📩 28/09/2019 17:31
Izmir Bay Festival, which took the stage for the third time this year, started with colorful images. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor whistled the start of the first of the races that added excitement to the festival. Tunç Soyer rang. President Soyer, who participated in the races with the Cygnus boat, whose entire team consists of only female racers, gave assertive 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, İzmir Bay became lively with canoe and rowing races. Competition within the scope of the festival, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç SoyerIt started with the canoe races, where the . The Gulf Festival will end with the races to be held on Sunday.
Izmir Gulf Festival will be international
A press conference was held on the Bergama Ferry prior to the Izmir Arkas Gulf Race, organized in cooperation with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, the Turkish Sailing Federation, and the Çeşme Marina Aegean Offshore Yacht Club (EAYK). Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer, Arkas Holding Vice Chairman of the Board Bernard Arkas and Aegean Offshore Yacht Club President Akif Sezer emphasized the efforts to organize the İzmir Arkas Gulf Race, which is the main event of the festival, on an international scale starting next year.
47 boats, approximately 400 sailors, 160 kayakers and 160 athletes from the centreboard participate in the races. Expressing that it is a very nice day for İzmir, Metropolitan Mayor Soyer said that he was excited because he would personally participate in the races. Stating that she preferred to compete with women racers in order to encourage women to do sports and to encourage more women to sail and to draw attention to the subject, Soyer continued: We want the Gulf to be filled with such sailboats every day, not just 3-4 days. I believe that this festival will contribute greatly to our goal and that we will reach our goal in a few years. If this happens, I also think that the city will develop economically. We are making this festival international next year. We will continue to grow this story steadily and resolutely. ”
This is not just a festival
Emphasizing that sailing should not be a sport that only those who live on the beach can do, Tunç Soyer“We have to ensure that the children in the back streets also meet the sea. We all have a job. The more we can bring those children together with the sea and sailing, the more we will increase the prosperity of the city. "We don't just look at it as a festival," he said.
Bernard Arkas, Arkas Holding Vice Chairman of the Board, said, “We share the same dreams with our dear president and the Sailing Federation. I believe that we will overcome all the obstacles we face with such a compatible team. We will be in surprise with you next year. I'm very excited, I'm very happy. This race is very important for me because we live in Izmir for a few days, which we want to see in the future. We see sails, people doing sports at sea, canoes, children. My dream is for my children and their children to live together in the gulf like in Europe; seeing the sailboats when they raise their heads. I hope that these races are more frequent, the bay is filled with people who sail not only for racing but also for pleasure. This requires increasing the mooring points for sailboats in the city. Then we will have the opportunity to invite foreign boats here and to sail in and around the Bay, while also promoting Izmir and its surroundings. 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 are taking action to move the festival to an international dimension and said that they aim to move important championships in this field to İzmir.
President Soyer also sailed
There was a surprise competitor this year in the İzmir Arkas Gulf Race, where dozens of yachts competed. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer was among the teams participating in this challenging race. Chairman Soyer, who joined the team to support the Cygnus boat, which consists of all women racers, said that they will 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 İzmir Arkas Gulf Race will be determined on Sunday, September 29, after a two-day hard fight. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor at the Historical Coal Gas Factory Tunç Soyer and Arkas Holding Vice Chairman Bernard Arkas. The festival will end with the closing ceremony to be held on the same evening.