Saturday, May 14, 2011

Counting Down to T:0

Now that we can count the number of days left to start our odyssey on two hands, we are getting really excited.

Most things that we will leave behind are taken care of, except figuring out how to squeeze the pile of clothing, gadgets, knick-knacks, kitchen stuff and a couple of bottles of Turkish RAKI (some call it "arak") , into two medium size duffle bags (that is all we are allowed on the flight from Ottawa to St. Martin).

The coordinates of the initial location of RUYAM II is Joma Marina at  BVI, Tortola, Road Town,  18º 25'40.66N and 64º 36"40.86W.

For now you can "go" to this location and see a few pictures on Google Earth or Google Maps. Soon I will try to put MAP and GPS Tracking gadgets on the blog when I figure out how to do it.

These pictures are from last year when we spent a week on Ruyam II.


Monday, May 2, 2011

The Odyssey Starts on 24 MAY 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

On May 24th, 2011, Nilufer and I will fly over to Tortola BVI, where RUYAM II awaits us. Devrim, our son, will follow us on May 27th, flying from Ottawa, and Ayse, our daughter, will arrive from Istanbul on May 28th.We will spend one week together before everyone runs back home. I plan to stay on board for another two months, mostly in BVI and St. Martin, to do some upgrades and to prepare Ruyam II for long duration blue-water cruising.

Ruyam II, a 38 ft Lagoon catamaran, will be our home for the next 5 years or so, and hopefully take us safely through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, from BVI all the way to Trinidad ın the fırst year, giving us shelter and comfort at many exciting anchorages, harbours and marinas along the way.

Very soon I will  add more multimedia information and gadgets to this blog so you, our family and friends will be able to follow us and our odyssey closely.

So long for now!
Al Turak  (s/v RUYAM II)