Following an impressive nights sleep.......well, having had virtually none the previous night, it was! We woke to the sound of diesel engines chugging their respective little fishing boats, out for the morning catch.
Our next stop was in Torba, further South again. Yes, we probably should have gone there whilst in Turkbuku or Gundogan.........but we didnt, and not wanting to miss it out.........
Pancakes and chocolate spread for breakfast, pretty yummy :)
After the usual packing away and readying the boat, we headed out of this idillic spot, 20.2 n.m to Torba.
With no wind to assist, we were on the engine. In Turkey the winds follow a pretty predictable pattern. Calm, still mornings, then by 11 oclock in the morning, a steady breeze picks up. This gently increases until around 3pm when the Meltemi Winds arrives from the north. This wind is driven from high pressure over the Balkans, down to the heat trough of the Anatolian coastline. At around sunset, the temperature drops, therefore the wind follows suit. After senset, the winds are pretty non existant......... unless a full moon is due (I will save this for a later lesson :) )
For this reason, we tend to left our anchorage around 10.30 in the morning, ready for some wind in the sails. Our 4 hour trip saw plenty of boats speeding around between the busy Gulluk area, then becoming a little less hurried as we neared Torba.
Sails out, travelling comfortably at a reasonable 5 knots, we take Kejstral to another new destination, there are so many places we want to take her ..........
The large bay is quiet, a couple of gulets (turkish style wooden sailing boat, usually two masts) and a cruiser anchored, with the usual collection of fishing boats around a slightly overcrowded harbour.
We choose to sit near the cruiser, and the wind is coming from a westerly direction, so the hillside will protect a little.
Once we dropped anchor, we relaxed on board enjoying some afternoon sun, and perhaps fitting in a little snooze........ it wasn't long before Kevin noticed, our position had altered and we seemed a little closer than we had been to the cruiser! So, without delay we retrieved our somewhat inept anchor, moved our boat and reset the pesky thing. This time without a problem. :)
We stayed on board for our evening meal of chicken curry, then ventured our on the tender. There were plenty of little jetties and beach areas to leave the tender, which does make life easier.
Torba is a well known holiday destination, hotels line the large bay, each with their own section of beach tidily cordoned off from the next. A few bars and mini markets co exist somehow, alongside the all inclusive hotels in the bay.
The local coucil have constructed a new cafe on the waters edge, these are known as the Belediyesi cay houses or bars. They are to be found in virtually every town, whether small or large. These bars are really busy with locals and very cheap for beer, coffees and snacks. Each one that we have visited, has been situated in the most perfect area, right on the waters edge, in a very prominent place.