two hours up the mast, threading new cable down.....legs dead with the
pressure of bosun's chair, babystay bracket and radome pressing against
me - but the steaming light now works and has LED bulb instead of the
old filament type.
02/08/09 Happy Anniversary to (my
bro) Clive and Babs - still without permanent home following the
fire last January. Refitted mainsail cover, sail, lazy jacks and
reefing lines, also spliced on new kicking strap.
03/08/09 Into town with Astrid on the
10am dolmuş in search of a new propeller for my outboard - got one from
a Yamaha dealer in the industrial area. Picked up some shopping
and returned to Orhaniye on the 4.30 dolmuş. Jan on
Luturna moved out to anchor in disgust at the treatment received on
Iskele Restaurant pontoon, so did My Mermaid.
04/08/09 Fitted new prop to outboard and
tried it ......seems to be OK, I guess time will tell. Doug
arrived on Magic around noon and we all had a beer together.
Birthday Leah! A bit of a get together of all the crews
on the pontoon today, for a BBQ and birthday party on Storm Dodger,
followed by a meal and drinks in the restaurant. Owners daughters,
Kader and Kismet joined in the fun and generally a good time was had by
07/08/09 A special time today at
almost twenty-five minutes to one this afternoon......it will be
12:34:56 07/08/09. The last time it happened, King Edward VII was
on the throne.
10/08/09 Sailed from Kadir restaurant on the 8th, making the short
but very pleasant trip to Selimiye, close hauled at first, then tacking.
Tied up to the town pontoon - big mistake! I should have
followed my instinct and left immediately but I didn't....and paid the
price. What a dump! Firstly, I was on the end of the pontoon
and everyone and his brother insisted on coming in at full speed,
causing serious wash, snatching of ropes etc. I had the neighbours
from hell next door making all kinds of racket into the early hours -
and some woman in a restaurant across the water with a hideous hyena
laugh, which she exercised every few seconds, had me wishing for a rifle. And they charge you 15 lira per
night for the privilege of tying up to a pontoon that I never set foot
on! Leaving there first thing this morning made me very happy,
especially as we had a good beam reach sail back to Orhaniye and the
anchorage off the pontoons.
13/08/09 Seven am dolmuş into town to
catch the 9am
cat to Rhodes - both Astrid and my visa's are due for renewal.
Rhodes was absolutely packed with tourists, several cruise ships were in
port - including probably the biggest and ugliest one I've ever seen.
It looked more like a huge floating block of flats. Walking along
the front, or in the old town was almost impossible because of the
hordes of people but thankfully they all thinned out as we made our way
through the back streets to 'The Walk In' bar for an early lunch.
Met up with Suzanne there and had a good chinwag before venturing up
into the new town for some light shopping. The 4.30pm return ferry
developed engine problems some way out and reduced power to about 20%
whilst the engineers fixed it, which caused the boat to roll around for
some time and delayed our arrival back in Marmaris until almost half
past seven (should have been back about six o'clock). The wake
pictured right at slower speed just after entering Marmaris Bay.
Returned to Orhaniye on the 8.30pm dolmuş.
14/08/09 A great evening in Kadir
Restaurant with Tony (Full Flight), Davy (Roamer) and
Thomas (Viva Solo) all playing guitars and everyone joining in
16/08/09 Storm Dodger left for a
few days sailing with daughter Sarah onboard. I had a lazy Sunday,
a beer with Davy late afternoon, then dinner onboard, a film and bed!
17/08/09 I came off anchor and moved
onto the pontoon at Kadir - a bit of shuffling around with the laid
mooring caused it to wrap around my prop which is a pain! Tony and
Pat left onboard Full Flight, bound for Rhodes.
18/08/09 A perfect demonstration of 'how
not to approach a pontoon' today - a 50ft yacht backed in at a
very strange angle, wrapped Roamer's mooring line around his
rudder, slewed around and hit Shibumi with his bow, then drifted
backwards into Roam II. Davy, Kathy and I had to re-moor
their boat whilst the 4 crew of the offending boat looked on without a
word of apology - save for the pathetic excuse..... 'my bow-thruster
doesn't work'. Had he approached in a straight line there would
have been no need for any bow-thruster. Pretty impressive skill to
hit three British flagged boats in one go, knocking one off it's
mooring! I won't say anything about the Nationality of the three
colour, vertical stripe ensign on it's stern!!
Fiona from Roam II continues to make her
recovery ashore in Domino's (she slipped on the pontoon a week ago and
broke her leg) and the rest of us are keeping an eye on the boat whilst
she and Terry are away. Davy flew home to Ireland during the
afternoon and Thomas departed on Viva Solo leaving just Kathy
and myself for dinner in the restaurant.
19/08/09 My hull is absolutely encrusted
with barnacles again! I discovered this whilst diving under the
boat to free the mooring line from the prop, the cockpit now smeared
with blood from scrapes to my hand, arm and shoulder.
Despite several dives, I was unable to free the rope and eventually
enlisted the help of Kader's cousin who had to cut the rope, then re-tie
it. Evening saw the surprise return of Storm Dodger -
shouldn't have been back for another 2 or 3 days.
22/08/09 Decided to hook up to shore
power (first time in months) to give the batteries a boost, and to
enable use of a mains fan in vain attempt to combat the oppressive heat
of the day (40o +). However, the galvanic isolator
immediately showed an earth fault and it was another two hours before
the shore junction box was repaired and I could think about breakfast!
27/08/09 A lazy week of socialising with
various crews.....Roger, Astrid, Sarah, Leah, Davy, Kathy, David,
Bruce....everyone having a go at the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that Sarah
had started on the restaurant table, with little three year old Kismet
doing her best to demolish or eat most of it. Tomorrow, I'm going
with Roger to pick up some of his friends from Rhodes whilst Astrid,
Jordan, Leah and Mutley (the dog) stay in Orhaniye on my boat.
28/08/09 Seventeen year old Mike Perham
yesterday crossed the finish line off Penzance to become the youngest
person to sail solo around the World. His bid to complete the
voyage non-stop had failed because of 'technical' problems which had
made him call into several ports for assistance.....but it's still a
great achievement, and he will be arriving in Portsmouth today.
Sixteen year old Jessica Watson, from Australia, will be setting out
next month in her bid to become the youngest round........ non-stop and
un-assisted. Meanwhile, in a much lesser challenge, Roger and I
sailed Storm Dodger out of Orhaniye! We made good progress
beating to windward out of Hisaronu Korfezi, then a beam reach to
Karaburun and into Bozuk BŁkŁ - mooring there and meeting up with Thomas
and his crew of Wolfgang and Ottie for dinner in The Sailor's House - a
sort of run down restaurant which was actually quite good.
29/08/09 Sailed just after 9am on a
broad reach to Rhodos, mooring stern to in Mandraki Harbour just before
1pm. Elizabeth (Eli) and Nadja joined us there and after shopping for
provisions and having a spot of lunch, we slipped and made our way
westward into a boisterous sea, pounding our way to windward under full
sail (reefed main).
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