Peace and Freedom Day. Eight of us had pre-booked to go on the boat with Kantan and Tanya, when we got there at 10 a.m. there were another eight, Turkish Cypriots, who wanted to go out for the day but unlike us they did not want to stay on board for the evening flypast that is always the climax of the day. There had been parades, speeches and all the standard things that make up these special days, but we were very happy with the day’s sailing, swimming and lovely lunch served up.
In the late afternoon we came back to the harbour and collected another 10 of our friends and about 12 TRNC residents, then sailed out to just off the shore of The Dome Hotel just to watch the flypast from the very best place.
At 6 p.m. an F16 came over at very high speed and proceeded to give us an incredible display that showed off it’s ability and more than anything, the skill of the pilot.
It was very difficult to get pics when he was travelling at such high speed and also it was blxxxy noisy.
Sometimes we felt as if he was trying to thread himself through the rigging on the boat.
This was followed by a display by the Turkish equivalent of our Red Arrows, It seemed tame after the guy in the F16 but still a very nice performance.
I think these guys must have considered themselves a little out done by the earlier high speed guy.
All in all a lovely day out and we all felt it was worth every penny, but our new Chaplain wanted to renegotiate the wine as she felt that 50TL was too expensive. When you consider the audience these boat owners have and the fixed costs., I don’t consider £14.00 too much, but she paid up in the end. what she needs to do is go out on one of the other boats were they will charge her 75 TL for a bottle of Angora.