Karpaz Gate Marina prepares to welcome 2015 Mini Emyr Rally

Karpaz Gate Marina will welcome the participants of the Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally (EMYR) to North Cyprus for the third time in June 2015.

The 2015 Mini EMYR, which will feature a reduced programme this year due to security concerns in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, is set to arrive at the 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina on Wednesday 10th June and depart on Sunday, 14th June in a prolonged stay.

Visiting 20 marinas and covering a distance of 902 miles over 42 days, the 26th EMYR started from Çesme Marina on the Aegean coast of Turkey on Wednesday 6th May. The yachts will sail from Kumkuyu Marina to Girne in North Cyprus and finish at Famagusta as the final port.

As a popular destination on the itinerary last year, Karpaz Gate Marina will again mark the arrival of the rally from Girne with a welcome party on the promenade. The participants will then have two free days to enjoy the on-site facilities including the Beach Club, visit the Karpaz National Park or explore the region.

On Saturday 13th June, they will attend the Karpaz Gate Marina Season Opening Party celebrations, which will feature live music and food, before they depart for Famagusta the following day.

The current EMYR committee members are David and Kath Gerrard, and Hasan Kaçmaz who said, “Karpaz Gate Marina is an important part of the EMYR programme, particularly in supporting the promotion of TRNC yachting tourism. We are always impressed by the efficient service and facilities on offer.

“Sadly, other regions of the East Mediterranean are still not safe enough, which means that EMYR 2015 will take place as a symbolic rally with a different programme. We will be discussing plans for EMYR 2016 immediately following this year’s event.”

Deniz Akaltan, harbour master of Karpaz Gate Marina said, “It is very important to us to promote the whole of the TRNC and introduce as many visitors as possible to the region. As Karpaz Gate Marina is an official Port of Entry, we relish the chance to be involved in the EMYR and look forward to many more years of welcoming the participants to our marina.”

This year’s mini rally will include yachts from seven different countries, including the UK, Turkey, USA, France and Italy.

For more information, visit Karpaz Gate Marina.

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