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Nicky Haslam's 6 favourite sailing memories

Nicky Haslam's 6 favourite sailing memories

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Modern cruising in Greece and Turkey

For the the past two summers I've been on board Omer Koç’s Meserret II. It has streaked out of Bodrum under an inky, star-spangled arc, and one awakens in the lee of an isolated Greek island to a breakfast of sizzling omelettes and plump mangoes with that unique sweet/sour cream. Omer’s Turkish chefs not only make the Lucullan food, they write bestselling cookbooks.

Later we will swim ashore, maybe find the one taverna or a strange, slightly sulphurous spring, once bathed in, who knows, by gods. Pale pink wine passes the sleepy afternoon’s sail to a further island, possibly Patmos, a grand dinner up in Chora, entailing much “do we really have to dress?” Well, no. You can stay on board and watch a 1940s movie, ask for another caipirinha, or be massaged by any of the many-skilled crew Meserret II conceals amidships. One, a huge, gentle Russian giant, tells me that “water energises the body”. Surely that’s one good reason we love being at sea.

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