Sudan - Profile
- Port Sudan, the country's main port, is a convenient stop for yachts sailing up or down the Red Sea, although its facilities are poor and nothing has been done to improve them.
- Boats coming from the south might find simpler formalities in Suakin, just south of Port Sudan.
- Port Sudan's position at the halfway point of the Red Sea marks the point where the winds change from prevailing southerlies to northerlies. Northbound yachts face an uphill beat all the way to the Suez Canal, while southbound boats usually have to fight contrary winds as far as Bab el Mandeb and even beyond.
- If not in a great hurry, the best tactic for northbound boats is to cover as much ground as possible inside the reefs, which extend parallel to the shore along most of Sudan's coastline. The reef anchorages offer perfect shelter and also great diving and fishing.
- Note that a Sudan cruising permit is required for passage through the reefs (obtainable in Port Suakin). If you don't have a Sudan cruising permit, try to stay outside the reefs especially near the Egyptian border, to avoid problems with the military.
- Yachts have been allowed to anchor along the coast before clearing in, provided no one goes ashore.
- Many countries have an embargo against Sudan which could make it difficult to get spare parts shipped to you there. Be aware also that accessing bank accounts via the internet in Sudan may result in the account being frozen.
It is advised to also avoid the Red Sea boarder with Eritrea.
Hostilities between Sudanese forces and armed opposition groups in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, including the disputed area of Abyei, present real and immediate dangers to travelers.
Last updated November 2016.
The climate is tropical, hot and dry in the north, and rainier in the south. The Red Sea area is very hot in summer when the winds are mostly northerly. The winter months are very pleasant and the prevailing winds are from the south.
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