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Red Sea peril
Billing, Shirley, 1934-
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Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Sheridan House, 2002.

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254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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In 1996, the author and her husband sailed from Phuket, Thailand to Cyprus as part of a multi-year circumnavigation of the globe. While traveling through the Red Sea, they were arrested and detained for questioning by Eritrean soldiers for 23 days. She offers a memoir of the entire trip, with a day-

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Billing, a British-born yachting journalist, and her husband have been sailing around the world for the past 15 years in their yacht, Clypeus. They have become part of the sailing community, staying in regular radio communication with other travelers, meeting in various ports, and sharing experiences with one another. In mid-March 1996, after the Billings anchored off the Eritrean coast, they were taken at gunpoint from their yacht. They remained in Eritrean custody for one month until pressure from their family in England, journalists, and their sailing friends enabled their release. This account describes the months that led up to their misadventure, the confusion of their arrest and confinement, and the continuation of their travels afterward. It is a story of two people who believed in fair play and following the rules. When war erupted and they became victims of a confused set of circumstances, their connections with others sustained and eventually saved them. The authors' tone is matter-of-fact, with a lot of detail and little sense of emotion. Recommended for larger public libraries. Alison Hopkins, Brantford P.L., ON (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

ForewordBasil d'Oliveira
Author's Acknowledgements
Description and layout of ketch CLYPEUS
1 Andaman Sea and Indian Oceanp. 12
2 Sri Lankap. 20
3 Eleguma Island Maldivesp. 28
4 Al Mukallap. 43
5 Adenp. 52
6 Perim Lighthousep. 63
7 Baraisole Bay--Day 1p. 75
8 Baraisole Bay--Day 2p. 81
9 Baraisole Bay--Day 3p. 90
10 Assab--Day 4p. 98
11 Assab--Day 5p. 104
12 Asmara--Day 7p. 112
13 Asmara--Day 8p. 119
14 Asmara--Day 9p. 126
15 Asmara--Day 10p. 130
16 Asmara--Day 11p. 139
17 Asmara--Day 12p. 151
18 Asmara--Day 13p. 155
19 Asmara--Day 14p. 159
20 Asmara--Day 15p. 163
21 Asmara--Day 17p. 169
22 Asmara--Day 18p. 173
23 Asmara--Day 20p. 179
24 Asmara--Day 23p. 189
25 Homeward Bound--Saturday 13th Aprilp. 199
26 Saturday 20th Aprilp. 205
27 Sunday 5th Mayp. 215
28 Wednesday 8th Mayp. 221
29 Suez Canalp. 229
30 Israelp. 235
31 Cyprusp. 243
Indexp. 251