Akçakale, Turkey: Discovering another new harbor just when we needed it

Photo: Harbor in Akcakale, Turkey on the Black Sea. Credit: Lisa Borre.
We found a new harbor in the shadow of a 13th-century Byzantine fortress in Akcakale. Photo by Lisa Borre.

Black Sea Logbook Entry

Date: 7/02/2010
Distance: 40 nm
Sailed from: Tirebolu
Lat: 41° 04.7’N
Long: 39° 30.4’E

We had a late start and a long day of motoring in flat calm conditions on the Black Sea with several harbors, both new and old, to survey along the way. This is why we were so relieved to find a new harbor in Akçakale, just five miles short of our intended destination of Akcaabat, as the sun sank over the horizon. We tied up to a large fishing trawler and were invited for dinner ashore, but we declined. It was early to bed for the crew of Gyatso. We wanted to get rested up for the final push to Trabzon tomorrow.