13th to 24th April 2013 Gocek/Bodrum

MarinTurk Marina, Tangaroa's Winter Address
MarinTurk Marina, Tangaroa’s Winter Address
Our Boat Dwarfed by it's Huge Neighours
Our Boat Dwarfed by it’s Huge Neighours
A Quick Trip to Bodrum by Car from Gocek
A Quick Trip to Bodrum by Car from Gocek
A Great Address in Bodrum is the Manastir Hotel
A Great Address in Bodrum is the Manastir Hotel
Our Expert Barman at the Manastir Hotel Making Margaritas
Our Expert Barman at the Manastir Hotel Making Margaritas
Lovely View from the Manastir
Lovely View from the Manastir
An Ancient Theatre in Bodrum
An Ancient Theatre in Bodrum
Dinner with Huseyin at Our Favourite Restaurant in Bodrum called Memdof
Dinner with Huseyin at Our Favourite Restaurant in Bodrum called Memdoff
Tangaroa's Launch back in the Water 2013
Back in Gocek for Tangaroa’s Launch  2013
Tangaroa back in the Belediyeye (Municipal) Marina, Gocek
Tangaroa in the Belediyeye (Municipal) Marina, Gocek
Our Lovely New Friend Mehtap from Istanbul
Our Lovely New Friend Mehtap from Istanbul
Tangaroa in the Belediyeye (Municipal) Marina, Gocek
We Start Preparations for Our Departure
Our New Turkish Friends, Sukran, Onder and Mehtap
Our New Turkish Friends, Sukran, Onder and Mehtap
Dinner together at the Lotis in Gocek
Dinner together at the Lotis in Gocek
Many Local People Enjoying Children's Day
Many Local People Enjoying Children’s Day
Gocek Harbour
Gocek Harbour
Lunch at  West Cafe, Gocek
Lunch at West Cafe, Gocek
Off to Visit a Fellow Australian Moored at Skopea Marina
Off to Visit a Fellow Australian Moored at Skopea Marina
Our New Australian Sailing Friend, John with Ric
Our New Australian Sailing Friend, John with Ric
John's Yacht, Awatea
John’s Beautiful Yacht, Awatea
Dinner at West Cafe with John and his EMYC Friends
Dinner at West Cafe with John and his EMYC  French Friends
Official Warship in Town for the Entertainment Weekend in Gocek
Official Warship in Town for the Presidential Tour Turkey Bike Race
The Start of the Gocek Leg of the Wellknown Bike Race, the Tour of Turkey
The Start of the Gocek Leg of the Well Known Bike Race
We have never seen Gocek so busy!!
We have never seen Gocek so busy!!
The Weather is Improving Here in Gocek
Gocek is Our Favourite Port in Southern Turkey
Turkish Delight from Fethiye
Turkish Delight from Fethiye
Our Last Night in Gocek
Our Last Night in Gocek

How wonderful to be back in beautiful Turkey!!

Our departure from Australia was a couple of weeks earlier than the two previous years of cruising in the Med. On our arrival back in Gocek this year, the weather was considerably cooler than the high 30’s we left behind in early October 2012. Our many local friends in Gocek were all complaining about the unseasonal cool temperatures experienced this spring. Having the warmer weather starting later makes the tourist season start much later too!! Gocek which is quite a small town  depends on the tourist industry.  It becomes extremely busy in high season with many visitors arriving by air,  boat or road. The Dalaman Airport, which is the major entry to this part of south east Turkey is only a short distance from Gocek. The cruising waters of the Fethiye Gulf, in which Gocek is located is one of the most beautiful cruising waters of southern Turkey.  The gulf has many small islands and many small coves and inlets with lush wooded hills that sweep down to the waters edge. There are many delightful family run restaurants tucked into a corner of some of the small bays in the gulf. Often the restaurants offer berths on their restaurant quays, however dropping an anchor in the bays and tying a long line ashore is always a great option. Swimming and snorkelling is a great pastime when cruising in the Fethiye Gulf. Although it is not a Barrier Reef, the water is quite warm, clean and clear which is ideal for escaping the heat and getting some healthy exercise.

Every year there is quite a lot of preparation before setting off for the cruising season. This year was no exception, however while some of the works were being completed on the boat, Ric and I decided to take the opportunity to drive to Bodrum for a few days. Business meetings had been arranged and a booking was made at the delightful Manastir Hotel. With wonderful views overlooking the water and the ancient castle which still stands proudly in the middle of the port, this boutique hotel is our favourite in Bodrum. As the season was early and the weather was still cool, the town appeared very quiet compared to the usual hustle and bustle. Ric had organised several business meetings during the work hours which gave me time catch up on photo editing and a few emails. That evening we once again dined at our friend Huseyin’s favourite restaurant called Memdoff, which is near the Bodrum Marina Yacht Club.  The delicious Turkish food on offer this evening was as fresh and fabulous as we had experienced on previous visits.

On our return to Gocek the Tangaroa was returned to the water and we secured a berth in the Municipal Marina for a few days until we were ready for our departure. This also allowed us time to make our preparations and finish any work that still needed doing to the boat. We also took the opportunity while still in port to catch up with some of our new acquaintances. To our surprise we were lucky enough to experience a weekend of exciting activities which brought out all the locals and visitors in Gocek. The Saturday was “Children’s Day” and many activities for the youngsters we organised in the main street and the  town square. A concert with live performers attracted big crowds during the evening which ended with a fine display of fireworks. The following day, Sunday was the start of the Gocek to Marmaris leg of the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey 2013 which starts in Alanya and finishes in Istanbul. Once again the quiet little town of Gocek became a hive of activity with all the excitement of the race and also having an official navy ship in port with many dignitaries aboard. Fortunately after many cool and overcast days the weekend brought sunny and warm conditions for the special events.

Finally it is almost time for our departure!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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