On the morning of the 18th October we left Symi town
at 07:10 having managed to log out of Greece the
previous evening. I think that Richard had quite a hard time doing that
as the chap in the office (or rather one of the offices) couldn’t believe
that we didn’t have some stamps in our transit log. However he let
us go in the end! It was only a short sail before we got out the Turkish courtesy
Turkey in sight!
We had decided to sail to Loryma on the Turkish coast where
we would stop for breakfast. It is a large sheltered bay which has no
access by land – that is there are no roads there at the moment. It
was really calm and the water crystal clear. We had to have one last swim
there before arriving in the marina for the winter. Absolutely gorgeous, we
could have stayed for several days but we had a rendezvous to make! Our friends
Ray and Carol were on their way up from Fethiye to meet us so we upped anchor
and set off again.
We kept scouring the horizon for any sign of their boat and
tried calling them on VHF. Neither of us heard anything, however
subsequently another boat told us that they had heard Ray. We eventually
made contact by mobile phone and agreed to meet up in Kadirga Bay just at the
entrance of Marmaris Bay. We kept
looking for them but it was really only at the last minute that we spotted each
other and amazingly we both arrived off the bay at the same time!
Anyone else recognise these
It was indescribable to finally meet up after talking about
it for so long. We took a little time to find a good spot to anchor but
once anchors were set and the dinghy was in the water the bottle of bubbly in
hand off we went to Ostrea!
Akibbon coming into Kadirga
Richard unshipping the oars
Well I’m not certain that if we had been breathalysed
on leaving Kadirga what colour the crystals might have been but we motored into
Marmaris Bay as the sun was
Sun on the hills behind the
Can’t quite read the sign
on the island but it definitely says Yacht Marina Marmaris
Just past the island looking
back towards Icmeler
Following Ray and Carol into the
Crumbs look at all those masts!
Is there room for us?
What an amazing sight – we have never seen a marina on
this scale. Anyhow we didn’t go into the marina that evening but
picked up a mooring outside and continued the party on our boat!
Distance run 39.49nM Cumulative total 3536.21nM