Bodrum Cup International Wooden Yacht Regatta, one of the biggest naval organizations of Turkey, sponsored by Ant Yapı and MM Proje has started with ceremonies. 51 yachts, 10 of which bearing foreign flags are attending the regatta. Including the yachts attending the regatta as spectators and the ones working for the organization committee, the number of yachts that will be following the race course will exceed 80.
Participants and spectators of the race had a great time at İskele Square with DJ’s, dance groups, band and animation shows.
After the briefing at the Azka Hotel, the participants were given a cocktail by Kule Bar Rock City.
Mayor of Bodrum, Mr. Mehmet Kocadon gave a speech to the participants, signifying the importance of sailing for Bodrum and wished them plenty of wind. Mr. Kocadon, also stating that they was vere pleased to see the intense interest for the Bodrum Yacht Festival, which was held for the first time, started the regatta by ringing the starting bell with Mr. Erman Aras, chairman of Era Bodrum Sailing Club. They were accompanied by Gumusluk mayor Mehmet Tire, representative for Kalymnos municipality Vassilis Psarompas and famous Turkish sailor Sadun Boro.
The participants enjoyed the evening with the concert of Yeni Türkü, sponsored by Kule Bar. On the first day of the regatta, October 20th, yachts will be competing at the 26 NM Bodrum-Didim Course.