Turkey | Kemer | Park looking back at Kemer Marina
Turkey | Kemer| Happy Halloween
Turkey | Kemer | Kemer Marina | Navigator Restaurant terrace | Val and Bob Ouellette and Al
I apologize for not writing sooner but I truly thought I had. Evidently the last log I wrote did not go through. I checked the website and found we had not even arrived here yet. We have been in Kemer, Turkey since Oct. 23 and our friends Val and Bob left us on Oct. 25. This is a beautiful, comfortable marina. The marina is backed by mountains. The people are interesting and quite social. Mostly English speaking people wintering here. We listen to the Cruiser's Net each morning to hear the scheduled events, weather, birthdays,etc. Last Friday we had a fun dinner complete with music, singing and dancing. On Sunday Al and I went with a group to an English breakfast while others went on a three hour hike. The weather is still wonderful with temperatures between 78-85 during the day and dropping to comfortable sleeping weather of 65-70. Monday is market day and Kemer has an excellent one. The fruits and vegetables are fantastic. We've been trying to get the boat back in shape after neglecting her while cruising. We hope to have some work done on her but haven't been to enthused with the quotes we've been given so far. Or friends Steve and Pam are still in Greece heading this way for the winter. We plan to join them next Monday in Marmaris, Turkey by land and sail back with them to Kemer. We have talked to many of you by Skype and we have wireless internet onboard. Emails from email@example.com go to the same address as firstname.lastname@example.org. We use these addresses and rarely look at the kc0rmx email now that we are in the marina. Happy Halloween.
Love Sally and Al
October 22 & 23, 2007
What a peaceful night Kas Bucak Marina. We went to bed early after our no rest the night before. No one moved a muscle until 8:00 this morning. It started to rain about 5 AM and continued through the morning. Finally about 10:00 we decided to move on. We sailed about a half hour then the wind switched on the nose. Rain and some thunderstorms 3 miles away. But we decided to continue on to Setur Finike Marina in Finike. It's more pleasant in a harbor where we can step off to shore in the rain than sitting at anchor somewhere. We'll have another 35 nm to go to Kemer tomorrow. We noted on the charts today that we are only 130nm from Cyprus and 310nm from the entrance to the Suez Canal:-> We arrived in Finike around 4:15. We plan to go out to dinner if it doesn't start raining again.
Turkey | Finike | Val Bob And Al
Turkey | Finike | Finike Harbor
Tues. Oct. 23 We had a lovely dinner out with Bob and Val in a restaurant just outside of Finike harbor. Val had lamb meatballs which were very good and Al, Bob and I had a lamb casserole. The casserole was like a stir fry of lamb, onions, peppers, and mushrooms in a light sauce. It was quite delicious. We had a salad, wonderful bread and a plate of appetizers which consisted of 4 or 5 different pate for dipping the bread. During the night we had another wild storm. Lots of rain, hail and lightning. The wind was blowing us away from the dock so that was good. We woke to sunshine and no wind. So we are rocking and rolling our way to Kemer under motor. Val and I made omelets and toast for breakfast under weigh. We expect to be in Kemer around 2:00.
Love Sally and Al
Turkey | sailing toward Kalkan| Val Ouellette and Al
October 21 and 22 2007
We arrived at Yesilkoy Limani anchorage 2 nm west of Kalkan just before dark. We enjoyed a lovely evening making grilled shrimp kebobs and rice for dinner. YUM! After dinner we played Scrabble. Sally was the winner :-> About 11:30 the wind began to pick up. Al and I were on anchor watch for about an hour before we decided to start the engine to help hold the boat. We were taking waves over the bow onto the deck at anchorage! Val and Bob took a wave in their forward portlight drenching poor Val. Bob and Al manned the cockpit. What horrendous winds. We finally decided around 2:30 AM to try the bay next to Kalkan town about 2 nm away. But SE winds were just as bad there. We motored slowly around this bay along with two other boats until daylight. Even then it was gusting over 50 knots and it started to rain. A thunderstorm and squall gave us a thrill. One lightning bolt hit very near by. We thought the Turkish gullet anchored in the bay was hit but it wasn't. Pretty scary, wet and tiresome night. We finally put the anchor down around 8:00. But we continued to dance circles around the bay. Al, Val and Bob tried to rest for an hour or so while I was on anchor watch. Unfortunately by 9:30 they were up again with another squall.
