We have been heading south to Bodrum now for over 2 weeks. Along the way we have stopped off at lovely little anchorages on the Turkish coast. We usually sail/motor 40 to 50 miles per day. Starting at 7.30 in the morning and arriving early afternoon. For the first time this summer we have had to shelter for 5 days from the meltemi winds. Fortunately we were in a beautiful little bay just south of Ayvalik, well protected from the northerly winds. Although it didn’t stop us still getting gust up to 40 knots across the deck.
While we were anchored there we took the opportunity to visit Pergamon, a site of an ancient city lying on top of a hill in the middle larger plain. It dates back to 334BC and now consist of numerous ruins, some of which are undergoing reconstruction. Ho hum, just another pile of old rocks.
I was at the helm concentrating very hard (on my knitting), at the same time keeping my eye on a very very large ship coming up on my port side. I figured when he reached me I would just duck in behind him but my calculations of speed were not quite right. I wasn’t too fussed as I’m sure it was my right of way. Never the less, that didn’t come into it. I had to do a hard turn to starboard, (the side of the boat where Pete was sitting doing his sudoku). He rallied from his reverie when he noticed the abrupt change of course as I proceeded to do a 360 and then nipped behind the ship. Had I not seen the ship he asked, well of course I saw it, blind Freddy could have seen it!! I never would have called Pete a jealous man. All I said was that the captain winked at me and he had lovely eyes! Pete went off his tree.