05/09/09 Over the last week, Roger and I
have sailed with Nadja and Eli every day - using every
combination of sail in varying wind conditions.....and sometimes,
(reluctantly), using the engine. Our ports/anchorages included Nisos Simi, Nisos Tilos (Livádhia),
Nisos Rhodos, Bozuk Bükü (twice), Dirsek Limani,
Orhaniye, Kuruca Bükü, Ova Bükü. Today marked the end of Nadja and
Eli's holiday and after putting them ashore in Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes
for their homeward flight to Germany, Roger and I again put to sea for
our trip 'home'. It was a good sail to windward, tacking
just four times to our destination of Simi for fuel and supplies, then
motoring back to Turkey and the anchorage at Orhaniye.
06/09/09 After spending the night at
anchor, we moved the boat back onto the pontoon at Kadir Restaurant and
I collected all my things and moved back onboard Rhumb Do, - nice
to be home!
07/09/09 Roger went into Datça by bus
and booked Storm Dodger (and me) back into Turkey.
08/08/09 Caught the dolmuş into Marmaris
to renew my Turkish transit log which expires in about a week's time,
and contrary to what has been said on YBW Forums about the harbourmaster
there, I had no problems whatsoever. As my boat is under 10
tons, I don't require an agent and did the whole process myself in one
hour, including the walking from office to office - total cost 110 lira.
12/09/09 Our second day of heavy rain!
A thunderstorm rolled into Keci Bükü early yesterday afternoon - and it
continued until late this morning. I took down my sun awning when
it dried and folded it up, replacing it with the bimini top. A
worrying phone call from my brother late in the evening, about Mum's
health, made sudden changes to my plans and I would have to fly home to
the UK. As it was unsafe to leave the boat at Kadir's restaurant I
decided to sail around to Marmaris Yacht Marine and hope that I could
get a berth there for a few weeks. Roger kindly offered to
accompany me and we cast off just before midnight and made our way down
13/09/09 A moderately rough passage (we
expected worse) under engine and genoa saw our arrival in Yacht Marine
just before 10am and the big rush to get to the airport for my 5.45pm
flight to Manchester, arranged on-line by Jordan during the night.
This turned out to be a catalogue of disasters! Firstly, I was
unable to access any of the flight details or print off my tickets, then
the taxi didn't turn up and on phoning, they insisted that a booking
hadn't been made (I did it myself not an hour earlier), so the hire pool
car was commandeered and Don (Northern Shadow) agreed to drive me
to Dalaman. At the airport it transpired that there was no flight
to Manchester until 0545 the following morning! Obviously a
breakdown in VHF radio communication between Jordan and myself!
Anyone who has experienced this airport will know that it isn't the
place to spend 14 or so hours waiting especially when you have already
been up all the previous night, so a hotel was needed and Don took me
back into Dalaman town where I booked into the Dalaman Park Hotel for
14/09/09 A taxi back to the airport at
3am and a worrying period whilst the Thomas Cook rep tried to find my
flight booking, then it was check in - my newly purchased duty-free
goods disappearing somewhere in the departure lounge - obviously needed
more by someone else, so I hope they like whisky. Arrived in
Manchester at 0830 local time and Clive was there to meet me and drive
home in the morning rush hour. Went to see Mum.
15/09/09 Sadly, my Mum passed away this
evening around 6.10pm
20/09/09 Mum had a good long life and
will be remembered by most for her very infectious laughter. We
received a lovely letter from her friend (I won't give her name) and
fellow Burma Star Association member, which gives an insight into how
others thought of her;
Dear Clive, Ian, Barbara & Family,
I can’t tell you how sad I feel hearing of the passing of Elsie. To you
all I believe she was the very best and dearly loved Mum, Mum-in-Law,
Grandma and Great Grandma any Family could have. To me, even though we
only knew each other for a few years, she was a special and very dear
friend – as she was to many other people too – mainly the old “Burma
What good times we all had together, Elsie always being the life and
soul of the party – last to bed and first up in the morning – bright as
a button – bless her! When we shared a room on our many weekends away,
we’d stay awake for hours talking about our early years, our husbands
and children, good times and not so good times, laughing and crying
together. How she loved her precious Syd from a very early age, how she
followed him around until he was posted overseas – always with you
Clive. I’m sure we must have kept other people awake but never got any
complaints! She was like a second Mum to me, we got on so well together
and I always tried to be there for her as she meant so much to me, and
the happy memories of her will stay with me for ever, but I’ll never
stop missing her.
