As the day began, everybody gathered at the cockpit table where Geoff gave Mum, Tanya and I a briefing on what we were going to do today. Our tasks included practicing reefing ( which is making the sail smaller in case of big winds ) putting the sail up and down, and, most notably….a night sail.
We disembarked from the bouy at nine o’clock, where only five minutes from leaving the mooring bouy, we practiced reefing and putting the sails up and down. Today there was not enough wind to sail, but it was still a beautiful day in the Gocek gulf.
Although there was no wind, we motorsailed to the next bay, where, once again, we picked up a mooring bouy. I parked it up, while Tanya caught the bouy and mum tied the boat up on the bouy. At the beach, I built a den in the trees at the shoreline, which I hope next time I go to the bay, will still be there!
Tanya and mum went off paddle boarding, which is another achievement that Tanya can cross off her bucket list of things she wants to try and do. And to be fair she did do really well especially as Yasica adasi is normally really bumpy with the wash from passing rocks. The current was quite strong too so ( with mum shepherding ) Tanya really had to work hard to come through the tide to get back to the boat! Speaking of “Sheperding”, Asena impressed again, as she normally does when someone sees it for the first time, with her white German Shepard swimming dog rescues!
If anyone falls from a paddle board and creates a splash, Asena is off! She dives from the platform of the boat and swims to whoever has come off, she picks up the eboard leash in her mouth and tows the board and passenger back to the boat! Even if they don’t want to go that way!!
For two hours, we relaxed and rested preparing ourselves for the four hour trip from this bay, back to the marina in Fethiye.
We then left at exactly six o’clock, where we guided ourselves through the islands and an amazing sunset and into the wide and vast sea. We used our navigational charts and our pilot book to plot out our route, which would take four hours. On route, there was a small but uncomfortable swell, which rocked the boat side to side, causing quite a stir downstairs, and also making the dogs very nervous!
This was my first ever night sail and was actually really exciting. The ships compasses weren’t illuminating and need re swinging as they are out, so mum and Geoff navigated from their plan using hand bearing compasses, mums training for her day skipper so night navigation is important.
When we reached the marina, it was half past nine, so we had sailed quicker then we thought we would, and ultimately the night sail was successful.