This Danish-flag wooden sailing yacht on
luxury charter in Turkey and Greece
Accommodations for guests consist of four large double cabins
Salon and navigation station open to a stylish quarterdeck.
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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning sailing yachts on luxury charter in Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. You may be searching for a sailing yacht on luxury charter in Greece. Or for a sailing yacht on luxury charter along the coast of Turkey. You may be dreaming of a Blue Cruise in the Aegean Sea. If so, you have found an appropriate web page. You may even be dreaming of a cruise through the crossroads of history, re-tracing, for example, Rognvald Kali Kolsson's route across the Aegean and along the coast of Turkey. Perhaps you are thinking of doing this on a family holiday. In that event you might wish to cruise the crossroads of history aboard the Danish-flag sailing yacht Clarissa. That is, you might wish to charter a sailing yacht with the comfort of classroom space for children as well as plenty of elbow room for adults. Elegant elbow room. Rognvald Kali Kolsson was a Viking earl (jarl) born in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. He was directly descended from Rognvald (The Wise) Eysteinsson, a Viking born in modern Norway who settled in the Orkneys during the ninth century before there was a Norway. The later Rognvald Kali Kolsson, Earl of Orkney, built in Kirkwall the handsome red and yellow sandstone cathedral depicted below beginning in 1137, and named it after his uncle Magnus. In 1151 Earl Rognvald led a group of his fellow Orcadians on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. But his flotilla numbering 15 vessels suggested another purpose, as well. From the Orkneys the flotilla sailed down the east coast of Britain and the west coast of France to Vigo, a fledgling seaport in northwestern Spain. There like a good pilgrim through-and-true he relieved impoverished residents of an oppressive Galician noble luxuriating in the spoils of their labor. On no luxury cruise himself, he entered the Mediterranean by way of a storm-tossed Straits of Gibraltar. Sailing to Marseille, a city founded by Greeks from Phocaea in Ionian Turkey, he there abandoned five storm-damaged vessels. From Marseille he headed for the Aegean. En route he went from pilgrim through-and-true to piracy, intercepting and capturing Muslim shipping off Sardinia and elsewhere, and pillaging Muslim communities in Sicily and North Africa. Pausing at Byzantine Crete, Rognvald next proceeded by way of Muslim Egypt, where he engaged in further acts of piracy, finally arriving at his destination: the Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem. Arriving shortly after failure of the Second Crusade he and his crews were welcomed by the King, Baldwin III, and were able to visit Holy Land places of pilgrimage such as the Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, leaving for posterity stone-carved inscriptions testifying to their devotion. Ignoring Baldwin's wish that he make the Holy Land his home, Rognvald left the Kingdom of Jerusalem then threatened by the Seljuk Turk Nur ed Din to its fate. He took his flotilla along the south coast of modern Turkey past Smooth Cilicia, Kekova Roads, Rhodes, Knidos, and Phocaea to Constantinople where he was accorded the honors normally accorded a prince. Enamored of Byzantine civilization and disenchanted with stormy weather, Earl Rognvald passed the winter of 1151-52 in the Byzantine capital visiting local holy places including the Church of Saint Sophia. In the spring of 1152, however, he headed back the way he had come, pausing at Rome for yet another pilgrimage. On arrival in the Orkneys late that same year Earl Rognvald's flotilla numbered 14 "splendid ships," according to The Orkneyinga Saga written half a century later, suggesting the flotilla included four captured Muslim vessels. Whether for his war with Islam, or his pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Rome, or for his construction of the cathedral in Kirkwall where he is now interred, Rognvald Kali Kolsson is said to have been beatified by Pope Celestine III. If true, he may be the only pirate in history to have been made a Roman Catholic saint. Clarissa, a proper sailing yacht available for luxury charter in Greece and Turkey able to discuss this and other episodes at the crossroads of history. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org