|11 - 13 May
Herzliya to Finike
|We departed Herzliya marina Monday
morning and cruised directly to Finike, Turkey. The weather was good, a
maximum of 1/2 meter waves and 15 knots of wind. We made the crossing in
about 36 hours and arrived in Finike Marina at 1900 on 12 May. We
checked into Turkey on 14 May.
John and Rachel accompanied us on the
crossing. John will return to Israel on 15 May and Rachel will
stay with us until Gocek and plans to leave next Thursday.
|15 - 17 May
Finike to Kerkova
|We departed Finike around noon for
Kerkova. We stayed late to shorten John's wait for his flight. The trip
to Kerkova was only 12 nm but it was a little windy and choppy. No
dolphins for Tsipy. We spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at anchor
off the town of Ucagiz. We had several dinners at Ibrahim's restaurant
and a nice walk around the tombs above the town. Rachel bought a new
carpet. We met John and Sue on Saltscar and Ron and Susan on Gemini.
Kerkova to Kastellorizon
|We departed Kerkova for
Kastellorizon around 0600 and had a short beautiful cruise to the
island. We initially tied to the ferry boat quay but learned that the
big ferry was due in at 2200 so we moved to a mooring off Vagelis
restaurant (Yehuda's friend). Be aware that Kastellorizon is now a port
of entry; we had to get a Greek transit log instead of the normal
visitor's fees. We took a walk around the town, went for a cold swim,
and had dinner at Vagelis' restaurant. Gemini pulled into port in the
afternoon and they joined us for dinner.
|19 - 21 May
Kastellorizon to Sarsala Bay
|We departed Kastellorizon about 0600
and had a nice cruise along the coast to Fethiye Bay. We anchored in
Sarsala alongside Winnie and Mark on Grand Jete. We had dinner on board
Odelia the first night, then breakfast with Winnie and Mark plus Peter and
Sandra (from Bondi Tram). Our friends from Gemini arrived in the
afternoon and we all had Gin and Tonics on board Bondi Tram.
|21 - 27 May
Sarsala to Gocek
|We left around 1000 for the short
cruise up the bay to Gocek. We needed to shop and I wanted to get some
prices for new gel cell batteries for the house battery bank. I have a
bad cell in one or more of them. They are 6 years old so we are due to
We had dinner in the Kabab Hospital,
one of our favorite restaurants. Rachel left in the morning at 0600. We
stayed at anchor off the town through the week end. We celebrated
Shabbat on board with Winnie and Mark.
I mounted two new battery boxes
and relocated the generator starting battery to allow me to expand the
house bank to six 8D batteries with a total of 1350 Ah. We moved to
Skopea Marina on 25 May and Blues delivered and installed the new
batteries. They were supposed to be gel cells but turned out to be AGM
batteries. This increased my battery capacity to 1470 Ah. I connected
the batteries, configured my charger and alternator for AGM battery
mode, and increased my capacity on the battery monitor. Hopefully this
will finish my electrical upgrades for a while. We traveled to Marmaris
by rental car on 27 May and decided to winter in Yat Marin. They have
the best prices and the most service for us. We made a reservation and
will sign a contract on our arrival.
|28 May - 2 Jun
Gocek - Sarsala
|We moved to Sarsala to wait for duty
free fuel. We are with Grand Jete, Escape Key, Onset, and Sybaris. We had parties on board Odelia the first night and Escape Key the
second. Onset left on Thursday and we celebrated Shabbat
onboard Odelia with Grand Jete, Escape Key and Sybaris. We had
dominoes and dinner on board Sybaris on Saturday night.
|2 - 8 Jun
Sarsala to Fethiye and back
|We moved to Fethiye and are anchored
off the marina. While anchored we saw a catamaran dragging across the
harbor. The Turkish Coast Guard came out and with the assistance of a
small fishing boat were able to reposition it. We finally got duty free fuel on
Friday morning early and moved back to Sarsala for Shabbat.
