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Old 22-01-2024, 16:01   #1
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Thailand to the Med

Hi everyone. Planning the crossing from Thailand to the Med assuming Red Sea is safe again and the situation in Jordan is under control .

Is anyone aware of any regattas that cover this area?
Anyone with experience in this route with general advice?
I’ve heard Maldives are too expensive. Are Seychelles too far south?
I know April - Nov is the unfavorable monsoon season. Many thanks in advance.

Any other advice?
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Old 22-01-2024, 16:19   #2
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Hi everyone. Planning the crossing from Thailand to the Med assuming Red Sea is safe again and the situation in Jordan is under control .

Is anyone aware of any regattas that cover this area?
Anyone with experience in this route with general advice?
I’ve heard Maldives are too expensive. Are Seychelles too far south?
I know April - Nov is the unfavorable monsoon season. Many thanks in advance.

Any other advice?
I never sailed it. But I sailed in the Med in the 80's and met lots of people who did. Completely aside from human caused safety issues (and Houthi missles are far from the only, or biggest, concern) this route is a bitch. Headwinds, heat and dust storms. How about a nice scenic tour of South Africa, Brazil and Gibraltor instead?
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Old 24-01-2024, 19:46   #3
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Thanks Mike. My understanding was that there are tail winds with following seas typically nov-March once the monsoon reverses. Dust storms are typically in the Red Sea I presume? Are those seasonal or year round?
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Thanks Mike. My understanding was that there are tail winds with following seas typically nov-March once the monsoon reverses. Dust storms are typically in the Red Sea I presume? Are those seasonal or year round?
I'm sorry I never sailed it. I just remember hearng lots of tales of head winds, heat, dust and generally unpleasant condtons in the Red sea itself comng up from the south. Apparently a lot of people still did it in those days because the Med is such an allurng destnaton. But I never heard anyone say much good about it. No idea about approaches from Indian Ocean.

The sailng pilot books all seem to be out of print (except for one frst publshed by the British Admiralty in 1873). But you can buy this one used on Amazon for $75: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Pilot...s%2C192&sr=1-1
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Re: Thailand to the Med

Some interesting & informative narratives:

Thoughts on Cruising the Red Sea ➥ https://theseaissalt.com/thoughts-on...g-the-red-sea/

Travelling North & South through the Red Sea:
https://www.noonsite.com/report/trav...h-the-red-sea/

The Red Sea ➥ https://www.noonsite.com/report/the-...eautiful-area/


“How to sail across the Indian Ocean”
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”... In the New Year yachts from all over the world gather in Phuket, Thailand, for the last legs of their circumnavigation. For yachts from northern Europe, there are three options to get back to their home countries.

The first is sailing across the Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope before sailing back up the Atlantic. The second is to sail around India and then head up the Red Sea, across the Mediterranean and then home. The third is to ship the yacht home from Thailand and jump on an aeroplane...”
More ➥ https://www.yachtingworld.com/specia...et-sail-128021


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Hi everyone. Planning the crossing from Thailand to the Med assuming Red Sea is safe again and the situation in Jordan is under control .

Is anyone aware of any regattas that cover this area?
Anyone with experience in this route with general advice?
I’ve heard Maldives are too expensive. Are Seychelles too far south?
I know April - Nov is the unfavorable monsoon season. Many thanks in advance.

Any other advice?
did it 3x.
advice: don't!
in the present situation: don't even think about it!
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