Sunday, October 25, 2009

Farewell to the Middle East

It's finally happened, the new mainsail looks great and is ready for a serious test. The new bimini, with front back and sides, is complete and tested and we're looking forward to having an extra living room in the winter. We have completed our travels in Jordan to the stone carved ancient city of Petra and slept in a Bedouin camp on a sand dune in Wadi Rum, and completed our diving courses in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt in the Red Sea. It's been a big year with a lot of travels and experiences, costs and memories. Promise to write about it all during the winter when we are marina bound in Finike again, in between social activities with many old and hopefully new friends too. Looking forward to the lovely smiley Turkish people. 
We've practiced untying from the marina 3 times now - to get fuel from the fuel berth, to scrub the bottom of the boat outside the marina, and to test the new sail. We're confident we can do it again tomorrow morning. We should be in Cyprus by Tuesday evening, watching the weather for the next leg to Finike.