Log #33p Summary of 2004 Sailing Season

Log #33p Summary of 2004 Sailing Season

Ostia, Italy Nov. 15, 2004 Hi Folks. Here is a summary of our 2004 sailing season, and a bit of what we have done since arriving in Ostia. We hope to get down to Naples for a few days to go to Pompeii and climb Mount Vesuvius before we go back to Canada in mid
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Log #33d Kusadasi and Ephesus

Log #33d Kusadasi and Ephesus

Iraklion, Crete September 1, 2004 Hi Folks, We are finally down here in Crete for another week until we start our major 500 mile passage across to Sicily. We’re looking forward a visit to Doug Caldwell a friend from Toronto who will be joining us for that leg. We have had good but heavy sailing
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Log #33c Dardanelles towards Kusadasi

Log #33c Dardanelles towards Kusadasi

Spinalonga, Crete Aug. 30, 2004 Hi Folks, We are at anchor in a lovely bay in Spinalonga, a historic inlet with a Venetian fortress and an abandoned leper colony on the island guarding the entrance. We had a heavy but fast sail across from Astipalaia to Agios Nikolai here on Crete, where I sent my
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Log #33b Sea of Marmara to the Dardanelles

Log #33b Sea of Marmara to the Dardanelles

Leros, Greece Aug. 21, 2004 Hi Folks, We are down in the Dodecanes Islands of Greece, the last two days of voyaging being against the  SW winds when they should be NW. Murphy’s Law. However, we had good sailing down the Turkish coast. I may have two or three logs ready to send in short
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Log #33a Zonguldak to Istanbul

Log #33a Zonguldak to Istanbul

Enroute to Kusadasi August 15, 2004 Hi Folks, We are having a pleasant motor sail around the Karaburun Yarmidasi peninsula. The Gulf of Izmir is on the west side, and we are going down the Khios Strait on the east side. Glorious weather, and sparkling clear waters! This log gets us back into Turkey and
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Log #32z Russian Black Sea Fleet Review, & Leaving Ukraine

Log #32z Russian Black Sea Fleet Review, & Leaving Ukraine

Bademli Limani, Turkey Aug. 12, 2004 Hi Folks, We are in the most idyllic anchorage since Panormitis on Astypalea in the Greek Aegean or since the Bahamas several years ago. This anchorage (39˚ 00.31’ N, 026˚ 47,29’ E) is between two islands off the northern part of the Turkish Aegean coast in 14 feet of
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Log #32c Istanbul to the Black Sea

Log #32c Istanbul to the Black Sea

Bourgas, Bulgaria April 24, 2004 Hi Folks, I’m not sure when, if, or how this will get to you as there is no AOL local access number here in Bulgaria. I will try the Istanbul number long distance, and if that doesn’t work may try to send this via an internet café with all the
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Log #32b More about Turkey

Log #32b More about Turkey

Midye, Black Sea 41˚ 35.4’N, 028˚ 08.7’E April 19, 2004 Hi Folks, We have spent a grey cool day here in this small fishing harbour, also known as Kiyikoy, waiting out heavy weather before heading to Igneada, our last stop in Turkey before Bulgaria. I have had a chance to spend the better part of
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Log #32a Return to Veleda in Istanbul

Log #32a Return to Veleda in Istanbul

Atakoy Marina, Istanbul April 12, 2004 Hi Folks, Here is my first log of our #32 series from Istanbul into the Black Sea. I hope to complete the #31 series about our stay back in North America for the winter, but wanted to be current in our present travels from Istanbul. It has been good
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Log #30g Back to Istanbul

Log #30g Back to Istanbul

Toronto, Canada Sept. 20, 2003 Hi Folks. This is my last log of Turkey, getting us to Istanbul where we put Veleda up on the hard until we return next spring. Ruth, Judy’s mother died on Sept. 9th. Judy’s dad, Henry, is coping quite well, planning to stay in this big house while he can
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Log #30f to Sinop and heading back

Log #30f to Sinop and heading back

Toronto, Canada Sept. 1, 2003 Hi Folks, Here is the log which gets us to our furthest point in the Black Sea before returning home to help take care of Judy’s mother. This is a situation which more than one cruiser has had to deal with. While living on board, we (live-aboard cruisers) have to
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Log #30d Ankara and the Black Sea Coast

Log #30d Ankara and the Black Sea Coast

Toronto, Canada Aug. 13, 2003 Hi Folks, We have been back for six weeks now and Judy’s mom is still holding out. She is bedridden but medications and IV drips are keeping her properly hydrated and quite comfortable. Every day is a blessing. This log takes us from our trip to Ankara and further along
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Log #30c To Amasra and Ankara (and Ataturk)

Log #30c To Amasra and Ankara (and Ataturk)

Toronto, Canada July 29, 2003 Hi Folks, I finally got around to completing this log, although it is sidetracked a bit by my account of the role of Ataturk when we were visiting the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara. Judy’s mother is still holding on, and our spirits go up and down with her progress or
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Log #30a Istanbul to the Black Sea

Log #30a Istanbul to the Black Sea

Toronto, Canada July 3rd, 2003 Hi Folks, Yes, we are back in Toronto, and this happens to be the fifth anniversary of our departure from Toronto in 1998. However, we are back, to be with Judy’s parents at this stressful time. We just got word on June 26th when we were in Sinop (42 01.4N,
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Log #29h Istanbul

Log #29h Istanbul

Doğanyurt, Black Sea, Turkey 42 00.5N, 033 27.6E June 21, 2003 Hi Folks, We’re at anchor in the small harbour at Doğanyurt here on the Black Sea north coast of Turkey. I may not be able to send this off for a day or two, but wanted to get it saved on floppy disc so
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Log #29g Sea of Marmara

