Hi, my name is Michael Campbell-Smith. As an offshore yachtsman, I have skippered my own boats from the Indian Ocean to the Hebrides and the Mediterranean, and I still enjoy sailing the Irish Sea in my own boat when I am in England .
However, I now live most of the time in Egypt .
Those of you who sail offshore will know the pleasures and tribulations of ocean sailing only too well, and I can truthfully say that sailing on the river Nile is totally unlike any sailing I have experienced in the past.
Gone is the stress of worrying about weather and safe anchorage. Gone is the discomfort of pitching about in heavy seas, and sea sickness. Relieved of the responsibilities of command, you are free to enjoy the passing scenery, which in Upper Egypt has not changed much for millennia. In fact your major decisions will be deciding when to tell your skipper that you wish to eat, or where to put in for the night.
For the technically minded, all sailing boats on the Nile are lateen rigged, so that their towering masts can catch the lightest air – very necessary as none of them have engines. Feluccas have one mast, and Sandals and Dahabiyyas have two. Feluccas are essentially open boats, Sandals are converted working boats, with spacious cabins, very beamy, and Dahabiyyas are rather longer with less beam. Strong winds are very rare, and do not last long, and even the strongest wind, does not cause much of a disturbance on the placid surface of the Nile .
I have been captivated by my experiences of sailing in Egypt. I am sure that you and your family will be too.
Using a combination of my sailing knowledge, and the staff at www.flatsinluxor.co.uk we can now offer you a traditional Nile cruise by sailing boat, and combine it with accommodation in one of Flats in Luxor ‘s apartments.
Flats in Luxor is run by Jane Akshar and Mahmoud Jahlan and they have many years of providing services to tourists and are recommended by both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.
Want to know more, please send us an email if making a general enquiry or if you are ready to book you can telephone +20 (0) 1003564540
Why not visit the other Flats in Luxor Group websites:
- Holiday rentals and long term stays for Egyptologists: http://www.flatsinluxor.co.uk
- River Nile Cruises by sail: http://www.sailthenile.com
- Eco Holidays: http://www.nubian-eco-village.com
- Luxury Villas http://tahrirvilla.com/
- Egypt Property for Sale: http://www.egyptpropertyforsale.co.uk