We are now back in the US after having put Sabbatical III away for the winter in the Kaş Marina. We checked out of Greece at Kasterllorizo on October 28th, which is Ochi Day, a national holiday celebrating the refusal of the Greek government to accept the ultimatum of the Axis powers to allow Axis forces to enter the country. The Customs agent was part of the ceremony but we were happy to spend an extra hour watching the official festivities before getting checked out and leaving for the one hour sail to the Kaş Marina in Turkey.
The day after Ochi Day in Greece, it was Atatürk’s birthday in Turkey and also a national holiday. The check-in to Turkey was handled by an agent at the marina and was painless although a bit pricey. The marina itself is beautifully situated and the staff are extremely friendly. Kaş town had one large street party for Atatürk’s birthday, with dining in the streets, music, speeches, and a fireworks display. We spent some days getting Sabbatical III ready for winter storage. She was expertly hauled and now sits with a beautiful view across the Bucak Deniz, the long fjord-like bay on which the marina is situated. We spent a few days on the boat after she was hauled doing maintenance tasks that required that the boat be out of the water. In this we were assisted by the personable and knowledgeable Riza Cagdas Cakir and his assistants from Emek Marine who drove down from Göcek to help for an afternoon. They got more done in an afternoon than I could do in a week.