Sorry you missed this one – we had a great weekend!

May Bank Holiday Weekend

Fri 29th April – Wed 4th May 2016

The Sundowners curtain raiser to summer sailing in the Med will be in Turkey for the May Bank Holiday weekend.  This will be a 4 day cruise around  Fethiye Bay where some of Turkey’s most attractive bays are located.  This is an easy cruising ground so challenging sailing conditions are not expected.

Fethiye Bay Islands

The Plan

Taking advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend, we’ll be flying to Dalaman on Friday 29th April, arriving late evening.  We’ll board the boats in Fethiye on arrival and set off on Saturday morning.  There will then be 4 days to explore the Gulf of Fethiye before returning to base late Tuesday afternoon.  There will be a choice to fly home on Tuesday evening or on Wednesday.

Some of the places we hope to visit

 22 Fathom Cove

A deep anchorage completely off the planet.

22 Fathome

Tomb Bay

An attractive bay with Lycian tombs carved into the cliffs.

Tomb Bay

Sarlassa BaySarlassa Bay
Ruin Bay

Ruin Bay

Tersane Bay

 Tersane bay

Gemiler Island

Famous for its extensive Byzantine ruins.

Gemiller Island


Coldwater Bay

A fantastic place for a spot of swimming.  The name of the bay comes from cold freshwater springs that enter the sea from the bottom of the bay.

Coldwater bay 2

A hike up the hill takes you to the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy.  In 1923, the Greek Christians living in Kayakoy, Turkey departed after a population exchange between the Greek and Turkish governments, leaving it an abandoned village. 500 homes now lie in ruins.



Fethiye old town has a great fish market and well-stocked fruit & vegetable stalls. In the evenings, you can buy fresh fish at the market and the local restaurants will cook it for a small fee. It also has a Bazaar which is worth strolling through after dinner.


The weather is usually pleasant at this time of year with daytime temperatures reaching 20-25 degrees Celsius.  As the summer weather pattern isn’t established at this time of year, wet and cooler conditions are possible.  Winds are generally light but could reach F5.

Gemiler Bay anchorage

                     Gemiller Bay

Extend Your Stay

The event concludes on Tuesday evening but if you wish you can stay on for an extra day for either:

Boat Trip up the River Dalyan
This trip includes:

  • Ancient Counos with it’s amphitheatre
  • The Lycean Cliff Tombs carved in the rock face
  • The mud baths with their theraputic hot springs

This is a full day trip but finishes in time for you to catch a flight home in the evening.

Walk down the Saklikent Gorge
This is the second largest gorge in Europe. It’s a spectacular place, with sculpted walls soaring high above and restaurants suspended above the rushing waters.

Important Trip Information

The member price of the trip is £190 which includes yacht charter, end cleaning and rental of outboard engines for the tenders.

Not included in the event price are flights, transfers, transit log,  victualling, meals ashore, diesel, mooring fees, any shore accommodation and any personal expenditure.

The payment schedule is as follows:

Full payment On Booking £190

The Club’s standard terms and conditions apply. Full details can be found on the website but in summary:

  • Paying your deposit commits you to the trip and to paying all payments as and when required.
  • If you withdraw from an event you are still liable for the full cost unless a replacement participant is found.
  • If a replacement is found there will be a admin charge made for the change of participant.
  • You agree to bear the shared cost of any security deposit loss levied by the charter company for damages. The full cost of the deposit ranges from £925 – £1850 per boat.


Cost approx £195 return

Direct flights are available from Thomas Cook, Monarch Airlines and EasyJet.
Do not book flights until advised to do so by the event organiser.


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