Turkey Sails Ahead in 2011

TurkeyAs the third highest producer of luxury yachts in the world, boasting an unspoilt coastline of 8000km of spectacular beauty, and with 311 Blue Flag Beaches, Turkey ranks among the top sailing spots in the world.  Sailing enthusiasts can enjoy a tradition of regular international boat races and festivals throughout the year; while the more leisurely can discover the serene ‘Blue Cruise’ on a traditional wooden boat and a breathtaking coastline accessible only by boat.  The best bit?  A multitude of anchoring points offer fantastic settings for snorkelling, swimming and diving, as well as the opportunity to explore secret bays, local fishing villages and vibrant resort towns.

New marinas are opening all the time… the latest is planned for Dalaman on the Mediterranean coast, Turkey’s most popular spot for British visitors, with a capacity of 650 berths and sports (tennis, basketball, football), eating and shopping facilities.  This is an addition to Turkey’s wealth of world-class marinas, 29 of which are international standard, and 12 municipality operated marinas with a total capacity of 10,450 floating berths and 5,400 hard standing.  All are located between Istanbul in the north and Antalya in the south. In Istanbul both Atakoy Marina on the European side and Setur Kalamis-Fenerbahce (Amiral Fahri Koruturk) Marina on the Asian side offer 24-hour service.  Larger cruise-liners most often dock in the larger ports of Istanbul or Kusadasi, both of which are perfectly situated for access to some of Turkey’s most interesting historic sites.  Turkish Marina Management has an excellent reputation amongst international sailing crews for taking care of the yachts and their crew.

New marinas planned include: Marinturk Pendik Marina, Istanbul: 752-berth capacity and 100 hard standing; Marinturk Gocek & Poruklu Marinas, Gocek: 200-berth capacity and 150 hard standing; Alanya Marina on the east side of Antalya Gulf: 300-berth capacity and 150 hard standing; C&N Cesme Marina: 400-berths and 100 hard standing capacity; and Kas Marina: 450-berths and 100 hard standing capacity.

So what are you sailing enthusiasts waiting for?  Organise your sailing tour now!

For more information about sailing opportunities in Turkey visit www.gototurkey.co.uk

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