25 Sep - 27 Sep 2007 Sur

Indian Ocean
Gulf of Oman
Sultanate of Oman
Fisheries Harbour
SY "Kamu II" at anchor inside the breakwater, at 7 m depth, on mud.
Very good holding.


Click below for an interactive satellite view of our very safe and protected anchorage in Sur:










Sailing rather uneventfully the Gulf of Aden west to east, keeping a sharp lookout for pirates, having a long conversation while watch-keeping about (i) the Gleiwitz Incident in 1939 CE, (ii) the level of psychological manipulation after the 9/11 Attacks in 2001 CE, and (iii) the co-ordinated hype about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq (which led eventually to the 2nd Gulf War in 2003 CE), and ignoring the threatening, robonazi-like demands from several invisible anti-piracy coalition warships in the Gulf of Aden which permanently tried to convince us on VHF to reveal our current our geographic position; so sorry guys, but we are not ready yet for this kind of New World Order, we neither do need your rescue operations, nor do we want to become collateral damage in any government's or military's diversionary tactics to distract the people from the ticking bankruptcy bomb in the post-democratic warfare states.

"Just because I am paranoid does not mean that someone is not out to get me."

    

Catching up with the tail of the weakening southwest monsoon (still with winds up to 35 knots) northwest of Socotra Island (at a longitude of about E 052°), encountering unpleasant confused seas with steep 2-m waves, overfalls and eddies in the “delta” of the Somali Current and running downwind parallel to the coast of the Arabian Peninsula for miles and miles, day after day, night after night, three hours on and three hours off, with the genoa poled to starboard and “goose-winging” the mainsail.

Enjoying the nightly light-shows of incredibly bright, green and blue bioluminescence, as if somebody was holding a lantern in our bow wave, and remembering the Milky Seas Effect which has been present in mariner's tales for centuries, notably appearing in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
     
"Night is a world lit by itself.” 

Logging the sailed distance of 1,150 nm in 14 days (an average daily run of just 82 nm) between Aden/Yemen and Sur/Oman and dropping our heavy CQR anchor behind the huge breakwater of Sur's new fishing harbour.

Refuelling with 430 litres of cheap Omani diesel fuel for OMR 0.146 or US$ 0.43 per litre from the very convenient fuel berth of the friendly Sur Harbour filling station.

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Click below for a summary of this year's travels
Facing the Middle East
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