Monday, July 19, 2010
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Some 40 yachts are setting sail on the turquoise waters between Greece and Turkey for 5th International Aegean Yacht Rally 2010. The rally stated on July 18 and will end July 30, organizer Setur Marinas told a press conference at Kalamış Divan Brasserie in Istanbul last week.
Setur announced that the rally was sponsored by worldwide brands such as Alfa Romeo, Turkey’s largest maker of household appliances Arçelik, leader in the LPG sector AYGAZ, and Turkish fuel oil distribution company OPET.
Necati Demirkıran, Commodore of the rally, said that after the official opening ceremony on July 17 in Kuşadası, the course of the rally would take the yachts to the islands of Samos, Levros, Simi and Rhodes and would end in the Turkish water at the Marmaris Netsel Marina on July 30.
He said, “We are tying to set sail to friendship and enjoy it under the wings of peace on the Aegean Sea.” Demirkıran also said the famous first Turkish sailor who traveled around the world in the 1960’s, Sadun Bora, will be an honorary guest at the rally.
According to a statement, Rahmi Koç, prominent businessmen and chairman of Koç Holding, will compete in the rally on his vessel “Nazenin V”, which was designed by Sparkman & Stepson in New York City and built by RMK Yachts at the naval docks of Tuzla, a northwestern province of Istanbul.
The super yacht was awarded a special commendation reserved for sailing yachts over 45 meters for her outstanding design, excellent execution and for meeting the owner’s requirements perfectly.
“We wanted to sponsor the rally in order to see local and international yachters start new friendships, to support yachting sports and most importantly to contribute to peace in the Aegean Sea,” said Melis Mutus, director of corporate communications at Arçelik, at the press meeting.
“We are aware that speed and desire are not just made for land. Alfa Romeo has always scored several great achievements in all motor sports as well as yachting,” Arzu Çolakoğlu, brand director of Alfa Romeo & Lancia, said.
“For around half a century, we have been transporting oil through our sea fleet and carried our energy ashore. We are aware that seas of the country hold major importance and virtue as well as the beautiful lands that we have,” Devrim Çubukçu, director of corporate communications of Aygaz, said at the press meeting.
“We believe that water sports should be supported more since our country is surrounded by three seas that have a significant role in trade as well, said OPET’s director of corporate communications, Ayşegül Aydın.
Participants of the rally will have adequate time to visit the beautiful islands of Greece and enjoy amazing Turkish coastal towns and harbors during the 13 day competition. Participants will spend three days at Samos, two days at Leros, two days at Simi and three days at Rhodes. Forty yachts and 300 crewmembers are participating in the rally this year.