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Sun Odyssey 42i
Charter Cruising
Greece and Turkey

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Designed by naval architect Marc Lombard,
the three-cabin Sun Odyssey 42i is a comfortable, performance-oriented, user-friendly charter cruiser that features a clean-lined injection-molded deck which means less weight, lower center of gravity, and better structural integrity. This handsome yacht with her teak laminated appointments and light upholstery is especially appropriate for charter holidays cruising Greece and Turkey.

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Technical Specifications:

LOA: 42.2 ft
WLL: 38.1 ft
Beam: 13.5 ft
Draft: 6.9 ft
Displacement: 18,540 lbs
Sail Area: 877 sq ft
Engine: 54 hp Yanmar
Displacement: 13,780 lbs
Water Tanks: 94 gal
Fuel Tanks: 34 gal


Furling Headsail
Furling Main
GPS Navigation
Bimini Top
Electric Windlass
VHF Radio-Telephone
CD Stereo Music System
Fully Equipped Galley
Dingy w/Outboard

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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 charter holidays cruising Greece and Turkey may be obtained by clicking on the maroon links immediately above. Thank You. You must be searching for a cruising yacht on which to have a family or friends holiday. There would seem little other reason Google should send you here. You may be dreaming of a bare boat charter holiday along the cove-indented pine-clad coast of Turkey. You may be dreaming of cruising from one rustic seaside town with bazaar to the next rustic seaside town harboring archaeological evidence of history. Pausing at the white-sand beach in between. Or you may be dreaming of a bare boat charter holiday cruising Greece? Of cruising from one snow-white blue-shuttered island town nourishing potted geraniums to the next snow-white blue-shuttered island town supporting miles of bougainvillea. You may even be in pursuit of the perfect tzatziki. Or you may Charter Holidays Sailing Greecebe dreaming of cruising both Turkey and Greece. How about realizing your dream aboard a charter yacht with accommodations for six? With room for you two and your offspring. Or for you two and two other like-minded couples. How about chartering a sailing yacht to cruise Cleopatra's routes along the coast of Turkey and among Greek Aegean islands later dominated by Hospitallers and corsairs. While you enjoy bazaars and potted geraniums at the crossroads of history. Surely you would like to holiday aboard a charter yacht proceeding leisurely from enchanting locale to historical waypoint. Who wouldn't! Cruising the Greek and Turkish Aegean from the Morea or Peloponnese to the Hellespont or Dardanelles. As did the Chevalier Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon, a knight of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem then at Malta. That's him at left later in life in the uniform of a vice admiral of Brittany. A commemorative plaque in Villegagnon's home town of Provins in the Ile-de-France surrounding Paris describes him as "The greatest seaman of his age" in an age of great seamen. He was certainly one of the more celebrated Hospitallers of the sixteenth century. Born in 1510 to a royal prosecutor later ennobled by Francis I and to a mother who bore thirteen children, Nicolas Durand was one of at least four brothers accepted into the Order of Jerusalem by its Grand Master Philippe Villiers de l'Isle-Adam. This at a time when Hospitaller ranks had been drastically depleted during Ottoman Sultan Suleiman's successful six-month siege of Rhodes in 1522. It was also just at the time of Hospitaller resettlement at Malta and Tripoli with the manpower needs resettlement entailed. The brothers were admitted without the requisite two generations of noble lineage on both sides of the family, though l'Isle-Adam claimed the brothers as nephews. Admitted in 1531, Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon had been educated at Paris preparatory schools and had studied the classics, languages, and rhetoric at these and the University of Paris becoming fluent in classical and modern Greek, Latin, Italian, and Spanish, and becoming as well a brilliant debater. A schoolmate of John Calvin, they both later studied law at the University of Orleans, the one migrating to the Hospitallers and the other to Reformation theology. Theirs was a lifelong association. Described in The history of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem (free on line) as one of the handsomest men of his age having a mind adorned with every kind of curious and useful knowledge, Villegagnon was also distinguished by a valor which commanded respect from the bravest of his contemporaries. Serving under Hospitaller Bernardo Salviati in an Holy Roman Empire armada commanded by Andrea Doria, Villegagnon in 1532 participated in the pursuit of Ottoman Admiral Omer Ali's 80-galley fleet from the Greek Morea through Aegean Cyclades and Sporades islands all the way to safety within Turkey's Dardanelles. One year later, again under Salviati and Doria, he was at the lifting of Ottoman Admiral Lutfy Bey's siege of Corone (modern Koroni) in the Morea. 1535 was the year of Andrea Doria's greatest triumph, the utter destruction of Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa's fleet at Tunis, and Villegagnon was a part of it with the Maltese squadron of Aurelio Bottigella and the order's 50-gun great carrack Ste. Anne commanded by Francois Toucheboeuf. Villegagnon was at the forefront of Hospitallers armed with

