Hope's and Howard's Sailing Adventures

Atlantic Cruising on board Mazu

Datça to Bodrum via Pamalut and Knidos

Our last blog was a bit after the fact because we ran out of data on our Turkish SIM card, just at publishing time.  It took three more stops until we were able to find a Turkcell dealer and top up our minutes.  In the interim, the blog was published without photos using wifi from a bar.  The photos have since been added so, in case you have’t already seen.. Read More

Exploring More of the Carian Coast – Bozburun, Keçi Bükü and Datça

From Bozuk Bükü, we anticipated stronger winds once past the first headland as there is just a 4-mile stretch of water between it and the Greek island of Symi.  A   reef in the main turned out to be prudent initially when sailing close-hauled in about 20 knots of wind but we soon shook it out as the wind dropped and we were reaching around the second headland and entering.. Read More

Breathing out in Bozuk Bükü after Marmaris

Our departure from Marmaris was delayed because we wanted to get our boat insurance sorted out before we left.  Our current insurance is with Pantaenius US but they, like several other companies, are getting out of the yacht insurance business (too many hurricanes?) so will not renew our policy that expires on August 10th. We have had difficulty finding alternative insurers. Some US companies were not keen on us being.. Read More

Re-tracing our Steps to Marmaris

After chilling for about 5 days in various Kekova anchorages, enjoying a bit of hiking, paddle-boarding and cooling-off swims in the oft chilly spring-fed waters, we set off around the next set of headlands, passing closely to a couple of small Greek islands. One of those islands was Meyisti (home to Castellorizo) where we saw a large Greek war ship patrolling the waters.  Thankfully we hadn’t strayed into Greek waters.. Read More

Released at Last!

After about 12 weeks of lockdown, at least for those aged 65 or older (Howard), the restrictions were lifted last week (between the hours of 10:00 to 20:00) and on June 16 we finally departed Finike marina. Our feelings were rather mixed, after over 8 months there, apart from interludes in the UK and US, we had become accustomed to life in this Turkish part of the Med; good friends,.. Read More

Lockdown in Turkey, but no Midnight Express

We find ourselves, at the end of March, still on ‘cell/dock #50’ in Finike marina, Turkey. Our plans, like many others, placed on hold due to the current pandemic. The boat is ready to go, with her bottom painted and essential maintenance tasks completed. There is just nowhere to go. The advice from the marina staff was too stay put, just in case the rules changed and we were not.. Read More

Finike – our winter home

It’s the second week of November and we are still in shorts and sandals, although it does cool down at night and the days are becoming a lot shorter. The pace of life here is quite slow and, accordingly, quite pleasant. The tourist season is over and traveling to explore our local environs is without hassle. Many of the ‘boat people’ have also departed, returning to their cold northern homes,.. Read More

Kekova

Kekova is a long island separated from mainland Turkey by a stretch of water known as Kekova Roads.  There are multiple well protected anchorages off Kekova Roads, two of which we have tried.  From Kas, it was an uneventful 3.5 hour trip to Üçagiz Limani, which has a relatively narrow entrance off Kekova Roads but then opens up to a huge fairly shallow bay.  We dropped the anchor in 12.. Read More

Karacaören, Kalkan and Kas

With the afternoon wind being southerly, we had to beat out of Gocek.  Being cruisers we usually try our best not to go to windward but here we had plenty of time and a nice wind so we did put in a few tacks and had some very pleasant close-hauled sailing.  However, tacking Mazu, a cutter-rigged boat, was a very different experience from that onboard Melodrama, a modern sloop, in.. Read More

Turkey – ports in Fethiye Bay

When we were planning our cruising of the Turquoise coast, Jim suggested we could easily spend at least 4 nights in Fethiye Bay.  He was right and we can certainly understand why Jim and Tina love to come back year after year to cruise these waters.  This bay in particular, surrounded by vast cliffs and tree-lined terrain, has an indented coast and islands on either side of it but with.. Read More