AEGEAN AND EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
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Gordon Abercrombie, Skipper S/Y T.G. Ellyson.
Gordon Abercrombie was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He spent much of his youth in Annapolis, Maryland, and in Ankara, Turkey, returning to Annapolis to study at the U.S. Naval Academy. For five years from graduation he served on destroyers with the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets, frequently visiting Greece and Turkey. Following subsequent tours of duty in Viet Nam, in Washington, D.C., and with the Pacific Fleet, Lieutenant Commander Abercrombie resigned his commission and entered the investment banking business where he eventually rose to positions in senior management. Leaving investment banking in 1981, he purchased the T.G. Ellyson and set sail for the eastern Mediterranean where the yacht has remained since arrival in 1983. From 1975 through 1997 Mr. Abercrombie was a member of the Board of Directors of E Capital Corporation and from 1988 through 1997 of Wedbush Capital Corporation, both in Los Angeles where he also served on the Audit Committee of Wedbush Morgan Securities. The author of two manuscripts concerning a fictional sailor, Mr. Abercrombie has been on yacht charter in Greece and Turkey since 1996. He resides with his wife and their children in Derby, England.
Jennifer Abercrombie , Crew S/Y T.G. Ellyson
Jennifer Abercrombie was born in Derbyshire, England. After taking her baccalaureate in computer sciences, she obtained employment in the Aero-Engine Manufacturing Division of Rolls-Royce PLC, eventually becoming a Systems Project Leader. She first began exploring Greece and Turkey in 1988 and relocated to the latter country in 1994. In 1995 she took employment as co-manager of marina facilities at the Club Marina, Gocek. There she obtained proficiency in facilities management as well as an appreciation for the needs and wishes of both the yachting community and holiday-goers. She also acquired a modest fluency in Turkish and experience working with both Turkish nationals and others from different parts of the world. The knowledge and experience of Turkey, culture, cuisine, and holiday-goers that she acquired, together with her love of sailing and people, help Mrs. Abercrombie provide charter guests the support they need while on board, coming, and going. Mrs. Abercrombie has been on yacht charter in Greece and Turkey since 1996. She resides with her husband and their children William and Sian in Derby, England.
Isabelle Outin , Crew S/Y T.G. Ellyson
Isabelle Outin was born in France in 1959. After studying languages at university she lectured at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for one year, then moved to Britain where she taught both at university and secondary level for fifteen years. She has now returned to France where she continues teaching at the secondary level. She has visited Turkey in each of the past fifteen years and enjoys the country and its culture. Isabelle has been on yacht charter in Greece and Turkey since 2002. She speaks French, English, and German, and is a wonderful cook.
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Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information about charter sailing in Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the teal links immediately above. Thank You. You may be searching for a sailing yacht on which to cruise the Aegean Sea or eastern Mediterranean. You may have read something about charter sailing along Turkey's Turquoise Coast. Or your thoughts might be of charter sailing among Aegean islands of Greece. Or you may be dreaming of both Greece and Turkey, of the Aegean and of the eastern Mediterranean. Well, you have come to the right place. You have found a page with thumb-nail sketches of a crew charter sailing in Greece and Turkey. Additional information concerning holidays and honeymoons, itinerary alternatives, and costs is readily available and may be obtained by clicking on the teal links preceding this paragraph. You and your family or you and friends might like to charter such a yacht to cruise the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean coasts of ancient Caria, a part of southwestern Turkey. Or to sail the Aegean coasts of neighboring Ionia, Aeolis, and the Troad, cruising among Greek Dodecanese and Sporades islands along the way. While you holiday on blue water under blue skies at the crossroads of history. The first historical narrative to have come down to us is the Iliad attributed to Homer, said to have been born either at Smyrna (Turkish Izmir) or on the Greek island of Chios immediately offshore of Smyrna. In poetic form, The Iliad and its sequel The Odyssey deal with larger than life individuals populating pre-historic Greece including what is now western Turkey, people such as Agamemnon, Helen of Troy, Hector, Sarpedon, and Achilles. The first actual history, one dealing with a world of barbarians as well as Greeks, was written by Herodotus in the middle of the 5th century BCE. Herodotus was a native of Halicarnassus (Turkish Bodrum), and his history dealt with Xerxes, Pericles, Cimon, Artemisia the Elder, and Croesus among a multitude of others. Since those early histories there have been many more dealing with an infinite number of magnetic personalities passing through this crossroads of history. One such personality receiving all too little attention on the pages of history was Paolo Simeoni. A Piemontese born at Cavoretto in 1488, Simeoni became a Knight of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem at 18 years of age and was immediately assigned to a Hospitaller outpost on the Dodecanese island of Leros in the company of one other knight and a small number of servants at arms. Within months of his arrival on Leros, in June of 1506, Paolo Simeoni received a visit from the Ottoman admiral Kemal, known as Camali. Camali had come in from the western Mediterranean with eight galliots and fustas and was in need of provisions. First, though, he had to take the Knights castle dominating the anchorage at Pandeli. Having breached the castle walls with ships cannon and having stormed those walls at dawn the following day, his 500 janissaries were amazed to find not a handful of defenders manning the parapets but rather scores wearing the knights' familiar scarlet tunic with white cross. Camali called off the assault, re-embarked his janissaries, and set sail. Paolo Simeoni was in fact the lone knight present, but earlier had the foresight to have spare tunics available for the island's shepherds and fishermen, young and old, man and woman. No small deed, this, saving countless lives. Twenty years later sixteen of Barbarossa's galliots were surprised in the channel between Tuscany and Elba by a flotilla under Andrea Doria. Paolo Simeoni commanded a Knights galley in the company of thirteen other vessels. The flotilla put Barbarossa's own galliot to flight and took the other fifteen, Simeoni's galley taking up the Barbarossa chase; the lighter galliot escaped only under cover of darkness, and Barbarossa never forgot his pursuer. Taken captive by Barbarossa's brother-in-law Sinan of Smyrna in 1531, Paolo Simeoni was imprisoned, Barbarossa refusing all offers of ransom. It was not until the Holy Roman Empire's troubled 1535 assault on Tunis that Simeoni regained his freedom. It was not emperor breaching the prison walls, however, but rather a Simeoni break-out at the head of 7,000 Christian slaves which turned the tide of the entire battle. Three years later he was instrumental in the taking of Castelnuovo (modern Hercegnovi at the head of Montenegro's Gulf of Kotor), and in 1539 emerged victorious from an engagement with seven Turkish galliots off Brindisi, capturing three of them. Four years later he successfully defended the city of Nice against a Barbarossa assault from the sea. And for this untarnished career in service to the Knights of Jerusalem, Rhodes, and Malta, Paolo Simeoni has been largely ignored by history. Come join us at the crossroads of history. Come learn about these overlooked chapters of history. Starting in Bodrum, perhaps. Charter sailing from Bodrum to Pandeli in Leros among other idyllic destinations. Are you searching for Bodrum in Turkey? Well, with its own international airport, Bodrum is about eleven nautical miles NNE of Kos Town on the Greek island of Kos (Cos) where there is also an international airport. In Bodrum or Kos or elsewhere we can put you aboard a sailing yacht for the holiday of a lifetime charter sailing north through the Aegean, past ancient Iasus, past the Greek islands of Pharmakousa, Agathonisi, and Samos, past Ephesus, Chios, and Lesbos, crossing the wake of Agamemnon coming and going, all the way to The Troad. A cruise through Aegean history and a cruise from one idyllic destination to the next. 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