We hope that you are all fine, happy and have enjoyed your Christmas and New Year celebrations with your family or friends at home or in the marinas.

Hasan has been at Genoa, Barcelona, Paris and London boat shows during past 4 months and met many past and new 2012 EMYR participants. The next boat show is at Düsseldorf and he wants to meet some of you there to start the EMYR parties in cold Germany.

The weather in Turkey and Cyprus is still warm and the sun is still shining above us. All the yachts in their marinas in Turkey and liveaborads have enjoyed Christmas and New Year activities. Your committee and organization team are spread apart from each other but work in harmony as always. Commodore Teoman Arsay is in İstanbul and working hard to establish the new educational programmes for amateur sailors and to reduce the bureaucracy to make the amateur sailors life easier and happier. He wants to sail with the rally for the entire route in EMYR2012 if possible. Kath & Dave are in North Cyprus Girne, they have received many old EMYR friends this year as guests. We call their house Hotel Alsancak. There is always BBQ in their garden and G&T in their bar. Girne social life is very active, if you care to visit please contact before as always davidmashona@hotmail.com.

Cyprus this year has like Turkey received rain falls but we still have mostly clear blue sky’s and sunshine. Kaths golf handicap has reduced as usual Dave is struggling. Hasan has reported that Alanya Marina is completed and the next project, Gazipaşa Marina, is started. Gazipaşa Marina will be complete October 2013 according to todays program. He welcomes all cruising friends to visit Alanya. Contact him by e-mail for further information. hasan@emyr.org Umut is now manager of Setur Ayvalık Marina after completing Yalova Marina. Ayvalık is another beautiful stop on the Northern Aegean Coast of Turkey where we will visit with EMYR rally. umut@emyr.org  Faruk & his wife Ceren have a new baby, Deniz and we will meet them all in May while visiting Göcek. Faruk works in the team of D-Marine Göcek Marina faruk@gunlu.net

We now have completed the provisional programme for EMYR2012 and received the confirmations from marinas / ports.  There will be limited space in Girne Tourism harbour and Delta Marina will provide berths for some of us.  Dave will meet with the Ports and Transport minister and try and secure berths in the commercial harbour. There is a new marina construction, Karpas Gate Marina, 30 nm to east of Girne. The development coordinator is inviting us to the new marina for a reception. We will check if the EMYR sailors like to have one more party.

Commodore Teoman Arsay will meet some of the EMYR yachts that they will start the Rally in İstanbul. Setur Ayvalık Marina Manager Umut Tepedelenlioğlu, C&N Çeşme Marina General Manager Can Polat, Setur Kuşadası Marina Manager Çağlar Altuntaş, Didim Marina Manager Murat Yaprak, Martı Marina General Manager Ercan Güneştutar, Marintürk Göcek Marina Manager Akbulut Kahraman,  Setur Finike Marina Manager Serhat Maya, Türkiz Kemer Marina General Manager Cemal Nemlioğlu and Alanya Marina General Manager Oktay Yurtsever are looking forward to welcome the EMYR2012 yachts. We don’t have it in the program but new Setur Kaş Marina Manager Tuncay Özses is inviting EMYR Yachts to be their guest for a night.

Mersin & İskenderun Chamber Of Shipping offices, Lattakia Marina in Syria, Jounieh ATCL Marina in Lebanon, Haifa Port, Ashkelon Marina and Herzliya Marina in Israel, Port Said Harbor in Egypt have replied positively to receive the rally yachts again in 2012.

We will discuss the programme with you either when we meet you at the boat shows in Düsseldorf, Stockholm and Moscow or you can e-mail us your suggestions. The provisional program for EMYR2012 can be altered depending on the latest conditions in Lebanon, Israel and Egypt.

The Rally Committee is monitoring the political situation in the Middle East as usual, and will make appropriate decisions to ensure the enjoyment of the Rally. We have received the positive reports for the safety from the EMYR Representatives in Syria, Lebanon and Israeli Marinas/Ports and they all are looking forward to welcoming the EMYR Yachts in their marinas. According to the news, Syria & Israel delegates are talking and may have peace declaration in 2012 and Lebanon will be at peace accordingly. There are intensive talks in Cyprus Island between Greek & Turkish Cypriot communities and they are working (talking) hard to achieve a positive solution. We hope that the political condition will be settled in Egypt & Lebanon soon.