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Siege of Tunis with Fortress of La Goletta Protecting Inner Harbor

pikes descending into water up to their waists to assault a crumbled section of fortress wall. Captured at the fortress in their entirety were 340 pieces of artillery, large quantities of gunpowder, projectiles, arrows, and muskets; also captured in both outer and inner harbors were 42 galleys, among which was Barbarossa's flagship, 44 more galliots and brigantines, as well as 27 other ships. More importantly, 7,000 Christian slaves led by Hospitaller Paolo Simeoni broke out of Barbarossa's bagno and were instrumental in the victory. Barbarossa and his principal lieutenants, demonstrating a remarkable longevity, avoided capture. Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon served five more years at sea with Hospitaller squadrons, frequently in the company of lifelong friend and future grand master Jean Parisot de la Valette, before being summoned in 1540 to the French court by King Francis I, himself a man of letters and patron of the arts. There, aged 30, Villegagnon was described as a huge man, tough as nails, with a chest made for armor, adroit with weapons, horses, and all body exercises, dreaming of galleys cleaving the sea, his head filled to bursting with Cicero, Plutarch, Justinian, and (the Italian jurist and writer) Alciato. In 1540 France was contemplating resumption of war with Charles V's Holy Roman Empire. Villegagnon had been summoned for a mission requiring a soldier-diplomat with broad interests and tact. He was to proceed to Constantinople, then a French ally, and to ask Sultan Suleiman to relieve the pressure on France in any such war by taking the war to the enemy's rear in Hungary. En route Villegagnon befriended at Venice the Renaissance author and professor of medicine Francois Rabelais, an individual with similar letters and law background and similar interests. Succeeding in his undertaking at Constantinople, Villegagnon returned three months later carrying Suleiman's response. At Turin he met and became a lifelong friend of Pierre de Ronsard, the future "prince of poets" then a young diplomat. In 1541 he was dispatched by Francis I as an observer of Charles V's late-season assault on Barbarossa's new haven at Algiers, an assault the emperor was warned by Andrea Doria not to undertake for reasons of weather. Doria was soon proved right; the assault was a disaster. By his nature, however, Villegagnon could not stand idly by observing. He was instead at the forefront of debarking Hospitallers, and when all seemed lost in hand-to-hand combat he was observed wounded in the left arm by the lance of a mounted Moor, unable to control his pike, run the Moor through with his sword and appropriate the horse, leading the Hospitallers to a brief reprieve. When all was said and done, however, the emperor had lost 150 ships storm-driven on the rocks or beach. Eight thousand soldiers and seamen had lost their lives, including 75 Hospitaller knights and 400 foot-soldiers in their pay. And Barbarossa was not even in Algiers Charter Holidays Sailing Greeceat the time. France needed no further urging. With war between Francis I and Charles V resumed in 1542, Villegagnon was dispatched to Hungary to observe Suleiman's decisive victory over Charles V's brother Archduke Ferdinand. By 1544 he was back in Italy where the war was also being waged; there he was made military commander of the castle at Ponte Stura where he remained until war-end in 1546. Francis having died, Villegagnon was summoned by his successor Henry II in 1548 for perhaps his finest hour. Described by the king as "a person of exceptional dignity to whom one commits matters of importance," and said to have been assisted by his friend Valette, Villegagnon was placed in command of four royal galleys and ordered to remove five-year-old Mary Queen of Scots from house arrest in Dumbarton Castle and to bring her unharmed to France where she would be betrothed to the four-year-old dauphin and future King Francis II. With her own designs on Scotland, England objected. Villegagnon cleverly feinted at Edinburgh on Scotland's east coast under cover of a larger French fleet, then feigned a return to France but once over the horizon reversed his course and circled the Shetlands and north of Scotland to the mouth of the Clyde in western Scotland, all to evade the pursuing English fleet of future Lord High Admiral Edward Clinton. There Mary Queen of Scots was embarked and one week later put ashore in Brittany. She was to remain in France for the next thirteen years, finally as queen consort of France. There is much more to the saga of Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon, principally his 1551 defense of Mdina on the island of Malta commanding six other knights and resident citizens against a besieging Ottoman force of thousands commanded by Sinan Pasha, brother of Ottoman Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha, and by the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis, known to the west as Dragut. Thwarted, the Ottomans abandoned the siege and proceeded to the neighboring island of Gozo where they abducted upward of 4,000 hapless residents. The principal street in Mdina is now named for Villegagnon. There is also his 1555 and later resettlement of persecuted French Huguenots on an island in Guanabara Bay facing Rio de Janeiro. The island is now called Villegagnon Island. He was not at the 1565 Ottoman siege of Malta when his friend Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette successfully defended the island from an Ottoman invasion of tens of thousands. In the painting at right that's Valette standing tall upon ruins facing Fort Saint Elmo where he will build the new city of Valletta so-named in his honor. Yes, history never ends at the crossroads of history. Join us at Gocek in Turkey, ancient Callimache, and we will set you a course along the crossroads. Are you looking for Gocek even now? Well, your best bet is Google Maps. Look in the NW corner of the Gulf of Fethiye 42 nautical miles ENE of Rhodes Town and 15 road miles from the international airport at Dalaman (DLM). There we can put you aboard a bare boat for the odyssey of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a charter yacht and point you toward Nicolas Durand de Villegagnon's tracks across the Aegean coming and going. A superb Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42i on charter holidays cruising Greece and Turkey. 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