07 Jul - 09 Jul 2007 Marsa Umbeila

Central Red Sea
Marsa Umbeila
SY "Kamu II" at anchor, south of the beach, at 7 m depth, on sand.

Click below for an interactive satellite view of our anchorage:
N 21° 58.49' E 036° 51.86'

Logging the sailed distance of about 80 nm between our anchorage off Shab Abu Fendera and Marsa Umbeila in about 36 hours and entering the disputed territorial waters of the Sudan at latitude N 22°, a vast subcontinent which links the Arab world with Black Africa, and which belongs to both, having an area the size of Europe (without Russia), home to one of the world's oldest continuous major civilizations, with historical and urban settlements dating back to 3000 BCE.

DM Konni: Doing “navigation by inquiry” in order to hoist the right courtesy flag, thus swimming with mask, snorkel and fins (and bikini) from the ship over a distance of about 300 m to the shore and asking two amazed uniformed soldiers on that desolate beach whether that anchorage was still Egypt or already Sudan.

"Sometimes when I'm bored I drink some water just to shock my liver."
(Anonymous Beer Drinker)

Watching the birdlife in the wetland near our anchorage: crab plovers (Dromas ardeola), Eurasian spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) with their distinctive flat, spatulate bills and both all-white morphs and dark grey morphs of Western reef herons (Egretta gularis).

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2007 Map Konni & Matt

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Photos 2007-05 Central Red Sea

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