Beneteau Oceanis 50
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 yacht rentals in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for a yacht rental in Greece or Turkey; there is no other reason you should be directed to this web page. You may be considering a bareboat rental in Turkey for a cruise along that country's pine-clad and cove-indented southwest coast. Or you may be dreaming of a bareboat rental in Greece, of sailing the azure sea between remote under-populated Greek islands, some harboring sirens. If either, you might like to rent a yacht designed for a family or for a small group of friends, either a yacht with three private cabins each with en suite bathroom or a yacht with five private cabins sharing three bathrooms. The Beneteau Oceanis 50. Given a large salon below deck and an equally large cockpit on deck, the combination is an optimum platform on which to explore history along the coast of Turkey and among nearby islands of Greece. And while exploring history to also bask under a gentle sun and swim in clear seawater. History in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean involves the passage of empires: Persian, Athenian, Macedonian, Roman, and Ottoman of a longer list. History here also involves the coming and going of larger than life personalities, Xerxes, Alexander, Cleopatra, Paul of Tarsus, Hadrian, and the Barbarossa brothers among them. Still another creating history here a bare five hundred years ago was the Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral Kemal Reis known to some as Camali. Born at Gallipoli in the middle of the fifteenth century, Kemal Reis gained fame for raids as far distant as the Balearics and Spain's mainland coast from which in 1487 he transported to Africa Moors fleeing persecution. But he also comes down to us in history because of his numerous tilts with the Hospitaller Knights of St. John of Jerusalem operating from Rhodes and other nearby Dodecanese islands of modern Greece. The first of these encounters occurred when Kemal appeared in command of a squadron of galliots (small galleys) and fustas (small galliots) during Mehmet II's unsuccessful 1480 siege of Rhodes. Later, and by then a veteran of excursions to the western Mediterranean, Kemal Reis made a second appearance at Rhodes in 1497 when his flotilla captured a Christian bark off the coast of that island. Five years later he was found raiding the island of Kos where the Knights maintained a fortified outpost. In response to intelligence reports early in 1505 that Kemal was planning another assault on Rhodes, the Hospitaller Grand Master, fearful of Turkish spies ascertaining the island's defenses, appointed two commissioners to license all foreigners disembarking in Rhodes and "to prevent women and other useless persons from coming ashore." Some of the Grand Master's concern was warranted because in April of 1505 Kemal Reis reappeared in command of three galleys and seventeen fustas. He put raiding parties ashore which torched Rhodian villages and took captives until forced by Hospitaller cavalry and infantry to re-embark. Moving on to Simi he put artillery ashore which breached the acropolis wall, but was again driven to re-embark. He then struck successively at the islands of Nisiros, Tilos, Kos, and Kalymnos before heading for Tenedos outside of the Dardanelles. One year later Kemal Reis put into Leros where the castle (depicted) still dominating that island was defended by a single Hospitaller, Paolo Simeoni. Kamal had come in from the western Mediterranean with eight galliots and fustas and was in need of provisions. First, though, he had to take the Knights castle. Having leveled a part of the castle walls with ships cannon brought ashore for the purpose, he stormed those walls at dawn the following day. His 500 janissaries were amazed, however, to find not the expected handful of defenders manning the parapets but rather scores wearing the knights' familiar scarlet tunic with white cross. Simeoni had earlier had the foresight to have spare tunics available for the island's shepherds and fishermen, young and old, male and (the Grand Master hopefully noted) female. Kemal Reis called off the assault, re-embarked his janissaries, and set sail for neighboring Lipsi. Lipsi is thought by some to be the island of Ogygia on which Odysseus was shipwrecked returning from Troy and where he was seduced by the siren Calypso. History does not tell us what happened to Kemal Reis during his Lipsi visit but it was a full year before he was to again engage the Knights at sea, inconclusively, and a full two years before he was to again fall upon Kos and Rhodes, failing in both instances to do more than make a nuisance of himself. Still one year later, in 1510, Kemal Reis went down with twenty-seven of his ships in a December storm off Naxos in the central Aegean. There is more to Kemal Reis, including the loss of an even larger number of ships in a storm off Lesbos. There is also more to the saga of Paolo Simeoni, too much more to be recounted here. But charter a sailing yacht to cruise the sea between Rhodes, Simi, Nisiros, and Tilos to learn more. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Well, it is in the NW corner of the Gulf of Fethiye forty-two nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town. It is also about fifteen road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman. In Gocek we can put you aboard a Beneteau Oceanis 50 for the yacht rental of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a rental yacht and show you Kemal Reis's place in history and show you the Knights maritime backyard, as well. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org for Oceanis 50 yacht rentals in Greece and Turkey.