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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 boat sailing in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. How did you come to this web page? What search words have you used? Charter? As in Magna Carta? Sorry! Wrong page! Not even close! This page has nothing to do with Bad King John. Neither does this page have to do with his elder brother Richard, though the latter did pass this way en route to the Third Crusade, pausing at Rhodes in 1191. Neither does this page have anything to do with John's mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of Henry II of England, though she too graced our shores, marching overland from Constantinople to Antalya with the Second Crusade during the winter of 1147-1148. That was in the company of her first husband Louis VII of France. But should you be searching for a magna holiday on a charter yacht sailing Turkey, or for a magna vacation on a charter yacht sailing Greece, well, you may be pleased with the charter sailing gulet Burc-u Zafer. Take a look. See if you like the concept. Perhaps named for a 74-gun square-rigged Turkish battleship among the few Ottoman warships to survive 1827's Battle of Navarino during the Greek War of Independence, the charter sailing gulet Burc-u Zafer is not known to carry a single gun. She is rather known for carrying guests in exceptional comfort from one destination of their choice to the next destination of their choice. Which country is it? Greece or Turkey? Should you be considering a cruise on the azure sea between remote Greek islands in hot pursuit of the perfect tzatziki, or in hot pursuit of nothing at all, Burc-u Zafer may be the perfect fit. Or should you be considering a cruise along the Turquoise Coast of Turkey between Marmaris and Antalya, should you be contemplating a swim in crystal-clear seawater at the foot of pined slopes, or off of deserted white-sand beaches, again, Burc-u Zafer may fit the bill. Should you even be hoping to charter a sailing yacht to do both Greece and Turkey at once, how about doing both aboard a crewed charter gulet with broad teak decks and comfortable accommodations for six couples, aboard a fore-and-aft rigged sailing yacht cruising the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey, aboard a handsome oak-framed mahogany-appointed ketch cruising among neighboring Aegean islands of Greece. While you holiday. While you have a family-and-friends holiday combining sun, fun, and history. Perhaps cruising the tracks of the original Burcu Zafer and her Ottoman company. With 50 other warships and 40 transports, Burcu Zafer had come up from Alexandria, Egypt, in August of 1827 by way of Makri (Fethiye), Marmaris, and Rhodes before laying a course to Navarino and rendezvous with still other Ottoman units. Or perhaps cruising the tracks of the allied armada. The armada's flagship Asia (84 guns) had proceeded to Navarino from Smyrna (Izmir) flying the flag of Vice Admiral Sir Edward Codrington, and so too had the French flagship Sirene (60) flying the flag of Rear Admiral and Count Henri de Rigny. They came by way of nearby Vourla (Urla) and Chios, and by way of Paros and Milos in the mid-Aegean Cyclades where the Venus de Milo now in the Louvre had been discovered 7 years earlier. They also came by way of Nauplion, then the location of Greece's provisional government, and by way of Hydra and Aegina in the Saronic Gulf, island locations of most of Greece's navy. The Russians commanded by Rear Admiral Gustaaf van Heiden aboard Azov (80) had been en route for 3 months from Revel (modern Tallinn in Estonia). The battle took place in Navarino Bay on the west coast of the Greek Peloponnesus when the Turkish-Egyptian fleet was cornered by the Anglo, French, and Russian armada in October. The oil on canvas at upper left depicts Britain's Asia flying the blue ensign, engaged to starboard by Moharem Bey's French-built Egyptian flagship Guerriere (60), also called Murchid-i-Djihad, and to port by the Turkish flagship Ghyu h Rewan (84) on which Amir Tahir Pasha is flying his flag as Kapudan Bey, or second in command of the Ottoman Navy. Asia destroyed both as well as a 64-gun frigate on the other side of Guerriere. Burcu Zafer (74) is obscured beyond these three where with two accompanying 56-gun frigates she is engaged by Britain's Albion (74) and France's Trident (74). Disabled and abandoned by her crew to drift ashore, she was later repaired and returned to service. The oil on canvas at right is a panoramic view of the entire battle with Britain's Cambrian (46) in the right foreground engaging a number of Ottoman fire ships as well as an artillery redoubt on Sfakteria Island. Cambrian is commanded by Captain Gawen Hamilton, for seven years theretofore a distinguished and impartial arbiter between Turkey and Greece. Asia is proximate to the towering orange flame in the background while Burcu Zafer is near the mid-canvas stream of black smoke. (For an overview of the battle, click here.) Why not charter a crewed gulet to cruise some of the ports and anchorages cruised by these square-rigged warships. Perhaps starting at Makri or nearby Gocek, now a principal Turquoise Coast holiday destination 25 minutes by road from Dalaman International Airport. Or at Rhodes, a principal Greek island holiday destination replete with perfectly preserved late-medieval fortifications as well as international airport. Or you might prefer to embark at Cesme just west of Asia's anchorage at Urla, a hop, skip, and jump due east of Greek Chios. That's not far from Izmir International Airport. There or elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed sailing gulet for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht with an experienced crew able to show you azure sailing waters off the western coast of Turkey and between neighboring Islands of Greece, able to show you Ottoman and allied tracks to Navarino (modern Pilos) where battle hulks may still be explored underwater. Burc-u Zafer can take you there in remarkable comfort and describe the historical significance of all you see en route. Burc-u Zafer, a proven sailing gulet available for charter in Turkey and Greece. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at email@example.com