Barry's Blog #174 - And we're off…

Updated: Apr 17

When we did our shakedown trip to the Setur marina at Finike we met some wonderful people, in particular we met the Whittaker family who are fellow YouTubers and we had a great time sharing stories and inevitably talking about filming and recording equipment.

The Whittakers are Tim, Silke, Luca, Nina and Lucy (the cute dog). You can check out their channel by clicking here.

Why are you telling us this Baz?

Because it leads us to the amazing drone footage featured at the beginning of this week's YouTube video.

I wish that I could say that I filmed it, but I didn't. It was filmed by Tim off the back of his boat which he and his family had anchored at Kaş a few day before our departure. Tim is an award winning professional photographer and his collection of recording gadgets would make James Bond envious, but more importantly he's very good at flying a drone and manipulating the drone camera at the same time.

Anyway, check out the footage and let us know what you think.

Off to Gemiler

As we planned to be away from Kaş marina for some months and also planned to berth in the other Setur marinas along the Turkish coast, we radioed the marineros so that they could untie our bow line from the marina slime line and hand it back to us.

Departure day was a windless day, I think the wind gods had run out of puff after the last couple of weeks of blowing hard, which had delayed our departure twice already, so we knew that our trip to Gemiler would be under engine power.

The island of Gemiler and the anchorage of Gemiler Bay are right next to the mooring field of Karacaӧren where we'd stayed several times previously. This time our plan was to anchor at Gemiler Bay.

We do a lot of research into our planned anchorages and things generally work out the way we plan them. The only thing we can't plan for is other vessels already at the anchorage and how many there will be. This is of course dependent upon the time of year. Our departure from Kaş was the 27th of March (2021) and it was still very early in the year so we weren't expecting too much competition at the anchorage.

After a smooth and uneventful 7 hour trip along the coast we slowly motored into an empty anchorage at 17:30 and chose the best spot to drop anchor and swing freely. It's a beautiful spot and after putting A B Sea to bed we sat in the cockpit and enjoyed the our surrounds which included a view of Gemiler island and the ruins of several monasteries which date back to the 6th and 4th centuries AD.

Lazy Sunday

As we were still in the Antalya region of Turkey and the day after we arrived at Gemiler being a Sunday it was a lock down day and our plan had been to take the dinghy to the deserted island and spend the day exploring.

However I woke up and when I went through what was involved in that process I balked at the idea. Here's what we'd need to do to use the dinghy to get to the island.