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TURKISH WATER SPORTS

We have only been in Turkey a few days, but we are very impressed by the variety of water sports that are available off the beaches that line most of the Bodrum Peninsula coast.  So far we have spent time in Akyarlar, Bitez and Gumbet as we worked our way to Bodrum.  Each harbor was a little larger and more touristy, with Gumbet being a “suburb” of Bodrum.  But the one thing they had in common was people enjoying the water in a variety of ways. 

Ubiqutous party boat

Ubiquitous party boat

There are the usual day tripper boats that blare loud music and take people to a beach or two to swim, have lunch and then return to their hotels. 

But also more active sports, like scuba diving, water skiing and wind surfing 

Underwater adventurers abound

Underwater adventurers abound

To Ski or Sea Doo?

To Ski or Sea Doo?

For the leisurely inclined there are kayaks and water pedal boats. 

Two people, one paddle

Two people, one paddle

Windsurfers & paddle boats share the water

Windsurfers & paddle boats share the water

Some water sports take place on dry land. . .

Some water sports take place on dry land. . .

Somewhere in between the “active” and totally passive sports are the ones that involve the adrenalin rush of just holding on for dear life—there is no end to the assortment of paraphernalia that gets towed behind a boat at a high rate of speed, sometimes going airborne. 

If this is a "banana boat" what do you call the people riding it?

If this is a "banana boat" what do you call the people riding it?

Lots of screaming on the turns

Lots of screaming on the turns

Think they got a group discount for 5?

Think they got a group discount?

Flat on your back and airborne--the ultimate thrill!

Flat on your back and airborne--the ultimate thrill!

Even Kent got into the action by renting a windsurfer in Bitez.  The “old man” did himself proud. 

Like riding a bicycle. . .who says this is a kid's sport.

Like riding a bicycle. . .who says this is a kid's sport.

OK, so there are more kids than seniors.

OK, so there are more kids than seniors. . .but my sail is bigger.

This is kidda fun. . .

This is kidda fun. . .

but he isn't giving up kayaking.

but he isn't giving up kayaking.

Then there is the old fashioned water sport of sailing, and “just messing about in boats” of all sizes and shapes.

WOW is right

WOW is right

Destiny hangs on hook in Gumet

Destiny at anchor in Gumet

Obviously, our favorite place to enjoy the water is on Destiny whether charging along in 20 kts. on the beam or hanging on a hook in an exotic anchorage.

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