Happy Birthday Ann! A lovely sunny start
to the day, but rain is expected later. Last night, and every
Friday night, is 'live-aboard' night in the restaurant......so half
price meals! Friday evening is also 'karaoke' night in the
bar....less said about that - the better! We continue
to have problems with the internet connection and the servers are being
modified/up-dated, so apologies to anyone who is awaiting an e-mail from
me, I will write just as soon as the wi-fi connection has been
stabilised (if it ever is!).
03/12/07 Into Marmaris again for
more yacht parts but I cannot find a suitable gas regulator anywhere!
Gina and I went to the cruise terminal and booked seats on tomorrows 9am
ferry to Rhodes, so that we can renew our visa's on returning. The
weather is forecast to be high winds tomorrow afternoon, so I hope we
can get back and the return ferry isn't cancelled! Roger and Astrid on
Storm Dodger arrived back this evening from UK, having extended
their stay by taking the children to Florida for a holiday, as well as
visiting friends in Gibraltar, and we all had a pleasant evening in the
restaurant, joined by Mike and Sam from Master Spy.
04/12/07 Despite a weather
forecast of rain and winds of 50+mph, Gina and I, along with several
more yotties, were on the 8am dolmus to Marmaris and the cruise
terminal. The hydrofoil service does not run in the winter months,
only a twice weekly car ferry, - and if I was expecting a similar vessel
to the Dover-Calais type of ferry, then I was going to be sadly
disappointed! It didn't take long to load the two
cars and we set off across the bay into the thunder and lightning.
As we rounded the protective headland and headed out to sea, the
boat started to roll and the rains started, but as we neared Mandraki
harbour some two and a half hours later, the skies cleared and the rain
stopped for a while. (photo)
The first chandlery we went into had a stock of gas regulators!
The ferry only stops in Rhodes for a short while, so we just had time
for some lunch and a walk through the castle part of the town before
heading back to the harbour to repeat a similar crossing back to
Marmaris - and getting a new three month visa!
05/12/07 The high winds building
from late yesterday afternoon peaked around 5am this morning at 44.5
knots, followed by heavy rain showers accompanied by brilliant lightning
flashes and thunder. For anyone who is afraid of thunder, Marmaris
is not a place to visit - it is very loud, making everything
onboard vibrate. Mike and Sam next door on Master Spy were
hoisted from the water this morning and will be spending the next five
days at David's house before flying home until March.
10/12/07 Sam, (Cindik)
who I have chatted to on several occasions in the marina bar, finally
left his berth opposite me this afternoon and headed round to one of the
outer pontoons in readiness to sail at first light tomorrow. He is
intending to sail to the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, with
only one stop (Port Said), in an effort to raise awareness of the
appalling treatment dished out to the islanders by past and present
governments of Her Majesty the Queen. Those of you who are
now saying "what's he talking about?" may better be able to remember the
forcible expulsion of native islanders from Diega Garcia?
Fellow "Marmaris Bay Cruisers" Jamie and Liz aboard Esper have
started a website following Sam's progress and despite the site's
infancy, it has been very successful. Poppy, another lone sailor,
has agreed to accompany Sam on his voyage, and I wish them both the best
of luck. Should anyone wish to view the site, or add their
support, I have included the web address on my links page.
Meanwhile....the locals tell us that
they haven't had rain like this in Marmaris for years.....so why does it
pour down while I'm here? We have had nothing but rain and
high winds for days now, and there is a lot more of the same forecast
for the next few days. In these conditions, it is difficult to get
any jobs done on deck, so the library of DVD's gets thumbed on a regular
basis. Best film seen to date - 'Blood Diamond' with Leonardo DiCaprio.
And for a bit of fun.....Gina and myself are always
having private little 'mini quizzes" such as 'name four actors in the
film Guns of Navarone, or who was born Marion Morrison'......and a
recent question from her was, "who sang....here I go once again,
with my suitcase in my hand?" For the answer, click
here, and it wasn't The Muppets!!
11/12/07 Cindik sailed
today, not at first light but around 1pm, into a fairly heavy
thunderstorm (what's new?), I suspect Sam and Poppy will be wearing full
party gear for a few days!
12/12/07 Rain, rain and more
rain!! Another day of film watching in between trying to sort out
the internet connection problem. Perhaps I should just elaborate a
little on that because I am not ignoring the people who have e-mailed
me! I generally use Outlook Express as my mail server but for some
reason the Turkish telephone company have 'blocked' OE and I cannot use
it, although it does sometimes allow incoming mail through. My
other option is to use the host server of this web-site but because of
the pitifully slow download speed of the marina's wi-fi, and the number
of pages I have to open in order to get to webmail, the connection very
often fails during the process. It is extremely frustrating and
there seems little chance of any improvement during my stay here.
To that end, I have opened a hotmail address, or rather re-instated one
I used before sailing from the UK, and whilst it is by no means
foolproof, I will try to answer mails through that account whilst in
Turkey. Should anyone require that address, please contact
Ann through the contact page.
14/12/07 WooHoo! Sunshine all
day!! Woke this morning to a bright orange ball in the sky
and although the skies remained blue until nightfall, the temperature
stayed low and the chill factor of the northerly wind meant that jackets were needed.
