Meeting Gurktan

The complete lack of wind today was made up for by being introduced to a very nice couple, Peter and Gilly. Turns out my Day Skipper course would include a motor over to Catal Ada with Peter and Gilly on board to check it out as a possible wedding location!


Peter and Gilly are a very interesting couple. Whilst Peter is having a super yacht built to his specification in Turkey (well, sort of), his bride-to-be runs two comedy clubs in London and the south of the UK! When I say Peter is having a yacht built to his specification this has to be implied loosely. As Peter is discovering things don’t always run as smoothly in Turkey as they do in the UK and if he’s not careful and doesn’t keep an eye on the work in progress he’s going to end up with a gullet!


One of the anchorages at Catal Ada

One of the anchorages at Catal Ada

After motoring to Catal Ada and back Gilly and I swam ashore and I introduced myself to Gurktan who runs Bati Restaurant. Gurktan was to become a big feature in this summer’s cruising as any visit to Gümüslük would always involve a trip to his restaurant and chill out area. This particular evening Jon and I were invited to sample Gurktan’s mezes as Peter and Gilly were planning to hold their pre-wedding reception at his restaurant. Good choice!


We then left Gümüslük in the dark (a requirement of the day skipper is a night sail… as if I haven’t done enough of them already!) and made our way to Yalikavak, bathed in moonlight.


Bloody kids. Probably throwing stones at Esper.

Bloody kids. Probably throwing stones at Esper.

Peter, Gilly and Jon. Grins supplied by Esper!

Peter, Gilly and Jon. Grins supplied by Esper!






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