Post by chuckr on Feb 26, 2019 15:28:58 GMT
Leaving Bozyazi it was morning down hill sail to Aydincik, a small fishing harbor. So small in fact that when we came in the fishermen on the dock moved a fishing boat so that we could Med moor to the dock. The town itself is small with one long street and a couple of side streets. The long street is the main highway that leads along the coast. There is not a lot there but watching the fishermen get ready to go fishing and bait their long lines. We did meet a couple of boats there who waiting for a weather window to sail to North Cyprus.
Another day sail we headed into Tasucu which is a fairly large port with the commercial port on starboard and small boat port on port. We called and called but no answer and eventually went into the small boat port and after circling a few times trying to decide where to tie up a couple of guys waved us to a spot and just before we dropped the hook for a med mooring they waved us off and pointed to the other side of the harbor. We went across and they wanted us to side to which we did and then asked me to take my paper to the port office. No one spoke English and it seemed that wanted to know why we were there. Eventually an official who spoke English looked at the same papers and said ok but you must move off the dock you are on as it is for arrivals. When asked where we could dock we were told tie up to one of the big fishing boats. The wind was blowing 15-20 and trying to maneuver next to a steel boat gently and not sure anyone was on it we asked if we could wait until the winds dropped and they agreed. It was way after dark when the winds came down so we just stayed as we were told as long as we were on the dock we were on we could not get off the boat. We left at first light for a short run to Kumkuyu.
Kumkuyu is a brand new harbor and when I called on the radio answered immediately and sent a boat out to meet us. The infrastructure is brand new, so new in fact that the bar was first opened the day after we arrived and we were the first customers. The harbor was built for small boars sailing to and from north Cyprus. It was really nice with great people. As with other towns the major town is a long way away and transportation to and from was via taxi. There is a bus but we were not there long enough to figure it out. But what a great brand new marina.
The final stop along the Turkish coast was Mersin. It is a fairly big harbor for small boats that is only about 1/2 full. Again a lot of radio calls were made and one answer in Turkish but no English. We eventually tied up to the fuel dock and walked around to the marina office with the help of some local kids taking sailing lessons. The office asked us to wait and a person who spoke English came out and was surprised that a small boat made it that far. They said they rarely see cruising boats but were really great and very helpful. The marina itself is somewhat modern but built for the city more than sailors. There is a small mall with eating and drinking establishments all the way around the harbor and more being built. A taxi cab helped us find a laundry and took us downtown. We found one of the biggest malls we have ever seen. The marina helped us find a rental car that we used to travel throughout southeast Turkey all the way to past Mardin but the highlight was the worlds oldest temple - Gobekli Tepe.
Making Mersin we had sail almost the entire Turkish from Hopi on the Black Sea next to Georgia to Mersin almost on the Syrian border.