The 2006 Med-Red Rally, consisting of 86 boats, sailed from Israel to Egypt and back. The itinerary included visits to such places in Egypt as Bur Sa'id (Port Said); Abu Tig Marina, in El Gouna; and Sharm el Sheikh. It was estimated that the rally hosted more than 500 cruisers from 14 countries, including the United States, Holland, Germany, France, Canada, England, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Belgium. There was a racing contingent, a mini rally, and the full-blown rally. Although the official start of the rally was in Tel Aviv, Israel, it had a feeder leg from Turkey. Of the total of 86 registered boats, 53 boats from the full-blown rally and some from the racing contingent ventured beyond Port Said and through the Suez Canal, as did my wife, Karen, and I aboard Dakare, our Hylas 54 cutter-rigged sloop.