01/01/08 Here we go, the start of
another year - and rain! We all trooped off to the Portofino
restaurant last night and had an enjoyable evening, a gathering of about
one hundred people to see in the New Year with dancing, singing,
drinking, eating, fireworks etc. It rained a little around
midnight, and again about 2am when the celebrations would have been in
full swing back in the UK but it didn't dampen our spirits!
Gina, who is Irish, and Karen - also Irish, performed their world renown
dance routine in the restaurant - turn on your sound and see a bit of it
Around lunch time, a few brave souls (or nutcases)
emulated the Serpentine and Brighton beach swimmers by donning fancy
dress and taking a dip in the bay. That was followed by a
tug-of-war between individual pontoon teams - I think there was a little
cheating going on - is the end of the rope supposed to be tied to a 3
ton anchor?? About 25 of us then piled into a small bus and went
off to The Three Bells in Icmeler, where they serve huge roast dinners
of lamb, beef or chicken with all the trimmings (big Yorkshire puds
too!) and later returned, in pouring rain, to the marina bar to round
off the evening. Kevin from Nadine, who organised the
dinner has now made this a monthly event and I'm sure a lot of us
will be going again!
02/01/08 A rainy, chill out and
relax day, catching up on e-mails received over the New Year period.
05/01/08 The sunshine returned a
few days ago and continues into the weekend although a chill North wind
keeps the real-feel temperature low, especially in the evening after 5pm
when the sun dips below the mountains. Mehmet of MC Marin
turned up mid-afternoon with the fabricated gantry for the first
fitting. The after cabin has been emptied out into the cockpit and
forward cabin, all the deck gear from the stern has been removed and
piled on deck forward - and now he tells me the boat has
to be turned around and berthed stern to in order to carry on welding!
It's going to be a nightmare turning it round tomorrow morning and
clambering over the outboard motor, kedge anchor, dinghy, sixty metres
of rope and chain, danbuoy, horseshoe and rope - all whilst turning a
boat around in a space not much longer than the boat itself.
06/01/08 Up early and readied the
boat for turning, but Mehmet and crew didn't turn up until after 10am
and the joker boat a little while afterwards. I turned the
boat without too much difficulty - but I don't like being 'stern to' the
pontoon! The pushpit was soon cut off and I took out all the cables for
GPS, Sat Phone, stern light and Navtex in readiness for re-running once the gantry is
complete, not a job I relish when I think of the problems encountered in
Gibraltar twelve months ago. Mehmet and his two colleagues
continued working until it got dark, then I had to pull the boat away
from the pontoon - a windvane only three inches away from a concrete
pontoon is asking for trouble!!
08/01/08 Two workers continued
yesterday with my refashioned pushpit, Mehmet obviously busy elsewhere.
Despite the language problem, we managed to get a lot done and the
steelwork was cut, reshaped and re-welded until everyone was happy with
the design and darkness prevented any further work. The boat is a
nightmare of tools, cut pipes and heaps of various gear - I really must
get some of it sorted out and dumped, whittle the clothes down and get
rid of anything I haven't worn since leaving UK. The hull needs a
gardener! Weed has grown alarmingly since being here in Marmaris -
what once was a clean bottom, is now caked with weed and barnacles and
lift-out is not until March.
10/01/08 The great majority of
welding was completed yesterday and the new pushpit/gantry polished.
I now need to start running antenna and power cables again and I also need to have the
guard wires shortened to fit the new uprights in addition to re-fitting
all the associated deck gear. The problems started immediately!
Firstly, the new stainless tube is a larger diameter than the old, so
all the fittings for horseshoe, danbuoy, outboard engine etc will no
longer fit. Secondly, the holes drilled in the deck beneath
the vertical tubing are too small to run all the cables through and will have to be enlarged,
but I don't think that can be done without
removing the entire gantry again.
11/01/08 A frustrating day because I am
unable to run any of the cables until Mehmet has been contacted, but
plenty of other jobs to carry on with! Spent the evening at
the liveaboard night with Gina, Jan from Luturna and Fernando
from Zen, all of us opting for the delicious chicken curry before
the live music and karaoke started.
12/01/08 I had a word with Mehmet
re wiring problems and he's promised to come round on Monday.
Caught the dolmus into town with Gina and Astrid as we all needed a few
things - including bacon and pork sausages which, given the religion of the
country, are not always readily available.
Happy Birthday Barbara!
14/01/08 Mehmet's crew turned up
as promised......but at 17.45pm when it was dark and they were unable to
do anything!! I sent them on their way and told them to come back
in daylight before adjourning to the bar and restaurant where I spent an
amicable evening with Mike, who arrived back from the UK this evening
and is sailing Ishtar to Madagascar.
17/01/09 0700 and I get an e-mail
telling me that my mate Chris had a heart attack on Saturday last, so my
thoughts are with both he and Rachael today. I hope you make
a speedy recovery mate. Why do all the bad things always happen
around Christmas time?
19/01/08 Last night's liveaboard and
karaoke night had a new twist with 'Stars in Their Eyes'....brave souls
dressing the part of the song/singer, and was quite rightly won by Liz
of Esper with her Debbie Harry rendition - well done Liz!
We continued the party onboard Eve's boat - guess it's name - yep....Eve!
