirit Light is joined. A useful landmark on this offshore route is Gezirat Zabargad, a high rocky islet off Foul Bay, an area which is best avoided even by those who have been coastal sailing to this point. The route passes east of Zabargad.

North of Foul Bay, longer offshore legs become increasingly necessary as there are fewer safe anchorages along the Egyptian coast. From WP RN44, west of Daedalus Reef, the route continues

Best time:

March to April

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BA: 8, 63, 138

US:62250. 62230, 62195

US: 172

Cruising guides:

Red Sea Pilot.

Departure

Intermediate

Landfall

Destination

Distance (M)

RN40 Sudan NE

RN41 Sanganeb

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19'45'N, 37'35'E RN42 Abington 21 '00'Nj 38°00'E RN43 Zabargad 23'40'N, 36C30'E RN44 Daedalus 24°55'N, 35'40'E RN45 Brot 26'20'N, 35C00'E RN46 Shaker E 27°30'N. 34°15'E RN47 Gubal NE 27=43'N, 33'50'E

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RN48 Shul

RN49 Suez S

Port Suez

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29*34'N, 32'35'E

29'58'N,' 32°33'E

in a NW direction towards the Brothers, which are passed on their east side. A safe all weather anchorage can be found at nearby Hurghada (27013.8'N, 33°50.7'E), where it is also possible to clear into Egypt. From Hurghada the Gulf of Suez can be reached via Tawila Channel, which avoids a detour past Shaker Island and the Strait of Gubal.

From WP RN45, east of the Brothers, the offshore route heads for the Strait of Gubal, which is entered at WP RN46, east of Shaker Island. From WP RN47 the route runs down the middle of the Gulf of Suez passing through an intermediate WP RN48, off Ras Shukeir. Landfall is finally made at WP RN49, in the approaches to Suez. Navigation through the narrow Gulf of Suez can be daunting, due to the numerous oil rigs, heavy shipping, and the usually contrary wind. The problem is exacerbated by the presence of many disused oil platforms, some of which are not marked by lights. Traffic separation lanes are in operation for the entire length of the Gulf of Suez, with northbound traffic using the right hand lane. Sailing boats, especially if they need to tack, or if motorsailing to windward, normally fare better by favouring the eastern side of the narrow Gulf. It must also be stressed that the waypoints listed for the Gulf of Suez are only meant as guidelines.

The Suez Canal Authority should be contacted on VHF channel 16 to give an ETA. If Suez Bay is reached during the night it is recommended to anchor either off the main channel or in the waiting area in Port Ibrahim and wait for daylight before passing through the heavy traffic to the Suez Canal Yacht Club. As the yacht club is in the Suez Canal area, yachts should not proceeed there without permission from the Canal Authority. If not using the yacht club the recommended anchorage for yachts intending to transit the Canal is just inside the southern breakwater in Port Ibrahim. The breakwater can be passed either west or east and the anchorage is at its eastern end, close to the entrance into the North Basin. A shipping agent or his representative will arrive in his launch soon after Suez Bay has been entered offering to make arrangements for transiting the Suez Canal. Agency fees are extremely competitive and skippers are advised not to accept an offer before a fee has been agreed. Agents normally deal with all formalities, both for entry into Egypt and for transiting the Canal. See also page 491 concerning the transit through the Suez Canal.

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