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Şile, Turkey: Our first day on the Black Sea

Photo: sailing on the Black Sea. Credit: Lisa Borre.
Motor sailing in light northerly winds on our first day in the Black Sea. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Black Sea Logbook Entry

Date: 5/30/2010
Distance: 26.2 nm
Sailed from: Poyrazköy to Şile, Turkey
Lat: 41° 10.7’N
Long: 29° 36.3’E

We shared the Poyrazköy anchorage last night with three other cruising sailboats: two with German flags and one with a Swiss flag. This morning we watched each depart before us as we relaxed over Sunday breakfast. Then we allowed ourselves a slight diversion: we motored back across the mouth of the Bosphorus to the European side so we could get an up-close look at the tiny harbor of Garipce and then the famous clashing rocks. Both are important sites in the historical path we are following around the Black Sea, and the weather was sunny and calm, so we decided to visit them now rather than waiting for our return trip to Istanbul. We were joined by many playful bottlenose dolphins and the smaller, shy harbor porpoises who seem to like the area where the currents of the Black Sea and the Bosphorus mix. Continue reading Şile, Turkey: Our first day on the Black Sea

Bosphorus Passage to Poyrazköy, Turkey

Photo: Tall ships in Istanbul's Golden Horn. Credit: Lisa Borre.
The tall ships regatta was in the Golden Horn of Istanbul on the day we made our passage north on the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Black Sea Logbook Entry

Date: 5/29/2010
Distance: 21.1 nm
Sailed from: Istanbul (Fenerbahce) to Poyrazköy, Turkey
Latitude: 41° 12.2’N
Longitude: 29° 07.7’E

It’s hard to imagine how you could have a better passage through the Bosphorus than we did today. We went in the company of our friend, Yeoman Arsay, on Mat, his beautiful 62′ ketch which was custom built in Turkey 30 years ago. Joining him onboard were some of his friends from the Marmara Offshore Yacht Club (formerly Atakoy Marina Yacht Club). Their club used to organize a yachting rally on the Black Sea (known as KAYRA), most recently in 2004, and Teoman, their humble commodore, was the real force behind it all. He has encyclopedic knowledge about sailing on the Black Sea and a Blackberry full of contacts in the countries surrounding it. We were truly honored to make his acquaintance during our stay in Istanbul, and he provided us with a tremendous amount of assistance while making our preparations these past few weeks. Continue reading Bosphorus Passage to Poyrazköy, Turkey