36:41.02N 27:22.50E Knidos, Datca Peninsula.
Sunday 25th May, 2014.
We decided as the wind seems to really get going around 11 to 12 o’clock we would set the alarm and be up by a quarter to six. Up like larks, breakfast, releasing the lines and up with the anchor and we were on our way past One Tree Island. The wind knew our trick and once out of the shelter of this bay and the headland it was waiting for us. The hood came up, the cushions were put away and after a few miles Jim was thinking of changing direction and to head across to Bodrum on the other side of the gulf in order that we could get some angle on the wind and not have to motor. Once we got around the next headland the wind seem to abate a little and we kept going. The further we got out of the gulf the less wind there was. We rounded the last headland and after motoring 39.86 miles we entered the small harbour of Knidos.
The port was the site of a shrine of Aphrodite dating from about 360 BC. The remains of a theatre, houses, and walls are all on view today and can be seen around the harbour. The statue of Aphrodite was the first of a naked woman as up until hers each one had been of a man. The statue was supposed to bring good fortune to seafarers. It did bring lots of visitors to the little city as they came to see the statue. Other famous people born in Knidos were the scientist Eudoxos who is considered to be responsible for geometry and the architect Sostratus who designed the Pharos lighthouse of Alexandria one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
We both swam, Jim on the anchor as lots of boats were coming and going and the wind gusts across the harbour were having boats moving around and that was without the ones which dragged. Never a dull moment on a sailing holiday. The water was only 26 degrees.
The lighthouse on the approach to the harbour entrance looked wonderful against the sunset. Once night came the wind dropped.