Friday 10th June
Late on Wednesday night
whilst celebrating Amy's return we received news that the
Palmerton had arrived and anchored in Marmaris. Another sigh of relief as
another stage is complete, now just the unloading to be done!
But before all the work began and
everyone went their separate ways Excelsior Tours were
tasked with organising one final event, the final Blue Water Rally party!
It was a chance for everyone to be together one last time (minus Sheila, Lica
and the children), before people started to go their separate ways. The location
was perfect - a restaurant high up the cliff side overlooking the bay and
quite poignantly the Palmerton berthed alongside the quay. We had a real mixture
of emotions as toasts were made and awards presented throughout the night and
many laughs were had.
Overlooking the marinas, the
bay and the Palmerton
Unloading of the first boats
began at 06.30 on Friday morning and by the time that we made it down for
breakfast at 9.00 they were on their third boat! We were 16th on the list
so we didn't dream that we'd be off on the first day. However, later in the
afternoon Amy and myself received a phone call from Paul telling us to get
down there quickly and sure enough by 4 pm we were lowered back into the water,
back to normality! They even managed another three boats after us as the
unloading process was so much simpler than loading.
Up and over we
A quick climb down the ladders
to a waiting tender to be transported to Jackamy
Back in Salalah we all gave keys
to our boats to dockwise and these were returned to us the night before at the
party. Once we were lowered into the water Paul threw Amy the key and said
'start the engine'....this was the key to the boat, not the engine. Roy, the
loadmaster was removing the strops and we were soon to be free but we had no
key. Panic set in and we thought they were in the hotel room but thankfully at
the last minute they were unearthed in a drawer. That would have been
embarrassing wouldn't it!
Goodbye Roy.....and goodbye to
Raising the Turkish flag as we