[Amel] Re: Disturbing messages from Turkey

Mark Pitt

In the past 6 weeks I have sailed from Kaş to Ayvalik, an area that covers most of the Turkish Aegean and Aeolian coasts, with stays in marinas in many cities (Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas, Kusadasi, Cesme, Ayvalik) and in various anchorages popular with cruisers, and have not encountered anything that would give me the slightest concern.


S/V Sabbatical III, ASM #419
currently in Ayvalik, Turkey

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Ian Shepherd <sv_freespirit@...> wrote:

I agree with Bill & Mike on this one. Don't be fooled by what you hear
or read in the media. They are a bunch of sensationalists working to get
the most attention by hyping up the reality. I met several Turkish
tourists whilst in Simi and their view was that the situation was more
of an amusement than a threat. One couple even said that it was good to
see the Turkish people expressing their feelings for once.

Whilst I have technically not been in Turkey this summer as I have a pet
on board with an EU only passport, I did overnight in Kekova Roads for
shelter, where everything looked absolutely normal. I don't think that
anyone has anything to worry about near the coast. Maybe a night stroll
through Taksim Square in Istanbul might be unwise, but so was a night
stroll in Barbados in 1970 when I was mugged at knife point!

I remember many years ago when Northern Ireland was all bullets and
bombs (according to the press). I had to go to Belfast to deliver a
yacht to Scotland. With some trepidation I asked my taxi driver to stay
well clear of the troubles. He laughed and said that you would have to
be in about a one square mile area near the Falls Road to have any
likelihood of seeing any action. He was right of course.

I will email an Australian friend who lives right in Taksim Square and
ask her opinion. If it's of value I will post it.

Enjoy Turkey

Ian Shepherd (& baby Siberian Husky Kelly) SM 414 Crusader - Leros Greece

On 24/06/2013 16:16, Mike Johnson wrote:

Hi John & Bill,

Let's not get carried away. It's safer visiting Turkey than a lot of
cities around the world - but we still go to them!

For good advice visit the UK FCO website. The link for Turkey is:




SM2K #461

From: Yahoo! Mail <sammie.whammie@...
To: "amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Monday, 24 June 2013, 15:06
Subject: Re: [Amel] Re: Disturbing messages from Turkey

Just because cities in the U.S. are dangerous, like Chicago and
Detroit does not mean areas in Turkey are worth risking your life to
visit. I heard the same argument about Egypt and now you are never
sure what to expect. Muslim extremists are every where and if you
don't really know the area then you are putting yourself in danger,
much like visiting Detroit. Great culture but now maybe not the time
to visit for the novice.



We have been in the US since Dec because of my cancer surgery in Feb.
We return to Gocek on 1 July.

We do not consider things dangerous in Turkey. Remember, the protests
are against the government's conservative swing to add more religion
to government. Ataturk led the revolution which created a secular
state. Most Turks want what Ataturk fought for. These protests are not
unlike protests against too much government in the US. Look at the
crime and murder rate in Turkey as compared to the US or UK before
making a decision. You will be surprised at how much safer Turkey is.
Also remember that it is very unlikely that you will be wihin 1000
miles of any protest while cruising Turkey.

Hope this helps.

BeBe, Sm2k, #387
Gocek, Turkey

--- In mailto:amelyachtowners%40yahoogroups.com, "John Hollamby"
<annejohnholl@> wrote:

Hello Bill and Judy,
I have some friends who were going to spend a few days holiday in
Turkey with their children.I have just received a couple of messages
forwarded from Turks warning about the troubles from which it would
appear that things could get worse not better on the basis that many
are unhappy about the trend away from the secular state to an Islamic one.
Do you have any views for those who were intending to sail to Turkey
this season?

Best wishes, Anne and John, Bali Hai, SM319, Malta
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