The Bodrum Cup XVI. has started with the briefing
and cocktail on 16th October 2004.
Referees gave the briefing to racers between 17:00 and 19:00.
The cocktail was outstanding, with the attendance of approximately
1500 people. The group included the racers, officials, as well as
the guests invited from Greek islands like Rhodes, Patmos and
Patmos Mayor Grigorios Kamposos, and Kalymnos Mayor assistant
Ekaterini Klonari gave speeches, stressing the similarities between
Turkish and Greek people, and how should the friendship and
cooperation among nations should evolve. They also stated that
visits like this must be planned more often in the future.
Later on the folk dances group of Patmos made a marvellous show with
Greek music from 12 islands, which ended up with a “Halay”, a common
dance of Greek and Turkish people.
Bodrum Mayor assistant Orhan Kavala and Bodrum governor Osman Ekşi
have also made speeches, wishing luck and fair winds to
participants, also appreciating the attendance of Greek guests.
Apart from them photograph artist Gulumser İsçelebi made a
presentation of the Bodrum Cup photos, which she took during the
last 15 years’ Regattas.
The Bodrum Cup will come to an end after 5 courses, and the
prizegiving ceremony on the 22nd October 2004.