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Discovering Turkey’s Riviera with SCIC Sailing
July 14, 2018
Have you ever dreamt of chartering your own private yacht? Perhaps sailing through the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Aegean, with a crew on hand to man the riggings and supply cold gin and tonics? Well now, thanks to SCIC Sailing, that dream can be a reality, without the necessary millionaire’s budget.
SCIC, which despite its boutique size and feel, has offices in Holland, the UK and Turkey, and charters a range of boats up to 28 metres long that can accommodate between 6-16 people – either in groups of mixed solo travellers, couples, or to simply accommodate one large group. Each of the boats is a traditional Turkish Gulet – a type of large, brown wooden sailboat with 2 or 3 masts, which have traditionally been sailed around the coast of southern Turkey for generations. Or at least since the tourists came.
The boats, despite their historical appearance, have been built with modern day comfort in mind. Stepping on board, along the gangway and over the moored tender, guest’s find themselves greeted by a large outdoor area, complete with decking sofas, a dining table, and of course, the captain’s wheel. Ducking inside, there is a further communal area, complete with board games and a mini library, and next to it, the all-important fully-stocked bar.
Guest’s rooms are surprisingly tardis like – available in both twins and doubles, they come furnished with more storage space than your average London apartment – as well as sea-view windows, reading lamps, fresh linens, electrical sockets and air conditioning. They are also, all complete with an en-suite bathroom and piping hot power shower. Who knew sailing could be this comfortable?
Back up on deck, there are sun-lounging areas, sea-kayaks, and day beds, for those who prefer to soak up the sun or use the on board wifi for uploading holiday snaps. An outdoor heated shower is also perfect for rinsing off the salt water.
SCIC’s trips all depart from ports along the Turkish Riviera. Setting sail, the captain will create a bespoke itinerary for the group – which can range from daily hoisting of sales across the high seas, to nights in the ports of quaint fishing villages or luxury resorts – for those who have lesser sea legs.
Each morning is started with a briefing by the captain, who will run down the day’s plan – be it snorkelling, visiting archaeological ruins, cookery lessons or simply sailing and sleeping. This is all accompanied by a breakfast prepared fresh by your very own on board chef – think fresh fruit, Turkish coffee, pastries, meats, cheeses and cereals – everything to set you up for the day. Just hours later comes lunch, which consists of mixed-Mediterranean mezze, such as pasta, tzatziki, freshly grilled kofte and roasted vegetables. Lunch is also accompanied by wine pairings produced by local vineyards, and normally followed by generously poured gin and tonics.
Afternoons are leisurely, whether it is shopping on land or visiting UNESCO world heritage sites along Turkey’s stunning azure coastline. And following the theme of curating your own holiday, dinner can be anything from arranging the chef to BBQ the fish you might have caught using the boat’s rods, to having the captain book you a candlelit dinner on shore. Groups have the freedom to make their own plans, but we hear from experience, that by the end of the week most meals are taken collectively, and lifelong friendships are made on board.
SCIC sailing pride themselves on offering a superb quality fleet of vessels, holidays tailor made to make everyone’s experience as wonderful as possible, and – crucially – employ the best crews available. Each member is endearingly dedicated to making everything runs smoothly – and they do a world-class job. And as if that wasn’t enough, with rates as little as €951 for a solo sailor, which includes your accommodation, all meals, snacks drinks and alcohol, or €396 per person for amenities on a private charter, from €2,765 per boat, now everyone can afford to charter their own sailing trip for the summer.
And for that perfect accomapniment to looking stylish on the waves, look no further than the Belgian ‘Sagan’ Loafers by Baudoin & Lange.
These shoes, which are made from the most buttery-soft lamb suede from Cyprus and leather that you will ever feel, are in the classics Belgian style; that means soft soles, non-lined uppers, and traditionally, a small leather bow on the front. The look has been a classic for decades but made something of a come back in recent years – aligned with the growing interest in classic mens tailoring and bespoke style. Each shoe in hand-constructed to order in the company’s London atelier, from top quality materials (even crocodile, alligator, ostrich and lizard are available) and finished with sublime leather piping. You can then chose to go plain, penny, bow, string or tassel decoration. They’re inexplicably comfortable and versatile, and work from beach bar to restaurant – and look great without socks. Their ultra-smooth sole also won’t damage the decking of your boat. They also pack down flat so can slide in to any case without a problem.
Words by Toby Mellors
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