“Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship” 2012 Season Opens With A Brand New Face
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A new championship season has arrived and Istanbul Offshore Club introduces the world and Turkey with a new race calendar, new teams, new sponsors, surprising transfers and a brand new championship.
Istanbul Offshore Club as part of Turkish Developing Sports Federation opened the 2012 season with a grand gala at Portaxe with the participation of the entire offshore racing community.

“Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship” organized by Istanbul Offshore Club will start the 14-race 2012 season in Halic, Istanbul or the “Golden Horn” as it is popularly known.

“Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship” is another addition to the club’s racing activities career and this year Istanbul Offshore Club takes a giant step toward raising new athletes through the organization of “Formula Future Turkish Championship”.

IOC has planned the 2012 calendar of “Isiklar World Offshore 225 Championship” as 14 races and added new provinces to the locations. The championship will travel to 8 cities; the route will start in Istanbul and end in Mersin after stopping at Samsun, Elazig-Tunceli, Van, Erdek and Gaziantep.

The championship sponsors are: Isiklar Holding-Architon (main sponsors); Anadolu Jet (official carrier); Edox (official timekeeper); Petroturk (official fuel supplier), Sonax (official supplier of cleaning products); Safter (Start Boat Sponsor), SIF-JCB (Co-sponsor), Portaxe (official banquet sponsor); Ravelli (official clothing sponsor), Mer Denizcilik (Pontoon Sponsor); Show TV - Skyturk360 (Media Sponsors); Powerboats & Yachts magazine (official magazine sponsor), Number One Radio (official radio sponsor); CMS Media (Digital Media Sponsor).

The biggest surprise of the new season came from three-time world champions Alpay Akdilek and Kerem Tuncer (formerly of team Stihl) who will be racing for team ECI in this year’s championship. SORA KOZMETIK took into consideration the huge success of the champions and transferred the pilots to team ECI which will undoubtedly bring new dynamics to the 2012 season.

Another important development came from a Mersin team, Mitsubishi Electric / Efe Project Racing Team which will be a breath of fresh air in the championship. The team managed by Nikola Istifanoglu with pilots Nevzat Arman and Onur Ozgul will be sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric.

While Besiktas and GSYIAD-Galatasaray, two of the best known names in the Turkish football scene, continue to be part of the competition, Lenore Yacht, the youngest contender of the championship, YKM Sport which had a taste of championship, WD40 sponsored by Henkel, Angel Yachts with higher expectations as well as Franke and Miele, the veterans of the championship will be contending for a place on the podium in the 2012 season.

In the gala opening speech, Ugur Isik, IOC President, expressed his happiness for starting the fourteenth season and developing the sport further every year. Mr. Isik continued, “The economic crisis which Turkey is going through as a factor that affects extreme sports naturally has an impact on us, too. I would like to thank our sponsors for continuing to be on our side despite very challenging conditions, local authorities, the media, all institutions, public and private, the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as my team.

Aiming to raise new athletes for this sports branch and to instill the love of seas in our children and young people, we have set off to bring to life the Formula Future project this season. As we pass on the experience we have accumulated over the last 14 years to our children, our primary focus will be on raising new athletes in this sports branch for a country surrounded by seas on three sides and creating new world champions. The arrival of new teams, new athletes and sponsors strengthens our motivation and we continue to work on our preparations for the first race of this season. I wish all of us a great and successful season.”