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Day 2 & 3 of Marmaris International Race Week 2012


MIRW 2012 – DAY TWO 

After yesterday’s stormy weather, a glorious morning sun on the second day of the Marmaris International Race Week found the sailors preparing their boats for today’s coastal race. 
Many of them visited the small coves in the area around the starting line, while patiently waiting for the wind to arrive. 
The weather may have been lighter today, but spectators were treated to a full racing schedule, with some impressive battles between skilled, competitive crews. The Marmaris International Race Week already confirms its reputation as an event producing amazing sailing moments. All the way, and including the amazing finish to today’s races under a setting sun and against the backdrop of the stunning vistas offered by Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. 
Many teams like ‘Sail & Sail’ carried on with their great performances from yesterday; as well as others, like ‘Turuncu’ in IRC 3 that really shined today. In the IRC 1 Charter, we saw some fierce battles, especially between ‘Laloba’ and ‘Boni Staf Pineapple’. ‘Flying Box’ was victorious in IRC 1, with ‘Strega’ a close second – and all this during one of the faster downwind legs so far in Marmaris. 
The daily video can be found here: youtu.be/wkK6T4zpbdM


In the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, the International Race Week is well underway. A sleepy fishing village only a few decades ago, these days Marmaris is a sailing and diving center along the coast known as the Turkish Riviera. And a great place to visit, even in the autumn. 
Today it was particularly hot, and it appeared the weather would not be doing the sailors any favors: serene waters and an almost total lack of wind. Marmaris remained a great place for holidays today – but less so for sailing! 
However, at 10 am, it was decided the boats should proceed towards the race course. While waiting, the athletes competing here in Turkey took to the waters, basked in the sun and generally enjoyed themselves. 
A few sailors thought this was a great opportunity to get some more practice before the race. And some days, in the world of professional sailing, this is the best one can do. In the absence of wind, the race was finally abandoned – and the boats started heading towards the port. Better luck tomorrow! 
The daily video can be found here: http://bit.ly/Y2hxGF

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