Fethiye Times has been following the progress of Sam Tucker, One Man Many Paths, and Doğan Eraslan, previous owner of Mozaik Bahçe, as they prepared to kayak from Antalya to Fethiye to raise money for FIG (Fethiye International Group) a local children’s charity.

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The adventure begins

On Thursday 1st September, the big day finally arrived and the adventure began.

Sam and Doğan, along with various supporters including Sheila Tongue, the Chairman of FIG, left from Fethiye on the first leg of their journey, the drive to Antalya.

Sam, Doğan and Sheila - a photo opportunity at the meeting place in Patlangıç
Sam, Doğan and Sheila – a photo opportunity at the meeting place in Patlangıç

On arrival at Konyaaltı Beach it was time to unload and pack the kayaks.

Sam waiting to unload his kayak
Sam waiting to unload his kayak

Once the kayaks were packed and ready to go it was time to eat and relax before the journey began.

Relaxing before the journey begins
Relaxing before the journey begins

Next on the agenda was an interview with the Turkish media.

Sam and Doğan being interviewed by the Turkish Press
Sam and Doğan being interviewed by the Turkish media

Surprise visit

Thank you to Elvan Korukoğlu (second from the left) from the British Vice-Consulate in Antalya for coming along to wish Sam and Doğan good luck.

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Time to go

And then it was time to get the kayaks into the water.

Time to get the kayaks into the water
Time to get the kayaks into the water

They were in the water and on their way at 16:15

Sam
Sam’s in first
Closely followed by Doğan
Closely followed by Doğan

Sherwood Club Kemer

On Saturday Sam and Doğan stopped off at the Sherwood Club Kemer.

Sam & Doğan with One Man Many Paths batik
Sam & Doğan with One Man Many Paths batik
Kayaking from Antalya to Fethiye for FIG
Kayaking from Antalya to Fethiye for FIG

Some information about the journey

From Antalya ( Konyaaltı Beach) to Fethiye is a distance of 170 nautical miles (315 km).

Paddling from Antalya to Fethiye is against the natural current making it much more challenging as head winds and wave patterns can be unpredictable.

The average kayaking speed is 3-4 km per hour

Sam and Doğan covered 40km in the first four days of kayaking

Progress map
Progress map

Further information

To follow Sam and Doğan’s progress please visit and LIKE  One Man Many Paths on Facebook

If you would like to know more about FIG and the work they do please click here

If you would like to sponsor Sam and Doğan in this fantastic effort please click here to make a donation to FIG

 

 

 

 

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