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Softly up the mighty Nile without an engine

As the wind got up, I watched closely as an Egyptian sailor, barefooted, shimmied up the huge yard-arm attached to the mizzen-mast, to shake out the sail furled to it. This was our January adventure, sailing up the Nile in a dahabiya with 14-16 friends. Our boat Mary Rose is a 43-metre boat of the…

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