I arranged for a couple of stainless steel fabricators to come around
and quote for the gantry I require, Mehmet of MC Marin, who speaks very
good English arrived around 4pm and took away the measurements for what
he termed 'the roll bar'.....er, not quite what I intend doing with the
16/12/07 Muhuddin of Kadioglu Stainless
came round yesterday to measure up and gave a quote on the spot, also
received quote from Mehmet.....both expensive!! Another fine, cold
day but managed to get some jobs on the boat completed. Last night
was perhaps the coldest experienced so far, it almost made me get up and
put the washboards in (that's 'close the front door' for you
17/12/07 Very little happening at the
moment. The Turks appear to be winding down in preparation for
their 'feast' holiday which starts on the 20th and ends on the 24th.
The weather today has been superb and we are all back in t-shirts and
enjoying the sunshine. A somewhat large exodus from the
marina today, crews leaving boats and flying off to their respective
homelands for the Christmas break, including John and Maggie from my
stbd side - which means I now have no neighbours to annoy!
19/12/07 We have continuing sunshine in
the run up to Turkey's Bank Holiday. Tomorrow sees the start of
Kurban Bayrami, one of two important religious periods celebrated
throughout Turkey. 'Bayram' in Turkish means holiday, and 'Kurban'
means sacrifice. If you're familiar with the opening
verse of Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61' then you'll know a little about the
origins of Islam's most important religious holiday. The ram that Moses
ended up sacrificing in lieu of his son Isaac is probably not popular
amongst Turkey's livestock, many of which meet their respective makers
during the 4 day festival.
The feast is an important affirmation of one of the key tenets of Islam,
- shared social responsibility. Families who can afford to sacrifice an
animal will do so and there is a complex code stipulating how the
carcass should be distributed amongst friends, family and charitable
concerns. It's a major public holiday and many shops and businesses
close down, perhaps for the whole week. The burden on the transport
system is severe and we have already noticed the build up of sheep,
goats and cattle on the outskirts of town as their owners bring them in
to be sold. On the day itself the more squeamish may want to keep out of
the way as many animals are despatched in gardens or the street.
Anyone for salad?
20/12/07 A relaxed day, spent
mostly on Storm Dodger with Roger, Astrid and their visiting son
Jamie, along with Gina......a bottle of Jameson's and a bottle of
Bacardi.....sitting on deck and putting the world to rights.
During the course of the day, Leah inadvertently knocked one of Roger's
bikes which was propped up on the pontoon - and it toppled into the
marina! Surprisingly, the depth is over 20 metres so our
attempts to fish it out with a grapnel anchor were fruitless and it now
looks like Roger will be taking a cold water dive tomorrow. Meanwhile, back in the UK, it's a bit chilly as shown in these
photo's sent to me by my brother Clive
23/12/07 Marina rules prevented Roger
from making his bike dive and the marina's own divers had to be used
yesterday, but the bike is back! Because it was a child's cycle
and Christmas time, the marina waived the dive charge - a nice touch!
24/12/07 Christmas Eve - and another
beautiful sunny day. I'd like to wish all family, friends
and fellow sailors a very Happy Christmas, thanks for the messages
throughout the year, they are really appreciated.
Where is everyone? Well, Roger, Astrid and
family are here in Marmaris, so is Gina. Colin and Trish are at
home in UK. Rob, Karen and family have temporarily given up
cruising and are in UK. Darren and Vicki are in Cadiz (last
I heard). Werner, the kayak guy from Gib. finally gave up because
of political problems with visa's and is now presumably in either UK or
South Africa. Sam and Poppy on Cindik are in Port Said,
heading through Suez. Best wishes to you all.
A slight change of plan to the day's programme when
Roger was unable to drive due to celebrating a little too much onboard
Twixter last night, and needed to get to Dalaman to pick up his
daughter Sarah. His son Jamie had also surfaced a little worse for
wear from the same party, sporting some decorative facial artwork! I volunteered my services as driver, so
Roger hired a
car and we made the three hundred kilometre or so round trip to the
airport, taking Tom and Louise from Freya there, and bringing
For me, a quiet Christmas, apart from going to the
restaurant with around twenty-five others for lunch at 2pm - the younger
members of our party having a great time with their new toys, costumes
etc. The 'party' continued for some of the adults
.......well into the following day!!
26/12/07 I left Storm Dodger
around 2.30am, where Roger had again fallen foul of the evil raki drink
- Jamie getting his revenge and with the help of Sarah, improving
Roger's looks!! Sounds of the continuing revelry drifted
across the marina as I cycled back to Rhumb Do. Gina
and I ate in the marina restaurant later in the evening and watched some
of the antics of the Boxing Day karaoke where the barstaff were roped in
to demonstrate their version of Turkish dancing.
HAPPY RETURNS MUM! It won't be long
before Liz has to send a telegram!
31/12/07 Another year draws to a
close in sunny Turkey and Roger flies back to UK again! Tonight, a
large group of us......Astrid, Leah, Jordan, Gina, Karen, Kev, Aiden and
Caitriona, along with many others from the marina will be going to the
Portofino restaurant in Marmaris to have our own little party and
to have a change from the marina menu (you can only eat so much steak!)
A bus has been laid on to collect and return us to the marina, it's just
great when you don't have to drive anymore!
Thanks to Ann for her help throughout the year, and
to Sandra and Angie for their company. Thanks also to Ann, Clive
and Babs, Trev and Babs, Vic, Rob and Karen for putting me up when I
came back to the UK. And thank you to all who send messages of
support and keep in touch with me via e-mails, - Chris & Rachael, Andy,
Tracey, Darren & Vicki to name but a few......your mails keep me sane!
(no comments please). Hope you all have a good
evening and a Happy New Year.
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