Rod Heikell's latest guide, 'East Aegean', covers Patmos, Kalimnos, Kos, Rhodes and islands in between on the Greek side. On the Turkish side, the ports of Gumusluk, Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye, as well as almost every anchorage on the coast, and islands between as far east as Kas and Kekova are included. In the same style as its companions, 'Ionian' and 'West Aegean', this guide provides detailed pilotage and background information for yachts cruising the area and also those crossing between the Greek and Turkish coasts and islands. 'East Aegean' follows the pattern of Rod Heikell's other guides and is fully illustrated with up-to-date plans, photographs and interesting panels on local history and customs. It is packed with useful background information for the traveller and provides all the essential information for getting to the area, formalities and sailing in Greece and Turkey
Rod Heikell was born in New Zealand and sailed hesitantly around bits of its coast in a variety of yachts. He tried racing in the Hauraki Gulf but was really not much good at it. In England he abandoned academic life and for no good reason other than curiosity bought Roulette, a 1950s plywood JOG yacht nearly 20ft long, and sailed it down to the Mediterranean. He worked on charter her and delivered yachts until, in ignorance of the scale of the task, he set off to write a yachtsman's guide to Greece. This was followed by guides for other countries in the Mediterranean. He has sailed back and forth between England and the Mediterranean, including a trip down the Danube and on to Turkey in Rosinante, an 18ft Mirror Offshore. In 1996 he took his forth yacht, Tetra, to SE Asia and back for the research for Indian Ocean Cruising Guide. Apart from sailing the 'wrong' way and back again the 'right' way across the Indian Ocean, he has done four transatlantics on his own yachts and also cruised extensively in other parts of the world on other yachts. He is currently back at the end of a circumnavigationand sailing again in his beloved Mediterranean.