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Marmaris International Race Week - Day 4 & 5

//Press Release: Icarus Sailing Media for MIRW//
Marmaris has changed a lot in recent years thanks to tourism, but the village still features many quiet spots, even in the midst of a world class event like the International Race Week, now in its fourth day. 
It is rather cloudy today in Turkey, with a chance of rain, and great wind patterns for sailing – the wind occasionally reached 15 knots! There were some great sailing moments from the teams gathered here in Marmaris in the course of an eventful fourth day: the risky moves from ‘Flying Box’ and the clever tactics from ‘Sail n Sail’ in IRC fleets 1 and 2; the expert playing of the shifts from Boni Staff Pineapple in the IRC Charter 1 and 2; the rivalry of Iscorpit and Eker Yayik Ayran in the IRC fleets 3 and 4; and the excellent choices and agility from Attila 2, in the IRC Charter 3 and 4. 
The finish of the race, at the entrance of the Bay of Marmaris was also quite remarkable. These colourful spinnakers became part of a truly stunning picture as the sunlight pierced the clouds and was reflected in the sea around the boats now sailing downwind. 
The International Race Week has grown into a world class event these days, and Allianz insurance, sponsoring this event for the last 23 years, has played a key role in this respect. For tomorrow, only a single inshore race is scheduled, so everything will be judged there, since all the top teams are all really close to one another. The weather forecast shows light winds. Racing inside the bay might prove tricky, considering that light winds are expected. 
The daily video can be found here: http://bit.ly/Y9xhYF

Day 5 
In the last day of the Marmaris International Race Week, participating athletes were faced with mostly light winds as they prepared for the final battles that would decide the overall winners in most of the eight categories. During these 5 days of inshore and coastal races we have witnessed great sailing moments and racing action in this gorgeous spot on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. 
From the start, today’s races were the most suspenseful so far in this championship. The finish of the IRC 1 and 2 race was nail-biting, with ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘Lady in Red’, fighting neck and neck until the very end, when ‘Dirty Diana’ prevailed. The rounding mark on the bay’s west side offered some stunning views of the spellbinding landscape characterizing this region. More so today, with the storm gathering on the mountains, refracting the surrounding sunlight. 
In the IRC Charter 1 and 2, there were still many favorites such as Laloba, Boni Staff Pineapple, Night and Day and Mauritius. They each needed their best performance today, and some really good tactics, too. In the penultimate race of the day, for IRC fleets 3 and 4, Eker Yayik Iran and Turuncu had some unfinished business from yesterday, and were once again involved in some seriously tough battles at the pinn end. In the IRC Charter 3 and 4, Attila 2 enjoyed another great start, but Yuksel d2 was hard on its heels. 
Shifts in the weather caused many upsets and further changes in the leaderboard on this final day of the event. Congratulations must be given to the winners and to all the teams taking part in the Marmaris International Race Week, as well as to the very able organizers. A beautiful awards ceremony was a fitting conclusion to such a successful event.
The daily video can be found here: http://bit.ly/Yg9pmd

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