Carefree cruising in a sailboat off Turkey
Elizabeth Warkentin, Fri Aug 24 2012
BODRUM, TURKEY The Naviga 1 sliced through the Popsicle blue water.
Down the southwest coast of Turkey we sped, the sailboat riding the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, the wind rushing at our
Weeeeeeee! Whoa! Woooooooeeeeee!
We girls up on the forward deck of the gulet (pronounced gou-lette), a traditional Turkish wooden ketch, whooped with pure
The moving carpet of water was heaving below us, the wind whipping the sails in a thrilling rhythm ff ff ff ff t, ff ff ff ff
t, ff ff ff ff t, thwack!
And down we careened again, the sea spraying us as though we rode a liquid roller-coaster.
We had boarded the Naviga 1 on a sweltering afternoon in July in Ortakent, a seaside town on Turkeys Bodrum peninsula. Ahead
of us was a one-week cruise aboard the gleaming teak and mahogany beauty. Thirteen strangers we were, a motley group of
varying ages from the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and England. Strangers perhaps, but it wasnt long before we were bonding
conversing over meals, playing rummy with the crew after dinner, and sipping wine or raki, the local drink, late into the
The Naviga I is one of four boats owned by Sailing Cruises in Comfort, which offers friendly, impeccable service and serves
succulent Mediterranean cuisine.
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