The 5th International Aegean Yacht Rally, organized by Setur Marinas in order to present Aegean Sea to the yachtsmen from all over the world and support yachting and sailing in Aegean waters, will set sail 18 – 30 July 2010.

The Aegean Yacht Rally targets to develop friendship and cooperation between the two neighbouring countries of the Aegean Sea; Greece and Turkey.

The first Aegean Yacht Rally was organised in July 2000 and traditionally been organised every two years since then. During the International Aegean Yacht Rallies organised in 2000, 2003, 2005 & 2007, more than 1000 yachtsmen from 20 different countries visited Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Limnos, Kos, Leros, Skopelos, Skiathos, Thasos Islands and Kavala, Volos and Porto Carras Ports by covering 2250 nautical miles.

A press conference is organized today to announce the programme of the rally. The 5th International Aegean Yacht Rally will start from Setur Kusadasi Marina. Fallowing, the Rally Fleet will be visiting Samos, Leros, Simi and Rhodes islands and the rally will end in Marmaris Netsel Marina. This year’s rally will be attended by 55 yachts. Participants include CEO of Japan’s Mitsui Holding, Rahmi Koç from Koç Holding and from the Netherlands, UK, Greece, and Turkey.

Photo shows from left: Kemal Saatcioglu (Setur Kalamis and Fenerbahce marinas Manager), Melis Mutus (Arcelik), Emre Doruk (Setur Turkey Marinas Manager), Necati Zicirkiran (Comodor), Arzu Colakoglu (Alfa Romeo), Aysenur Aydin (Opet) and Devrim Cubukcu (Aygaz).

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