The first day of the Turkcell Platinum Bosphorus Cup has been another thrilling day in front of millions of Istanbul citizens. More than one millon people gathered to watch the sailing competition on both sides of the Bosphorus, the waterway dividing Europe and Asia.
The race started in Besiktaş, very close to the Dolmabahce Palace andthe boats went aorund the upwind mark in Anadolu Hisari, just between the two castles, built in 15th century prior to the conquest of Istanbul
by the Ottomans. As usual sailors had a very joyful day.
The fierce competition was among the Farr 40 fleet, with İstanbul Cerrahi Cheese winning the first day overall a head of Farrfara Bodrum Milta Marina and Shak Shuka.
IRC-1 by Akpa Chemicals (mat 1070) in IRC-2 won by Logo IRC-3 (mat 1010) won by Shell Alize IRC-4 won by MSD Poseidon Yelken.
Around 55 boats sailed in good northerly winds, giving them enough speed to beat the heavy Black Sea current.
The prize giving ceremony for the day was held at Feriye Palace. Sunday will be the second and the last day for the 18th Edition of the Bosphorus Cup.
Racing will take place between Caddebostan and the famous Princess Islands of Istanbul.