Log #29g Sea of Marmara

Atakoy Marina, Istanbul, Turkey June 1, 2003 Hi Folks, We’re here in ancient Byzantium, getting ready to head into the Black Sea. We have met up with Cash Cash, a Swedish boat with Anders and Brigitte whom we met last year on the EMYR. We had drinks with them, did some touring with them and
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Log #29f The Dardanelles & Gallipoli-2

Log #29f The Dardanelles & Gallipoli-2

Cakilkoy, Sea of Marmara, Kapidag Peninsula, Turkey May 23, 2003 Hi Folks, We are in this “rustic” hamlet on the Kapidag Peninsula of the Sea of Marmara as I prepare this log for the floppy disc. I probably will not be able to send it for several days until we get to Istanbul, as we
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Log #29e The Dardanelles and Gallipoli

Log #29e The Dardanelles and Gallipoli

Canakkale, Dardanelles, Turkey May 18, 2003 Hi Folks, We are weathered in here for a third day of force 7 to 8 northeast winds. The weather forecasts are saying force 2 to 4, maybe 5 – HA! Fortunately the marina here has secure laid moorings, although it is relatively expensive at 20,000,000 TL a day
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Log #29d Back to Turkey

Log #29d Back to Turkey

Canakkale, Dardanelles, Turkey May 15, 2003 Hi Folks, We are here in the historic and strategic Dardanelles at Canakkale on the Asian side, ready to proceed up to Gelibolu (also known as Gallipoli) on the European side, in the next day or so. We have been immersed in the Gallipoli campaign of WW I for
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Log #28f Leaving Turkey & Entering Greece

Log #28f Leaving Turkey & Entering Greece

April 17, 2003 Hi Folks, This will be my last log in the Log#28 series from Turkey, and I will next start with Log #29a in Greek waters. I already miss the courtesy and friendliness of the Turks as compared to the uncaring abruptness of the Greeks as indicated in the letter I have pasted
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Log #28e Off at last!

Log #28e Off at last!

Marmaris, Turkey April 12, 2003 Hi Folks, We are not in Marmaris yet, but will be when I send this later today. We are checking out of Turkey from Marmaris rather than going to Bodrum as planned. Then we will enter Greek waters at Symi, and gunkhole through a few Greek islands to be in
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Log #28d Trying to leave Kemer

Log #28d Trying to leave Kemer

Kemer, Turkey April 7th, 2003 Hi Folks, Things are fine for us as we await good weather to take off. Veleda is ready for sea. We have the passarelle and bicycle lashed on deck, Sprite operational and back on the dinghy tow, and all our jerrycans filled with diesel and gas. That was our most
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Log #28c Marina Life Part 2

Log #28c Marina Life Part 2

Kemer, Turkey March 29, 2003 Hi Folks, Here is my last log about marina life. I think other marinas will pale in comparison to the rich social life we have experienced here at Kemer and the hospitality of the Turkish people. I still find myself feeling compassion for the situation Turkey finds itself in regards
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Log #28b Marina life Part 1

Log #28b Marina life Part 1

Kemer, Turkey March 18, 2003 Hi Folks, Here’s the next log of our winter in Turkey. Activities are increasing here as we get ready for the next season sailing, which for many starts in April. I am sure similar activities go on in yacht clubs, sailing clubs and marinas all over North America and Europe.
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Log #28a Winter at Kemer Marina, Maintenance and Politics

Log #28a Winter at Kemer Marina, Maintenance and Politics

Kemer, Turkey March 14, 2003 Hi Folks, It’s been a long time since my last epistle, but this will bring you up to date partly. As this is a long one, this intro will be short. The last two thirds of the log are about the politics in Turkey. We feel quite comfortable here, and
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Log #26d Lycian Coast to Bodrum

Log #26d Lycian Coast to Bodrum

Nisos Poros, Greece Sept. 26, 2002 Hi Folks, We have been on this buoy off Poros for three days now, and plan heading out into the Aegean again tomorrow. We rented a car for a marathon (pardon the pun on Greek geography) 600 kilometre round trip through the mountains of the Peloponnisos to Epidavros, across
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Log #26c The Lycian Coast to Fethiye

Log #26c The Lycian Coast to Fethiye

Sept. 23, 2002 Nisos Poros, Greece Hi Folks, We have spent a lazy day at anchor here on Poros after a few hectic days in Athens. We could not get in to any marina around Athens, and so stayed on Aiginia a Saronic island 20 miles off shore from Athens and caught hydrofoil and catamaran
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Log #26b Kemer and the Lycian coast of Turkey

Log #26b Kemer and the Lycian coast of Turkey

Sept. 17, 2002 Aigina, Greece Hi Folks, Here is the second of my logs for summer cruising of Turkish waters. We are presently at the town docks here in Aigina, the main town on the island of Aigina, about 20 miles across the bay from Athens. We visited the Temple of Poseidon this morning before
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Log #26a Israel to Turkey

Log #26a Israel to Turkey

Sept. 15, 2002 Ormos Voukari, Nisos Kea, Greece Hi Folks, This is the first of my new series about summer sailing Turkish and Greek waters and the first to my new address list. I hope the last log came through OK, as the internet café from which I sent it did not have Microsoft Word
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Log #25k Palmyra – Queen of the Desert and on to Lebanon

Log #25k Palmyra – Queen of the Desert and on to Lebanon

Aug.19, 2002 Bozburun, Turkey 36ْ 40.3’ N, 028ْ 02.2’ E Hi Folks, We’re at anchor behind a low spit of land in force 6 to 7 winds for the past three days. We know our anchor is firmly set between two rocks, and we haven’t moved even in the 45 plus knot gusts. We could
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