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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 Odyssey charter yachts cruising Turkey and Greece may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. Are you searching for a charter yacht on which to cruise Turkey or Greece? Could you be dreaming of sun on an azure Aegean? Could you be imagining your own odyssey cruising in the wake of Odysseus heading south from Homer's Troy? Could you be contemplating a sun odyssey? A cruise along the coast of Turkey in a Sun Odyssey? Or contemplating a Sun Odyssey cruising among Aegean Islands of Greece? Putting into the Greek island of Lipsi, for example, said to be the home of Homer's Calypso? Are you hoping to meet that siren who seduced Odysseus and held him there for seven years? How about doing these things aboard a Sun Odyssey charter yacht with family accommodations. How about bringing your children to the crossroads of history for a cruise through history. How about giving them an appreciation for geography, as well! How about instilling these fundamentals your local school system seems to have ignored. Yes, charter a Sun Odyssey 43 on which to cruise Turkey and Greece. Charter a Sun Odyssey on which to cruise the coast of Turkey's ancient Caria. As did the Athenians Alcibiades and Melesander. As did Alexander. As did the Barbarossa brothers. And as did the chevaliers of France Gabriel and Maximilien-Francois Themericourt. Do history and geography while you holiday. Get in some archaeology, too! Would you not like to holiday cruise these routes, continuing out among Aegean islands of Greece. Themericourt routes. Would you not like to have your family holiday with you aboard a charter yacht cruising leisurely from one historically fascinating locale to another historically fascinating locale? Discussing history along the way? Pictured to the right, Gabriel de Themericourt was born in 1646 in the Val d'Oise of northern France. At the age of 17 he obtained a letter-of-marque from the Knights of Malta authorizing him to equip at Valletta a 24-gun frigate owned by his uncle and with it to hunt Muslim prey. Within a year Themericourt was patrolling the Aegean between Kos and Nisiros in the company of fellow-Hospitaller Jacques d'Escrainville where they captured an enemy vessel mounting 40 guns. They returned one year later in 1665 with the captured vessel flying Escrainville's own standard, and in May of that year with a third corsair in company intercepted in the Samos Channel the annual caravan from Alexandria bound for Constantinople. A caravan consisting of 22 warships!!! Were they mad!!! Following several hours of combat in that narrow waterway Themericourt and his two fellow corsairs had seized four merchantmen and put the rest of the caravan to flight. Warships all!!! This at the age of 19!!! Exactly three years later with his elder brother Maximilien-Francois captaining a 22-gunner, with Gabriel flying his flag from the 24-gun frigate, and with two other corsairs in company, Themericourt put into the Aegean island of Ios to clean ship and were there pounced upon by an Ottoman fleet bound for the siege of Candia (Iraklion) numbering 54 war galleys with 3,000 janissaries embarked. Well, upon conclusion of the surprise attack 500 janissaries would never again see the light of day and four Ottoman galleys had gone to the bottom. Corsair losses were negligible. A year later near Rhodes the Themericourts with eleven other vessels, mostly smaller, again intercepted the caravan from Egypt, this time including seven large sultanas and numerous other Ottoman units rated at up to 70 guns. Two 70-gun sultanas went to the bottom. Collapsing this story to its unreal conclusion, no, Themericourt was not mad. There is an explanation. The elder (by 15 months) Themericourt died in combat in 1669 while a storm-wrecked Gabriel was captured on the coast of Libya three years later. Taken in chains to Adrianople (Edirne) where Sultan Mehmet IV was in residence, Gabriel was offered at age 26 command of the Ottoman Navy, the hand in marriage of one of the sultan's daughters, and a large dowry in exchange for renouncing his faith. He refused, even following 15 days of torture, was decapitated, and his cadaver burned in public where it lay for one week with these words posted above the ashes: "The Scourge of the Sea is dead!" The forepart, Le Fleau de Mer later became a French Navy battle cry. Come join us for the rest of this fascinating saga, including the explanation. Come join us in Gocek. Are you searching for Gocek in Turkey? Well, it is in the NW corner of the Gulf of Fethiye 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town. It is also 25 minutes by road from the international airport at Dalaman. In Gocek we can put you aboard a charter yacht for the odyssey of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a Sun Odyssey and point you toward the flat sailing waters of the Gulfs of Gocek and Fethiye and direct you toward Gabriel de Themericourt's various paths along the coast of Turkey and among nearby Aegean islands of Greece. Superb Sun Odyssey charter yachts cruising Turkey and Greece. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at email@example.com