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Greetings Everyone,

This week we have been more social. Next to our own boat in Fethiye harbour was a yacht with a Jersey flag — the island where my mother was born. We called over to say “G’day” and struck a chord with Keith and Carol leading to a number of Sundowners and dinner one night on their vessel. They have been sailing for many years, been twice around the world including Australia. We also attended a British run church at Fethiye and met a Dutch family who are planning to start a Turkish church and drug rehab centre further out of town and a Swiss sailor who was 82 and lonely as his wife had died recently. He shouted us lunch and later came over for a meal on our boat and brought us a whole heap of charts for the Atlantic and Carribean.

The last two days we have been in Ekincek, a remote village, drinking Turkish tea and communicating in sign language and broken English with the owner of a very small market (corner store) who took a fancy to us as we were from Australia. It’s been good to have a bit of company.

We’re looking forward to a whole heap more when we return home. See you soon.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

We are headed home. We have booked to go on the hard at Marmaris on the 5th November, to fly to Israel on the 13th and to fly back to Australia on the 22nd. Meanwhile we are retracing our path and have stopped at Fethiye — a good anchorage and easy access to supplies to do some more boat alterations.

Phil and I made side curtains for the ocean passages — I sewed and Phil attached the clips. Today Phil is re-routing the wires for the autopilot controller to put it in easy reach of the helmsman. It’s a tricky job requiring him to drill through the bottom of the compass pedestal. I’ve had fun bartering at the markets for gifts for the grandkids and still revelling in the taste of Turkey We discovered some delicious nibbles — savoury tomato somethings and round savoury rolls — sold everywhere for breakfast.

Phil is delighted to have found choc-coated chocolate ice creams selling for the equivalent of 40 cents while I love the Turkish local gelato ice creams — $1 a scoop. As you can see, we are not suffering; my leg is completely well and I can walk everywhere and Turkey is a great place to be.

God bless

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Disasters always make the best stories! The first part of the week was fine. Firstly we went to Greece — an island you could literally swim to from Turkey. We arrived on Sunday just as a memorial church service to honour some recently departed was finishing with many Aussies attending. (The island, Kastellorizon, had many families emigrate to Australia many years ago and there are only 200 people on the island now.) We were invited to the “wake” afterwards and enjoyed a time of fellowship with the Greeks from this isolated area. One man swam out to the boat later to continue talking.

We then sailed to Kerkova, an area where an earthquake had resulted in the lower sections of a township slipping below the sea. The tour boats make a killing gliding past the ruins. Our highlight was at the end of a long bay miles from anywhere, we found a restaurant — minus three star– with a jetty you could tie up to and chooks, cows and goats out the back. We had a delightful meal of calamari, salad and chips cooked on an open fire by a woman who spoke no English. In the end she gave Phil a pencil and paper and the menu to work out what we owed her. We gave her a little souvenir koala and she loved it. When Phil went to get the dinghy 20 feet of the wharf had fallen in. We were glad we hadn’t tied the yacht to it — there had been one tied to it the day before.

The disaster (I think the writer has a vivid imagination, typist) night was the next one. We sailed back to Kas and dropped anchor and tied up quite professionally to a tree ashore (Med style). The forecast was 5-9 knotts but that night it blew 30-38 knotts right on the beam for a solid four hours. We were getting closer to the rocks and Phil had to toss the rope off and we motored out and re-anchored in deeper water with two other yachts that were in the same predicament. As the holding wasn’t good we took turns staying awake on watch while the boat swung every which way on a 60 metre radius of chain until 2am when the wind eased off. Today is calm, blue skies and innocent. I guess we met the infamous melteli. One of the problems is the mountains all along the coast drop straight into the sea and there are few places with enough shallow water to anchor and a huge number of boats wanting the same few spots.

We are slowly making our way back to Marmaris where we will leave the boat for the winter. We are booked to fly out on the 13th November.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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