In cruising mode again

Rob and Jacky Black
Sun 26 Sep 2010 14:04
Kekova Roads and Kas, Fethiye and Gocek
36 37.7N 29 05.6E
We sailed across from Alanya (well motor-sailed as usual) and spent a couple of days at anchor off Kekova before heading for Nuri's beach bar
near to Kas. Here we spent 3 nights and enjoyed meeting up with Val and Steve whom Rob had met in Alanya in August. From there we sailed round to Fetiye
and were passed by Sarvanna the Hanse 53 that had been with us in the EMYR. We exchanged waves and were pleased to meet up with them later the next day
when the joined us at anchor off Fetiye marina. We took the dinghy ashore and explored this large town - first impressions were good - the marina was well presented
and the facilities excellent all set close to the town. We are not surprised that June and Steve our friends from Lagos (2008) have decided to take a winter contract here.
Having stocked up at the very good produce market held along the side of the river we headed off to the bays to the south  west of Gocek. Here we really began to see
why people rave about cruising in Turkey. The choice of anchorages was vast and each bay had crystal clear water in shades of turquoise with trees right down to the shore line
and not too many other boats .In some of the bays were orange mooring buoys with stanchions concreted into the rocks on the shore - so no need to anchor. We have become
quite good at the routine of backing in to a chosen spot and either Jacky swimming  with a line or Rob going in the dinghy to secure us to a convenient rock or bollard!
We spent two nights in Tomb bay so called because of the ancient Rock Tombs carved in the cliff faces by the Carian Dynasty who were around before 400BC! We then moved
to a small group of islands in the centre of Skopea Limani called Yessica Adalari where we picked up a buoy and tied a stern line ashore. We met up with new friends on Miyagi Moon
Albert and Sheena and their parrot Charlie, had drinks with them on Arwen and on another night supper on their boat.
We enjoyed a week in this area including a couple of nights at anchor off the main town of Gocek where we were able to replenish fresh food supplies before heading north west again
for the bay of Marmaris. Our final night was in Wall bay again a delightful spot which has a resident large Turtle that swims by occasionally and has a good look at who is anchored
in it's bay!
The sail north west to Marmaris was only remarkable by the wind force - again on the nose but at times up to 24 knots so we had to reef and close all the hatches as we were taking spray.
We arrived after lunch and anchored in the bay opposite Marmaris yat marina and had a quiet couple of nights here.