I know you all will have your own special memories of Elsie, of the life
she enjoyed so much and hopefully they will ease your sorrow. She loved
you all and was very proud of you. I’ve told the sad news to the few
remaining friends we had in the ‘Burma Star’ but it’s very unlikely that
any of us will be able to be with you all to say ‘goodbye’ in the way we
would have liked – which we deeply regret. I personally will be thinking
of her and hoping she is now re-united with her Syd – the “love of her
life” as she always called him to me.
21/09/09 Mum's funeral at 11.00am.
Thank you to all who attended, travelling from the Midlands, Kent,
Glasgow, the Lake District and Manchester. Thank you for the
flowers, cards and charity donations and a big thank you to all the
staff of St Albans Nursing Home in Knott End-on-Sea, who had looked
after Mum for the last three and a half years.
22/09/09 Clive and Barbara drove me to
Manchester airport during the afternoon and I caught the 7pm Thomas Cook
cattle truck back to Dalaman.
23/09/09 Arrived back onboard just
before 5am local time and had a sort of lazy day deciding on the
programme of jobs that I now need to do if I want to leave Turkey this
year! Temperatures here are still in the mid thirties
(contrary to what the AccuWeather thingy at the bottom of log page
shows), so it's back into swim shorts and flip-flops. At Happy
Hour, I caught up with various friends who are now in the marina -
Storm Dodger, Luturna, Destiny, Esper, Roam II, and Northern Shadow.
24/09/09 First on the list - fix the
toilet! The pump had become defective during the night sail from
Orhaniye to Marmaris Yacht Marine, so I stripped it down and cleaned out
all the calcium deposits, fitted a new non-return and joker valve and
re-installed it in the system.
25/09/09 A fire on a yacht just outside
the marina today had most liveaboards crowding onto Alpha pontoon to
watch - the fire brigade on shore powerless to do anything about it
other than wet down the trees and buildings close by and the actual boat
fire being left to the coastguard cutter, with a helicopter dumping
water on it for over an hour. The boat was worth several million
Euro's, had recently completed a major refit and was due to leave
tomorrow for a six month charter season in the Caribbean. The
dense cloud of smoke from the fire was seen (and smelt) in Marmaris town
and was still burning late into the evening.
26/09/09 The boat involved in
yesterday's fire has now sunk......just 4 or 5 metres of it's bow still
showing out of the water. I have arranged for my boat to be lifted
out of the water in Marti Marina for a hull survey and to re-antifoul in
preparation for heading eastward - it's much cheaper to haul out in
Orhaniye than Marmaris, so I will sail tomorrow and make my way back to
27/09/09 Attended the boat jumble in
Netsel Marina (didn't buy anything) before heading back to Yacht Marine
to sail back to Orhaniye. However, best laid plans and all
that......the winds were up to almost 25 knots in the marina and would
obviously be much stronger out of the shelter of the bay, so I delayed
sailing until almost 5pm. Astrid was coming with me for company
this time, I think mainly to conquer the sea-sickness malady on a
smaller boat, and although the wind had indeed dropped in the marina, we
soon ran into F6 plus. Nonetheless, it was a beam reach at first,
then close reach, and we made good progress with a reefed genoa.
28/09/09 After rounding Karaburun, we
were into a 30 knot headwind, coupled with a bumpy sea and it was then
slow going until we entered Hisaronu Korfezi and the last leg to Keci
Bükü, finally dropping the anchor off Orhaniye at 0300 hours.
Weighed anchor again at 0900 and motored over to Marti Marina where the
boat was lifted out immediately. The next few hours were spent in
the hands of the surveyor and I now await the outcome of his survey.
Astrid caught the dolmuş back to Yacht Marine - but as I've just
booked a lift out for Storm Dodger here, I guess it won't be long
before I see them again! To give an idea of lift out prices for an
11 metre boat......Netsel Marina - 571 euros, Marti Marina - 274 euros,
Marmaris Yacht Marine - 900 euros (yes, that's right - nine hundred!)
29/09/09 A day of scraping and sanding
the hull.......if only we could buy the stuff that barnacles stick
themselves on with - we'd have a real 'superglue' then!! Finished
up looking like a 'smurf', covered from head to foot in blue paint - and
more to come tomorrow. The surveyor returned to carry out moisture
tests on the hull (all clear) and also checked the emergency steering
was working properly.
30/09/09 Happy Birthday Angie!
Storm Dodger arrived and was lifted out of the water. I
continued with the scraping and sanding of old anti-foul - it's like
working in a bee-hive, there are dozens of wasps and bees swarming
around me whilst working and a young teenager was killed in Marmaris
today when the van transporting hives, in which he was travelling, was
in collision with a lorry which burst the hives open and the angry bees
stung the trapped youngster to death before rescuers could free him.
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