This second trip from Bodrum was a trip around Kara Ada itself, this time with just Salih and Bilge. For me this was an important moment as it was the first time I had ever sailed a boat as the most experienced person aboard. Even on the Aquarium trip I accompanied by three qualified skippers, two of whom were Yachtmasters, so this was a great mental leap forward for me.
Salih and Bilge very kindly turned up in the morning armed with some great home-cooked food. This was polished off pretty quickly but if Bilge brings round food like this every time they come sailing then I’m employing them as full-time crew!
As the most qualified person it was my duty to explain and teach everything that we were doing. Again this was a great opportunity to not only prove to myself that I knew what I was dong, but also an exercise in explaining things in plain English. And I mean plain English, because remember my two crew members were Turkish after all!