Yachting in Bodrum and Bodrum Cup
With everything from manufacturing to repair, from operation to maintenance; Bodrum is the hearth of yachting in Turkey. The tradition of building schooners continues in the Icmeler Shipyard, whose name has become almost synonymous with Bodrum itself. As big as many modern shipyards, luxury sailboats up to 30 meters can be built here using the latest available technology.
The yacht races in Bodrum are probably the only ones in the world that completely inexperienced people can participate in, even children have participated. The Bodrum Cup is an annual yacht regatta organized by ERA Bodrum Sailing Club. The main purpose is to assist interest and skill in sailing among the captains and crews of Bodrum's charter fleet. It is also a festival of the ending of each year's cruising season, a means to bring together in a friendly encounter charter yachts that normally cruise on their own. This is a fun event organized since 1989, held every third week in October.