Istanbul Boat Show
01 March 2011 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris
We managed to escape some of the cold weather in the UK by flying back to Turkey on the 3rd January 2011. Fortunately it was a direct flight from Manchester to Dalaman but the pilot had to abort the landing due to a thunder storm and we spent two hours on the tarmac in Rhodes before successfully getting back on Turkish soil.
The weather over the past couple of months has been varied with fairly heavy rain and thunderstorms interspersed with sunny days, with an average high temperature of around 15-18 degrees C with lows of around 8-10 degrees. Although there have been colder snaps and the electric heater has been well used even after some days when you'd been in shorts and tee shirt earlier on!
The boat went back in the water mid January and we got into the live aboard life style, which centred around film nights, quizzes, ten pin bowling and sweating it out in the sauna. Plus of course socialising at happy hour most evenings in the bar.
Each year Yacht Marina organises a free return coach trip to the boat show in Istanbul, which can only be described as fantastic from start to finish. Especially the cruise on the Bosphorus which went up to the Black Sea and back, and included a free bar excellent food and live entertainment. They even provide fleece jackets, tee shirts and base ball caps, all we had to pay for was the three nights hotel accommodation.
So all things considered a brilliant experience!