Sailing in Turkey
We always see photos of gulets with their sails out. Then we venture on a gulet cruise and wonder why the sails are not out all the time. If we don’t know much about gulets and the sailing they do partake in, we feel disappointed as the expectation of living the journey on a sailing holiday doesn’t surface completely. However, gulets are designed to cruise and but can also sail; more so to cruise. This is due to their design and concept. Although gulets are sort of reminescent of a schooner, they are in fact classified as motorsailers. This basically means that they run on diesel most often then on sail power. The power usage is spit based on the gulet construction. Some gulets run 50/50, while others can run 30/70 in favor of diesel. Gulet are know to have two masts. However there are gulets designed and constructed with one or three.
During the most popular planned gulet sailing cruises, gulets are expected to offer guests the pleasure of sailing 3 or 4 days out of that week. The sailing part really is dependent on a variety of criteria. Without getting technical, there are parts of a gulet charter route that allows for sailing and some regions can’t. Not all areas at sea will be sufficient for the gulet to be powered by sails only. This is up to the captain as he/she knows the waters the best than the rest of the crew.
During these gulet sailing holidays, the cruising time per day is around 3 to 4 hours. The rest of the time guests are anchored at a lovely bay or harbor; possibly a secluded cove. When anchored, guests are either having their blue cruise meal, lounging about, sunbathing on the deck with a refreshing drink or a good read or simply soaking in the Mediterranean sun. While others could be doing water sports or swimming in the cooling sea, or ashore going shopping and site seeing to places of historical interest. There are other activities that guest cruises do offer on these enjoyable gulet charter holidays in Turkey. Activities in combination with gulet charter holiday could be land travel trips such as hiking and cycling. There is a great deal of combinations that can be organized with gulet sailing vacations. These additions can be discussed with the yacht charter agent in advance so that everything is ready prior to the trip.
When you hire a gulet for luxury gulet sailing, and to see the breathtaking destinations available in Turkey as well as Greece, you can certainly expect to experience gulet cruises as a part of a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
Each gulet holiday experience is planned around the guests. Therefore a custom designed yacht charter is prepared according to the guest’s expectations and requirements. There may be certain limitations and this could be based on safety and feasibility. If the whole gulet cruise were to be a complete sailing holiday, there would not be enough time to fulfil the span of the itnerary in most cases. However, if guests wish to have a total sailing vacation, this can be arranged as well.
If your desire is to live the true experience of a traditional Turkish gulet sailing holiday, then why not embark on a discovery within the realms of mystical times in a medley of pure Mediterranean culture at sea.