It was almost time to get up when we all eventually made our way
back to our own boats and there were a few frail people onboard the 9.30
bus to Kipa Supermarket this morning, which has been arranged by Aysel
of Quest as a twice weekly event (she has the advantage, as she is
Turkish). In the afternoon I continued running cables
through the new tubing of the gantry, although the Navtex cable is going
to be pain in the proverbial! I started feeling a bit rough later in
the day, a cold manifesting itself, and had to cry off the evening meal
onboard Eve, dosing myself with hot toddies and having an early
20/01/08 Not a good night, hot but
shivering! However, it can only get better now. Good news
from the UK this morning, my mate Chris is out of hospital following his
operation and is recovering at home, so that cheered me no end.
Also, my Mum, who has been unwell since Christmas, is seemingly
returning to her normal self which is really good news.
Congratulations to Francis Joyon, who today crossed
the finishing line in a record breaking round the world single-handed
sail, making the circumnavigation in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes and 6
seconds - more than 14 days faster than our own Ellen MacArthur's
record, set in 2005......though why anyone would want to rush around and
not actually see anything is beyond me. Maybe he just
wanted to get back to France as quickly as possible, in which
case....good on you Monsieur Joyon!
24/01/08 Sunny and very warm today
following yesterday's cold north wind. The boat is still a pigsty, with
equipment and gear piled in both the forward cabin and cockpit while I
continue to wait for MC Marin to actually finish the small amount of
work outstanding on the pushpit and gantry. The work carried
out by Mehmet and his men is, in my opinion quite good, but his time
keeping and reliability leave a lot to be desired. It seems most
companies in and around here work to "Turkish Time."
25/01/08 Burn's Night -
"Wee, sleekit, cow’rin, tim’rous beastie" wrote Rabbie Burns,
born this day in 1759 and one of Scotland's most celebrated icons,
though it appears that he was himself far from 'timorous' when it came to the
ladies! His wife bore him nine children and there were at least
two other children from affairs......probably why he died aged 37!
Here, the chilly north winds have returned and are increasing in strength, with a
forecast of more to come. It really is keeping the temperature
down and if the windguru forecast is to be believed, it will drop as low
on Tuesday and -20C on Wednesday.....let's hope it's wrong!
Opting to give the liveaboard night a miss, I settled down to watch a
DVD and have an early night, however the strengthening wind forced me on
deck around 2245 to tighten the bow rope as much as possible in an
attempt to pull the stern away from the pontoon but the laid mooring is
too close to my bow, so winching it in only serves to pull the bow
downwards rather than outward.
27/01/08 Strong winds again last night,
up to 39 knots, blowing on my port quarter and heeling the boat over,
creaking fenders betweeen myself and John & Maggie's boat Calidore.
Fortunately, all ropes held OK and the wind subsided around 2am, leaving
us with a peaceful night. Just after lunchtime, 36 of us set off
for Sunday dinner with Kevin from Nadine to The Three Bells in Icmeler .......you have to see these
roast dinners to
believe it. They are as good as anything you would get in the UK,
without any hint of 'Turkishness' about them, it's all roast potato,
mashed potato, broccoli, peas, carrots, lamb/beef/chicken and enormous
yorkshire puddings that Aunt Bessie would kill for! Top that off
with apple pie and custard, then wash the whole lot down with a couple of pints
sure the dolmus sits much lower on it's suspension returning along the
mountain road to Yacht Marine!
29/01/08 We seem to have little
respite from the gale force winds. At mid-day, my wind instrument alarms
were going off in an almost constant cacophony of sound, indicating speeds in
excess of 40 knots from the NNE. I added extra mid-ship springs
this morning in an attempt to lessen the amount of wind induced roll on
the boat, which seemed to work for the time being. Should the winds go around to
southerlies .....well, I would have major problems!! Boats on the
opposite side of the pontoon to myself were surging into the pontoon and
crews were on deck doing whatever they could to alleviate the
problem, aided by around six marineros who were getting soaked as waves
broke over the outer, exposed end of the pontoon. Although the sun
shone, the wind made it feel very cold throughout the day, and it was a
chilly walk to the restaurant with Roger (who returned from UK last
night) and his Mum Yolly (here for a holiday) during the evening.
Historical interest.....on this day in 1790,
the first boat specialised as a 'lifeboat' was tested on the River Tyne.
Henry Greathead, William Wouldhave and Lionel Lukin all claim to be the
inventor of the 'lifeboat'. The RNLI was founded by Sir
William Hillary on 4th March 1824 as the National Institution for
Preservation of life from Shipwreck, adopting it's present name in
1854, and has since saved some 150,000 lives around the UK coastline.
30/01/08 Almost all the work on
the climbing frame has now been completed by MC Marin and I can get on
with the wiring of the re-positioned stern light, the Navtex antenna and various
other bits and pieces. Had lunch with Storm Dodger's
lot in the staff canteen, vegetable soup, chicken adana, chips and salad
with bread and as much tea or coffee as you like, all for 5 lire
(5YTL)....that's about £2 and great value. The wind is finally
subsiding and things are getting back to normal.
31/01/08 Re-fitted the kedge anchor and
stowed away the chain and rope in the new 'bin' before helping Roger to
move Storm Dodger from the hoist, where his engine had been
from the boat, back to his berth on Juliet pontoon.
For some weeks now, we have all been enjoying a
'Marina Newspaper' written by yotties, for yotties, and called "The
Porthole." The publication of this paper has been undertaken
by friends Jamie and Liz on Esper, (their website on my links
page). Now,.... the paper is available on-line and details our lives
in the marina much better than I could ever do on this site.
You can view and read the back issues at
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