2009 Cruise - Turkey,
Greece, and Israel
|1 - 31 Jan
Yat Marin, Marmaris
|We are wintering in Yat Marin, a
large marina near Marmaris, Turkey this winter. We plan to stay here
until May. I added a photo from Goggle Earth that shows the marina. This
photo was taken in Jan 2008 but shows how many boats are on the hard and
in the water. I put a pin on our current location. You can see that we
are well protected.
We had Fernando and Jeanette from Yen on board
for Shabbat dinner on 7 Jan. They wintered with our friends Winnie and
Mark in Barcelona a few years ago. On 15 Jan, we took some photos of the
sea just to the south of our marina. There was about 20-25 knots of wind
and a nice surge. We had Fernando and Jeanette from Yen and Martin and
Sandy from Mystic over for a light dinner on 18 Jan.
We had a big storm during the weekend of the 23
- 25 Jan. The storm reached up to 70 knots on some wind gauges. We saw
only 44 knots on ours but we are protected by a wall and our wind gauge
is lower than most. Here are some of the photos of the damage from the
wind and sea. I added a short movie made by one of the cruisers (Mike on
the s/v Roam). It shows some of the surge coming across the road
carrying rocks and water into the marina. At the end there are some more
photos of the damage, including shots of the painting tent. Click here
to see the Storm Movie.
We had a multicultural weekend; first chulnt (a European Jewish dish) on board Sea Pearl on
Friday and then Jachnun (a Yemenite dish) on Saturday.
We took the ferry from Marmaris to Rhodos on 30 Jan to renew our
visas and do some shopping. They use the slow ferry in the winter and it took
about 2 1/2 hours each way.
That only allowed us about 3 hours in Rhodos, just time enough for some
shopping at Lidl and then a quick lunch in the old city. We had Gingy
and Tal over for Shabbat dinner.
|1 - 28 Feb
|I had our Super Bowl party on
Monday, 2 Feb. There was a tape replay of the game on AFN in the
evening. I cooked Cajun food: Creole Turtle Soup, Chicken Ettoufe,
and Cajun Meat Pies. This is my usual once a year cooking extravaganza.
Attending this year was: Poppa Joe, Sea Pearl, Concerto, Moody Time,
Genova-Balena, My Mermaid, Nevada, Mystic, and Yen. We had a nice time
and watched the Steelers win their sixth title. We received an email
from Christine and Alex from Germany and it reminded me of all the Cajun
parties over the years. Wish you could have been here!
Yat Marina hosted a trip to the Istanbul boat
show 18-22 Feb. We traveled by bus from Marmaris (about a 14 hour trip)
and arrived late on Wednesday. We stayed in an older hotel and pension
located in the heart of old Istanbul. On Thursday we went to the boat
show and then a three hour boat tour of the Bosporus Straits. The views
On Friday morning we walked through the old
town, including the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Blue Mosque, New Mosque,
and other attractions.
On Friday afternoon, Tsipy took a taxi to visit
the Jewish quarter. Unfortunately you could visit the synagogue only
with tour organized 3 days in advance.
We toured through Topkapi Palace (now several
museums) on Saturday and flew back to the boat on Sunday.
|1 - 31 Mar
Yat Marin, Marmaris
|The weather seems to have changed
for the better finally. We have had 3 to 4 days without rain and I am
back in T-shirts again. We hope that it lasts for a bit. I need to do
some sanding, painting, and varnishing.
Our mufflers are just about finished, Anker cut
them open, welded flanges on the top so they can be bolted together, and
then laid fiberglass with a special heat and chemical resistant epoxy on
the inside and outside surfaces. They painted the outside and are
putting on a heat and chemical resistant gel coating inside now. We hope
to have them installed during the week of 10 Mar.
We went to Mugla for a tour and shopping
in the souk on 5 Mar. It is an interesting old city and market area and
we were fortunate to have nice weather for the trip.
had another storm, this one lasting from 6 to 8 Mar so far. It is
warmer but still lots of wind and rain. Not too pleasant for boat
work. We celebrated Purim on Monday, 9 Mar with friends on board.
We were really happy to see Mike and Andrew from Israel. They flew in to
take a sail boat back and were able to attend. Nevada, Yen, and Eve came
and a good time was had by all.
installed the mufflers on 13 - 14 Mar and also replaced some cracked
cooling water hoses for my engines. The mufflers look and work good (so
far). I was finally able to clean up the engine room and start putting things away
|1 - 30 Apr
||On 3 Apr, we had Trish
and Colin from Moody Time and Fernando and Jeanette from Yen over for
Shabbat dinner. Tsipy baked bread as usual and made a wonderful moussaka.
We enjoyed the evening and the domino game.
Tsipy went to Israel
on 5 April for Passover. She had a great time visiting her family, the
Seder dinner with Israel's family, and the BBQ at Motti's. Here are some
photos of the BBQ and her visit with Mike and Batsheva at their new home.
