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HISTORY OF BODRUM

The town we know as Bodrum today has continuously existed under various names for over three thousand years. It has seen glory and defeat, growth and decline, greatness and obscurity.

At its peak, when it was known as Halicarnassus, the capital city of the Kingdom of Caria, it was renowned for the monumental tomb of its ruler Mausolus. Known as the Mausoleum, this magnificent structure was regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and it bequeathed its name to the West as even today elaborate tombs are known as mausoleums. The site on which it stood can still be seen, but its great statuary was taken away in the last century to become the pride of the British Museum.

Queen Artemisia sent ships from here to conquer Rhodes and Herodotus, the ‘Father of History’ was born here, as was Dionysius, the author of a 20-volume History of Rome. Indeed, the city played a significant role in the cultural, political, military and commercial lives of the region and beyond, until it was overrun by the troops of the Macedonian conqueror, Alexander the Great. Stand by the restored Myndus Gate, maybe you’ll hear his trumpets...

For a brief spell of a century or so the Knights of St. John made it their outpost and it is the castle that they built that all admire today. Then, as distant seats of empire took their turn to rule, Bodrum slept. It was a tiny fishing village until a writer,Cevat Sakir Kabaağaçlı, was exiled here. Taking the pen-name of ' Fisherman of Halicarnassus’, he spread the word of Bodrum’s pristine natural beauty throughout Turkey, and it wasn’t long before the word reached the world, drew visitors and led to the creation of the sophisticated resort which we enjoy today.

BODRUM CUP
WOODEN YACHT REGATTA


Held annually since 1989during every 3rd week each October, this fun eventis a chance totake part in a sailing race in Turkey's wonderful southwesternwaters where theAegeanmeets the Mediterranean. Imagine a horizon filled with sails billowing on a fleet of traditionally-built wooden yachts, sparkling blue seas parted by their bows and dolphins racing playfully along. Imagine each night in a different anchorage under a brilliant canopy of stars in merry company of other rovers. That is the essence of the Bodrum Cup Regatta; the mundane details follow:

REGATTA CATEGORIES

1- TRADITIONAL WOODEN YACHTS IN GENERAL,high displacement cruising yachts built with tradational materials and methods. (Subdivided by length)

2- CLASSIC WOODEN YACHTS IN GENERAL,
yachts classified classic in international terminology. This category includes yachts of significntly lighter displacement than the above and built for speed. (Subdivided by length)

3- MODERN YACHTS OF WOODEN CONSTRUCTION CRUISING YACHTS BUILT WITH MODERN MATERIALS AND METHODS IN ORDER TO ATTAIN LOWER DISPLACEMENT, AS WELL AS YACHTS BUILT FOR RACING PURPOSES AS DEFINED BY ISAF. (Subdivided by length)

4- YACHTS OF NON-WOODEN CONSTRUCTION as guest status, ineligible for prizes.