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The "Independence Rally"

53 Yachts took part in the annual Rally held by the Israeli Sailing Association. On Friday and Saturday 27-28/4/2001. In a well-organized operation the fleet set out at 15:00 Hrs from Tel Aviv and Herzliya marinas towards Ashdod marina, 15 miles to the south. The fresh 20-25 Knots northerly breeze gave the yachts a fast run and within 2-3 hours all arrived to Ashdod.

The 250 yachtsman received an excellent welcome party by Ashdod Marina, though some improvements in the maintenance of the new marina are necessary: Dredging of the entrance channel is urgent (at least one boat stranded on the sand bar at the entrance) and the toilet / shower facilities must be improved !

The dance party with plenty of refreshments was the highlight of the happening and at the finale the lottery with high value prices, such as one week yacht charter in Greece with 40 feet yacht. The price was contributed by: Tashut Company the representative of Beneteau in Israel.

Next day a friendly regatta was held with the participation of 21 yachts including local Ashdod yachts. The first places and the winner cups went to: Class A - yacht Sabra 1. Class B - yacht Zula. Class C - yacht Lollipop.


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