We left Fethiye on Wednesday, May 8 and sailed 14 miles to Karacaoren. There is nothing at Karacaoren except beautiful views and one restaurant. When we entered the bay, one of the proprietors came out in a skiff to tie us to a mooring. He picked us up a few hours later so that we could take a walk through the wildflowers and eat an excellent supper ashore. The boat rolled in the swell that creeped in from the south until night when, thankfully, it quieted down.
The next morning (yesterday) we sailed 40 miles to the charming Aegean town of Kaş. The temperature dropped substantially over the previous 24 hours and we sailed in sweatshirts and jeans. It was a bit of a frustrating sail with the wind speed and direction changing every few miles coupled with an uncomfortable wave pattern. We entered the “Bucak Deniz” (Bucak Sea), which is a long fjord-like bay just to the west of Kaş and anchored at the far end. The water was very clear and calm and their was a cool breeze blowing off of the sea. We had to dig out our blankets again for the night. Today the weekly market was held just behind where we were anchored. We just rowed our dinghy ashore and ate delicious spinach and cheese crepes called gözleme, washed down with fresh orange and pomegranate juice. The town has a small harbour filled with gulets (Turkish sailing vessels) and cafes and stores. There is a large contingent of expats who live here, so there are some upscale establishments. Just outside the bay is the island of Kasterllorizon, the easternmost inhabited island of Greece.
This afternoon we toured the new Kaş marina and visted with our friends John and Gill who keep their sailboat there. We were very impressed with what we saw and with John and Gill’s experience and are thinking of making the Kaş marina the winter home of Sabbatical III.