Thursday 25th November was the first race which started outside Bodrum harbour and took us all the way round the peninsula to Yalakavak.

Thursday 25th November was the first race which started outside Bodrum harbour and took us all the way round the peninsula to Yalakavak on the northern coast.  Unfortunately the weather had different ideas – there was no wind.  Eventually the race in a shortened form was started at 2pm with a finish time of 6pm – but as only 4 out of 74 yachts managed to finish, the whole day was abandoned.  As this may seem somewhat cavalier we should explain that there is a Visitor Class in the event for non-wooden boats and three of the four finishers were visitors with the fourth one being a small wooden boat of non-traditional design.  Our boat was sporting a new spinnaker this year but, even with that extra sail power, we couldn’t make the finish line.

That evening Yalakavak Belediye gave everyone free fresh-fried lokma, Group Fora played a concert on the harbour – and on Kaptan Şevket we played Scrabble.  

On the Friday the race took us out from Yalakavak, around an island and then back down the coast to Gundoğan.  Good winds, a sunny day and we came in second in our class which was very pleasing.  Unfortunately the village wing of Fethiye Times had stubbed a toe the previous day on a metal sail track.  On this day she did it again so, when we were safely anchored in Gundoğan a visit to the first aid people was deemed necessary.  {mosimage}Actually we also wanted to find out more about the medical team who donate their services to the Bodrum Cup.  The story goes that, in 1988, when the first Bodrum Cup was in the planning stages, the then Chief Executive of Thames Valley Para Medics was on a sailing holiday in Bodrum and ran into the man behind the Cup in a bar.  Several hours, and drinks, later the man from Thames Valley had promised to send a medical team to the regatta, complete with supplies.  That man, Dr Terry Snowden, has now retired to Northern Cyprus but still comes with a team of medics every year.  The toe was treated with a generous amount of comfrey cream and a protective sponge dressing – result. 

That evening Gundoğan Belediye gave away kofte ekmek and more doughnuts and a group called Gallis played a concert which we listened to from the deck of our boat.

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