Queen of Datca is one of the more luxurious new yachts cruising
the Turkish and Greek Aegean.
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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 concerning luxury yachts cruising the Turkish and Greek Aegean may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. Could you be surfing the web in search of a yacht cruising Turkey's Aegean coast? Or Turkey's Turquoise Coast? Or could you be in search of a luxury yacht cruising the Greek Aegean? Sailing the azure sea between one remote Greek island and the next remote Greek island? Or could you be considering a motor-sailing gulet charter embarking in Turkey and sailing to Greece? Gulets, of course, also embark in Greece and sail to Turkey. Are you hoping in this fashion to cruise between Greece and Turkey? Under a gentle sun? A caressing sun? Converting the sun's own wind energy into kinetic energy? Propulsion? Doing a green thing? Poking into isolated pine-shrouded coves along Turkey's Aegean coast? Punctuated with visits to harbor-side towns climbing steep slopes to ancient Greek acropolei. Acropolei modified in the middle ages to defend against peg-legged and eye-patched corsairs. Corsairs such as Jacques Pierre who retained both of his legs but only one of his eyes. Perhaps you would like to do these things, cruise both Turkey and Greece, aboard a Maltese-flagged luxury charter yacht with accommodations for five guest couples and with a crew able to treat guests like visiting royalty. With a crew able to treat some of those guests like queens. You might like to charter such a yacht and begin your holiday by cruising Turkey's ancient Caria, realm of several fascinating queens. These queens, Artemisia the Elder, Artemisia The Younger, ruled from Hallicarnassus, modern Bodrum, but they also frequented Caria's second city Knidos. In between the two Queens Artemisia, Knidos in 365 BCE relocated to its present site less than thirty nautical miles south of Bodrum, and old Knidos changed its name to Stadia. Today it is a resort town known as Datca, a corruption of Stadia. Would you like to begin your holiday by cruising from Bodrum to Knidos to Datca? Or would you prefer to begin your holiday by sailing Jacque Pierre's early 17th century corsair tracks along the Levantine coast of Anatolia and among nearby Aegean islands. Ghosting among those islands now even more sparsely populated than then. Pursuing the perfect octopus salad. Poking into coves which once sheltered the galleys and sailing ships of corsairs lurking in wait for easy pickings. Chasing that octopus down with an ouzo. Or with two ouzos. Jacques Pierre was known in these waters and among these islands simply as "The Captain," a cognomen ably earned and surely justified. He was a past master at the art of maneuvering a sailing vessel such as the square-rigged Dutch bertone depicted above slicing into an oared galley. He was also a leader of men sans pareil, capturing their respect not merely with his abilities and ferocity in combat but also with his humorous camaraderie, regaling his listeners with pertinent anecdotes always concluded with laughter. Earlier while corsairing in the Atlantic he had been known as "The Last of The Vikings," this nickname reflecting not just victory at sea but as well his Norseman origins, a forebear having arrived in Normandy early enough for Jacques Pierre to be among France's minor nobility, the estates having passed under the laws of primogeniture to others in the family. Born about 1580, Pierre arrived in the Mediterranean during the first decade of the seventeenth century coincident with arrival of John Ward, Richard Gifford, Simon Danziker, and other northern Europeans each possessing abilities under sail not possessed by galley captains of the Middle Sea. Jacques Pierre's reputation preceding his arrival, Ferdinando dei Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Grand Master of the Knights of Santo Stefano was quick to write him a letter of marque authorizing corsair war against the Ottoman Empire. In command of his own bertone he participated in a rewarding 1607 assault on Bone, Algeria. Commanding one of the Grand Duke's galleons (like that of Spain depicted immediately above) in 1608 Pierre and others in his company engaged a 42-vessel Ottoman convoy including warship escorts between the Gulf of Antalya's Cape Gelidonia and Rhodes Town, the spoils of that and succeeding years enabling Pierre to take early retirement with wife and children at Nice on the Cote d'Azur. There his fame and personality earned him the aegis and friendship of Charles Emmanuel, Duke of Savoy. And there he was regularly visited by former shipmates come to pay their respects and to listen once again to stories with a laugh. One such visit in 1614 was by a shipmate also an emissary of Don Pedro Téllez-Girón, Spanish Duke of Osuna and Viceroy of Sicily, offering command of a new state-of-the-art galleon. Chaffing at idleness, Jacques Pierre accepted. With a new letter of marque Pierre in 1615 was again raiding the Ottoman Aegean and coast of Turkey. Once more off Cape Gelidonia in 1616 he led Osuna's privateer squadron of six galleons against an Ottoman flotilla of 45 vessels (55 according to one account) in a three-day engagement routing the enemy. There is more to the saga of "The Captain," much more, including a conspiracy to bring down the Republic of Venice. Come hear the rest of the saga aboard Queen of Datca, a luxury yacht cruising Jacques Pierre's Turkish and Greek Aegean. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at firstname.lastname@example.org