Unfortunately we had no wind for our next leg which meant a long motor across the Goekava Bay from Knidos to Amazon Creek. Still, it gave Jay and Orla an opportunity to sun themselves until we arrived at Amazon Creek. Regular readers of FTB will be familiar with this anchorage but as part of his initiation to this wonderful location I made Jay swim ashore with the line to be tied round a tree. He complained like a bitch but once in the water we couldn’t get him out. We did the usual walk through the woods to the camp site and had a wonderful supper in the gardens by the pool.
Our next destination was Castle Island, or Cleopatra’s Beach as it’s known locally. This boasts a sandy beach, possibly one of the few in this area of Turkey (as I explained on the home page this sand was imported many years ago).
The anchorage was fairly busy and there was a fair old wind blowing through too. We went for a swim and eventually Jay and I managed to swim to the jetty to go check out this famous beach. As soon as we hoisted ourselves up the ladder we were shouted out by a couple of very unfriendly locals, along with a ferocious looking dog with white eyes. They explained that we had come too late as the beach closes at 5pm and if we didn’t get back in the water they would set the dog on us. We pissed around on the jetty and eventually they let the dog jump over the fence and chase us down the pontoon! There was nothing for it but to jump back in the water, swim to the boat and drown our sorrows with beer at having not reached Cleopatra’s beach. Jay, who claims to be Backgammon king and had previously beat me three games to one, got a good thrashing off both Liz and myself and threw a strop, whilst Orla continued to work on her tan. All very innocent.