Collaborative international sailing event keeps growing
The 9th edition of the highly anticipated Cyprus-Israel Regatta will take place from the 11th to 19th October. Organised by the Israel Yacht Club (IYC), Limassol Marina and Tel Aviv Marina, this major sailing event brings together sailing enthusiasts from across the region to compete in several challenging offshore yacht races. A non-racing flotilla is also open to boats that comply with all requirements for international voyage.
The Cyprus-Israel Regatta dates back to 2011 and came about as a result of the close alliance and common objectives between the two organizing clubs, Israel Yacht Club IYC and Famagusta District Sailing Club, which are to enhance the relationship between the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, to promote sailing in the region and to make the Regatta an annual international event. The 2019 edition of this competition seeks to continue this tradition.
Limassol is in one of Cyprus’ most vibrant cities and serves as the perfect base for sailing to nearby port destinations. Limassol Marina offers high quality yachting services and facilities, as well as recreational and leisure activities, serving as the ideal location for the Regatta to take place. It has also played host to multiple sailing regattas co-hosted by the Israeli and Cypriot sailing communities for several years, cementing its reputation as a world-class venue for holding events of this calibre. Last year, Limassol Marina was the host for the European ORC Championship.
Regatta programme summary
Between 11-12 October, boats will depart from Tel Aviv and sail to Limassol Marina. Boat inspections will take place on 13 October, after which an early evening cocktail reception will be held at TGI Friday’s, Limassol Marina, from 18:00-21:00.
On 14 October, the Regatta commences with an opening ceremony and briefing at Calma Restaurant, Limassol Marina. The race from Limassol Marina to race will then begin, after which a prize giving ceremony will be held. A free day will be had on 15 October, during which the Cyprus Tourism Organisation has arranged for an all-day excursion. On 15 October, boats will sail from Zygi back to Limassol Marina.
Between 17-18 October, the next stage of the race begins with boats departing from Limassol Marina and sailing to Tel Aviv. A skippers meeting will be held at Cafe Calma at Limassol Marina on 17 October from 9:00 – 10:00 am, prior to the race commencing. The Regatta will end on 19 October with a closing ceremony during which prizes will be awarded.
For more information about the Regatta and detailed programme outline, visit the event’s website
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