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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning classic schooner holidays in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. If not searching for Princess Funda, or for a fun princess, you must be searching for a holiday in Turkey or Greece. In any of those events you have found what you seek. Which is it? A fun princess? The gaff-rigged schooner Prenses Funda? A charter holiday in Turkey? A charter holiday in Greece? Or could it be a fun charter holiday in both Turkey and Greece aboard Prenses Funda? Again, in any of those events you have found the right web page, a web page dealing with fun charter holidays aboard a gaff-rigged schooner cruising both along the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey as well as among Aegean islands of Greece. You have found a web page dealing with cruises along Turkey's coast pausing at pine encircled coves and in turquoise sea off white-sand beaches. You have found a web page dealing with charter holidays first at one off-the-beaten-track Greek island then at the next off-the-beaten-track Greek island, basking under a warm sun while floating on an azure sea. You have found a fun yacht cruising the crossroads of history. You have found a handsome gaff-rigged schooner with accommodations for up to five couples. Named for one of the owner-skipper's sisters, Prenses Funda cruises the entire coast of Turkey and throughout the Aegean as did those sixteenth century corsairs who established the Ottoman Empire as a maritime heavyweight. You might holiday sail sixteenth century tracks of those corsairs, of, for example, the "Grand Corsair" Sinan Reis, while you are hunting a secluded swimming spot. Sinan, of course, was hunting the enemy, usually Venetian but almost always Latin Christian. It was not hard to find such prey, either, because most Aegean islands had been taken by the Venetians from the Greeks with the Fourth Crusade's most unholy AD 1204 rape and sack of Constantinople. Some few islands such as Rhodes subsequently came under control of Genovese warlords, and later under control of the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, all Latin. Born at Greek-speaking Smyrna cerca 1480, Sinan sailed the local Imbat from an early age aboard lateen-rigged caiques, mastering not only that fierce wind but the quick tacks under sail necessary to navigate the Gulf of Smyrna's notorious sand banks. By the early years of the sixteenth century he was already a master mariner able to take a navigational sun line with the butt of a crossbow. Employed both by Mamluk Sultan Qansuh and by the poet prince Korkut, eldest son of Ottoman Sultan Beyazid II, Sinan in those years sailed mostly out of Alexandria, Egypt. Hunting Latins. Jewish by birth he is said to have not been possessed by religion of any kind, he was simply the product of a time when hatred of Latin Christian overlords by Orthodox Christian underlings was the prevailing sentiment in the Aegean. He appears to have merely absorbed the mood of the time and with letters of marque from his employers profited at Latin expense, preying on Latin shipping between islands and Latin shipping from the Middle East. It was at about the age of 24 that Sinan teamed with another corsair named Acsac, and at about the same time that he took under his wing a former janissary five years his junior later known to history as Dragut. Acsac was to lose a leg in combat, Sinan an eye. Dragut was to be taken captive by the Doria's of Genoa and to come away scarred after four years at a Christian galley oar. All three were to become lieutenants of the most famous of all Mediterranean corsairs, Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa of Lesbos, and Sinan was to wed one of Barbarossa's sisters. They had two sons, Barbarossa's nephews, one in 1535 taken at the age of ten as a captive by that most famous of all Latin condottieri and admirals, Andrea Doria. All four corsairs were to go up against Doria at 1538's Battle of Preveza and to come away winners. Preveza, it might be noted, is in western Greece and was known to Antony and Cleopatra as Actium. With the same tactical position as the four corsairs, Antony came away the loser. So, again, why not cruise in corsair wakes while holidaying on an azure sea? Why not combine holiday and history? Why not have an extended-family holiday aboard a crewed sailing gulet cruising the Aegean islands of Greece? With children and cousins and the like? Or why not have a group of friends holiday with you aboard a charter gulet proceeding leisurely from here to there. Or from there to here. Why not charter a crewed gaff-rigged schooner to cruise the near Dodecanese in order to reach the far Cyclades? Starting in Turkey? Starting in Izmir? Are you searching for Izmir in Turkey? Well, it's about thirty-five miles up the Gulf of Smyrna. In fact, it was Smyrna until the last of the Greeks were expelled ninety years ago. Izmir or Smyrna or elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed gulet for charter holidays of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter gulet with an experienced owner-skipper able to show you the entire coast of Turkey, able to show you the haunts of Sinan and his fellow sea captains. This Sinan, by the way, was not one of the Sinans who later became Kapudan Pasha or Lord High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy. The first of the latter was Sinan Pasha, an Albanian and brother of Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha, and the second was Cigalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha, born Scipione Cicala an Italian from Messina. These later Sinans were the Sinans opposing Giovanni (Gian Andrea) Doria, not Andrea Doria. This Sinan, called the "Grand Corsair" by Father Giacomo Bosio, official historian of the Hospitallers, was appointed Admiral of the Red Sea by Suleiman the Magnificent while both his kidnapped son and Dragut were in 1544 liberated by Barbarossa, the son returned to his father's arms. The crew of Prenses Funda is able to discuss each of these Sinans, Dorias, and contemporaries, who they were, where they sailed, and how they found a place at the crossroads of history. Prenses Funda, a handsome gaff-rigged schooner available for charter holidays in Turkey and Greece. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org