The Foreign Residents in the TRNC

put to Sea!

by Ralph Kratzer

Last Wednesday 13 members of the TFR joined a boat trip which was organized by Margaretha Linden, a Swedish member of the club.

By 10 o´clock in the morning the participant “sailors” arrived at the agreed meeting place in the Old Harbour of Kyrenia, in order to board our ship,  the Luna.

The Luna is a very nice boat with plenty of space, clean and comfortable. There is a shaded area for  passengers on deck with comfortable sun pads, there are cabins below deck, where you can change into your swimwear and they are also equipped with adequate toilet facilities.

Old Kyrenia Harbour

The skipper of the Luna welcomed all participants of the days ride. In addition to the members of the TFR  other passengers from different regions of the world, mostly tourists, had come on board.

Kyrenia and Besparmak mountains

About 11 am the Luna, along with other tour boats, left the harbour and we  sailed westwards along the coast.

I have participated quite a few times in boat trips in North Cyprus over the years, but every time I make a trip it is always fascinating for me to see how beautiful Kyrenia and the north-west coast of Cyprus is from the sea, with its impressive views of the “Five Fingers” Mountain Range.

After about 1 hour we docked at the Bamboo Beach bay. The first opportunity for a swim in the crystal clear water which was perceived by some of the ship’s guests. Others preferred to sunbathe on deck and enjoyed the lively conversation with fellow travellers.

Lunch time

While the guests enjoyed themselves, the team of the Luna prepared the lunch, which was served soon after. Thanks to the crew at this point – what was offered on the table was excellent and in sufficient quantity to satisfy the appetite of the passengers.

After everyone had eaten and lounged lazily on deck, the Luna weighed anchor and the journey continued west towards Alsancak and Lapta.

But rather than make a halt in Alsancak’s Camelot Beach the captain changed the course and headed back towards Kyrenia.

Next stop was the famous Escape Beach in Alsancak, the place where the Turkish forces landed in 1974 to bring peace to the island. Again, we had the opportunity for refreshment with either a dip in the water or in the form of melons as an afternoon snack on board.

Escape Beach

Again the Luna set sail and headed for a last stop at the Kervansaray Beach in Karaoglanoglu.

My need for swimming in the sea was covered for the day and so I enjoyed the magnificent atmosphere on the boat in the arms of my girlfriend, the wonderful views of the sea and the mountains and a cold “Efes” beer or two …

The day on sea had quickly passed and our good old Luna made her way back to Kyrenia.

Around 5 pm the ship anchored in the Old Kyrenia Port and all the “sailors” went back to shore.

A successful event, which is determined to be repeated next year!

Thanks to the skipper of the Luna and his crew!

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