Red Sea Newsletter
23rd February 2004
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Divers has been voted ‘Dive Centre of the Year
2003’ for the fourth year in succession. Voted
by readers of Diver magazine, the annual awards saw
Emperor Divers’ Sharm El Sheikh centre sweep
the board with first place, followed closely by Emperor
Divers’ Hurghada centre in second place.
voted No 1 dive centre,
fourth year running
and two liveaboards in top 4!
In a change to the format, divers were asked to vote
not only for their best dive centre overall, but also
their best dive centre in resort – Emperor swept
the board clean on both counts.
Another new category was Best Liveaboard. Emperor’s
fleet saw both Emperor Fraser and Pegasus placed in
the top four.
With dive centres in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Nuweiba,
Soma Bay/Safaga, Marsa Alam and Sudan, Emperor Divers
continues to hold the coveted title of Best Dive Centre
overall, as well as now proving itself exceptional
in two Red Sea resorts and in the liveaboard category.
Terry and Theresa Simpson, Directors of Emperor Divers,
said, "This is another fantastic achievement
for us. Thanks to everyone who dived and voted for
Emperor this year. We never forget that it's the guests
and our remarkable team of staff that keep us where
we are … at the top!"
For more details, please visit www.emperordivers.com
and go to Red Sea News or email email@example.com
is a Leap Year!
Leap Year is the traditional time when women can
propose marriage. In many of today's cultures, it
is OK for a woman to propose marriage to a man,
however, that hasn't always been the case. When
the rules of courtship were stricter, women were
only allowed to ask the question on one day every
four years. That day was February 29th. It is believed
this tradition was started in 5th century Ireland
when St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick about
women having to wait for so long for a man to propose.
So, according to legend, St. Patrick said the yearning
females could propose on this one day in February
during the Leap Year.
The first documentation of this practice dates back
to 1288, when Scotland passed a law that allowed
women to propose marriage to the man of their choice
in that year. They also made it law that any man
who declined a proposal in a Leap Year must pay
a fine. The fine could range from a kiss, to payment
for a silk dress or a pair of gloves.
Discovery of The Wreck of The SS Maidan
By Sonia Goggel
(Dive Guide on the MY Excel, Tornado Marine
you think there are no more secrets hiding
in the deep waters of the Red Sea you
are mistaken. Many rumours as to the whereabouts
of the wreck of the British Steamship
Maidan have circulated among Red Sea wreck
lovers, but no precise location had been
established so far.
Steamship Maidan, an impressive 500 feet
(152.4 m) long cargo vessel, displacing
8205 tons, was built by W. Hamilton &
Co. (Glasgow, UK) and launched in March
1902. Owned and operated by T. & J.
Brocklebank, she covered the trade routes
between the main European Ports and India.
final journey started off from Calcutta, India,
heading for Europe, across the waters of the
Red Sea. She hit the southern shores of Rocky
Island in the Southern Egyptian Red Sea, on
the night of June 9th 1923, and sunk the next
day into “deep water”. Her passengers
and crew, who had landed on the island in the
morning of June 10th, were rescued that same
day by the SS Warwickshire.
With this information
in the back of their minds, a team of Trimix
Closed Circuit Rebreather divers, set out to
find the wreck of the SS Maidan on the MY Excel.
They followed the lead given to them by Captain
Nagy, on the MY Excel. The team, composed of
Grant Searancke; co-owner of www.Red-Sea.com;
Guide and Search Engine, and permanent liveaboard
guide and videographer on the MY Excel and Kimmo
Hagman; professional photographer and Manager
of Colona Diving Centre in Hurghada, searched
the area indicated to them by Captain Nagy on
several occasions from May 2003 onwards.
Finally, in October 2003,
after many dives and many unsuccessful attempts,
they were able to establish the exact position
of the wreck, and to obtain the first photographs
and video footage of the vessel, thus discovering
the final resting place of the SS Maidan.
The SS Maidan now lies
at a fair distance from the shores of Rocky
Island at a depth of between 80 to 120 meters
of sea water, partially on her side. She exhibits
vast coral growth, even at that depth, and her
structure is almost intact, making her an exceptional
wreck dive. Nevertheless, the dives carried
out on the wreck make it clear that she can
only be accessible to experienced, Advanced
Trimix divers, catered for on a liveaboard vessel
fully equipped for technical diving. In addition
to the great depth in which the SS Maidan lies,
a free descent into the blue to reach her, as
well as the changeable currents around Rocky
Island, have to be carefully taken into account
when planning to dive this wreck.
finally be able to dive the SS Maidan in a safe
and controlled way, after months of dedicated
exploration and search, has been one of the
most rewarding achievements of the team's diving
further information please contact:Grant Searancke
Guide and Search Engine.
What's On ... in Cairo
Jazz Club - Jazz Sunday - Sunday 29th February
197, 26th July St.
Tel: 02-345 9939
“resident” jazz ensemble - drums,
bass, piano, sax, flute and your favorite jazz
classics. Only jazz!
As part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s
role in increasing general knowledge and cultural
awareness in all fields, the Calligraphy Center
is organizing a language training course to
teach the ancient Egyptian language (Hieroglyphics).
