Captain Uğur began his first season with us this year and heads the crew of our 18 meter gulet, Southern Cross Timer.
Nicknamed Mandingo as a child, Uğur Captain grew up in Bodrum accompanying his father who worked as a chef on local gulets. His family settled in Bodrum via Kos and Rhodes during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, and he grew up in a household speaking Cretan.
An extremely gentle and approachable captain, Mandingo speaks good English and has kept Southern Cross Timer in immaculate condition, and our clients have praised him with each charter.
His hobbies include handicrafts, model-making, jewelry design and leather sandal creations, as well as being a father to two daughters.
Having been hit with repeated requests for the Northern Dodecanese Greek Island of Leros, we dug a bit deeper and it turns out that people are wanting to eat at the seaside taverna of Mylos. In addition to this humble taverna's rave reviews, including those on tripadvisor, Leros island itself is also very interesting, including the villa-cum-museum that used to belong to Mussolini, and ample art-deco architecture along the coastline.
Certainly one of the most Italian influenced of the Dodecanese Islands, Leros offers beautiful bays, ample history and a stunning crusader castle which is a wonderful hike for those inclined. Leros is easily included in a Northern Dodecanese Island Blue Cruise. Contact us for sample itineraries.
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