One Boat = Sailing; Two Boats = Racing!

Liz keeping an eye on the mizzen stay-sail

Liz keeping an eye on the mizzen stay-sail

Having eaten into our lunch hour by getting some cruising tips off Caroline and Richard of ‘Mianda’, we upped anchor and motor-sailed into Skopea Limani, around Yassica Adalari, the islands that divide Skopia Limani and Fethiye Korfezi, and towards Fethiye town. We prevented the main, pushed out the mizzen and unfurled the yankee to have us plodding along at a few knots in the light airs. As we did so I was aware of a charter boat motor sailing behind us, catching us up. When they did they then turned off their engine and got out their sails as if throwing down the gauntlet for a race! Well, we were in the middle of putting up the mizzen stay-sail anyway but when we got out that cruising chute we accelerated from four knots to seven, leaving the other boat standing, hehehehehe! They caught us up in the end when the wind backed and we had to drop our baby-blue sails, but we’d won as far as I was concerned. Anyway, Fethiye Korfezi really is like a great big playground! Love it!



Unsure of the lay of the land we motored into Fethiye bay and headed towards Caroline’s suggested anchorage, putting us right next door to Terry and Fiona of ‘Roam 2’. Drop the anchor, cold beers out, fantastic supper cooked by Terry and into town to watch Holland trounce Itlay at a cafe serving beer for less than a quid. Yep, I’m growing to like this place! The great thing about this anchorage is that one can take the dinghy up to the marina pontoon, dump your rubbish off in their bins, use their shower facilities, and then surf the net whilst having a coffee at their bar. All for nothing. Liveaboards like words like ‘nothing’ or ‘free’.

 

A passing gulet, as seen from under our cruising chute

A passing gulet, as seen from under our cruising chute





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