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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 charter yachts sailing in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. Charter Yachts Turkey provides yacht charter clients full service. It engages in the search for, inspection of, and proffering to prospective charterers of yachts available for charter, suggesting to clients the best alternative given client preferences. Charter Yachts Turkey also tenders travel advice, suggesting places to stay and things to do en route to Greece and Turkey. It facilitates foreign currency exchange, and it designs sailing itineraries, again based on client preferences. Charter Yachts Turkey offers sailing holidays at the crossroads of history where the Turquoise Coast of Turkey and Aegean islands of Greece meet. Sailing Greece. Sailing Turkey. A yacht charter in Turkey. Yacht charters in Greece. Crewed yachts. Crewed motor-sailers or gulets. Bare boats and bareboats sailing Turkey and sailing Greece. These crossroads of history pass through the birthplace of Homer at Chios not far from the Troad locale of his Iliad and along the route of his Odyssey. They also pass through Halicarnassus, birthplace of Herodotus who wrote the first history entitled History, and through Kos the birthplace of Hippocrates who gave us the Hippocratic Code of Ethics. Alexander's Path through the near east was along our shores. Cleopatra's Honeymoon Route was off our shores and among our islands. The Hospitaller Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem for two hundred years made their home here, at Rhodes, at Halicarnassus, at Kos, and elsewhere nearby. The Barbarossa brothers were born here, on the island of Lesbos, as were a plethora of other corsairs and pirates. And we had Ottoman sultans and princes, as well, Suleiman The Law Giver and Korkut the poet and composer among them. We had storied women: Sappho the poet of Mytilene; Aspasia of Miletus, queen consort of Athens; the two Artemisias, queens of Caria and Rhodes; Irina, the only woman to rule the Roman Empire; the two Baffos, Cecilia and Sofia, who became, respectively, Nurbanu and Safiye, and who ruled the Ottoman Empire from the harem. Not to mention waves of mounted Amazons who came down from the Black Sea coast of Turkey to engage Lycian warriors of Turkey's Xanthos Valley.
One of the more interesting individuals to visit the crossroads of history was Alonso de Contreras, a Spanish soldier of fortune and corsair. One reason he is interesting is that he left one of the few first-person accounts of early 17th century life off our shores. Entitled Vida Del Capitan Alonso De Contreras and mostly written over eleven days in October 1630, it is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a rogue for all seasons. During the spring and summer of 1599 Contreras at the age of 17 made two excursions to the Levant aboard a large lateen and square-rigged galleon commissioned by Bernardino de Cárdenas y Portugal, Duke of Maqueda and Viceroy of Spanish Sicily, during the course of which he not only became plunder-wealthy but also became an expert cartographer. His portolan or pilot of our shores rests today in the Biblioteca Nacional de España at Madrid. Contreras was a wonderful cartographer but an unfortunate gambler, and throughout his life money came fast and went just as fast. He was also frequently in trouble with the authorities and with women. Shortly after his second excursion to the Levant he was forced to flee Sicily, and for the second time in as many flights landed in Malta. There he took service with Gaspard de Monreal, one of the aforementioned Knights of Saint John, then the Knights of Malta, and again sailed for the Levant aboard a galleon. In an engagement at Cavus south of Antalya he distinguished himself in combat to such a degree that a year later in 1601 he was awarded command of Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt's own two-masted, lateen-rigged, frigate (or galliot as depicted above) with a crew of 37 oarsmen and marines. On his second trip to the Aegean under a Maltese letter of marque he was cornered at Fourni near Patmos by two galleys under Suleiman of Catania, a renegade Italian then Pasha of Chios, escaping with damage, an inch to spare, and Suleiman's ire. Later that year he came up our coast against our prevailing NW wind resting at night. His waypoints included Estanamur (west of Anamur), Satalia (Antalya), Puerto Genoves (Port Genovese), Cape Silidonia (Cape Gelidonia), La Finica (Finike), El Cacamo (Kekova Roads), Castilrojo (Kastellorizon), Siete Cavas (Seven Capes), Aguas Frias (Cold Water Bay), and Lamgra (Fethiye), demonstrating if nothing else how little control of its coasts the Ottoman Empire exercised in 1601. Weeks later he learned that Suleiman of Catania was at sea again, and so one night not yet 20 years of age he put into a back bay at Chios, knocked on the Pasha's door, and kidnapped his mistress, an Hungarian beauty. This but a glimpse at one chapter in an exciting history with the opposite sex too elaborate to recount here, but Vida Del Capitan Alonso De Contreras is recommended reading. Charter Yachts Turkey recommends, as well, customized charter yacht sailing holidays or honeymoons by way of the Contreras track. Or a sailing holiday in Greece designed by Charter Yachts Turkey with guest input. A charter yacht sailing holiday cruising the historic southwest of Turkey. A Blue Cruise. A honeymoon sailing Greece. Or a honeymoon in Turkey. A charter sailing yacht in Greece cruising among Greek islands of the Aegean Sea. Island hopping. Greek island hopping. Or a crewed charter sailing yacht to sail the west coast of Turkey. A honeymoon or holiday sailing Greece or Turkey or both. A honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper sailing yacht chartered in Greece. Or a honeymoon or holiday aboard a proper yacht chartered in Turkey. Charter your yacht from Charter Yachts Turkey, an agency dedicated to client service. Sailing Turkey. Sailing Greece. Contact Charter Yachts Turkey today at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at +90-533-230-5781.