Turkey | Kas | Kas Bukak Marina
Turkey | Kas | Kas Town Harbor
By 10:30 the sun came out and the skies cleared. We decided to head to an unfinished marina Kas Bucak Marina about 18 nm away. We had to pound into the SE seas and swells (over 4 meters)the whole way but we were rewarded with a quite protected harbor at the end:-> We had a late lunch around 2:00 then walked into Kas town to have a look around. We had naps and showers before grilling our steaks and baked potatoes. We are hoping for a quiet night tonight.
Love Sally and Al
Turkey | Fethiye | Telmessos - Greek Theater
Turkey | Fethiye | Lycean Rock Tombs
Turkey | Fethiye
Turkey | Aegean Sea |Fethiye | anchorage
October 20, 2007
We arrived in Fethiye, Turkey around 6:00 last night and enjoyed a lovely spacious anchorage. Turkey so far is not at all what we expected. The marinas are full of beautiful yachts and the towns offer everything you may find in a US or European town. Both Marmaris and Fethiye were rebuilt after 1958 earthquakes. So most of the buildings are quite modern with the old intermixed. We happened upon a shoe repairman who was finally able to replace the clasps on Al's favorite walking sandals. He's been looking for months :-> We visited the ruins of a Greek theater, medieval fort and in the cliffs above the town several Lycian rock tombs. A little boy found us wandering around trying to find our way. He said in perfect English. "Do you want the fort or the tombs?" Then he proceeded to show us the way. Asking Al his name and how old he is and then he told his name and that he was eleven. Once there he said, "You have Turkish money?" He's well on the road to being a Turkish business man. We visited the bazaar area after and shopped for fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and bread. The sky looked very threatening but we got a favorable weather report for heading toward Antalya. Not much wind possible rain but no storms. The other direction had gale force winds and high seas. We plan to either anchor or moor in Kalkan tonight about 38 nm. Happy Birthday to my sister Katie!
Love Sally and Al
October 19, 2007
We had a lovely dinner in Marmaris, Turkey last night thanks to Bev. She recommended a place that cruisers and locals go to. It was excellent and inexpensive. The Turkish lira is equal to 1.16 American (1.65 Euro)So now we have an easier time figuring what we are really spending. After dinner we walked around downtown Marmaris. It's not anything like we expected. It's a major Tourist town with 10 kilometers of waterfront and huge shopping malls. The shop keepers and restaurant owners are milling about trying to draw you into their establishment. They spoke excellent English and knew just how to joke and play with the customer to get them to stop for at least a few moments even if we didn't want too. We learned quick that you could distract them by asking directions to some place. They quickly became helpful, explaining how to find what we wanted and didn't continue trying to sell us anything. Friendly happy people. I noticed three different people humming as they completed our paper work yesterday. We've been told this overly friendliness will wear on us after a while. But for now we find it a pleasant change. Port Marmaris is Turkey's largest and most luxurious marina. The bathrooms/shower complexes were clean, decorative and spacious. It has a swimming pool, shopping mall, and entertainment center ajoined to the complex. The old town of Marmaris is a short stroll over a canal bridge. We wished we had more time to explore but we only have 5-6 days to cruise the coast before Val and Bob need to fly out to Istanbul. Today we are motoring again about 44 nm to Fethye.
Turkey | Port Marmaris | Netzel Marina
Thurs Oct. 18
Al and I cleared Artemis and us out of Greece early. (charged 5.80 Euro exit fees) We left the dock by 9:00 and arrived at Port Marmaris, Turkey around 1:30. Beautiful day, but wind was on the nose (what little we had) so we motored the 25nm to Marmaris. We hired a taxi driver and 2 hours later after back tracking offices several times. We were the proud owners of our Turkish Transit log (40 Euro), Visas (30 Euro for two), health certificate, and properly stamped into the country. Most places except Euro's or the Turkish Lira. We visited Half Moon in the harbor. Bev and Tom left our marina, Port Superior 17 years ago and have sailed nearly around the world. They came up the Red Sea last year and now are in Turkey. What a fun visit. We're on our way our to dinner so I'll write to more people later.Love Sally and Al
Wed. Oct. 17 We dragged poor jet lagged Val and Bob off the boat by 10:00 to see the beautiful city of Rhodes. We went to the museums first starting with the Kastello-The Palace of the Grand Master of Rhodes. Fascinating...We wandered the city and had a marvelous lunch in Ovriaki district and ice cream in Ippokratous Square. It's amazing how quickly the day flies by with beautiful sights to see and fun friends to share it with. We took showers and fueled up the boat as we plan to head for Turkey in the morning We grilled steaks and enjoyed the evening aboard Artemis