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26th MIRW Monday Highlights

 Welcome to beautiful Marmaris and Netsel Marina, host of the 26th edition of Marmaris International Race Week. Every year, the gulf of Marmaris is packed with sailors from around the word, eager to race and enjoy the shore festivities at the same time. 

 
2015 is no different, and the line-up of 130 boats join the starting line in 10 different racing divisions, categorized based on length and boat type.
A few changes this year, sees the racing and charter cruising boats awarded 4 divisions each, and 2 new divisions added for charter performance boats.
 
Always ready to face the challenges on the race track, sailors are also here to enjoy the warm Marmaris climate and intense week of competition ahead.
Today though, the wind was untypically light. Teams had to be patient and keep themselves focused as they waited, hoping for the breeze to fill in. Yesterday’s rains however, meant the wind was not going to come easy. 
 
Finally the race committee was forced to abandon racing for the day and send teams back ashore. Despite no racing, teams did, as always, enjoy the evening’s entertainment and social gathering back at the marina. The evening parties here are a daily highlight of Marmaris International Race Week.
 
Tomorrow, racing continues with the fleet heading outside the gulf of Marmaris to contest the coastal race. Do not miss it.