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DAY SAILING WITH TURKISH FRIENDS

Kent had the pleasure of working with Dergerhan Usluel in Albany, New York several years ago.  Dare is Turkish by birth and now lives back in Ankara with his family including wife, Mine and boys Baran and Batuhan. 

Dergerhan, Mine, Butahan & Baran

Dergerhan, Mine, Butahan & Baran

The family has a vacation home in Ciftlik on the Datca Peninsula and we were able to anchor in the bay in front of their home overnight and take them sailing to Bozburun the following day.  We left Ciftlik about 10 a.m. and motored across the gulf to Bozburun.  The wind that had been forecast the day before did not materialize on schedule. 

Batuhan shared time at the wheel. . .

Batuhan shared time at the wheel. . .

with older brother Baran

with older brother Baran

At Bozburun we anchored in a small cove where we had stayed previously (see “Goat Lady of Bozburun” post) and went for a swim.  Kent took the boys, who are ages 11 and 8, for a fast spin in the dinghy and ashore to see some ruins. 

Bozburun Anchorage. . .

Bozburun Anchorage. . .

and the usual goats.

and the usual goats.

After lunch at the Aphrodite Restaurant where we made our way out of Bozburun by going between some islands that had shallow clearance.

Destiny moored off Aphrodite Restaurant in Bozburun

Destiny moored off Aphrodite Restaurant in Bozburun

Channel through islands is shallow

Channel through islands is shallow

Once outside, the wind finally came up—almost more than we needed and we had a fast sail back to Ciftlik.

It was "hard on the wind" coming back

It was "hard on the wind" coming back

The boys didn't mind the heeling

The boys didn't mind the heeling

Everyone had a great time, including Jolie who got lots of attention. 

Jolie got lots of petting. . .

Jolie got lots of petting. . .

and found a new wedge spot behind Baran.

and found a new wedge spot behind Baran.

We were sad to see the day end, as sharing our adventure is a pleasure for us.

Back to shore in Ciftlik

Back to shore in Ciftlik

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