| 5:00 PM local time, Saturday, February 16 (1300 Feb. 16 UTC) 16 56 N 054 00
E, Raysut, the port of Salalah, Oman.
Greetings from the crew of Maverick.
The Captain regrets he does not have time for a report on Oman as
preparations are intense and I can't connect with an email station from the
harbor. It's necessary to use a very flakey email cafe in town, and it's time
consuming to get here.
It is very unlikely you'll hear more from us until we get through the
pirate area. We're hiding the new computer and using the old one as a decoy
in case we're attacked, and as you know, the old one doesn't work. Whether or
not we're hassled, then, it will be about a week or more until we can get
word out. It's also a bad area of the world for email because we're so far
from any land based stations, so that may delay our contacting you.
Cruisers will be talking to each other on high frequency and if we're
attacked there is a possibility word would get back home and out to you
before we got to another port. Our next stop is Massawa, Eritrea. I don't
know if there are email cafes there but certainly there would be phones. It
shouldn't take more than about ten days or so, starting Monday the 18th, to
get there. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves.