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There are two news. One is good, the second is not very. This year, with the advent of the new governor and the withdrawal of the military from the Emirates from the island, the situation has changed for the better. All papers are issued to yachtsmen and tourist visas are issued for those who want to see the island. The bad news is that clearance in Socotra has become more expensive.
Very soon we expect more than 10 sailing boat that will come to Socotra to refuel diesel fuel, water, purchase food and look at this wonderful and peace-loving island. We hope that the new leaders of Socotra will help the yachtsmen on their difficult and dangerous way crossing HRA (High Risk Area).
"Touching land countless faces smiling and all curious, who were these people. I announced: "I am happy to finally be back in Africa", to which they replied, "No no, this is the Middle East!" Awesome. Socotra tamam! Socotra good! An expression one quickly learns through osmosis as it is a common expression people often times ask you on the island of Socotra. Though this is a common Arabic expression, the local language Socotri is, as the name suggests, a local language whose roots is one step older than Arabic."
The island of Socotra is becoming a popular destination for yachting cruisers. Several sailing boats visited Socotra in the last month. We help sailors with all the necessary formalities, to buy diesel, food and of course to see our amazing island.
Socotra became popular for sailors going in the direction of the Red Sea. Three sailing boats came to Socotra at the same time.
I built this boat with my own hands from the old fiberglass canoe and scrap materials. Great for fishing and sailing along the shore. This is the only sailboat on Socotra.
Sailors, who came to Socotra at the end of the southwest monsoon, could see what was happening on Socotra in the summer. The weather is very different from the usual. In the mountains is cool and cloudy. On the north shore of Socotra blowing very strong wind.
60-foot catamaran with a Russian-Ukrainian crew came to Socotra. They were the first who visited Socotra in the season the south-east monsoon, which still strong now.
Two more sailing boats have visited Socotra on their way to the Red Sea. German catamaran and Irish yacht spent on Socotra for about a week. It was a pleasure to meet interesting people, some of them live aboard for more than 10 years.
Sailors is lucky people. Now they are the only ones who can come to Socotra and see our beautiful island. The rest are waiting until direct flight from Dubai starts.
We made a small sailing trimaran with junk rig sail for coastal trips around Socotra.
Socotra started to receive cruisers. Our agency "Socotra Tamam" started working as an agent for sailors coming to Socotra island. We help sailors with all documents, buy food, water and fuel. And of course we showed our guests the island of Socotra.
During February-March 2015 several sailing boats made a stop on Socotra.
"On our way back from a circumnavigation, in March 2014 we started from Maldives, headed to visit the Socotra island in Yemen and become the first sailing yacht to come there in recent years... In our opinion, navigation from India, Sri-Lanka or the Maldives to Bab-el-Mandeb with a stopover on Socotra is a good alternative to navigation with stops in Oman and continental Yemen." Andrey Nevzorov, Captain of sailing yacht Delta
Sailing boat "Delta" which is traveling around the world was the first boat coming to Socotra in recent years.