In The Pirates' Den
22 October 2014 | Gökayya Bay, Turkey
Francis and Chris
We left Finike for Kaş on Monday morning on a promise of E-wind, about 7 kts. It became quickly 18-20 kts from variable between S and W, obeying the old sailor's adage 'the wind comes from wherever you want to go'. The mountain range along the coast does influence the wind considerably and it is sometimes good to go out further to sea to catch more wind. We got in a couple of long tacks but ended up almost where we started. A total of 30 NM 'over the ground' got us 12NM in the direction we wanted to go. It was an instructive sail though as we needed to take in sails in increasing winds and try to steer as high to the wind as possible to gain some distance.
Around three in the afternoon we decided to explore some anchorages behind a 4 NM long island Geyikova that runs parallel to the coast. Between Geyikova and the mainland we found a little water-maze formed by small islands. When we very carefully motored into Gökayya Bay we felt as if we were transported into a 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie. There were many gullets anchored in small coves (top photo), some even complete with a pirate flag in the mast top. The water was very nice, about 26°. I say 'about' as Tony 'lost' part of Clio's official seawater temperature measuring device overboard, thus making his own water temperature estimates undisputable in the absence of proper scientific measurement. Anyway, the anchorage was as good and protected as you can wish for. Another one for Chris' catching-up journey. We decided to stay two nights. That night skipper's famous Whatever Is In The Fridge Stew was served on the back-deck after declining the invitation of the local pirate's ale house to have supper with them.
The next day we did chores such as swimming, catching up on email and writing this blog, having breakfast, lunch and leftover dinner, which Chief Tony expanded by cooking pasta spirals. Again a very tiring day so in bed by nine.
On Wednesday morning around dawn (6:30) I caught the sunrise in Clio's backyard (photo bottom left) and was lucky to get the Sony Alpha camera to catch it just as it looked in real life.
With another promise of 10 kts wind from the south we left the pirates' den for the well protected Kaş anchorage. Foul weather is predicted over the next couple of days, starting tomorrow.