And then there were two. It’s been one week since we said Güle güle, goodbye in Turkish, to my brother Jacob. He accompanied us on our sail from Italy to Turkey, and what an adventure we had. The boat won’t be the same without him. Jacob had a way of lighting up our world with his laugh, guitar playing, his ability to conjure up hilarious scenarios, and is without a doubt an excellent companion. He’s a blessing in my life and indeed in the lives of anyone who crosses his path.
Jake would joke, “When is the next time… (fill in the blank) by doing so, it allowed us to live in the moment without guilt truly. “When is the next time we will be in Kalamata, Greece discussing life with our new friends from Germany drinking his Dad’s 16-year-old whiskey? Chances are never again, so have another drink.” 😜
We spent our days sailing and our evenings staying up way too late. It almost felt like we were making up for lost time since I’ve lived 12 hours away for half of Jacob’s life. We wrote songs, played guitar, worked on keeping me in line while traveling to Turkey. We walked along the water’s edge, and we toured Rome in style on a golf cart. Our eyes witnessed unparalleled beauty on the Amalfi Coast, and we drove to the mountain town of Sicignano, where we met our family. We ate a home-cooked meal with Lucio. We learned all about our family history. We drank espresso with Giusseppe and got lost in conversation in the home my Great Grandmother was born.
We left the Bay of Naples behind for The Aeolian Islands. Concern turned to amazement on night watch one evening. We thought we were witnessing flares from a distressed sailor. Still, we observed the Island of Stromboli releasing magma from the volcano’s top 🌋 and flowing gracefully into the ocean. While at anchor, we tested our limits each time we tried to reach the bottom on a single breath. We sailed through the Strait of Messina and continued our sail south towards Taormina. A pod of dolphins accompanied us for most of the evening, and as we neared the anchorage, we witnessed Mt Etna. The red lava was a beautiful backdrop as we sailed to our anchorage in the dark. We had a brief but incredible time in Greece as we sampled as much food as possible and navigated our way through 37 knots of wind. Once arriving in Turkey, we only had a few more days with Jacob, so we made our way to Istanbul. We toured The Topkapi Museum, explored the Grand Bazaar, The Architecture Museum, and The Hagia Sophia. Oh, and we got royally ripped off by a taxi driver.
Clive and I will be spending the next few months in Turkey on our own. We’re looking forward to the remainder of the year together. 💜