|8 - 19 Jun
Sarsala to Marmaris
|We arrived in Marmaris after an easy
crossing from Sarsala. Waves were less than a foot and wind was mild for
most of the crossing. We had some local wind at about 15 knots for about
30 minutes outside of Marmaris bay but it slackened as we got close to
land. We stayed in Yat Marina for more than a week. I replaced the
thermostat on the freezer, added new stainless steel flag staffs, and
worked on the raw water pump for the port engine. We meet with old
friends: Gerry and Esther on R-Gem, Frank and Helli on Fortuna, Mark and
Winnie on Grand Jete plus Hava, Guy, and Yvgeny from Herzliya. We
celebrated Shabbat and also an early birthday party on board.
|19 Jun to 1 Jul
Marmaris to Orhaniye
|We cruised to Marti Marina for a
haul out and bottom painting. We met our old friend Jahit here and had
dinner together in the marina restaurant. We also met John and Delwin on
Colvale and we went to an excellent restaurant for my birthday. They
brought out a complimentary fruit plate for my birthday. We cleaned the
metal (props, shaft, struts, etc) and then sanded the bottom in
preparation for painting. I also removed the trim tabs (we never used
them). I filled and sanded the trim tab mounting blocks and then
primed all the metal parts and exposed fiberglass. We celebrated
Shabbat with Utz (an old friend) and John for Joy Ging (our neighbor on
the hard). Painting was done in two days, we thought the blue suits made
us look like the "Smurfs". I am happy with the results.
|1 - 2 Jul
Orhaniye to Selimniye
|We went back in the water on 1 Jul
and cruised over to Selimniye for the night. We stayed on the new town
dock there. We had a lovely meal with Jahit and some of his friends at a
local restaurant and then returned back to Odelia for coffee.
|2 - 13 Jul
Selimniye to Marmaris
|We left early on 2 Jul and returned to Yat Marina.
We had a lovely cruise, light winds and almost no waves. We had quite
the arrival. As I came into the marina we were greeted by Yanev (from
Eluethera) and by Frank. Once we were settled, Mandy and Gingy came by
for a quick coffee and chat and then Frank came by on his moped to say
hello. Yanev and Hagid came after that followed by Mark and Winnie and
Gerry and Esther to say hello and goodbye since both boats are leaving
tomorrow for Greece. We had a lovely Shabbat dinner with Poppa Joe
(Debbie and Moshe) and My Mermaid (Mandy and Gingy). We rested and will do the serious cleanup
|13 - 24 Jul in Israel
||We flew to Israel for Roi's
wedding and returned on the 24th. The wedding was wonderful and we had a
chance to see all of the family and lots of our friends. I got to play
bridge with Eddie twice and Tsipy was able to dance with her group twice
and visit her bible group. All in all, a great trip.
|24 - 31 Jul Marmaris
||I have replaced the raw water pump
on the starboard engine, picked up our dinghy, and completed all my other projects.
We are waiting for the delivery of a teak grating for the compressor
before we leave on Thursday morning for a cruise to Gocek.
|31 Jul to 12 Aug
|We had an easy cruise from Marmaris
to Gocek accompanied by Utz. We stayed overnight off Gocek and then
moved to Sarsala. We met several Israeli boats here and have enjoyed the
bay as usual. We moved back to Gocek on Wednesday to pick up Moti,
Jackie, Eyal, and Sarit for a weekend visit. We stayed in Skopea marina
for Wednesday and Thursday to give them a chance to see Gocek and then
moved back to Sarsala for Shabbat at anchor. We had dinner at the
Wall Bay restaurant with some special music by one of the owners. They caught their taxi from
the bay and returned on Sunday, 10 Aug. Yoni and his friend Noy arrived
on 11 Aug for a week long visit. We spent their first night in Sarsala
to celebrate his birthday.
|12 - 18 Aug
Sarsala and Marmaris
|We cruised from Sarsala back to
Marmaris on 12 Aug. The weather was clear, light winds, and about 1/2
meter waves. We stayed in Marmaris while Yoni and Noy enjoyed the nightlife of
Marmaris. We met our friends Steve and Jan on Sugilite and tried out a
new restaurant on the way to Marmaris. They also joined us for Shabbat
dinner on board. Yoni and Noy also helped us clean the boat and rebuild
a raw water pump for my engine. They left this morning for Israel and we
hope they had a nice time here.
|18 Aug to 8 Oct
|We are still in Marmaris, catching
up on maintenance and visiting old and new friends. Frank from Fortuna
came back to put his boat on Dockwise and introduced us to his friends
Jan and Nicolina (Blue Arrow also on Dockwise). They joined us for Shabbat
dinner and we introduced them to dominoes.
