Karaoz Limani to Kale Koy - Day 19 - 16th August 2009

Heading back to our favourite area so far - Kekova Roads - with a view to spending a few days exploring some more bays.  For the first night we decided to head back to Hassan's Roma resturant as we could do with some water.


As normal the day started with no wind and we spent the first 3 hours motoring, however I am now using substainly less revs in an attempt to keep our diesel bill at a level Mastercard will accept.  


Naturally after 3 hours the wind swung around and we we into a headwind so I decided to practise my tacking skills and slowly worked our way upto the eastern enterance and then we were there.


Todays photo is from the last trip to Kale Koy when we made the trip, foolishly in the middle of the day, upto the castle.  We were escorted up the clearly marked path by a couple of local ladies.  Their job appeared to be to make sure we didn't get 'lost' as we were guided to the top.  Once there they suddenly remembered that they were carrying a basket of headscarfs each and would we care to buy some, special price for English people!!!

Karaoz Limani - Day 18 - 15th August 2009


36° 15' 19.4724" N, 30° 24' 24.7824" E

No much to report - sailing as much as possible to save on fuel so everything takes a bit longer now :-)


However the bay had virtually no light pollution, so after watching a movie I took the girls on deck for an astonomy lesson.  I think they were amazed to see the Milky Way, big dipper, Cassiopia, Jupiter, shooting stars and what I presume to be a satellite.  We took the computer up running Stellarium and match what was on the screen to the actual night sky.  Erica was particularly keen to see Aquarius, her star sign.


In the morning she wasn't quiet so alert.....

Kemer - Day 17 - 14th August 2009


36° 35' 58.8516" N, 30° 34' 39.2484" E

Sailed & motored across the Antalya Bay to Kemer to fill up with diesel, we've burnt through 206 litres in the last 2 weeks, I need to be a bit more gentle with the throttle methinks.


After we anchored in the bay just south of the marina, unfortunately it was full of disco gullets, but I managed to find a spot inside the bay as far away as possible.   Later in the evening, whilst cogitating I noted that another boat had moored up about 50 metres away.  As I peered through the darkness I thought 'who would want to park a dingy there?'.  After a further period of contemplation I thought it looked a bit like our dingy - bugger, the darn thing has tried to escape.


I quickly stripped off and dived in after it.  As I was swimming the 50m or so after the abscondee,  I suddenly had the irrational fear that the fish might mistake a certain part of my anatomy for supper.  I think I swam that 50 metres and back faster than Phelps did in Beijing - and I was towing a dingy for half of it.


The dingy is now tied to the boat with a bowline, reef knot, sheetbend, round turn & several 100 hitches and finally a granny knot - I am placing my faith in the granny knot......


Sorry ladies, no photo of the 'fish bait' - here's one of Miri doing her best dive instead...


Side - Day 15 & 16 - 12 & 13th August 2009


36° 46' 6.5604" N, 31° 23' 9.7836" E

Getting a bit fed up hanging around Alanya, we eventually decided to head up the cost to Side.  27nm later, much under engine as the winds were a bit feeble we ended up at ancient and remarkably preserved coastal town of Side (prenounced Sid-day).


Unexpectedly we found 'Island Fling' had decided to make the trip too as we anchored in at the southern end of the northern bay.  We did think about trying to get in to the harbour, but we heard it was full of gullets in the summer, later when we checked I think we made the right decision.


We arrived at around 5pm, went for a swim then headed into the old town for some dinner. Not before we had explored the Temple to Apollo near the headland.

Temple to Apollo - Side, Turkey


Next morning we were up bright and early (yeah right!!!) and headed back to land to further explore the myriad of ruins that litter Side.  Most remarkable was the ampitheatre where apparently really gladiator fights took place.  

Side theatre


We wondered the old gates, aquaducts, colonaded roads throughout the morning.  Besides the shear number of ruins in such close proximity, 2 other things struck me:

1. That the sure amount of ruins means that 90% is lying as it has for the last 1000 years or so, unprotected and free for anyone to stroll amongst

2. The number of locals that didn't really know what is there - we purchased a guide book and a number of other store owners asked to read it as we purused their wares (I'm not sure that that qualified us for any discount thought).

You can read more about this remarkable place here.

Day 13 - 9th August 2009 - First Sail Alone

We finally bit the bullet and decided it was time to leave the safety of the marine, go for a sail and moor up again.  This may not sound like much but this would be the first time that we were doing it without an expert onboard.


Pretty nerve racking stuff.


As it transpires we left pretty well, sailed 7nm in 3 hours with the wind at all points and come back in safetly with no injuries or damage - what was all the fuss about?


Here's a picture I took under the castle in Alanya (yes I even found the time to take piccies...)




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