36:43.10N 27:41.06E Datca, Turkey
Sunday 11th May, 2014.
A beautiful morning so we were up quick to leave after breakfast and head for Datca. We motor sailed the 21.14 miles into Datca harbour arriving early afternoon. The scenery along the coast line is very dramatic and we hardly saw anyone on the water.
The water front at Datca has been developed and there is a beautiful area for a beach bar and sitting overlooking the bay which appears new. Alongside the gulets is a very small old still being used fishing boat which I spotted as we walked to the open air theatre which has been tidied up for concerts. Around the harbour were the seal lion and the lion which we think may have been very old and possibly found in the sea. The town is buzzing with lots of little shops and plenty of life and we can imagine in July and August it must be very busy.
The area is famous for seals but so far we have not spotted any. We have not seen any dolphins so far this year either although we try hard to spot them.
We anchored in the bay next to a very nice navy blue boat which Jim would have liked to swop Ariel for. When we went ashore he recognized Chay Blythe as the owner of the navy blue boat and they had quite a chat about boats. We were very pleased to hear he loved Ariel’s colour and was going to take a photograph of her with the morning sun on her side. Jim’s treasured copy of Chay’s book is on the book shelf at home! A gentleman who achieved in the past so much for yachting.