Turkey

TURKEY for sailing

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Turkey not only managed to be geographically Europe and Asia at the same time, but it can also be proud of access to 4 seas at once: Black, Marmara, Aegean, and Mediterranean.

A variety of magnificent natural landscapes, an abundance of architectural monuments of ancient culture, many islands and secluded bays, an excellently developed infrastructure make Turkey one of the best destinations for yachting. In this regard, the most popular are the coasts of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas (Fethiye, Gocek, Marmaris, Orhanye, Bodrum, Kusadasi).   The water area here is calm and suitable not only for experienced sailors but also for beginner yachtsmen, family crews with children for a comfortable rest. Many professional and amateur sailing regattas are taking place here.

The season here lasts from April to October. July and August are the peaks of activity, although high temperatures (up to + 40C) may not be to everyone's liking. Average summer temperatures +27 - + 32C, water temperature - + 24C - + 27C. Of the winds in the Aegean Sea, Meltemi prevails - a dry north-western wind reaching a speed of 25-30 knots. It originates around noon, gains strength by the afternoon, and completely subsides by sunset.

The service in most Turkish marinas is truly excellent: comfort, cleanliness, and round-the-clock duty of employees who escort you to the parking area in their dinghy and help you to moor (if you have little experience, they will literally drive your boat into place with their inflatable boards). In many marinas, you can find swimming pools, fitness, and spa centers.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, there are many wild bays at your disposal, where you can swim in crystal clear water, enjoy sunsets and sunrises, anchored or buoy. In addition, Turkey has coastal restaurants with their own berths. Staying there for the night most likely will not charge you money for parking, but in some places, they will provide free water and electricity, like in Chiftlik Bay, with only one condition - if you dine with them with the whole team. At the same time, the prices there are not at all overpriced, and the quality of the dishes and the size of the portions leave pleasant memories and a desire to return there again and again.

It is necessary to know that in some waters of Turkey is forbidden to discharge dirty water and "human waste" into the sea. For this purpose, there are special stations in the marinas for pumping out the contents of "dirty" tanks. If you take a yacht on a charter, you will need at least once to get a mark on the passage of this procedure (in fact, few of the locals comply with this prohibition 100%, rather they treat this as an additional way to replenish the treasury at the expense of tourist yachtsmen, but although formally it would have to be done). It is inexpensive, in contrast to the fine for failure to comply.

The official currency is Turkish Lira, but in the most places you can easily pay in dollars or euros and get change in liras. Local charter companies are generally quite loyal to any skippers' licenses, to rent a yacht in Turkey, RYA, IYT, ISSA or even a GIMS certificate will do.

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