KIZILKUYRUK KOYU, Skopea Limani, Turkey

Vasco da Gama
Ian Strathcarron
Fri 5 Aug 2011 14:53
We are anchored in a bay which is as perfect as it gets in the sailing life.  At 5.30 pm the intense heat has gone, but the sun blazes down on a few gulets and yachts and a beautiful Dutch barge at anchor, alongside Vasco herself, looking very splendid.  The Lycian coast between Fethiye and Marmaris is made up of rugged cliffs covered with olives and pines, which are only accessible to boats.  There are countless bays on the mainland and islands, a few have a shack where we can order some mezze to be delivered to the boat, but we are mostly self-sufficient and cook on board.
Our first ten days reminded me of the saying about cruising being about repairing the boat in exotic locations, as there were so many problems to fix, including the water tank, the galley tap, the bimini, the anchor engine, and the engine itself.  We limped in and out of Yacht Classic marina in Fethiye, as Ian had the patience and perseverance to have everything put right.  As the boat has been a building site I have applied myself to a long-felt wish to read Our Mutual Friend, which is proving engrossing and wonderful.
We are sailing west in short passages, as the fierce Meltemi winds blows from the west every afternoon, but we set off at sunrise and are usually at anchor by 11.
All is very well!