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SAILING IN TURKEY

Offshore Sailing is based in Marmaris, the centre of the Turkish sailing area and next to the airports of Dalaman - Bodrum - Izmir and Rhodes. The connection between Rhodes and Marmaris is supported by two catamaran ferries per day, which needs a transfer time of approximately one hour.  We also offer shuttle services from all airports to your start base.

Upon request our charter fleet is  also available for one way trips from or to Karacasögüt (Gulf of Bodrum and Gökova) and Göcek. Please contact us for other destinations.

There are lots of possibilities for different sailing routes. For a charter out of  Marmaris, there are two basic routes; to the west or to the east. If you choose the west route, the wind is generally stable and you are more likely to use your sails. More privacy and countless small bays are at your disposal.

Sail way west starting in Marmaris between the Turkish Aegean & the Greece Dodecanese.
Symi - Gulf of Hisarönü with Selimiye and Orhaniye-Rhodes-Chalki-Tiros-Nisyros, the peninsula of Datca, Knidos, the Gulf of Gökova with Karacasögüt, the English harbour, 7 Islands, Cleopatra Island, Bodrum-Kos, Kalymnos-Turgutreis-Leros-Patmos-Didim, till Canakkale-Gallipoli in the north of the Aegean.

On the east, the wind and sea are calm. Fethiye and Göcek offer beautiful bays but are more likely to be frequented by motor yachts and gullets (large wooden boats carrying each 10 to 30 guests).

Sail way east starting in Marmaris between the Turkish Aegean and the east of the Mediterranean Sea.
Ekincik – Göcek – Fethiye – Kas – Kalkan – Castelorizo - Kekova – Finike till north Cyprus.

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Prevailing wind is meltemi from north-north west. Most of the time, it starts from midday until sun set. It rarely exceeds 30 knots mark. Southerly are most likely during off season. The best would be to save the morning for peaceful breakfast, sun bath, swim and snorkeling. You can take the anchor, hoist the sails, as the wind will start building up later.


Don’t plan too long steps unless everyone on the boat is keen sailor. The wind usually will fall at sun set anyway and you have too much to see on the shores. Don’t miss all of them. 25 to 30 nm per day is ideal.

The natural extension of west routes for the second week is Karacasögüt up to Bodrum or Kekova and Finike for the east route, both not to miss. Some bays are extremely crowded in peak season. You may choose to arrive a bit early, if you want to ensure best anchorages. In most of the bays there are restaurants with small jetties in front. As you approach them, there will be someone shaking a flag and calling you. They will help you taking your ropes and ensuring a berth in their jetties. Not all, but most of them will have water, electricity and sometimes buoys as well. In turn, they will expect to you have a dinner in their restaurant. Generally speaking, their quality is acceptable and prices are reasonable. In case of doubt, we suggest that you talk to them before teeing up to their jetties. In addition, there are also fully equipped marinas available in Turgutreis, Bodrum, Karacasögüt, Orhaniye, Göcek, Finike and  smaller, more modest marinas ran by municipalities in Datça and Bozburun.

The daily cost varies from 10 € up to 100 € depending on the season and size of the boat.

Prepare upfront a detailed shopping list before you board.  If you choose to pre order our market will prepare your orders upfront and deliver them to your boat just before your departure without any additional cost and at normal supermarket prices.




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