11th August 2016
As the sun came over the hills and rose upon Datca, the people, as usual, started their busy day. Datca was a lovely town with a wonderful harbour, nice beach, and most favourable to mother, hot weather, hot water and lovliness shops. Today we were leaving the Datca peninsula and heading across the Hisarönü Gulf, to the Bozburun Gulf where we’d stay in a small bay called Dirsek. There, we’d meet up with some trouble who took shape as our New Zealand friends-( http://www.wrighteau.com )- we had met at Yacht Classic in Fethiye, some year or so ago.
So after successfully picking up our anchor and putting up the sails outside the harbour, we sailed for three hours all the way to Dirsek, I helmed all the way and finished the sail with a delightful goose wing into the mooring. On the way, we passed the Greek island of Symi, entered Greek waters for five minutes then continued out again until we got to the bay.
Dirsek is a wonderful inlet with fabulously clean and warm waters which make it perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. At the south-west side of the bay is a restaurant that can moor 17 yachts, however, there is a chance to either moor on one of their mooring bouys, or anchor with lines ashore. The bay can only be reached by boat, so most of the supplies come in by helicopter…..only joking, they come in by boat.
The bay is very peaceful and also very calm, since the bay actually cuts into the land. Despite there being many boats who stop here for a few nights, stargazing is not affected and you are able to stare into the sky and admire the amount of stars your able to see.
That night, we had dinner with the NZers onboard our yacht and discussed many things. There is one thing I’m forgetting to mention about our New Zealand buddy’s, when we met up with them in Sasarla bay in the Gocek Gulf last year Geoffrey asked Annabel how she liked her gin and tonics…….surprisingly, she said-(and I’m quoting)-“Not to much tonic please, I like to taste the gin.”
We will have to see how tonight fans out!!!
12th August 2016
Well, to say the least, Geoff has a hangover but apart from that, everything was completely normal.
Surprisingly, I slept in and at 9:00, I got out of bed ready for the day ahead. That morning we checked the water temperature of the bay and to our surprise, the temp was 28.5 degrees!!! This was a lot hotter that it had been anywhere in Greece, but this was a lot cooler that it was in the air because today was a sweltering 36 degrees centigrade!
After having breakfast, I went swimming with Asena, and paddle boarding with her. When Annabel and Joe did finally wake up, we had our very own Dirsek olympics. We had diving which mum won followed by Annabel, jumping of the side whilst at the same time catching the ball which I won-( we did have to change balls since Asena popped the first)-, and then paddle board wars, which surprisingly was won by Geoff, who sent everybody flying off the boards with malice and intent!
After much fun and games, we had lunch with the NZers and split up so we could rest before the evening. I still played with Asena though!
In the bay, the gently tone of crickets, echoed through the air. The sound of the sea lapping against the unforgiving, volcanic rock, washed away the loud tone of other people’s boats, with their engines running to recharge batteries. The bay was very tranquil and the quite peaceful, although it was hot because there was no type of breeze in the bay. That all changed when all of a sudden it started gusting , the Greek winds following us?!
That evening, Annabel made some wonderful dinner and we all enjoyed the evening on board our yacht.
13th August 2016
Dirsek was a lovely little anchorage, but today we decided to leave and go around the gulf of Hisarönü. The place we had decided on going was to a small harbour called Selimiye, however, instead of mooring up at the town quay, we go to a restaurant pontoon. After telling our New Zealand friends we were going to Selimiye, the decided to come along too.
We left before them, but as soon as we had got out of the bay, a small, bumpy sea was before us.
Since there was a flatter and quicker route through two islands just off the rocky shore, we opted for that. We couldn’t sail because mum had pulled a muscle whilst peforming her diveing splendedness off the side of the yacht.
In between the Islands was very beautiful, with tourqoise waters on the sandy beaches on the islands we passed, whilst on the shore there was large, rocky and vertical cliffs that channels the wind through the islands.
Once at Selimiye, we were unable to find our restaurant, we think it has closed down or grown into a boutique hotel, as Selimiye has become somewhat posh and popular, and the other restaurant pontoons and town quay all seemed full, so after seeing our New Zealand friends and leaving Selimiye, we tried anchoring in many bays just around the corner from Selimiye, but we were unable to because the first one was too deep, the second was not to mums liking, the third was to rolly, definately an ” I’m not staying here! ” moment!
In the end, we came back the way we had originally come from and moored on the pontoon for a restaurant called Neighbours restaurant.