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The BMW Bosphorus Sailing Fest

Leyla Güvenç
Leyla Güvenç
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“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” says Ricky Skaggs.

Sailing devotees will come together on the 14th of May with their boats. Starting from the Galatasaray Island in Bosphorus, the route hits the North across the Büyükdere bay, finishing at the Kuruçeşme Galatasaray Island.



All boats from 6 to 27 meters are invited to attend the race free of charge. The main supporter is BMW, which is also organizing the International BMW Sailing Cup races.

Turkish Sailing Federation and BMW Managers are awaiting many attendees to the BMW Bosphorus Sailing Fest and aim that this race will soon become the most comprehensive sailing race in Turkey.




The awards will be given to each category racer on the 17th of May at Borusan Oto in İstinye during a ceremony.

The TYF (Turkish Sailing Federation) trophy will be given to the best timing team in the general class of racers. BMW Special Price will be given to the best timing team in the class of IRC racers.




IRC is a rating rule (Source RORC Rating Office)
IRC is a rating rule to handicap different designs of keelboats allowing them to race together; unlike a performance handicap a rating is not altered between races according to the individual boat’s performance, but is based on the physical measurements of the boat.

Each boat’s rating (her ‘handicap’) is calculated using measurements of the boat; her length, weight, draft, rig size, sail area, and specific characteristics and features. The resulting time corrector, the boat’s ‘TCC’, is her handicap. The higher the TCC figure, the faster the boat’s potential speed; IRC TCCs range from 0.750 to 1.900, with the majority of cruiser/racers between 0.900 and 1.100.

After a race, each boat’s elapsed time (the time she has taken to complete the course) is multiplied by her TCC to calculate her corrected time (her race time making allowance for the characteristics of the boat). The boat with the shortest corrected time is the winner of the race.




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