We met our friends Ehud and Jenny (now with a
sail boat) and had a couple of lovely dinners with them. We got to meet
Uma (Giurkan's wife) and had all of them aboard for dinner. It was our
25th wedding anniversary on 1 Sep and we had a small celebration on
board with our new friends Gerard and Catherine on Troll. Tsipy baked
one of Ora's famous chocolate cakes for the occasion. Nir and Edit
came for a visit and we were able to have a dominoes tournament for a
couple of days. Gerard and Catherine joined us for Shabbat dinner on 5
Monday, 15 Sep - We were surprised by the
arrival of our friend Israel today. Israel, his daughter Adi, Sylvan, and
their friend Roni are bringing Sylvan's new Lagoon 44 Catamaran from
France to Israel. They came by for dinner and we introduced them to
dominoes. On Tuesday we went into Marmaris for a shopping trip and later
dinner. They will be here for a few days and we are happy to see them.
We had lunch aboard Sylvan's catamaran Coral. We had time for one more
game of dominoes before Adi and Roni left and Israel won his first
We had Yosi and Rachel, our new friends from
Nevada, along with Israel and Sylvan for Shabbat dinner and dominoes. On
Saturday evening we had Geoff and June from Concerto and Israel and
Sylvan over for drinks and then dinner at Orange. Israel and Sylvan left
for their return flight after dinner and we had our first rain storm,
lots of thunder and lightning and a great fresh water rinse.
|08 - 10 Oct
|We moved to our winter berth today.
It is at the beginning of Lima quay near the swim raft. We are right in
the corner in the most protected area on the quay. We were able to move
just before Yom Kippur and I am very happy with our place. Here are some
photos of Odelia at rest. We are close to the showers, swimming area,
and the rest of the facilities.
|10 - 15 Oct
| Israel (with two of his
grandchildren), Sylvan (with two of his children), Gadi, and Mira
10 October. We had Shabbat dinner on board the first night and then
lunch and dinner on board Coral. They left on Monday morning to begin
their cruise to Israel. We enjoyed their visit. I have been able to play
some bridge with Barbara and Richard from Breakaway and Fred from Escape
Key and we have enjoyed some dominoes with Fred and Jane from Escape Key
and Frank and Gail from Al Cid.
|15 Oct - 18 Nov
Idaho & Israel
| We left on the 15th to return to the US. I
for a month visiting my parents, brother, and his family. We
had a great visit with my family. Terry and I made a quick trip to Las
Vegas to play poker and to see my friends Sam and Linda. We want
to thank Terry and Kathy for being such wonderful hosts and for setting
up all of our medical and dental work for the year. Here are some photos
of the grandchildren - Devin at play and Megan and Maddison dressed for
Tsipy stayed for two weeks and then returned to Israel for the wedding of
Yardena's son, Elad. The first two photos are from the Yemenite Hina
with Hodaya and Tsipy's family. Tsipy was also able to see our friends
Yosi and Ruti during her visit. We wish Ruti a speedy recovery and plan
to see them next summer cruising or in Herzliya for the winter.
|18 Nov - 31 Dec
|We are wintering in Yat Marina.
There are about 2000 boats out of the water and another 600 or so in the
water. Lots of live-aboards and lots of activities. We are playing
Mexican Train dominoes with a group here. The photo is from one of the
games on Odelia with Eve, Colin, Trish, Paul, and Gabi. We had Shabbat
on 05 Dec with Moshe, Debbie, Eitan, and Liora. Tsipy has started
knitting scarves and she is shown here with her friend Jan and with a couple
of her creations. We celebrated Hanukah on board Odelia and on Nevada.
There are two photos of the first evening party.
|| We are in Marmaris for the remainder of the