In the middle of winter Ange’s suggestion for a flat sailing trip to Turkey was well received. From there the idea spawned and before you know it we had 14 keen punters and two 42ft yachts arranged for a weeks sailing in June. Was choice. Turkey is a beautiful place – the people are so friendly and colourful, very genuine and just love to talk and help. We sailed the boats about 250miles over the week, starting in Gocek and heading south down to the sunken city of Koykova. I think we had the perfect mix of towns, villages and deserted bays. For Jas and I as captains our job was easy with the help of such patient helpful and easy going crew.
The sailing was good, and with a fairly rough 12hour sail back in 30knots on the nose I think everybody got a taste of what it can be like. Full credit to everyone though as despite no sleep and lots of sea-sickness on the final night I never heard a single complaint (except for maybe Smarty about the temperature of the beer).
The highlights for me would have to be:
1. Herby’s limitless energy and constant general rifraf
2. A night out in Kalkun with Smarty, Paul and the girls resulting in Jazzy incoherent on the wharf by the boat telling passer by’s she was going to swim back to UK. We got a lock-in in a secret bar and with the help of the ladies distracting the barmen with marriage proposals etc managed to empty a few bottles of spirits and practically own the bar.
3. Getting dirty at the end of the trip in some mudbaths.
Anyone that knows us can imagine what the trip was like so less talk more pics. Here you go.
I think being captains gave me and Jas the edge with the ladies
Stat ue' bro!
The local harbour master