The Championships took place from 2nd to 5th November in Bodrum, Southern Turkey. 8 races were held over the 4 days in perfect sailing conditions, the wind varying between 12 and 20 knots. We would like to thank the Race Committee for their excellent management. We were delighted to welcome former IDA President, Rob Campbell, who sailed the Turkish Dragon “Frenchie” together with Kay Tavinor and John Greenwood. Rob and team finished 2nd overall and Rob commented “What a wonderful venue, just outside Bodrum Marina. The sailing conditions were outstanding with good winds and relatively flat water due to the large islands protecting the course. Perfect for Dragons.”
The 2017 Dragon World Champions, Team Provezza, sailed by Andy Beadsworth, Ali Tezdiker and Simon Fry are the 2017 Turkish Champions, with a strong showing throughout the regatta. The final podium place went to Therapie sailed by Senkar Oztuzun and his team of Burcin Aytunc and Ali Cengiz Gun. Therapie had a brilliant final race, keeping their nerves under pressure, to raise her position from 5th to 3rd overall.
A full social programme supported the regatta, including a visit to a micro-brewery and a dinner which included traditional Turkish belly dancing. After the racing, the prize giving was held in the Yacht Club. We were honoured that the President of the Turkish Sailing Federation, Mrs Ozlem Akdurak, joined us and agreed to give the prizes to the winners. Everyone clearly enjoyed the event and we look forward to entertaining more international visitors in future years. This year's visitors were unanimous in their praise for the beautiful warm and blue waters off the Aegean Sea just off Bodrum.
Turkish Dragon Secretary
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