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Istanbul — By inka on May 27, 2010 at 7:53 am
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Tall ship race comes to Istanbul

What had been agreed in a conference in Kuala  Lumpur in 2005 becomes a reality from 27th to 30th of May in Istanbul:  the world’s first Tall ship Race of this magnitude following historical routes to celebrate Istanbul’s status as one of the cultural capitals of 2010.

Tall ships off shore in Turkish waters

The route

At the heart of the tall ship race lies the idea to follow the traces of historical or legendary seafarers and to commemorate Istanbul’s maritime history as the capital of three empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

The regatta started on leg one from Volos in Greece, following the historical route of Jason and the Argonautes in search of the Golden Fleece.

From Velos through the Dardanelles to the Black Sea, the regatta then continues on the Varna in Bulgaria, equally a historical and important sea port.

From 27th to 30th of May, the participants will be racing in the waters of Istnabul, another first as never before have so many tall ships been cruising the sea of Marmaris and the Bosporus.

Last leg is the passage to Lavrion near Athens in Greece.


Over 50 vessels many of them vintage tall ships, will participate in the race.

Where to watch

Anywhere along the Bosporus on the European as well as the Asia side of the city, or, if you are lucky, from a boat on the water itself. In any vent the sight of these amazing tall ships which will be present in such huge numbers will be breathtaking.

Photograph is authors own.

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