Do you have any/many concerns about the instability and "anti-west" sentiment in the Syria/Lebanon etc. region? and if so, how are you preparing for it?[/B]
Hi - yes, would be silly not to be concerned but the trip down the east med is as part of EMYR and with another 80 cruisers - and as a back up the fleet is accomopanied by a couple of Turkish Coastguard cutters.
The routing requirements are to remain 12 miles offshore
down the levant coast and maintain good communications
with the other cruisers. They will break down the 80 into 6 groups with equal speed and have group controllers in close range.
I've no doubts the local police etc will be charged with ensuring the shoreside security
is tight and it is on land the risks may increase. Guess Syria could be the worst spot right now, with pretty good pro-west sentiments still strong in Lebanon, Isreal and Egypt
But as I don't walk away often from an arguement, I will also need to work on how to keep my big mouth shut whilst keeping our eyes wide open.........
Re the other Q on how much time in each port. Well it is pretty limited to cover the distance in the time given and that's a past complaint from this rally.
The first bash over from Palma to Turkey
we're treating as a delivery
trip with only a few breaks in Sardinia, Sicily
- but we've spent time in each before so won't be missing much. The rally proper - down the Turkish coast and onward - involves several 100 / 150 day and night sails
in oder to allow for 1 / 2 / 3 days stopovers in relative Turkish and east med ports
- so again time to visit inland places will be limited but available.
The EMYR organisers do have side trips planned to places of special interest (Saladins Castle sound interesting as does a final trip up the Nile to see the Pyramids) - so I'll be seeing more than I would sitting back in Palma.
But once it is over at end June - we'll be reviewing those places we wish to revist - and hope to spend more time at each on our trip back up the coast to Turkey. We are leaving the boat for next winter in Kermer on the Turkish med coast - which will allow us also to fly out for winter breaks and further exploration as and when time permits.
Fully appreciate one could easily spend a month in any one spot - but if we want to do this first cruise in this part of the world with company - we'll have to make do.
Cheers - and really appreciate the supportive comments.