Messing about on “wobbly” boats – Göcek style
Anyone who lives in this part of Turkey will already know that sailors like nothing better than messing about on boats.4 hafta önce 988
Anyone who lives in this part of Turkey will already know that sailors like
nothing better than messing about on boats. D Marin in Göcek has an annual
event, appropriately named, the Wobbly Boat Race, which really puts a day on
the water into a totally new context.
This year’s Wobbly Boat Race will be held on 5th November and if the weather is as good as it has been for the last seven races it should be a wonderful day out.
D Marin is one of the most prestigious marinas in Turkey and is popular with yacht owners from all over the world. Hundreds of beautiful boats are moored in its calm waters throughout the year and the facilities on shore add to the feeling of relaxed luxury. The marina is therefore a perfect setting for a Sunday outing.
The race marks the end of the season, so it is a great opportunity for the skippers and sailors, who have been working hard all summer, to have some fun.
What makes this day different for everyone involved are the boats. Teams, of various nationalities, build small, simple craft, in which one courageous volunteer from each team attempts to complete a simple triangular course of 200 metres, arriving at the finish, afloat and still aboard; not only that, the boats are decorated and many of the competitors wear some rather remarkable costumes.
Each team has three hours to complete their boats, make them watertight, paint and decorate them in readiness for the start of the race at 3.30pm.
Onur Ugan, the manager of D Marina, explains how the day unfolds: “ At our Wobbly Boat Race. Teams of friends and families are given some sheets of marine ply from which they build their boats. Then we have the race, where they have to take the boats on a triangular course of about 200 metres. When the boats finish they must still be floating and the person needs to be on board - empty boats can’t win! We have people, like Alex and Nigel Dean, who have been with us since the beginning; some are local boat owners, but others come from Marmaris, Istanbul and Ankara. They know about this day and come to Göcek just for this.”
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