Sailing Leander

Sailing Leander

Who: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
Port: Boston
22 November 2010 | Fethiye, Turkey
22 October 2010
20 July 2010 | Endeavor Bay, Tawila Island, Egypt
17 July 2010 | Red Sea, Egypt
15 July 2010 | 27 41 N, 33 48 E
14 June 2010 | 14 48 N, 42 57 E
12 June 2010
08 June 2010 | Sataya (Dolphin) Reef, Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt
07 June 2010 | Dangerous Reef, Foul Bay, Egypt
02 June 2010 | Khor el Morob, Sudan
30 May 2010 | Marsa Shin'Ab, Sudan
27 May 2010 | Marsa Shin'ab, Sudan
25 May 2010 | Suakin, Sudan
24 May 2010 | Aden, Yemen
03 May 2010 | Day 5: 160 miles northeast of Aden, 15 miles from the Yemeni Coast
29 April 2010 | Day 1: Passage to Yemen
24 April 2010 | Day 16: 135 Miles From Salalah, Oman
21 April 2010 | Day 13: 460 Miles From Salalah, Oman
19 April 2010 | Day 11: A Little Bit Closer to Oman
18 April 2010 | In the midst of the Arabian Sea

Marsa Shin'Ab, Sudan

30 May 2010 | Marsa Shin'Ab, Sudan
1:00 p.m. (10:00 UTC) Sunday, 30 May 2010 21 20 N, 37 00 E

Boy, it's dusty here. And dry. A minute after you finish your cereal, slurrrpppprhphhh, gone is the moisture, sucked into the air, and the thin layer of milk has hardened to a crust. (It doesn't really make that noise. That's just for effect.) We are comfortable, and don't sweat, because any moisture that dares make its appearance on our skin is quickly vacuumed up in much the same way. (Same sound.)

We clean off the solar panels, which get dust covered, and then a couple of hours later it's as if we didn't touch them. And the sand/dust makes the mountains in the background disappear. When it's not windy, we get a beautiful sunset, but when it does get stirred up, the sun just gets whiter and duller and then fades to nothing about 15 degrees above the horizon.

The winds look like they are moderating a little bit. But inertia sets in -- you know, bodies in motion tend to stay in motion, etc. When we're at sea, we want to continue charging up the Red Sea, putting miles under the belt. When we're at anchor though, and it's comfortable and we do small tasks and listen to books on tape and watch movies and Sima takes most of the later afternoon making a wonderful dinner, it's tough for both of us to think about going to sea again. Especially if the wind is blowing at our anchorage, and we can imagine what the seas will be like offshore.

But we'll go off today. How far we go depends upon how it is out there. We have our eyes set on dolphin reef, 214 miles away, which is an eternity in these seas, so we'll see. We may stop at Elba Reef, which is just 40 miles away. We'll leave today, May 30, at about 4 p.m. local, 13:00 UTC. Dolphin Reef would be three days, or maybe four, and Elba would be a day.

All is well aboard.

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Vessel Name: Leander
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Boston
Crew: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
About: Following our wedding in Istanbul we are taking a two-year break from land-life and going sailing. Sima is taking time off between strategy consulting and business school while Paul is on a sabbatical from his career as an attorney.

Sailing Leander

Who: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
Port: Boston