İzmir Gulf Festival, which took stage for the third time this year, started with colorful images. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer played the first whistle of the first of the races that added excitement to the festival. President Soyer, who participated in the races with the Cygnus boat, whose entire team is composed of only female racers, gave ambitious messages.
İzmir Gulf Festival which has been followed with great interest for three years and the races that add excitement to the festival started. İzmir with Arkas Gulf Race Karşıyaka In addition to the sailing races hosted by the Sailing Club, canoe and rowing races also celebrated the Gulf of Izmir. The competition within the scope of the festival started with canoe races, where İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer played the whistle. The Gulf Festival will end with races on Sunday.
Izmir Gulf Festival will be international
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey Sailing Federation, Cesme Marina Aegean Offshore Yacht Club (EAYK) held a press conference at the Pergamon Vapuru before Arkas Izmir organized in collaboration with the Gulf Racing. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, Arkas Holding Vice Chairman Bernard Arkas and Aegean Open Sea Yacht Club President Akif Sezer attended the meeting, which was the main event of the festival, Izmir Arkas Gulf Race will be organized on an international scale as of next year.
The races are attended by 47 boats, approximately 400 sailors, 160 kayakers and 160 centreboard athletes. Mayor Soyer, who stated that there was a beautiful day for Izmir, said he was excited because he would personally participate in the races. Soyer stated that she preferred to compete with women racers to encourage women to take care of sports and to encourage more women to sail and to draw attention to the subject. Not only the 3-4 day, we want the Gulf to be filled with such sailboats every day. I believe that this festival will make a great contribution to our aim and that we will reach our target fully within a few years. If this happens, I think that the city will develop economically. We are making this festival international next year. We will continue to enlarge this story consistently and decisively. ”
This is not just a festival
Underlining that sailing should not only be a sport for the people living on the beach, Tunç Soyer said, ız We also have to ensure that children in the back streets meet with the sea. We all have business. The more we can meet those children with the sea and the sailing, the greater the prosperity of the city. We don't just look at this as a festival..
Bernard Arkas, Vice Chairman of Arkas Holding, said: ise We share the same dreams with our President and the Sailing Federation. I believe that with such a harmonious team, we will overcome all obstacles. We will be presenting you with surprises from next year. I'm very excited, very happy. This race is very important for me because we live in Izmir for a few days. We see sails, sea sports, canoes, children. My dream is that my children and their children live in the gulf like in Europe; see the sailboats when they raise their heads. I hope these races happen more often, not only for racing, but also for people who sail for pleasure in the bay. For this, the mooring points for sailboats in the city need to be increased. At that time, we will invite you to the foreign boats and sail to the Gulf and the surrounding area. This way our supporters Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey Sailing Federation EAYK and sailors come here to thank you very much tinting the gulf, "he said.
EAYK President Akif Sezer stated that they have taken action to carry the festival to the international dimension and said that they aim to carry the important championships in this field to İzmir.
President Soyer also sailed
This year there was a surprise contestant in the İzmir Arkas Gulf Race, where dozens of yachts competed. İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer was among the teams participating in this challenging race. President Soyer, who joined the team to support the Cygnus boat, which is all female racers, said that they would do their best to win.
Visual feast in the Gulf
The races within the scope of the İzmir Bay Festival can be traced along the coastline extending from Alaybey to Bostanlı Ferry Port, from Gundogdu Square to Alsancak Ferry Pier, Konak Pier and Konak Ferry Pier and from the Alaybey to the Bostanlı Ferry Pier. The people of İzmir announce the festival event to the world by sharing the color photographs of İzmir and Körfez on social media with the # İzmirPupaYelken label.
The champion will be announced on Sunday
The winner of the Izmir Arkas Gulf Race will be announced on Sunday in September after a two-day challenge. The champions cup will be held by the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer and Arkas Holding Vice Chairman Bernard Arkas at the Historical Gas Factory. The festival will end with a closing ceremony on the same evening.