Greatings to EMYR 2015 Sailors, 2 January 2015

This is our first newsletter of EMYR2015 and we are sure that you are all conversant with the volatile political situation that exists presently in the Middle East. As a committee we are exploring all the possibility’s to make EMYR 2015 rally as safe and enjoyable as we can.

EMYR Rally has now been repeated for 25 years. Last year 36 individual yachts from 12 different countries sailed 1398 nautical miles in 57 days with visiting 25 marinas & ports in 3 different countires from West İstanbul Marina to Herzliya Marina in Israel. The EMYR rally is still well supported in Turkey and N. Cyprus and our representatives in Israel & Egypt still work tirelessly to make our visit to their marinas / ports possible and enjoyable. The EMYR committee and the past EMYR sailors are still enjoying very much looking at the photos of EMYR Rallies and receiving and replying to e-mails of the participants. EMYR British sailors will gather at London for the traditional dinner on 12th January 2015 at Royal Thames Yacht Club and German, Swiss, Austrian & Dutch EMYR sailors will gather at Düsseldorf for the traditional EMYR dinner at Düsseldorf Yacht Club. The EMYR committee have met in N. Cyprus on October 2014 and discussed the EMYR2015 Provisional Program.

Kath & Dave are enjoying the mild but at the present wet climate of North Cyprus and the Golf Course in Esentepe – Kyrenia. Their yacht Mashona is already lifted out to their winter lay- up. Hasan has visited Paris Boat Show in December 2014 and met the old EMYR friends and will visit London and Düsseldorf Boat Shows to meet sailors planning to sail to Turkey and also that they may sail with next year’s EMYR rally. Umut is working hard to organize both marinas in Ayvalık and also in Mitillini Lesvos. EMYR Rally Secretary, Ebru Kahraman, she was the Rally Secretary many years ago, is married Akbulut, Marintürk Göcek & İstanbul Marinas Manager and they live in Göcek with their 3 years old son. Our Commodore Teoman Arsay is at İstanbul and keeping his yacht at new West İstanbul Marina where we had our first EMYR cocktail this year. West İstanbul Marina and the manager Fuat Çimen will host EMYR yachts again in 2015. Çeşme Marina Manager Can Akaltan, Teos Marina Manager Burak Köylübay, Setur Kuşadası Marina Manager Çağlar Altuntaş, D-Marin Didim Manager Ahmet Arıcasoy, Martı Marina Manager Fatih Dağıstanlıoğlu, D-Marin Göcek Marina Manager Onur Ugan, Setur Kaş Marina Manager Tuncay Özses, Setur Finike Marina Manager Ziya Dal, Kemer Marina Manager Levent Tokaç, Alanya Marina Manager Deputy Mustafa Kaya, New Kumkuyu Marina Manager Umut Demirel, Mersin Marina Manager Sami Erol, Girne Delta Marina Manager Füsun Şen, Karpazgate Marina Manager Deniz Akaltan, Haifa Carmel Club Commodore Scholomo Cohen, Ashkelon Marina Manager Eran Portugali, Herzliya Marina Manager Amir Tzinder, Port Said representative Nagib Latif have confirmed that they will be happy to receive the EMYR Rally yachts again.

The EMYR2015 rally will start from Istanbul as previous years; our commodore Teoman Arsay may join us on SY Mat from İstanbul. Dave and Kath on Mashona may join EMYR rally somewhere en route depending on the weather conditions.

The year 2014 was complicated as we couldn’t visit Syria & Lebanon related to the political developments in the region. There are still some areas impossible to visit such Latakia – Syria and some areas difficult to visit such Jounieh – Lebanon. N. Cyprus, Israeli and Egypt ports & marinas are always very friendly and the welcome will be as usual warm and hospitable. We are planning to visit Marmara Island and Canakkale Marina as the new ports in Marmara Sea then keep the traditional route from Ayvalık Marina till Mersin, the last port in Turkey. Hopefully our friends and representatives can organize our visit to Port Said in Egypt. There is no hope that we can visit Syrian Lattakia marina and Jounieh Marina in Lebanon in 2015.

  • The rally committee continues to monitor the political situation daily in Israel & Egypt.
  • We hope that our friends in those troubled countries remain safe and our thoughts are always with them.
  • In North Cyprus the old Girne harbour is full and we will stay at the commercial harbour & Girne Delta Marina. No problem with Karpazgate Marina & Famagusta Harbour.
  • As we have already outlined that the size of any yacht including bow spit and davits must be less than 18 metres.
  • Please try and be accurate on your joining port this is very important to us when we are at the planning stage.
  • Each year we limit the participants to 80 yachts maximum as the ports & marinas have limited spaces for the Rally yachts. Already there are 17 yachts registered from 10 different countries; 4 British, 2 from USA, 4 from yacht each from Denmark, Sweden, Canada

There will be more information with our next newsletter in February 2015.

Please see the news from the past years’ rally participants & the information for entire EMYR on the web page, www.emyr.org

Can we also take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and peaceful New Year

With our best regards,

The Rally Committee,

Kath & Dave Gerrard     Gönül & Hasan Kaçmaz 
Mashona UK            SY IBIS II, Turkey         

Ebru Mete Kahraman
EMYR Secretary