Arrival, Fethiye, Turkey
05 June 2011 | Aegean Sea
No, we have not arrived as yet, but are scheduled to arrive at 08:00 local time on Tuesday 7 June. This is the "port of entry" where we are due to meet the manager of the TUI base from Gocek, to get the ships papers and registration, clear customs and immigration, and then sail the remaining 15 nautical miles to the base.
Our crossing of the Aegean Sea has been quite spectacular with us passing many small, and some not so small, islands. There has been a lot of shipping passing us but not many sailing boats. The lack of seeing sailing boats is most likely due to us being far out to sea rather than in very close proximity to the islands and their small anchorages.
At the moment we have very little provisions over, but enough for six or so dinners. One great discovery was a lost pack of boerewors in the freezer, which had remained hidden under a pack a Wahoo. We have decided to keep the sausage and see if we can cook it on a braai (BBQ) when we get to Gocek - a rare treat and enjoyed by all on board.
This will be the last blog report from the boat, as I am going to have to dismantle my HF radio and equipment as soon as we clear-in in Fethiye. I may have time for a final report sent from land, as I will be in Gocek for a few days before I fly back to Cape Town.
I hope you have all enjoyed reading the bits n bobs of life aboard during the past couple months - I have enjoyed putting the information out there for you to follow the journey. So, on behalf of Dave Ross (First Mate), Josh Nuttal-Smith (brilliant crew member) and myself, John (guy in charge), I bid you well until the next blog entry.