The much-anticipated event of the year, The Bodrum Cup is about to start!

October 8, 2019

The largest sailing festival of the Mediterranean, The Bodrum Cup, is brimming with epic races, great concerts and enticing events celebrating its 31st year with its main sponsor Yalıkavak Marina and preparing to offer an unforgettable experience for all.    

The countdown is started for the international sailing festival The Bodrum Cup which blazed an unmatched trail by moving the starting point to Bosphorus at the event’s 30th anniversary! This year the event is celebrating its 31st year with the Title Sponsor “The American Hospital” and the Main Sponsor Yalıkavak Marina – the “Best Superyacht Marina of the World 2018-2019”. The Bodrum Cup is getting ready to host thousands of sailors and sailing enthusiasts from all over the globe in Bodrum between the 21st and 26th of October.

As one of the most prestigious yacht races, The Bodrum Cup offers much more than an unforgettable sailing race on the azure blue waters of the Aegean with amazing concerts, fun events and especially allowing guests onboard the yachts.

Following the opening concert on 21st of October the sailors will compete at these thrilling legs of the race: Bodrum-Bodrum Leg on Tuesday, October 22; Bodrum – Kissebuku Leg on Wednesday, October 23; Kissebuku – Kissebuku Leg on Thursday, October 24; Kissebuku – Gumusluk Leg on Friday, October 25 and Gumusluk – Yalıkavak Marina Leg on Saturday, October 26.

Also on the 24th of October, the most delicious cooking contest of the region, The Blue Cruise Cooking Contest will take place to reveal the well kept secret recipes from the sailors of the blue cruise who combined their limited ingredients with their limitless creativity and invented delectable delicacies. Additionally, diverse concerts throughout the whole event will delight the guests of this grand organization.

Prominent names at the races

The commodore of the event, the former co-president of the Arsenal Football Club and one of the founders of the Premier League David Dein, will compete again this year with his professional teams from the UK. David Dein competes in the races for the last 11 years with his yacht “Take It Easier” and he raised the cup in his category for the last two years. He and his team will surely light up this year’s races too.

Deniz Akaltan, the Director of Yalıkavak Marina, expressed his excitement for the upcoming races: “As the best superyacht marina of the world, we are proud to be the main sponsor of The Bodrum Cup, one of the most important sailing organizations of our region and we are happy to host the sailors and their yachts here in our marina. These magnificent shores are the birthplace of the original blue cruise and deservedly acknowledged as one of the most beautiful yachting destinations of the world! With this exciting event taking place here for the 31st time, we are happy to show the world that Bodrum and especially Yalıkavak Marina are amazing destinations for yacht lovers not only in the summer season but the whole year-round. We are ready to take the sailors and the guests of The Bodrum Cup to an unforgettable journey!”

Süleyman Uysal, the Head of the Organization Committee of The Bodrum Cup, declared: “We are happy to introduce the azure blue waters of Bodrum and many beauties of Turkey to the world for the 31st time. In our 31st year, we are again aiming to gather hundreds of yachts, thousands of sailors and guests at Bodrum. As our tradition for the last 30 years, we are preparing to entertain our guests with fun-filled concerts and events. We invite everyone to Bodrum at The Bodrum Cup time of the year!”

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