Do go. You will not regret it. Once you bring your boat over to Turkey, you'll go again. We have been on two of the rallies, 2007 and 2009 and are thinking about doing it again. You will meet many new friends that you will see from time to time sailing in the Med. There are many times you will motorsail because of light winds and the need to be at the next port by a certain time. Many people do not like this about the rally, but it is a fact. You can sail, but you need to leave earlier and plan on it. You will do seven to nine overnight sails
because of the distances involved - but with four people, no problem. As previously mentioned, there are opportunities for land based excursions, set up by the rally committee. At each rally stop, the local governments throw a BBQ, dinner or cocktail party for the rally participants to mix and mingle with the local townspeople. The rally committee continually checks with the British Foreign Office regarding safe travel in the middle east, and will avoid problem areas.
Sailing in Turkey and the Aegean Greek Islands
is great. You can cruise
at your leisure from one anchorage to another and each one is unique. Right now, staying at a Greek town harbor can cost you no more that 10$ per night. We have been here (summers) since 2006 and it has been a very enjoyable experience. Bring your boat over and enjoy.