Courses will be given in four levels, adequate
to all age stages and all specializations. Certificates
will be given to applicants upon passing the
assigned levels. Courses will also be provided
to children and teenagers during mid-year recess,
as well as summer vacations, so that they too
have the chance to know their Ancient Egyptian
Diwan (159, 26th of July St. Zamalek, Cairo) will
be holding it's first live children's musical
event on Wednesday 25th
February at 6.30 pm. Folk songs and sing
along with guitar, banjo, autoharp and more! Educate
and entertain your children in an evening full
Egyptian folk music, particularly in villages
along the Nile, a wide variety of instruments
exist. Instrumental music plays a prominent role,
and larger ensembles of melody and percussion
instruments are typical. Doubling, or using more
than one of the same instruments in the same ensemble,
is fairly common. The instrumentalists are usually
professionals who perform under the direction
of a rayyis, a leading instrumentalist.
Egypt's folk instruments is the salamiyyah,
an open-ended reed-flute, characteristically
breathy in tone and commonly seen in folk-oriented
Sufi performances. The double-reed mizmar
appears characteristically with a large
double-sided drum called tabl baladi. Typically,
three mizmars play together. The rababah,
a two-string spike fiddle whose sound box
is made from a coconut shell, is characteristically
used by the sha'ir to accompany folk epics.
percussion instruments of Egypt are numerous
and play an essential role in the music.
They include the riqq,
a tamourine-like instrument, the tablah,
the tabl baladi, the tar, a large frame
drum, and the mazhar, a large tambourine,
with sets of cymbals. Small brass finger-cymbals,
or sajat, are used by the
cool, trendy, yellow, family Size, Swiss
- brand Passap – 1000 LE. 3
(large), arm chair with foot stool –
cream colour with teak wood (very comfy
for afternoon DVD viewing!) –
2000 LE. Please contact : Contact Jayne
010 1141 581. Hurghada.
TRV-50 Digital (NEW!),
plus Nimar housing with wide angle -
2,350 Euro. Light
System FA & MI - 330 Euro.
with lens 19-35. Plus lens 28-50. Plus
lense 100-300. Plus electronic strobe.
Package deal - 1000 Euro. For information
call: 065 444675. Hurghada.
Mares, Icelander, 7mm, Size 5
New long-john, Dacor, Size 4
Monosuit with hood, Coltri Sub,
Monosuit, Easyjet, Green/Black,
Shorty, Size 3
2 piece suit, Cressi Sub, Size
Woolly Bear, Mares, Size XL
Long-John, Size 2, Pink
2 piece, Pink/Green, Size XS
Monosuit, Protype, Size 3
For information contact: 012 563 0130
Underwater Camera Systems for SALE:
Pro Set including:
Camera MM2ex (black), Strobe YS120TTL,
Viewfinder 16-35mm, 2 x Wide Angle Lense
16mm & 20mm, 2x Makro Lense 1:3
& 1:2, Color Filter 20mm, Lense
Holder, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm S&S
160cm, Lense holder and Camera Case
1x Limited Set including:
Camera MM2ex (yellow) , Strobe YS120TTL,
Viewfinder 16-35mm, Multi Stay Set,
Strobe Arm 6 and S&S Camera Bag.
For more info and price please call
: 010 546 8800. Hurghada.
GMC 95 as new, wheel drive, auto transmission,
ABS, heavy duty
suspension, elec driver seat, velour
miters, dark red metallic, central locking,
rear wiper. Please
contact Wessam El Sebai : 010 578 3697
or Dr Dia El Sebai : 012 733 3322.
Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C,
power steering, central locking, electric
windows. Excellent condition, contact
012 747 2899 (Hurghada)
Dive Centre for Rent.
The centre includes:
18 metre boat with Caterpillar engine
- 250 horse power
Compressor - Power K14
50 Aluminium Bottles
Complete Diving Equipment
Boat Permission for 25 tourists
Tourist Permission for Dive Centre Operation
for 12 Months
Accommodation - 2 Studio Apartments
Total Centre Size - 350 square metres
- including newly built equipment room
PER MONTH: 3800 EUROS. For further details,
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for sale in Moubarak 2 area, Hurghada.
Fully furnished, 1st floor flat with
3 bedrooms. A/C, satellite TV, telephone
and automatic washing machine. Please
contact : 012 747 2899
needed to work in Nursery.
All nationalities considered, but must
speak English. Hours - 10am-6pm. Please
call : 065 447 314. Hurghada.
is looking for a part-time
Secretary with a love for the
enviroment for the Hurghada office.
English language must be fluent, while
other languages are a bonus. Looking
for someone to start immediately. Salary
is to be discussed. Please email :
Amar or phone 012 398 8108.
for a Training
partner in sports, running, biking.
No competition. Just for fun. Running
distance from 5 km upwards. Biking to
Gouna or Safaga, maybe more. Please
call: 010 545 9991
property in El
Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price
range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson
with the following specifications :
Power : 80 to 115 HP
Size : 17 to 22 feet
Polyester or semi-rigid.
Please contact : Hervé Siegrist
in El Gouna - email@example.com
required to work part-time as Nursery
speak fluent English. Nursery experience
preferred, but not essential as full
training will be given. Salary dependent
on experience. Please contact: Marika
012 393 4407. El Gouna.
hand Jeep Wrangler
wanted as soon as possible. Please contact
Andy. 010 356 4925. Hurghada.
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