Aannsha’s Blog #86 – Bozukkale to Knidos and towing a yacht!


Fresh fish from Loryma, Bozukkale

“The gopher’s come out!” I heard Baz laughing as I stuck my head and shoulders out of the starboard hatch in the Princess Suite. It was early (for me) and I’d woken to hear a lot of commotion from Jim’s boat.

Getting internet up the mast!

Turns out, Alex was hoisting Jim’s tablet to the top of his 18 metre high (59 feet) mast in an attempt to get internet. It actually picked up a signal from the Greek island of Rhodes, 11 nautical miles away! That meant we could all get on with our internet work which was a bonus as the weather had turned gnarly – overcast, with 30 knot cold winds.

We were tied stern to next to Jim’s yacht Acheron as it allowed us to leave our boat via his without deploying our dinghy off the back davits. We’d started out side to but it got a bit choppy as the wind increased and we weren’t happy with leaving A B Sea in that position.

While the weather was still dry, Baz and I explored the hill at the back of Loryma restaurant and came across a few ruins from the ancient settlement of the same name, Loryma. There was also a small herd of goats munching on the hillside greenery, and a great view of our yachts tied up on the jetty. Bozukkale is a beautiful bay and can only be approached by sea, so well worth a visit if you’re sailing in that area.

That night we dined (all rugged up in warm jackets) in the open air restaurant. The food was amazingly tasty. Every tapas was delicious and I have to say, the bread crumbs around the calamari was the best I’ve ever had. It turned out that the regular chef was away in Marmaris and the lady who cooked our meal was the kitchen hand. They should increase her wages!

Night fell and we watched the blue and red lights of a coast guard vessel approaching. It was towing a 15 foot yacht which it brought to the jetty and left once it was tied up. It turns out the Turkish sailor had trouble with his engine and he was being blown towards Greece when he was rescued. He needed to get to Datça to have his engine fixed but would have to stay in Bozukkale until someone turned up who could give him a tow. This is where Jim came in: he offered to tow the yacht the 21 nautical miles to Datça as we were heading that way once the wind died down! When Baz asked him if he’d done anything like that, Jim said he hadn’t but was happy to help out a fellow sailor. He then spent some time learning how to tie the appropriate towing lines from Auntie Google and her mate YouTube. Jim has many fine qualities and altruism is up there at the top.

Towing the yacht

On Monday the 6th of May Baz and I slipped the lines and circled the bay while Jim tied the tow line from Acheron to the 15 foot yacht. We had woken up to blue, hazy sky and calm seas which were perfect conditions to tow a boat.

At 8.30am we all exited the bay safely and motored at around 5 knots of speed. Baz and I put the Gori folding prop into overdrive so we could arrive in Datça and deploy the dinghy in time to assist Jim when he arrived in Acheron. We arrived at Datça’s south bay at 12pm and at 12.15pm Baz took the dinghy to Acheron and then towed the small boat safely to the harbour.

Jim in Acheron towing the little yacht to Datca