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Yachting and Sailing

For entrance formalities, see the section Passports and Visas. The coastline of Turkey, often green, rocky and indented with bays, coves, inlets, and a number of ancient sites near safe mooring spots, is perfect for yachting. You can ask everything about yachting in Turkey to

Sailing in Turkish Waters :

Some recommendations :
International navigation rules should be scrupulously followed.
The Turkish courtesy flag should be flown from 8 am. to sunset.
It is best to avoid zig-zagging between Turkish and Greek waters.
Yachtsmen should strictly refrain from taking any "archaeological souvenirs" from the coastal waters and keeping them on board, since the penalty is confiscation of the yacht.
According to navigation law, it is forbidden to take passengers on board between two ports in Turkey.
In order to preserve both nature and the environment, it is necessary to adhere to the internationally recognized norms (do not empty dirty and bilge water into the sea).
If the above clauses are not respected, a penalty will be applied in accordance with international rules.

When to Sail The Turkish Coast :

In summer, the winds normally blow from the northwest to southeast on the central and southem Aegean. This wind is commonly called the "meltem", although in some areas such as at Cesme, Izmir and Kusadasi, it is called the "imbat". In the eariy and late summer, the "meltem" blows less and there are days of little or no wind at all. Generally, the meltem will die down at night and then resume the next day around midday. It can also blow day and night for days on end in the gulfs. The wind follows the coast from the west and becomes weaker towards the heads of the gulfs. Gusts are particularly violent off the north coast of the Gulf of Gokova and the Gulf of Hisaronu. The meltem also blows in a westerly direction along the Mediterranean coast as far as the Gulf of Finike.

Around the Gulf of Antalya, there are both land and sea breezes with the latter predominating generally between the south and southwest. In the morning, there will often be a land breeze blowing from the north. Winds in the spring and autumn are almost equally divided between north and south, but in winter,winds and gales are predominantly from the south.

There is a meteorological bulletin on VHF 16, and 67, in English and Turkish, for the Mediterranean and Aegean region (Bodrum, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Antalya, Finike, Alanya, Anamur, and Mersin). It is broadcast everyday at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 hrs. Each broadcast is repeated three times. For more information contact:
Enviornment Ministry, State Meteorology General Director
(Cevre Bakanligi, Devlet Meteoroloji Gn. Md.)
06120-Kalaba, Ankara, Phone : (312) 359 75 45, Fax : (312) 359 34 30.

Marinas and Ports :

All ports of entry in Turkey (listed in the section Passports and Visas) are in a position to receive sailboats year round. Supplies (food and motor fuel) are also available.
Marinas provide mooring, maintenance, reparation and dry-dock facilities, and tourist, social and cultural services for yachtsmen.
The following marinas maintain international standards : Istanbul Atakoy, Istanbul Kalamis, Izmir, Levent Marina, Cesme Altinyunus, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris Netsel, Marmaris Albatros, Marmaris Bay Marina, Kemer Turban, Fethiye Club Marina, and Antalya Setur and Kaleici Marinas. Antalya Setur Marina, which is managed by the Tourism Bank of Turkey, as is the holiday village of Altin Yunus at Cesme are open year round and are fully equipped.

Istanbul Atakoy
Isanbul Kalamis
Istanbul Fenerbahce
Izmir Levent
Cesme Altinyunus
Kusdasi Turban
Bodrum Turban
Marmaris Bay Marina
Marmaris Netsel
Marmaris Albatros
Gocek Club Marina
Kemer Turban
Antalya Setur
Antalya Kaleici Turban


Facilities include connections for water and electricty. For further information contact the local Tourist Information Offices or;

Turban Turizm A.S. head office
Karanfil Sokak No : Kizilay/Ankara
Phone : (312) 417 41 92(8 Lines), Fax: (312)418 54 69,
TIx: 944648 tourism tr;


The Yacht Enterprises Association
(Yat Isletmecileri Dernegi)
Eski Cesme Mahallesi, Firkateyn Sok.
No : 27 - 48400 Bodrum
Phone : (252) 316 23 98, Fax : (252) 316 16 01.

The coastline, especially between Izmir and Antalya, is quite varied and comprises numerous coves and bays which provide perfect mooring spots for sailboats. The depths generally range from 1-12 m and marine charts indicate the positions of dangerous reefs.


This site prepared by Tayfun Kalyoncu on 28.02.1997 and last updated on 01.05.1999.
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