Magic of Turkey: A Guide to the Turkish Coast

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The Magic of Turkey is a comprehensive guide to the various coasts of Turkey. It offers practical information on all sorts of topics ranging from anchorage areas and marinas, to weather forecasts, to the local cuisine of some of the most intriguing coasts in the world. The areas covered stretch from the port of Izmir on the Aegean Sea to the south, the southeast up to Antalya on the Mediterranean, passing through Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethyie and Finike.

At the same time, the book is the tale of a voyage made by the author and his wife on their 55-foot ketch, along the Turkish coast, and their fascinating experiences. They stayed for two years along the coast of Caria and Lycia, where they swam in crystal clear water over the submerged ruins of ancient houses, anchored in postcard-perfect bays, moored in tiny ports far from the tourist areas, and visited legendary archeological sites.

Mild weather, a warm, glittering turquoise sea, deserted beaches, hidden coves, pine forests, and fishermen's taverns, with the taste fresh fish and a glass of raki, the typical anise flavored Turkish drink, combine to create an unforgettable sailing holiday.

With a Foreword by Jimmy Cornell. Includes black and white photographs.

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Alfredo Giacon has been sailing since 1993 with his wife Nicoletta aboard of their 55-foot JANCRIS. He contributes to yachting magazines. He took part in the Millennium Odyssey, sailing around the world, and finished in third place. When not sailing, he lives in Padua, Italy.

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This comprehensive guide covers all the practical information you'll need to cruise the various coasts of Turkey while also telling the tale of the author and his wife's own cruise there. Aboard their 55-foot ketch, they enjoyed many fascinating experiences and they relate them in a way that will have you following their wake ASAP. (Latitudes & Attitudes)

This lovely book is not exactly a cruising guide, not exactly a memoir of cruising the coast of Turkey. It's a hybrid, and a very effective one. The Italian author and his wife Nicoletta moved aboard their 56 foot ketch Jancris in 1993, and cruised in the Med until 1998, when they participated in a round-the-world rally organized by Jimmy Cornell, which began in Jerusalem and ended in Rome. The Millennium Odyssey was an event planned to draw attention to the possibility of peace among nations in the new millennium. It's exactly that kind of optimistic outlook that makes this book special. After their two-year circumnavigation, the Giacons spent the next three years exploring the fabled coast of Turkey. The author does a wonderful job of communicating their delight with the people and places they visited. The book is divided into four major sections, and each of those is further divided into an account of the pleasures the Giacons discovered on that particular coast, as well as the sort of data you'd expect to find in any cruising guide-- sailing directions, customs info, hazards and attractions. Even this latter information is not the dry recitation of facts to be found in many such books; the author describes the places he finds delightful in terms that most of us will find irresistible. But it is the descriptions of the Giacons' personal experiences here that are most riveting. There's something for everyone in these accounts-- the strange and unusual places they anchored, the intriguing people, the ancient ruins, the cool piney forests that fringe some of the coves. The author even entertains us with the details of sailing a 56 foot boat-- for example, he blithely discusses setting his 1800 square foot spinnaker, which he and his wife are able to handle, he says, due to a superior sock design.
Most of all, this is a wildly romantic little book. The author can scarcely stand to let a page go past without in some way referring to Nicoletta's beauty, her fair skin, her blue eyes, her kindness and grace. I liked that a lot. Potential voyagers whose spouses do not sympathize with their dreams should buy this book and give it to those skeptical better halves. Love is powerful. (Living Aboard)

This book...gives practical information on a plethora of topics ranging from anchorages and marinas, to the weather and the local resources. It invites others to enjoy the unspoiled and beautiful coast, which has a history as many of the legendary archaeological sites mentioned bear out. If you are considering a season or more in the Eastern Mediterranean, this is well worth reading (Royal Naval Sailing Association)

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