…And We Are On Our Way!
17th June 2016
Not much has happened during this week, all my school works done, mum recovered from ( what turned out to be ) gastroenteritis , plus on Tuesday I went windsurfing on my own, and yesterday, an Olympic-class instructor at the Desperado stables taught me to Canter. However, Today was a very special day for my family and I, today we planned to go out for a test sail, a shake down. This was the first sailing we had done since October last year. And at quarter to twelve, we left our berth at the marina and headed out into the windy bay. I was very exited to be out on the boat again, with the fresh air in my face and the blissful sun beating down on to the deck. Once out in the large bay, we tested many things to make sure everything worked. First, we put up the main sail, then put a reef in it-(made it smaller)-then a second reef, and then a third, and then we put out the headsail!
Once we had finished, we put the sails away and motorerd around what is known as the Fethiye Gulf. This bay is full of very interesting and ancient history dating back to the 5th century, when a Lycian legend explains that the original name for Fethiye was Telmessos. The god Apollo fell in love with a beautiful girl by the name of Agenor, the youngest daughter of the king of the Phoenix. So to win her over he transformed himself into a little dog and he made his way to a shy and timid Princess. After winning her over, Apollo transformed back and then his son Telmessos was born, whose name translates as “the land of lights”. This name was later changed when the Ottoman Empire took control and renamed it Megri. Finally in the year 1934 it was changed to Fethiye in honour of the heroic pilot, Fethi Bey.
As we passed the Kızılada Lighthouse, where in 1953 an Air France aircraft nose dived into the water, we headed west towards Gocek and put our sails back up. We sped along the surface at an incredible 8 knots, which is about 6 miles per hour until we were just off the coast of Fethiye, we motored in. Once back at the marina we washed the boat down well ( with white dog shampoo, which mum thought was boat cleaner, at least it will smell nice and stop moulting a little, perhaps(!!) ) and then sat on the front enjoying the sun. We now plan to leave here on Wednesday, at last aiming for Marmaris and then Greece but more about that Tommorow.
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