By Tradewinds Member Ernie G.
For my 50th birthday, my wife cooked up the idea of chartering in the blue waters of the Mediterranean, on the Turkish coast. We made it an extended family plan, with my father and stepmother, and my brother and sister-in-law and my two teenage nephews, plus our own two pre-teen kids. Couldn’t have done it without Brandy’s and Matt’s help this year in getting my bareboat and extra docking lessons.
To accommodate this group of 10, we chartered two boats—one bare for me to skipper and one with a hired skipper.
Here’s the route:
I won’t go day-by-day. We spent six days hopping from harbor-to-harbor, mostly spending the night at docks attached to restaurants. We spent one night at anchor in a long inlet. The food was good. The water was warm enough to swim and clear enough to see your anchor chain on the bottom.
The sailing highlight for me was learning to med moor. Some places had “lazy lines” so we could leave our anchor in the locker. Others were traditional med moors. Here are some photos: