2011 Cruise - Israel, Turkey, and
returning to the US
Jan to 28 Feb
We are enjoying the
wonderful weather here in Israel. This winter has been exceptionally
mild. Lots of sunny days. Here is a photo of four Kingfishers, they are
pretty rare but beautiful.
We had our usual Super Bowl party in Feb. I
made Cajun food: Creole Turtle Soup, Cajun Meat Pies, and Hearts of Palm
in Phyllo Dough with Remoulade. Tsipy made lots of veggie stuff for the
faint of heart. Our friend Hilla came over to help with the preparation.
Here are some photos of our guests.
- 31 Mar
We invited the family
party for Purim on Odelia. Here are some of the photos from the party.
We all wore costumes and the party featured an unscheduled visit from
1 - 30 Apr
spent April preparing Odelia for our summer cruise. I was able to
eliminate all of my "To Do" items and we are ready for our
1 - 31 May
We planned to leave on the
1st of May but delayed until the 9th due to weather. The crossing was
uneventful. Gerry and Esther from R-Gem accompanied us and were great
cruising buddies. We hit a little chop off of Paphos (the area that Bev
called the "washing machine" but other than that, it was good
weather for the 38 hour crossing. The only disappointment was the lack
of dolphins! Here are three photos as we left Herzliya: the first shows
Lisa (Yosi's boat and our neighbor for more than 7 years), the second
shows the Israeli Navy patrol boat backing out as we left, and the third
is the marina as we departed. It was very hard to say goodbye to so many
We checked into Finike, got a new cell phone
number, some Turkish Lira, and washed down the salt. We left in the late
afternoon for Kekova Roads and anchored off of Ucagiz. We had dinner at
Ibrahim's. The new docks are great and make the town look much more like
a resort area. The photos show the town docks, our inaugural Gin and
Tonic, the departure of Gerry and Esther, and the sunrise on our
departure from Kekova.
Once we got here, the weather closed in
again and we are stuck here until Sunday (the 15th). On Friday, Gerry
and Esther took the bus from here to Marmaris to work on their boat and
Bob took the bus down from Dalaman and arrived on Friday evening.
We departed on Sunday for Fethiye and
anchored off the town and took on some duty free fuel. We met a
wonderful family on Leander: Paul, Shima, and Alexander (aged 5
months). They are cruising around the world and this is about their 3/4
point. Their son Alexander was born in Istanbul (Shima is Turkish). We
hope to see them again.
We cruised over to Boynuz Buku after
refueling and Bob had a Gozleme (Turkish Crepe) from one of the little
fishing boats in the area. Hava arrived with her friend Ron to pick up
her suitcase and we had two nice days with them.
We were planning a trip to Cappadoccia for
the last week in May and traveled over to Fethiye for the trip. Our
hotel was already booked and we decided to delay it until the first week
of June. We met Allan and Holly on Summer's Wind and their guests Mike
and Heather. Once we returned to Boynuz Buku, we had them over for a few
games of dominoes and dinners.
1 - 30 Jun
We docked Odelia at Skopea
Marina in Gocek and took a bus tour to Cappadoccia in central Turkey.
The 12 hour, overnight bus ride was tiring but the tours of the area
made it worthwhile. This area was formed during a volcanic period and
the earth was layered with hard basalt and softer rock layers. Erosion
carved the landscape into what are described in the guide books as
either " tall mushrooms" or "giant penises".
Generations of people from the Hittites through the Byzantines, carved
their homes into them and in some cases carved entire cities
underground. Our tours included most of the famous areas. Here are some
We visited a pottery factory and Tsipy got
to try her hand at throwing a bowl. When we returned to Gocek, we
retrieved our dinghy from its service and plan to return to one of the
bays on Sunday (5 June).
Bob was able to stay with us until the 15th
and we spent that time working on the boat and relaxing. We removed and
replaced all the screens and then removed and varnished the teak frames
for the three Bomar hatches. All was not work though, you can see us at
rest. After Bob left we met a nice couple on a 35 year old, steel-hulled
sail boat called Eos. Caroline (English) and Serge (French) are 85 and
still doing great. They live in Paris and Cognac and keep their boat in
Club Marina in Gocek. They shared in my birthday treat: Tsipy baked
home-made cinnamon rolls. We enjoyed meeting them and sharing drinks and
1 Jul to
We remain in Boynuz Buku,
our favorite bay in the Gocek area. We had a nice party for the Fourth
of July, we celebrated with our friends: Ersol, Necla, Hava, Doug, Dave,
Mike, and Julie. Here are some photos:
Necla celebrated her birthday
in July, we prepared Belgian waffles for them on Odelia in the
morning and then helped her celebrate in the evening at Ali's restaraunt.
In Aug, we had a Shabbat dinner for nine; Ersol and
Necla; Gabi and Klaus; Patricia and Mark; and Hava. It was so large, I
had to put two tables together in the salon.
We spent most of our days
with our friends Hava, Ersol,
and Necla. Tsipy is doing Yoga every afternoon with Necla and lately
with Rotem, Hava’s daughter. We
have prepared the boat for shipping, I have repaired the front deck,
side supports, and have completed all my maintenance tasks and Tsipy has
cleaned and polished everything.
We departed on 16 Aug for
Marmaris. We are staying in Yat Marine until we load on Dockwise on the
25th. I will do the final preparation for the trip while in
1 Sep to Present
Odelia to Ft Lauderdale on the 22nd of Sep. Tsipy
and I traveled to Israel on the 25th to visit friends and
family. We had a wonderful time seeing Yosi and Ruti, Israel and Alina,
Idit and Nir, Yehuda and Rachel, Sylan and many others. We had a family
gathering one evening to see most of the immediate family and some of
the nephews and nieces.
I remained there until the
1st of Sep before flying to Idaho to visit my family. I was able to
spend almost two weeks with my parents and my brother. I cooked a couple
of Cajun or Creole dinners: one for my parents and one for Kathy's
Tsipy remained in Israel until the 10th of Sep and then
NY to visit her sisters. We both got to FL for the unloading.
After unloading from Dockwise,
we spent two nights at Habourtowne Marina, near Dania before traveling
up the New River to Lauderdale Marine Center. Our thanks to Jim for
coming with us, it is an interesting ride up the river, lots of bridges
and traffic. Once there we hauled the boat,
prepped and painted the bottom, had a serviceon the stabilizers (thanks to
Craig and Tammy from Stabilized Marine), and replaced the cutlass
bearings (thanks to Roger and others from High Seas). All together a
good but expensive process. On 27 Sep, we splashed Odelia and cruised up
river a mile to Marina Bay where we will spend a few days completing our
work, cleaning up, and finishing the survey.