As if the pirates weren’t enough to worry about, it looks like fighting is cranking up in Yemen just as we pass the southern shore on our way to the Red Sea.
On board the ship there is a TV channel which shows a map of our current location. It is strange to see a map on the screen from the BBC News indicating the fighting in Yemen which looks like our location map – eerie!
For the past few days, we have been sailing along the coast of Oman and Yemen, about 10 to 20 miles offshore, with no signs of the combat, except on the news. I suppose it is like all other disasters reported by the media; intense filming of the center of the conflict, creating the impression that the entire country is in flames – at least that is what I keep telling myself.
In his daily briefings the Captain has assured us that our only danger is from over-eating since the U.S. Navy is patrolling these waters, protecting commercial shipping (and us, I hope).
Sure enough, at dawn, passing just south of Aden, Yemen, this sight greeted us with the rising sun.
And now we turn into the Red Sea.
Headed to Aqaba, Jordan – our last Arab port.