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SLEEPLESS IN SKOPEA

Turkey is VERY HOT this time of year!

Skopea Limani is like a large inland lake

Skopea Limani is like a large inland lake

We New Englanders are so accustomed to July and August being “the boating season” that it was laughable to us that Brits and other Europeans went home for these two months and returned in September.

We are in the midst of a heat wave that has left us waterlogged and sleepy. Waterlogged because the only relief from the 90 to 105 F. degree temps during the day is to frequently jump in the water for a swim—rotating bathing suits, one barely dries before you put it back on, and there is always a wet one hanging on the line. We have found that racing about in the dinghy is one way to cool off—but like running the A/C we’re still burning fuel.

I'm sure they aren't worried about the heat

I'm sure they aren't worried about the heat

. . .but a wind scoop is our only air conditioning at anchor!

. . .but a wind scoop is our only air conditioning at anchor!

And sleeping is impossible. Even after the sun sets, there is little change in the temperature and at anchor in Skopea Limani which has the appearance of an inland lake surrounded by verdant green mountains and a chain of small islands there is not a breath of air.

Sunset but no sleep

Sunset but no sleep

Kent slept in the cockpit all night hoping to catch a breeze that never arrived while I stayed in the master cabin with a 12V fan blowing on me. At 6:30 a.m., with the generator charging batteries for the day Kent turned on the A/C in the aft cabin and we both slept for a couple of hours before starting another torturously hot day.

Today we head to Fethiye and Yacht Classic Hotel—where there is a dock, power and a swimming pool. After a couple nights of sleep in air conditioned comfort we’ll decide whether to head further east (reportedly hotter) or back west where it is a few degrees cooler. At this point the difference between 30 C and 41 C seems huge–that’s 86 F  v. 105 F.  In the meantime, the scenery and anchorages are beautiful, and the water is warm—almost too warm to be refreshing.

Life is good—if only we can get some sleep.

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