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Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:03

First catamaran rally from D-Cat Club a success

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Conditions were perfect for the inaugural catamaran rally from D-Cat Club, D-Marin Didim marina, the first-ever, professional catamaran club of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The rally started on Friday 28 September at 10.00am and continued over an exciting four days culminating in a lively award ceremony and party at Didim Marina Yacht Club on Monday 1 October.

The nine strong fleet followed a breathtakingly beautiful scenic route, where the aim of the game was to have fun rather than claim first place. Yachts left Didim marina for the Greek island of Patmos, 35 nautical miles (nm) away. They then embarked for Leros on Day Two, before heading to Kalimnos on Day Three and finally, the home stretch to Didim Marina, 28nm away from Kalimnos.

“It’s been great fun. With this rally catamaran owners could come together and have a nice time, which is one of the main aims of the club - to create a network with likeminded people who share a passion for cat sailing. Participants are already asking when the next one will be,” said Can Polat, marina manager at D-Marin Didim.

D-Marin Didim is known as a catamaran magnet owing to its unique technical infrastructure for catamarans as well as attractive sailing conditions. The winds are strong and regular, the marina itself is sheltered, and the Greek islands – most under 30 nautical miles away – mean there are varied cruising itineraries. Didim has an 11m width lifting pool and a 400 tonne travelift, which suits the wider proportioned catamaran. In the marina or in the dry dock, they have plenty of room too – the dry dock has a 600 yacht capacity whilst the marina takes yachts up to 70m.

D-Cat club was launched in summer 2012 to give catamaran owners bespoke services and offers as well as social and competitive events. D-Cat club members also get %50 discount off winterizing maintenance, %15 discount in technical services and free technical inspection and reporting.

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