Sailing the Turquoise Coast

It's called the Turquoise Coast because, of course, it's the coast of Turkey. But the name could just as easily refer to the beautiful, clear Aegean water that runs the length of Turkey's western edge. The sailing is extraordinary -- steady winds, secluded coves for anchoring at night, towering cliffs, friendly ports for visiting and re-supplying. There are several marinas along the coast where you can start your charter, but if you sail from the base at a little town called Orhanye you get the bonus of being able to include a night or two on the lovely nearby Greek island of Symi on your itinerary. All in all, it was a fascinating week at sea that went by much too quickly.