Hasan will visit N. Cyprus to meet the authorities in February for the final organization and David may visit Israeli ports Marinas to talk about the mooring conditions.

There is a final list for the participants attached with their yacht names and yacht details. We will also send the list within a week time with e-mail addresses. Please inform us only if you don’t want to announce your e-mail address.

The provisional EMYR2012 programme is attached and may be changed according to the replies from the marinas/ports. According to the 80 EMYR Entry forms, yachts have declared their joining ports as below;
İstanbul      11
Ayvalık        1
Çeşme         1
Kuşadası    4
Didim         4
Martı          21
Göcek         15
Kekova        1
Finike        4
Kemer         6
Alanya       12
Unfortunately, Martı Marina in Hisarönü can’t accommodate more than 25 yachts. There will be 21 yachts coming from north and only 4 smaller yacht allowance out of 21 yachts to join the rally at Martı Marina. Others may anchor in the bay or join at Göcek. Please check the list and inform your joining port if there is any change.

The cost-sharing fee is 400 Euros per person and there will be an announcement for the payment time and method in the next February newsletter.

We are checking the prices of tours, entry fees/taxes and fuel of every country that we will visit. You may find the samples of the costs for 2010 on our web site but there might be some different tours than last year. Therefore, we will inform you of the latest information with our next newsletters. All new information will be posted on our website.

You can visit the web site of the rally to find information about the rally, ports, tours, and articles written by past Rally participants. www.emyr.org the official website. The Rally Committee will try to respond your questions. But please ask only important questions.

INSURANCE: For your own benefit, it is wise to check with your yacht insurance agency about coverage in some of the Eastern Med countries since they may be on the company's list of 'war territories.' We recommend that you receive written confirmation from your insurance company that you are covered in these counties. Other participants have received approval by sending their company a letter of request for coverage explaining that we are a large group, that this is the 22nd year for this rally.

You can now e-mail the following information to the EMYR secretary.

Crew: There are NINE (9) overnight passages after Alanya. Do you have adequate crew? We realize that this is an ambitious schedule of passages and tours but necessary in order to not inconvenience the local fishing boats and yachts owners. Tired crew can lead to short tempers and intolerance and would defeat the purpose of the Rally. We have an experience that also unknown crew can be a problem. Take people you know very well and really get on very well as a crew.

Passport Information: Faruk Günlü, EMYR Secretary at Göcek has received only some crew and passport information. Please can you fill in the online form in the web page as soon as possible. Please inform him if there are any changes in your crew passports.
If you are arriving at a port before the designated Rally time, staying longer or returning after, you must have reservations and pay the agreed upon fees. Some marinas will have special rates for yachts returning after the Rally depending on the length of your stay. Please contact the marina managements individually.

Shirt sizes: Please can you fill in the same online form in the web page as soon as possible with shirt sizes for crew (S, M, L, XL, XXL) if you are any bigger than this you need to go on a diet.

DON’T e-mail passport information and T-Shirt sizes for the crew. Please visit the web site www.emyr.org click Entry Forms; there you will see EMYR2012 Crew List. Please complete this form for the passport details and T-Shirt sizes.

The Committee members look forward to meeting you again in the Rally where you will be sure of a warm welcome with cold drinks. Until that day, we wish you good time at your boat or at home for the winter months. If there are further questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@emyr.org . Our hope is for good weather, friendships, hospitality, and great experiences, as we will make the 22nd Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally a wonderful event for both the sailors and our hosts.
Can we also take this opportunity to remind you that the official language of the rally is English any communication should be in that vernacular?

We wish fair cruising and many Happy Hours, and of course a very happy and peaceful New Year.


     Kath & David Gerrard        Gönül & Hasan Kaçmaz   

      SY Mashona UK                   SY IBIS II, Turkey            


    Umut Tepedelenlioğlu         Ceren & Faruk Günlü

    EMYR Coordinator               EMYR Secretary