Sunrise and the Soúnio Peninsula

Guest Gerry Lewis joined Star Clipper in the eastern Mediterranean and had this special experience to share.









"Last week we sailed on Star Clipper from Istanbul to Athens. On Wednesday evening as we sailed between Skopelos and Poros, Captain Yuriy advised us to be on the bridge the next morning at 0700 for something special. Just at sunrise on Thursday morning we sailed past the Temple of Poseidon on the Soúnio Peninsula. Captain Yuriy stopped the ship for 15-20 minutes so we could take photos. Amazing to look up from our ship and see the same sight that sailors have seen for almost 2,500 years." -- Gerry Lewis


















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Postcards from the Sea of Marmara

Thank you to Star Clipper guest Vicente Bono Gomis who shared these gorgeous photos from his recent sailing in the eastern Mediterranean and Sea of Marmara.


[caption id="attachment_15536" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Navigating through the sea of Marmara." - guest Vicente Bono Gomis‎




The Sea of Marmara is an extension of the Mediterranean that is bordered entirely by Turkey and separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey. The sea connects to the Aegean Sea via the Dardanelles Strait and to the Black Sea through the Bosporus Strait.



The sea has two distinct island groups. The first is the Kızıl Islands in the northeast near Istanbul; these islands are primarily resort areas. The second group consists of the Marmara islands proper in the southwest, off Kapıdagı Peninsula; these have granite, slate, and marble that have been quarried since antiquity—hence the sea’s name (Greek marmaros, “marble”).



[caption id="attachment_15537" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Under full sail en route to Istanbul!" -guest Vicente Bono Gomis‎


[caption id="attachment_15539" align="aligncenter" width="550"] View of the Sea of Marmara from Star Clipper.
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