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Itinerary 2 Alacati-Ayvalik-Alacati

A week is a bit tight for this trip, but for ambitious sailors easily to do.

Day 1: about 20 nm

Either you aim for an anchorage in the Gulf of Ildir or for the port Mandraki on the island Ounoussai you find both described in the Itinerary 1st. They provide secure accommodation and can be reached in a day sail.

Day 2: to Eski Foca, about 25-30 nm

On the second day you will then sail around  Cape Karaburun to Eski Foca. Mooring in Büyükdeniz Limani, or in the club, where some moorings are available. Good shopping and good restaurants along the waterfront below a Genoese castle. If there berths were not empty you can also anchor in the harbour.

Day 3: Eski Foca - Bademli Limani 19 nm

From Eski Foca, the trip takes you further north to the bay of Bademli Kalem between the island and the Turkish mainland. Anchor on a white sandy bottom in 3-6 m. A yacht may also proceed to Bademli Liman itself, but the depths are decreasing quickly.

Another anchorage is located between the two islets in 2-4 m water depth.
A passage to the north is not possible. All the anchorages are located in beautiful surroundings with hot springs. The passage between the mainland and Kalem Adasi is possible from the North and South. The south channel is rather narrow. Navigate properly in the middle.

Day 4: Bademli - Ayvalik and surrounding area; about 25 nm

Ayvalik is located opposite of Lesbos, on the south side of the Edremit Gulf. The channel to Ayvalik is marked by lit buoys which facilitates also an approach at night. The archipelago is very beautiful.

It offers several moorings:  Ayvalik Setur-Marina, anchorages Kumru Köyü on mud
in 3-4m and Camlik Köyü on mud in 3-4m. Both bays offer good protection against the Meltemi. The Setur-marina offers all possibilities including gas station. Good restaurants at the old custum-pier; Migros supermarket, gas, etc.

Day 5: Ayvalik - Lesbos 27 nm

Going back south from Ayvalik to the starting point Alacati there opens up an Anchor Bay on the Greek island of Lesbos which offers good anchorages, namely in the entrance to Agios Ermogenis, Kolpos Gero. These 27 nm can easily be sailed with the prevailing winds and you can spend the night anchored in attractive and quiet surroundings. Taverna ashore.

Day 6: Agios Ermogenis - Alacati 53 nm

53 nm seems at first glance  a huge stretch, especially on the last day, but in generall the Meltemi is favourable on the track. Leave a little earlier and have breakfast at sea. If you have more time available, perhaps gained on the way north to Ayvalik, you can still add a stopover in Cesme (described in Itinerary 1). The rest of the way to Alacati at the next day will be a very relaxed travel.

But, as I said in Part 1, this should be merely a proposal. Wind and weather may make changes necessary. Also consider a night ride, this extends the options of the itinerary considerably. For more information, we are at your disposal.

Happy sailing!
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