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recognising the situation, I felt completely safe while
travelling. Make sure you plan at least a few days in
tel Aviv, which besides being a UnesCo World heritage
city has fantastic restaurants and a beach along the
Mediterranean. herzilya, a city just north of tel Aviv,
has a modern marina full of amenities where a
majority of the country’s sailboats are docked. onboard
a Jeanneau 54, along with thirteen others (Israelis
as well as a Frenchman and norwegian), we joined
more than 200 other sailboats for a day of celebration,
sailing the five miles from herzilya to tel Aviv in
company with the Israeli navy and air force. Watching
an air show while sailing off the beach of tel Aviv was
a bit surreal and loads of fun. and take his family sailing around the world. Unable
the 2008 rally started at tel Aviv Marina with to find what they wanted, they bought an empty hull
opening ceremonies by the mayor of tel Aviv and sitting in a farm field in new Zealand. they had the
Chrysalis at the
officials of the egyptian government along with terry hull shipped to Florida where Mike taught himself how
Hurghada marina
Kohler, the president of north sails, one of the major to build and then captain a boat. Built to the highest
and the onboard
nav station.
sponsors of the rally. With the release of 60 doves of standards, Chrysalis has been outfitted with top-of-the-
peace the rally of 50 boats was ready to begin. Marina line comforts, all the navigation equipment one could
personnel and the Israeli police got everyone smoothly wish for and provides a perfect venue in which to
through the check-out process, and by mid-afternoon explore the world. When I met up with Mike and Kim,
everyone was underway. the first sail was an overnight they along with their children Lauren, 17, and stefan,
to port said, egypt. 14, and skipper (the dog) had been onboard for
of the 50 boats in the rally, 49 were sailboats three and a half years. Crossing the Atlantic was their
and the remaining one a 65-foot power catamaran, first major step, and they have since been exploring
my ride for the rest of the journey. It was difficult to europe; the rally was the first time they had joined a
go home after a week aboard the lovely power cat, cruise in company.
Chrysalis, owned by Canadians Mike and Kim petersen. In addition to the camaraderie a rally promotes,
Mike, who obviously can do pretty much whatever he there is the benefit of having help with the paperwork
sets his mind to, decided (not ever having been on encountered as you enter different countries. Going
a boat before) that he wanted to move onto a boat from Israel, an affluent country, to egypt, a developing
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