We have been corresponding with various people in the last 24 hours regarding COVID-19 and it’s impact on our plans. Europe, including Cyprus and Croatia, have closed their borders to foreign nationals. Suez is still allowing transit of yachts, but all Egyptian Red Sea ports are also closed to us. We have truly become citizens of the Republic of Sunny Spells. We have food and fuel to last us 6 weeks/800 miles respectively and a watermaker, so we are okay for the time being. We will try and re-provision and take diesel in Port Suez before heading into the Mediterranean for we know not where. Time will tell where we will find a safe port that will accept us.
Position 24° 59.100′ N 34° 59.825′ E
Lat 24.985000: Lon 34.997083
Motored all the way in light headwinds and big swell. Picked up one of the public moorings on the advice of our friends on Ariel1, who we last saw in Dolphin Reef. Went for a snorkel to check out mooring. Tackle appears very new, less than 6 months old but appears to be anchored to reef below the sand as the chain comes out of the sand with no mooring block visible.
Position 24° 57.457′ N 35° 00.910′ E
Log 11,120 nm
Engine 372.9 h
Lat 24.957617: Lon 35.015167
Weighed anchor in light wind conditions for a 20 mile passage to Samadai Reef, following the channel behind the reefs. The anchorage was very secure and quiet overnight and the forecast strong northerlies never materialised.
Position 24° 39.190′ N 35° 08.672′ E
Log 11,098 nm
Engine 367.9 h
Lat 24.653167: Lon 35.144533