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Stuck in the Middle With You… Yemen & Somalia

Day 87 of 164 Days Around the World Cruise

Sailing in the Gulf of Aden can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience. The Gulf of Aden is a body of water located in the Arabian Sea, between Yemen on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The area is known for its strategic location, but also for its challenges and risks, making it an exciting destination for sailors looking for a challenge.

One of the most famous challenges of sailing in the Gulf of Aden is dealing with the high frequency of pirate attacks. The region has been plagued by piracy in recent years, with pirates targeting ships passing through the area for ransom. However, many precautions have been put in place to combat piracy, such as the presence of naval forces, armed guards on ships, and avoidance of certain routes.

Aside from the piracy risk, sailing in the Gulf of Aden offers stunning views of the coastline and the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea. The warm temperatures and gentle breezes create a perfect atmosphere for sailing.

In addition to the beautiful scenery, sailing in the Gulf of Aden offers the opportunity to explore the rich culture and history of the region. The area has a rich and diverse history, with influences from ancient civilizations, as well as Islamic and Arab cultures. The port cities along the coast offer a glimpse into this fascinating history, with vibrant markets, museums, and historical landmarks to explore.

Overall, sailing in the Gulf of Aden can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience, offering the chance to explore a unique and fascinating region of the world. Despite the risks, with proper planning and precautions, sailing can safely enjoyed while experiencing the beauty and adventure of this exciting destination.

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Marty Coleman
Marty Coleman
Apr 06, 2023

I would love to hear about how you figure out the logistics of your trip. How you figure out tours in various ports. How you decide what nights to spend off the ship.


Beautiful sunrise but also "thrilling"as you said.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

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