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Sydney to the Med
Yes, I did sail from Macau, China to the Med
thru Thailand,Sri Lanka,Maldives,India,
Indian Ocean,Red Sea,Mediterranian Sea to Portugal, during Nov. 1999 to Aug. 2000. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of endurance sailing up th Red Sea, with the wind always on the nose around 30 knots. And prepare yourself of a lot of motoring and patience for at least 1 1/2 to 2 months.
Yes the threat of pirates at the entrance of the Red Sea is real. We were lucky not to encounter any, but at the same time heard from the radio that 3 sailing yachts were attacked by pirates at the time we were sailing into ''Aden''. We were sailing close to the north shore close to the ''Arabian Penninsula''. Those yachts were sailing to ''Djibouti'', north of the African shore.
I would strongly advice you to sail near the Arabian Pennisula when you approach the entrance of the Red Sea.
If you want more info for this route do not hasitate to email me, I would be glad to help.
Good luck and good sailing!