Roberta and I are very pleased to report that the freighter transporting Sans Souci has just entered the Med.
As I type this, we are at our home in Mexico. I will depart tomorrow for Turkey to offload our boat from the freighter, clear customs, and move the boat to moorage in Gocek, Turkey.
Here you see the location of the MV Frauke, with my boat sitting on deck, from just minutes ago.
Over the past few months I’ve had to locate a marina, and also locate someone to watch over my boat when Roberta and I are not onboard. Above you see Riza Cagdas Cakir, from Emek Marin in Gocek, Turkey. Riza will be checking my boat daily when I’m not around, to verify all is well.
This picture is from the dock where my boat will be parked. I asked a friend who was visiting Turkey to check out the marina for me. Note how all the boats are parked by backing up to the dock. It’s called Med Mooring, and is something I haven’t done in a while. One of my goals for this week is to get some practice with Med Mooring.
This is my actual boat slip! (Actually, with Med Mooring, you don’t get a slip, you just get a wall to back up to.)
One of the reasons I chose this particular marina was that the docks are new, and the electricity is rumored to be reliable. Note the clear blue water! That’s both the good and the bad news. Turkey takes water purity very seriously, and has strict regulations about dumping grey or black water into their bays. I’ve heard of cruisers who received fines just for letting their grey water (from the washing machine) flow into the bay while at anchor. I assumed there would be pump out at the dock, but there isn’t! Instead, I am expected to move the boat every few days to a floating pumpout station. This is true throughout Turkey, and is why everything is so pristine. Pumpout is going to be a MAJOR headache. Argh.
Another picture of the marina. I can’t wait!
Roberta and the puppies are not going on this trip. The younger pup, Liliana, is still a little young to travel. She just turned five months old, and weighs only TWO pounds! For now, my only goal is to get the boat offloaded, cleared into Turkey, train the local team to watch over the boat, get the shore power working, and then fly home. Roberta, the puppies, and I, will fly back to Europe at the end of July.
More from Turkey, soon!….
N6805, San Souci
PS Several of you have written to ask about the other two GSSR boats. They (Seabird and Grey Pearl) have continued to cruise in southeast Asia while Roberta and I leapt ahead to Turkey. Our group will reconvene in Turkey during 2012, and the GSSR will live on. In the meantime, for security reasons, Seabird and Grey Pearl are being somewhat guarded about precise location and route. The best source for information on them is their websites; http://www.seabirdlrc.com
If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend going to their sites and registering for their blogs. Also, Starr, the 75′ Northern Marine that cruised with our GSSR group last year is now underway from Japan to Hawaii. This is a 3,800 nm passage that is being complicated by bad weather, adverse currents, the need to maintain a safe distance from Japan’s radiation, and fuel planning. Starr’s blog is: http://starr.talkspotblogs.com
.. also highly recommended.