Wind and Sea
Charter sailing can be affected by the
weather. The seas in the Turkish Aegean are generally calm
in May, June and July. In August and September the god Zephyr
(god of wind) is responsible for the famous ‘Meltemi’ wind.
This is typically a northeasterly which can develop into 6-8
Beaufort. The Turkish Aegean can be flat like a mirror, but
a short chop of 1 meter is common. When Poseidon (the god
of the sea) gets restless 3 to 4 meter swells can develop.
This is a challenge but not a problem for the larger yachts
used for the ‘Archaeological Cruises’. One spare day is often
kept on all cruises in case of a delay due to badweather.
As in all sailing holidays rough weather conditions may alter
the proposed itinerary.
Porpoise and dolphin that often swim at
the bow while we sail. Hawksbill and Loggerhead turtles still
swim and sun themselves in Turkish waters probably as a direct
result of the great efforts of Turkish environmentalists.
Sardines, tuna, swordfish and mackerel are also often seen
on the surface. Scuba diving is available at Bodrum, Marmaris,
Ekiçik and Gocek and divers can see moray eels, eagle
and sand rays, octopus, kalamari, crayfish, rock lobster,
crabs, triton and nautilus shells, Nudibranchs, jellyfish,
scorpion fish and many other colorful fish. The only danger
is stepping on a sea urchin! Sea sponges and incredibly colorful
coral encrustations cover rocks and caves. Fantastic archaeological
treasures can be seen on many dives. Wreck diving is offered
at many locations in Turkey. *N.B. artifacts must not be touched