New Crew

After our trip to Saklikent, it was time to get organized for some comings and goings.

First it was off to Gocek to pick up Dee from Dalaman Airport – 35km away. Dee ended up missing her connecting flight and then had her luggage go missing so it was 2am by the time we got back to the boat, and then a couple more hours of talking before sleep caught up with us.

The next day was spent getting some new floating line for a shore line – the “floating” part is important so it cannot get tangled around an engine, and chasing up Dee’s luggage. The luggage finally arrived at 4pm – but we were due to pick up Michael and Elaine from Fethiye at 5.30pm. We got there just after 6pm with motors going full tilt and then some good wind.

It was great to see Michael and Elaine again – they had previously sailed with us from Perth to Darwin on Camelot.

We didn’t want to spend the night anchored off Fethiye, which was a bit grotty, so we motored a couple of miles around the corner to a nice anchorage and had a great swim before watching the sun go down.

Next day we put the sails up and headed for Wall Bay. This was a good intro to the vagaries of Turkish wind. We had anything from no wind to lots of (ie. two reef) wind, in a short 3-4 hour sail.

Wall bay was windy but we managed to pick a beautiful spot and did a good job of anchoring and tying up to the bollards on the shoreline.

And there we stayed for 2 days, swimming, snorkeling, photographing, paddle boarding and hiking.

Then it was off to Gocek (again) – this time to say goodbye to Ewa. She’d done really well learning how to sail a catamaran and even managed to do her first bit of snorkeling and paddleboarding.

With the crew change over complete, we headed off towards Marmaris and then North into new territory.

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