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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 Sun Odysseys sailing Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for bare boat yacht charters in Turkey or Greece. You may be considering a bare boat charter in Turkey, a cruise along that country's pine-clad and cove-indented coast. Or you may be dreaming of bare boat charters in Greece, of sailing the azure sea between remote Greek islands. If either, you might like to charter a yacht designed for a small group of friends, one with three private cabins. The Sun Odyssey 39i. Given a relatively large salon below decks and a similarly large cockpit on deck, the combination is an optimum platform on which to explore history along the coast of Turkey and among nearby Greek islands. And while exploring history also basking under a gentle sun and swimming in clear blue seawater. Among those picking up the thread of history here a bare five hundred years ago were the Barbarossa brothers from what is now the Greek island of Lesbos (Lesvos, with the Greek beta) a few miles off the Turkish coast. Lesbos had been taken from the Greek Byzantine Empire with the 1204 Fourth Crusade sack of Constantinople and had later been ceded to Genovese adventurers when the Byzantines returned, but was taken in turn by Mehmet The Conqueror in 1461. Ten years later a retiring janissary settled in the island's capital city as a potter, janissaries former Christians conscripted as youngsters into the standing Ottoman army by way of janissary schools in Constantinople. This janissary was a Greek by then known as Yakup, and soon after arrival he wed a woman by the name of Katerina, she the widow of a Greek Orthodox priest. They had six children, four of them boys, all four to become seagoing privateers, two to be known as Barbarossa because of their auburn hair coloring. Like most of their Orthodox neighbors, the offspring of Yakup and Katerina matured in a climate of resentment at their former Latin Catholic overlords. The rest is history, though history not without a glitch. The glitch occurred when Aruj, eldest of the brothers, captained a relatively small galliot across the bow of Our Lady Of The Conception, a red-hulled black-prowed galley crewed by Latin Hospitaller Knights from Rhodes. The contest was no contest. Aruj became one of his captor's oarsmen, Elias, next eldest, was killed in the engagement, and Khizr, then twenty years of age was imprisoned within Saint Peter's Castle at Bodrum. Aruj was later ransomed thanks to the good offices of Prince Korkut, grandson of Mehmet The Conqueror, and fair-haired Khizr had earlier talked his way out of prison. Come sail these waters sailed by Aruj, Elias, and Khizr, later Kheir-ed-Din, and by Isaac the fourth brother, and by Sinan of Smyrna who married one of the sisters, and by Salih Reis of the Troad, said to have married the other. Come learn just how Aruj was able to become Emir of Algiers and just how Kheir-ed-Din was able to become Suleiman The Magnificent's Lord High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy. There is too much to that history to recount here. But charter a Sun Odyssey sailing yacht to cruise in Barbarossa wake and we'll tell you enough to make your stay at the crossroads of history much more interesting. Starting in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Gocek is forty-two nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town and about fifteen road miles from its own international airport at Dalaman. In Gocek we can put you aboard a Sun Odyssey 39i for the bare boat charter of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht and show you Barbarossa tracks south from Lesbos and east along the Turkish coasts of ancient Caria and Lycia, show you their paths back up the coast of Asia Minor and among Aegean islands, both on their own and as Latin captives, and point you toward other Barbarossa tracks radiating out in every direction all the way to Spain. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org to catch a Sun Odyssey sailing Greece and Turkey.