She returned on 16 April.
I remained here and worked on the boat and taxes. Tsipy and her friend
Derin Sekerci are giving
each other language classes: Turkish for Tsipy and English for Derin.
Lots of laughter seems to be the order of the day. Our friends on Sugilite, Steve and Jan came to
stay with us. They are preparing their boat for launching. Here is a
photo of Steve after a day of sanding. On 30 Apr, we had a
party for the Israeli Independence Day. Here are some photos of the
|1 - 31 May
||We are still doing minor
repairs, painting, and varnishing while we are waiting for warmer
weather. We had Shabbat dinner with Steve and Jan, Arye, and Gerry on 1
May and with Simone, Luigi, Gerry and Ester on 8 May. We are saying
goodbye to all the boats we wintered with as they leave. The marina is
slowly empting, you can now walk around without bumping into boats at
every turn. We still plan to leave during the first week of June for
20 May - We had some excitement today when the
75 foot Catamaran Skye was lifted into the water. She had been on the
hard for over two years being repaired. Her owner ran her aground at
full speed and damaged the hull. The interior was heavily damaged when
the marble countertops and tabletops slammed through the bulkheads. In
any case, she was too large to lift with the travel lift so two cranes
were used to lift her. A strong-back was used on the aft to spread the
lifting straps and two straps were used on the forward hulls. The two
cranes had to coordinate their lifts and then swing her outboard over
the shrubbery to the water. Here are some photos:
We finally left Marmaris Yat Marine on 29 May
and traveled to Fethiye. The cruise was great, no winds or waves. We
anchored off Ece Marina for Shabbat. We visited the town and ate at one
of our favorite restaurant (Pasha). We got fuel on Sunday and then
traveled to Gocek. We anchored off the town and had dinner at the Kabab
|1 - 30 Jun
1 Jun, we cruised down to Boynuz Buku and anchored along the north coast
line with lines to the shore. We plan to stay here for several days
(probably a week or so). We took a walk ashore and had a beer at the
lovely restaurant there. On 4 Jun we traveled into Gocek by dinghy for
shopping and some computer work. I am having trouble with my computer
and may need to reformat it. We shall see. We met a lovely German couple
from Stuttgart on board Feuerland. Thomas, Claudia, Luca (age 4), and
Leah (age 7 mos). We shared a lovely afternoon with them and while they
rowed back in their dinghy, I took Luca for a quick ride around the bay.
Here are some photos.
It is now the 13th of Jun and we are still in
Boynuz Buku. I took some photos of Tsipy enjoying her kayak on Shabbat.
There was a beautiful, big English sail boat anchored across the
entrance of the bay. To give you perspective, the large motor yacht you
see on the left is a 100 footer and is closer than the sail boat. I
would guess she was about 140 or so. We called this an English blockade
of our bay.
Our friends Mike and Batsheva arrived on the
19th and we celebrated Shabbat together on board Odelia. On the 20th, we
had dinner on board Wind Sea'n. Our friends Jeanette and Fernando on Yen
also arrived. We had a quiet celebration of my birthday on the 21st with
a BBQ on board Odelia. Here are some photos.
We met the Rothenbergs, an Israeli family from
Cincinnati and Ra'anana, on a chartered catamaran. We had them aboard
for a visit. Mike and Fernando helped me install two new solar panels to
add to my passive charge system. I can now rely on the panels to finish
charging my house batteries during the day.
We also met Ersal and Necla (pronounced Nejla) Yavi, a Turkish couple
that built a small catamaran. They live in Izmir but spend their summers
onboard. We had them over for drinks and a movie.
|1 - 31 Jul
||We have had dinners on
board Eve, Wind Sea~n, and Yen over the last week of June and the first
days of July. They all left the bay on the 3rd. We celebrated the 4th
with Ersal and Nejla and they tried out our kayaks in the afternoon.
They took us to Dalaman for shopping and a web site update on 5 Jul. She
took some photos of the bay from the top of the hill. You can see Odelia
nestled on the left side of the second inlet.
We moved to Fethiye on the 7th to meet Yen and
spent a couple of days at anchor. Unfortunately we missed Fernando's
sister and brother-in-law due to a schedule mixup. We returned to Boynuz
Buku with Utz, Melodie, and Tanyali. They enjoyed the cruise back and
some swimming, tubing, and relaxing in the bay. Tsipy and Utz prepared
Yen (Fernando and Jeanette) returned with
his sister and bother-in-law from Uruguay for a few nights before they
return to England for the wedding of their son. Here are a few photos of
Our friends Jan and Steve from Sugilite
returned from the EMYR. They joined Ersal and Nejla for hamburgers on
their first night. Jan had to fly to China for work so she left Steve on
Tuesday. We met Beni and Hilda and their kids on a charter cat (along
with their captain Ofer). We had them over and took the kids for a tube
ride. Eve returned with friends from Israel and we had them over for
tour and drinks.
