Competent Crew Course
We left the Marina quite early on day two . Before we properly sailed away for the day Geoff wanted Tanya to park the boat “side to” against the pontoon. We practiced again for half an hour or so and grabbed a quick bite of breakfast before leaving the Fethiye Bay and going across the Gocek Gulf to a bay near the town Gocek.
On leaving the bay, we noticed that the wind was in the perfect direction for sailing, so, we put the main sail up and then we put the head sail up. For most of the trip we were sailing and tacking, and doing lots of practicing.
Tanya learned about winches and halyards, sheets and warps, worked hard at tacking and learned about wind directions and the Beaufort scale.
Later that day, we sailed across the gulf and continued through the islands to our anchorage that night. We put the sails down and motored into the beautiful bayou Sarsala. We tried anchoring at the bay , but the anchor simply wouldn’t bite! So we crossed the bay to where we had spotted an orange mooring bouy.
We motored over to the bouy and continued along. The area was very windy, and there was a lot of white horses on top of the sea. When we finally got parked, we sat in the cockpit doing some last minute knot work then relaxed, ate and discussed the days. Oh yes, and Tanya showed off her skills in the dinghy!
That evening, Tanya cooked and we all had a delicious meal. Once again, we had another great day in the bay sailing and everybody had had a tiring but a great time.
That night, there was not any light pollution, so the stars could be seen very clearly and we could just see the outlinine of the Milky Way. We also noticed that there wasn’t any moon, which meant that in the water, the would be Phosphorescence. Phosphorescence is a type of plankton that,-(when there is no moon)-, lights up. This is the planktons way of defending itself I belive. It happens mainly when you splash your feet-hands around in the water, causing it to light up. Mum once fell in when there was no moon, and phosphorescence lit up all around her……at first, she thought there were fairy lights in the water, it’s so beautiful, but unfortunately too difficult to catch on camera!