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30 June 2003, 09:01 am
Final Day
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Bosphorus Cup
Istanbul

The second and last day of racing for the second edition of the Shop & Miles Visa Bosphorus Cup 2003 saw very little breeze that was light and fluky.
Unfortunately the sailors did not have a very competitive race as the weather conditions were not cooperative with the start at only 3 knots and the strongest wind being only 8 knots.

The fleet of forty boats participating in this unique regatta had a different race course yesterday, which was set on a 21 mile long course on the Marmara Sea. The starting line was in front of the Kalamis Marina, then the fleet proceeded around the island of Sivri and back to the shore near the Bosphorus with the finish line being in front of the Atakoy Marina, in front of the newly built sailing stadium, perfect for viewing regattas.

Winners of this years Bosphorus Cup are Provezza followed by Team Spirit for the IRC Race division. For the IRC Race and Cruise division the award was given to Limoncello in first place and Narin. In the IRC Cruise division the boats did not have time to finish the race so there is no winner. The results in this class remainaqs they did following the first day's racing with Blue Dragon first, followed by Equinox.

Next years format for the Bosphorus Cup will be very unique. The race is becoming more international and will attract the IMS class of boats, including Maxi Yachts, and other One Design Classes coming from different countries in Europe and in the rest of the world. Also because of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the racing structure will include an offshore race after the three day event on the Bosphorus Strait, which will bring all the boats to Athens, Greece.

The Bosphorus Cup is owned and managed by ORG Sports Marketing in collaboration to the sponsors Shop & Miles and Visa. The organizers wish to thank 3M Marine, Becks Beer, Doluca wines, Barilla Pastas, Nestlè and Dimes fruit juices.
Vittoria Trojer (As Amended by ISAF News Editor)
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