Ruti and Motti joined us on 26 Jul for a few
days of relaxation.
We had them met by a taxi and brought to Boynuz Buku. We are just
relaxing, swimming, and having fun. Rashat from My Tuli dropped off the trampoline
while they went off for dinner. Tsipy and Moti discovered that it was
hard for two. Utz returned with a new cover for our dinghy and stayed
for a day or so to fit.
Rachel and Yehuda arrived for the
first leg of the return trip to Israel. They arrived in Boynuz Buku on
the same day that Ruti and Moti left. Rashat from My Tuli brought them
out to our boat. We went into Gocek to drop off Utz and had dinner at
the Kebab Hospital. We stayed in Boynuz Buku through Shabbat.
The time goes quickly.
|1 - 31 Aug
||On Sunday, 2 Aug, we
finally departed Boynuz Buku. It was an emotional departure, we are
leaving our good friends Ersal and Nejla but are taking with us a number
of great memories. We left early in the morning and cruised along the
coast to Kas. I took a series of photos of the sunrise and am including
a few here to show the spectacular views.
We stopped in the unfinished marina just to the
west of Kas. They are working to complete the marina, a breakwater is
under construction and the anchoring systems are on the quay. We had
dinner at a Chez Evy, a French restaurant that we discovered with Mike
and Bonnie on our first cruise to Turkey. It was still outstanding. We
left on Monday for Kerkova and anchored off the new marina there. On
Tuesday we cruised further east past Finike and anchored in a lovely bay
called Çavus Limani (pronounced Chavush). The bay was beautiful but very
windy in the afternoon and evening. We cruised on to Kemer Marina on
Wednesday. Yehuda and Rachel left on the 6th to return to Israel.
The weather here in Antalya bay is very windy
in the afternoon and we have decided to change our itinerary. On Sunday we
left Kemer and returned to Kerkova for a few days. As we passed Gokaya,
we saw the Club Med 2, a cruise ship with sails at anchor near Demre.
We returned to Finike
on Thursday to meet Fernando and Jeanette and started our return to Israel on
Monday, 17 Aug. The
weather was good for the crossing to Cyprus and we arrived on Tuesday.
Fernando tried his hand at fishing and landed a nice 3 kg tuna. We had
the tuna in Cyprus, Tsipy and I had sashimi (raw tuna slices with wasabi)
and Fernando and Jeanette cooked theirs. We also prepared and ate the
roe as appetizers.
left Cyprus on Wednesday, the 19th and arrived in Haifa on Thursday
morning about 0630 and were on our way to Herzliya by 0730. We passed Yehuda in Mevoot Yam on
the way down, he was leaving for two weeks for Cyprus and Greece. The crossing
was great, flat seas and little or no wind. We are back in our old spot
in the lagoon in Herzliya marina. Yosi and Israel welcomed us back and
helped us with lines on our arrival. We celebrated with our usual Friday
afternoon gathering on board Odelia and then had a lovely Shabbat dinner
at Yosi and Ruti's house with all the kids and grandkids. It is really
good to be back with our friends.
some sightseeing with Fernando and Jeanette to Tel Aviv, Yafo, and Caesarea.
Fernando and I were able to take a sail onboard Coral (a Lagoon 44 cat)
with our friends Sylvan, Israel, Adi, and Sylvan's kids. Fernando and
Jeanette took a bus trip to Jerusalem and then rented a car to travel to
the Dead Sea, Masada, Eilat, and Petra (in Jordan).
|1 Sep to 31 Oct
||On 31 Aug - 1 Sep, we
capped off their trip with a tour to the north, visiting a vineyard,
Rothshild's Garden (Gan Hanadav), Zichron Ya'acov and then spent the
night with Moti, Jackie, Netta, and Jackie's sister Karen. On Tuesday,
we visited the Sea of Galilee and the Gilboa Mountains. On 2 Sep, Tsipy
took them to Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial). Our guests left on 3
Sep and we will miss them. They were lots of help for the crossings and
lots of fun for the entire visit.
I left for the US to visit my family on 14 Sep
and will return on 1 Nov. Tsipy left on 8 Oct and spent 2 weeks with my
family and then a week with her sisters on the east coast. We flew back
together on 31 Oct.
|1 Nov - 31 Dec
||We arrived on 1 Nov and
picked up our rental car. Tsipy was very sick and finally went to the
doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis. We decided to celebrate her
birthday after she got better. So on 14 Nov we had a belated birthday
party. Our thanks to everyone for bringing goodies and songs, we had a
blast. Here are some photos.
On 20 Nov, we had a nice gathering on Friday
with lots of our friends. We were able to enjoy the sunshine on the
We will remain here for the winter.