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What if you want to cross the Aqaba with your windsurf to reach Saudi?
Here are some numbers:
- Distance from Club Dahab to a straight line point to the other side of the gulf of Aqaba is 26 Km (minumum distance = 25 Km). This is actually the widest point of the gulf of Aqaba.
- Distance from MoonBeach to a straight line point to the other side of the gulf of Suez is 23 Km
In both cases:
- Visible horizon in case of excellent visibility would be 4.7Km (if your height above sea level is approx = 1.7m)
- This means a person with binoculars should be watching you from a height slightly above 52 meters above sea level, to monitor your progress and send help if necessary. Radio communication is important.
It will probably take you to cross the Aqaba:
- If you are [Finian Maynard|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finian_Maynard] (Average of 85Km/h): 18 minutes!!
- More realistic speed would be 40Km/h: 39 minutes.
Provided that the conditions are:
- Good winds
- Clear visibility
- Waves are not very high
- Proper sail size
- You don't get tired
- You keep pointing to the right direction while sailing
- No equipment breaks
- Dolphins will not make you fall off your board
I have no idea what the Saudi authorities would do if you land on their coasts.