Post by chuckr on Jul 3, 2018 11:32:47 GMT
Boats sailing the Turkish coast always seem to make the Fethiye and maybe a bit beyond before turning back. But beyond Fethiye is some great unspoiled cruising that is not crowded and easy going east but if you do turn and head back you really have to work with the weather to avoid a bash back.
We made a number of stops so far as we are trying to sail the entire coast. A great stop is Kekova Roads. When we came in we wanted really good protection so went all the way in to Ucagiz and anchored in about 15' 3m of water with a 7-1 scope and had great holding and we did a bit of a blow. Launching dink we went into town and explored a bit and you can tie up at the end of the dock you are looking at next to town. It is also an easy dink ride to Kale Koy and the old castle. We have a sailor mystery writer Christine Kling who based on of her books on the area - Knights Crossing - - we also dinked across to the underwater city and then back.
In town we went to Hassan's restaurant for a fish lunch and asked about a domus to Demur to see St Nicholas ie Santa Claus and ancient Myra which are in the same area - it is hard but for a nominal amount he arranged a local guy to drive us over and back - and yea is fish is excellent -
We have a yearly contract with Setur and they have a deal so we get free short term at other Setur marinas so we went into Finike for a couple of days and had a nice sunday afternoon bbq with the liveaboards there.
From there we headed south to round the 5 islands - Besadalar point - and decided to cut between the first island and the mainland. It was incredibly unpleasant with seas and winds coming from multiple directions at that same time. we had pulled the sails as the wind was circulating and we had the engine at 3,000 rpm and a lot of hard steering to get through. If we ever do it again we would probably go all the way around.
we then went into Kemer and anchored off Club Med. In about 20' 6+m we dropped 140' 45m of chain and the holding was very good. in mid afternoon the winds pick up and a lot of play boats run around to create a bit of wake but nothing serious. - The dink tie up is opposite Club Med where there appears to be a boat launch area but we had no issues. We did pull it ashore a bit but not much.
From there it is a 3-4 hour sail up to Antalya where we are now and there is a lot to see. Not a lot of boats get this far east and we are headed farther east yet.