New Base in Turkey Expands Options

New sailing opportunities await in Turkey and Croatia. From "Charter News" in our June 2009 issue

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Courtesy Of Sunsail Sailing Vacations

In time for the 2009 sailing season, The Moorings has opened a base in western Turkey at the village of Orhaniye, on the Bozburun peninsula, offering a range of monohulls and catamarans from 40 to 44 feet in length.

Orhaniye is ideally situated on the Gulf of Hisaronu; the ruggedly mountainous coastline offers numerous anchorages within easy reach of the base. The Bozburun peninsula stretches for 30 miles into the Aegean Sea between the Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes; the waters off the peninsula are a cruising paradise. Late-morning winds build to 25 knots, and deep-blue seas surround secluded coves. Small, tranquil villages offer many local Turkish delicacies. Charterers may choose among a roundtrip cruise starting from, and returning to, Orhaniye or one-way charters finishing in either Bodrum, Finike, or The Moorings base in Goçek.

The fleet includes such yachts as the award-winning Moorings 43.4 and 41.3 from the Beneteau Oceanis range as well as the Moorings 4000, a spacious and performance-oriented catamaran from world-class boatbuilders Robertson and Caine. All Moorings yachts are designed for cruising comfort and completely outfitted at the highest level. Additional yacht models are also available to meet the requirements of a wide variety of sailing groups. For additional details, contact the company (www.moorings.com).

Enjoy Crewed Chartering Aboard a Beneteau
Mañana Maybe is a crewed 51-foot Beneteau with four equal-size double cabins available for charter out of Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Each cabin has an en-suite head and shower; the boat also has separate crew quarters. The boat sails either with both crewmembers, Terry and Ingrid Clark, or with only a captain. For boat information, consult its website (www.charteredsailingvacation.com). For charter details, consult the broker CharterPort BVI (www.charterportbvi.com).

Sunsail Adds a Third Croatia Base
Sunsail Sailing Vacations has opened a new base in the Mediterranean, in the northern-Croatia city of Pula. The new base, Sunsail's third there, opens in May 2009 with a fleet of monohulls available for bareboat or skippered charter. The other two bases are at Kremik and Dubrovnik.

Situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, which borders Slovenia and lies within close proximity to Italy, the new base offers sailors the opportunity to explore the most northern of Croatia's sailing area and its highlights: glistening seas, natural harbors, pine-fringed beaches, and lively fishing ports. The city of Pula is packed with museums and steeped in history, with traces of Byzantine, Venetian, and Austrian cultures still evident in the city today, which is also home to one of the world's largest and most beautiful Roman amphitheaters.
From Pula, the cruising opportunities are vast, with numerous anchorages on islands to the east. On a two-week charter from Pula, sailors may choose to head farther afield by cruising south to the spectacular and serene Kornati National Park or on to the popular islands of Hvar and Korcula. The Pula fleet includes a range of yachts from 39 to 47 feet, including the new Sunsail 44i by Jeanneau. For more details about both the fleet and Pula charters, contact Sunsail (www.sunsail.com).