We spent the winter 2009/2010 in the new marina at Alanya. There was very good company amongst the liveaboards, and we very much enjoyed ourselves. Alanya town was also very interested and had most of the facilities that you might hope for, whether found in the sanayi, in the extensive central area, or some large stores in the outskirts.
When we left Alanya, we first headed east and south, visiting two more ports on the Turkish coast on our way, then crossing over to Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, where we stayed for a week.
We sailed back from Cyprus, stopping for a rest at Kekova Roads, and called at the island of Kasos in some heavy weather. We continued on to Crete, and spent some considerable time off Elounda, in the Spinalonga lagoon. While there we were able to leave Fuga securely anchored, and explored some of the most attractive island by car. We met up with friends from Alanya, Glenn and Lynn, on Steel Sapphire there.
We spent some time anchored in Navarinon Bay, where we met up with Steel Sapphire again, then with Gus and Carol on Indigo, also from Alanya. A blast from the past hit us, as Julie and Ian, who we first met sailing on Morven in 2004/5 at Lagos, came by on the way back from their morning walk. We also ventured back from Pilos to Methoni, Finikounda, and the island of Sapientza. We very much enjoyed this bit of the coast, which was not at all crowded.
On the way to the Ionian, we called at Messalonghi to meet up with old friends, Caryn and Svein, on C'Est La Vie. We visited Ithaca, and spent an evening with Ian and Julie at their 'shack'. We then continued up to Nidri to change the boat's service batteries. Mo's son David visited us there, and we hired a car to pick him up from the airport, and to drive around some of Levkas island.
Leaving the Ionian, we crossed directly to Sicily, then after a while we continued up the Messina Straits and then on to the Aeolian islands. From there we crossed to Sardinia, making landfall at La Calletta. We met up with friends Hugh and Cherry on Sulaire, and spent some time in their company, and also met Maurice and Barbara of Mathilda on Corsica. We headed north to Elba, and circumnavigated this attractive island, before returning to Corsica at Bastia. From here we headed north to sail down the west coast of Corsica, before crossing back to sail down the east coast of Sardinia. We are now at Cagliari, where we plan to lay Fuga up over winter.