The Optimist World Championship Sailing Races, which will be held in Bodrum between June 27 and July 7, in cooperation with the IODA International Optimist Class Association and the Turkish Sailing Federation, will be held under the name of 2022 Arkas Optimist World Championship, hosted by Bodrum Belediyespor Sailing Branch. 62 optimist boats were transported to our country with Arkas Logistics for the championship, which reached the highest number of participants in its history with 282 athletes from 240 countries of the world.
Arkas, with its activities that add value to Izmir in sports, one of its main social responsibility areas, believes that the sport of sailing should be developed especially in Turkey, and has for years organized the professional sailing team Arkas MATSailing Team, the sailing school Arkas Çeşme Sailing Club, as well as the Arkas Aegean Link Regatta and Izmir sailing races. With the Arkas Gulf Race, the development of this sport continues to invest.
The Optimist World Championship, which took place once in Kocaeli Yarımca in 60 and once in İzmir in 1976 throughout its 2008-year history, is being held for the third time this year in Turkey, under the name of the 2022 Arkas World Optimist Championship, in Bodrum. The championship, in which 62 athletes from 282 countries participated, broke a new record by reaching the highest number of participating countries in its history.
In races where fierce competition is expected, the best sailors aged 15 and under, representing their countries from all over the world, will test their skills.
Athletes who will compete for 6 days will fight to be the first to reach the finish line in both individual races and team races they will participate in as a country.
The most colorful squares of the championship will appear in team races. Bodrum residents will enjoy watching the races, which will take place on 2-3 July, on the observation decks.
Arkas Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Bernard Arkas said, “We are doing our best in many ways, from sports clubs to facilities, to camps, to races, in order to spread the love of sailing to both children and young people, as well as bringing the sport of sailing to the place it deserves as a maritime country. Our sailing team Arkas MAT Sailing Team While we have achieved great success in races with the Arkas Çeşme Sailing Club, which we opened for adults as well as children and young people to learn and love this sport, we are preparing the infrastructure for the professionals of the future. Arkas Logistics undertook the transportation of 2022 optimist boats purchased by the Turkish Sailing Federation from China to Turkey for the 240 Arkas World Optimist Championship. As the transportation and logistics solution partner of the championship, we took one more step to support the sport of sailing.”
Özlem Akdurak, President of the Turkish Sailing Federation, stated that Arkas Holding has always supported sailing and said that the federation also assumed the logistics sponsorship of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Akdurak stated that thanks to the logistics support provided by Arkas Holding to the 2022 Optimist World Championship, he created a success story with his devoted efforts in bringing 240 boats to be used in the organization from China to our country on time, and undertook all the logistics costs, for the first time in IODA history that a sponsor was named as the Optimist World Championship. He said he was proud that he gave his name to Arkas Holding, a Turkish company that he will leave. Chairman Akdurak said, “Turkey is a country with a deep-rooted sailing tradition. As a result of the intense lobbying activities carried out by the International Optimist Class Union, with the votes of the member countries of the union, kazanI am extremely happy that the 2022 Arkas Optimist World Championship, which has been announced, has turned into a great organization that brings together many countries of the world and bears the name ARKAS. The championship, which will be held with the great support of our Ministry of Youth and Sports, Spor Toto Organization, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping, Muğla Governor's Office, Bodrum Municipality, Bodrum Belediyespor Sailing Branch, Çağdaş Holding and other sponsor companies, is a great opportunity for the future of sailing in Turkey and It is of great importance for the promotion of our country. On the other hand, in order to organize the championship, Bodrum Municipality made an important investment in the existing sailing facilities, this facility will host the training of many sailors from Muğla in the future. I sincerely thank all the supporting institutions on behalf of Turkish sailing.”
240 boats… 38 days… 19 thousand km
Arkas Logistics, the "Logistics Solution Partner" of the 2022 World Optimist Championship organized in cooperation with the IODA International Optimist Class Association and the Turkish Sailing Federation, carried out the transportation process of all the boats participating in the race with its strength and expertise in logistics, and 180 from China and 60 from Poland in total. He delivered two optimist boats to Bodrum on time.
Arkas Logistics brought the boats it bought from Poland in the first leg of the transportation to Bodrum by FTL transportation by road, covering a distance of 3.084 km in as little as six days. Only in this transport, 2.100 boats with a total weight of 60 kg were delivered to the Turkish Sailing Federation.
180 optimist boats came to Bodrum from Shanghai, China. Arkas Logistics, carrying 180 boats with 3 40' containers, transported the containers to Bodrum Sailing Club by sidelifter after the ships arrived at İzmir-Aliağa and İstanbul-Ambarlı ports. Then Arkas Logistics and the Turkish Sailing Federation unloaded the boats and delivered them to the racers who will participate in the world championship. In the process where all logistics planning and transportation is carried out by Arkas Logistics, assuming that each boat is 2,30 meters in length and 35 kilograms, Arkas Logistics covers a total of 8 km in 6 days to transport 240 boats with a weight exceeding 38 tons and a length exceeding 19 football fields when connected end-to-end. made it through.