TEKIRDAG - Yachts from several countries participating in the 19th Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally (EMYR) arrived Murefte town of the northwestern Turkish province of Tekirdag.
The EMYR began at Istanbul`s Atakoy Marina on April 20th with the participation of eight yachts.
David Gerrard, chairman of the EMYR Committee, said in an interview with the A.A that the rally will soon be expanded to include 82 yachts from countries such as Turkey, Spain, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
Those yachts will sail the entire southwest and southern coasts of Turkey. On 15th May 2008, the rally will sail to Alanya town of Antalya, then to Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
After leaving Turkey and the TRNC, the yachts will visit the ports of Lattakia in Syria, Jounieh Marina in Lebanon, Haifa and Ashkelon Marinas in Israel, Port Said in Egypt and finally Herzliya Marina in Israel as the last call.
Beginning from 1990, yachtsmen from all over the world converged on Turkey to participate in the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally. In 1995, the traditional Rally route, (Antalya-Bozyazi-Girne), was extended from Istanbul to Kemer and then Syria, Lebanon and Egypt were included in the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally.
Nearly 80 yachts from 19 different countries participated in the 18th annual EMYR rally in 2007.
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