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"It was 500 miles at 5 miles an hour with engine and sails!" David told me. But they did it.
Leaving Greece and going through the Corinth Canal
David arrived in Corfu to find his boat had been well-cared for and was in good condition, so the first meeting of the two went well, Sarah thought the boat was exactly right for her plans and the two celebrated with Ouzo . . . They sailed and only used the engine when necessary, island-hopping with panache. "I found Turkey much better than Greece as regards being organised," David said. They swam around the boat every day and Sarah missed her dog Ollie so much she went back to Turkey to get him, bringing him from the mainland in the dinghy that belonged to the boat, newly fitted with an outboard motor.
After some 8 weeks of sailing, lazing and swimming they arrived at Orhaniya, in Sarah's house which is surrounded by olive and lemon trees, just twenty minutes walk down to the beach. Idyllic! The boat is moored in the nearby bay, so that when she has paying guests she will live on the boat.
She has a travel agent friend, Jane, who got David a cheapo ticket back to the UK - after a tremendous holiday - and he left just hours before the recent coup.
I asked; "But what if things go crazy in Turkey, what will Sarah do?"
"Escape on the boat of course!" laughed David.
September 2015 and Sarah's life has changed - she has "moved on" as they say. Cockatoo has been sold and Sarah lives in the apartment at Oranjie that is her official residence in Turkey. She is working on her second book, "Twenty Years in Turkey." But she misses having a boat!
Well, guess what, David Warr, Val Wineyard Publishing's UK distributor, has a boat to sell! The two will be meeting in England this autumn and then sailing the boat, currently in Greece, over to Turkey in the spring.
David has had his boat for four summers now, and has had many a good summer on holiday in Greece, but he is not the sort of man who does the same thing every year when the rest of the world waits to be explored! Val has already written about David's adventures in France - click here - and one wonders what he will do next!
Sarah is the second author that we published (the first being Roibeard) and we sold out within the year. Sarah had an amazing story to tell with her book called "East, West, Med's Best." It's a "cracking tale" about life, love and laughter sailing the Med in the pleasure-loving 1980s. She wrote it in memory of her husband Roy, who died some five years ago.
Sarah and Roy sailed away on Cockatoo after a whirlwind romance through the rivers of France to the glorious Mediterranean. It had been Roy's ambition for years to live his life sailing on a boat around the Med, while Sarah's childhood dream was to sail around the world. Even as a small child "I knew it was my destiny to live on the water."
"East West, Med's Best" is Sarah's first book. She was so thrilled when it came out!
Published January 2014 Sold Out June 2015
Val published this book because she and Sarah had been friends for many years.
Sarah and her husband Roy both loved adventure, freedom and the seafaring life. In the mid 1980s, the "anything goes" period before the twentieth century ended, Sarah and Roy explored the ports and coasts of the mighty Mediterranean - Spain, France, Gibraltar, the Balearics, Sardinia. "The Med is a village," Sarah told us. "Everybody knows everybody, everywhere you go." They became experts on naturist beaches.
On every page of the book was a new adventure and a new surprise. It was all great fun.
It was well received and much admired but we won't be re-printing because Sarah decided to have a go at "self-publishing." You can still find "East West, Med's Best" on Amazon and Sarah copied our lay-out almost identically. That's technically a breach of copyright but what the hell, a lawyer would cost more per hour that what I made on the book!