From Knidos, we sailed all the way back to Fethiye on a long 13 hour trip. We had decided to do the long trip to Fethiye because of strong winds approaching the entire coastline in those next few days. This passage was one of the longest trips the dogs had ever done, so it was great that they managed without needing the loo. Upon arriving in Fethiye the expected strong wind blew.
Whilst we have been in Fethiye, we have taken friends out sailing. On the 17th, we took our friend John out. He owns a Catamaran on our pontoon, but he hasn’t been out sailing for six months. We took him to Tersane, where he stayed on board for one night. With him, we did lots of sailing, practicing Tacking and Gybing.
On the 27th, our good friend Elaine from Kas was sailing north, but they had stopped in Fethiye for two nights. They were travelling with some of there friends. We managed to see them before they continued their trip.
People we knew from England came out to visit us. Tanya, who came out last year, came out with her boyfriend Nigel.
We had a great week out with them, We took them to Wall bay, Tersane and Gocek, and they loved them all! They had a great time with us paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying the sun.
They will come out again to see us later in the year when we do our Greece trip.
After staying on the boat with us for four nights, they went and stayed in the beautiful Olive Garden Hotel, in Kabak, where we went and visited them the following day and relaxed by their gardens and pool. The food there is great and the infinitey pool is amazing!
The latest person we took out sailing was Christine. We once again took her to Tersane, where she went on the paddleboards and didn’t fall off…she must have done it before!
Before we left to do another big trip, we planned to go south toward the Kekova gulf. At the moment we are in Gemiler, but that will be a separate blog coming soon. The plan is from here to Kalkan-(A place we like, but I have never blogged about it)-then to kekova where there are lot of bays to explore, and then back to Fethiye, where we will be taking even more people out sailing.
This year has so far been a busy, and will continue to be, a busy year…
Mum and Geoff had an idea once about doing yacht charters, initially they thought the idea wasn’t great because for a week of a charter myself and the dogs would have to be off the boat, ashore somewhere….. then they had a better idea.
Basically, keep me and the dogs aboard and approach the market from a different angle. The new idea is to find people who might be considering giving up their conventional life on land in the U.K. ( or wherever ) and moving aboard a boat somewhere warm, and giving them a taster of what real life living aboard is really like. In effect this is what we actually did with our friends for the week, and funnily, they were virtually ideal candidates as their long term plan may be to buy a boat and live aboard!
The experience definitely went down well. They commented it was the best holiday of their lives. Now mum and Geoff might consider the idea seriously.
Anybody out there want first hand ” live aboard” experience?