The Privilege 465 is the archetype of the fast charter cruising
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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 bare boat catamaran charters in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the blue links immediately above. Thank You. Are you searching for bare boat charter catamarans on which to holiday in Turkey? Could you be considering a multi-hull charter cruising the southwest coast of Turkey? Could you be seeing yourselves ghosting along from one pine-encircled cove to the next pine-encircled cove? Or are you dreaming of bare boat catamaran charters in Greece? Of stable yachts on which to ride the Meltemi wind from remote Aegean island to remote Aegean island? Of yachts on which to poke into nooks and crannies surrounded by Greek blue and white? Or surrounded by nothing at all? Or do you wish to sail both Greece and Turkey? On the same holiday? How about sailing one or both Greece and Turkey aboard a catamaran with accommodations for eight or nine. How about chartering a Privilege 465 to cruise Turkey's ancient Lycia. Or to sail Kenelm Digby's route along the coast of neighboring Caria and among remote Greek islands. While you holiday. While you holiday with family cruising the crossroads of history. Or while you holiday with a group of friends aboard a chartered catamaran proceeding leisurely down Alexander's Path through the crossroads and then up Cleopatra's Route through the crossroads. Or while you cruise further along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Beyond Caria and Lycia to further Karamania and Cilicia (Kilikya). As did Digby. Are you wondering about Kenelm Digby? He was an English raconteur and bon vivant of the 17th century whose father had lost his head in the Gunpowder Plot, but who at the age of 20 nevertheless became welcome at the British court and was made a baronet. Known in his youth to be a favorite of Marie de Medici, at the time widow of French King Henry IV, Digby was as well a survivor of duels, assassinations, and imprisonment, somehow finding time to wed Venetia Stanley, a famous, or infamous, English beauty portrayed below by Anthony Van Dyke. In his later years, on the other hand, Digby was a philosopher, author, and founding member of the Royal Society closely associated with portraitist Van Dyke, who put Digby on canvas above, and the playwright and poet Ben Jonson. He was also inventor of the modern wine bottle. But it is neither his early nor his later years that concern us here but rather his route along Turkey's southern coast to Alexandretta, now Iskenderun. It was as a corsair with a 1628 letter of marque from the British Admiralty that he scoured the eastern Mediterranean in search of French prey, finding it at Alexandretta. Sort-Of-Protestant Britain was at the time unkindly disposed toward Catholic France's persecution of Huguenots. Entering the Bay of Alexandretta with five square-rigged ships mounting 120 guns Digby trapped four French merchantmen loaded with silver coin. What the merchantmen were doing there history does not tell us, but for more than a hundred years France had enjoyed friendly relations with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, and it is more than likely the merchantmen were there for the purchase of Silk Road spices and other rare merchandise with a ready market in western Europe. History does tell us, though, that the four merchantmen were protected by two large Venetian galleasses and two large Venetian galleons, the first two sporting oars as well as sails. The ensuing encounter tells us that Kenelm Digby was an expert mariner as without oars he engaged in close confines and routed the opposition. The Venetians left port partially dismasted and severely damaged. Their abandoned charge became the source of Digby's later wealth, the haul so rich Ben Jonson felt compelled to commit it to ditty. True to his character Digby was not finished with Asia Minor or the Aegean. Returning along Turkey's Karamanian coast, Digby took time to explore the archeological history of our shores, the same history which today enables the eastern Mediterranean to term itself the Crossroads of History. Departing Turkey's shores he also explored archaeological history in the Cyclades, spending time at Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and more time at Appolonas, Naxos, where he found a ten meter and 7th Century BCE marble statue of Dionysus, still in situ today. You can do these things, as well. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Gocek is 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town on the Greek island of Rhodes and 15 road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman (DLM). In Gocek or elsewhere we can put you aboard bare boat catamarans for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard bare boat catamaran charters and point you toward flat sailing waters of the Gulfs of Gocek and Fethiye, show you Sir Kenelm Digby's path down the coast of Lycia, show you his route back up the coast of Caria and among Greek Aegean islands. Superb bare boat catamaran charters cruising Greece and Turkey. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org