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Kalkan Festival of the Sea - Sunday 1st July 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012

Kalkan Festival of the SeaArticle updated: On Sunday 1st July, Kalkan will once again celebrate the Festival of the Sea.

It's a fun day, with lots of water based competitions, down at the Kalkan town beach, and in Kalkan Bay. 

If you are in Kalkan this weekend, we highly recommend going along to watch.  Take a look at some KTLN photos from earlier festivals - click on the links below.

In fact, why not take part?  It's going to be a hot day, so taking the plunge could be just the thing to cool down.  Here is what you can expect to see.

Article update: Here is the order of events, as provided by Kalkan Belediye.  Starting at 10.30:

1 - Atatürk memorial wreath-laying ceremony and the National Anthem
2 - Atatürk and the sea, a wreath in memory of martyred saint of sailors
3 - Swimming Competition (across different age groups)
4 - Canoe/Sea Kayak Competition
5 - Grabbing the flag competition on the oily pole (Walking the Plank)
6 - The Boat Race
7 - Water sports displays.
8 - Medal and Awards Ceremony

Here are our highlights of the day.

Kalkan Festival of the Sea

Swimming competition
On Sunday morning, at about 11.00 there will be swimming competitions.

Boats take people out into the bay, (not too far out), and they swim back to shore. 

Competitors are placed into male and female groups,in age bands, and there are also competitions for children.  The winners get medals! 

It's open to anyone, not just Turkish people.  If you want to take part, you need to be at the beach for 09.30, to get your name down.

Walking the plank
You can also witness something near the Fener Bar, that is similar to 'walking the plank'. 

Kalkan Festival of the SeaIt involves brave souls walking along a wooden pole, smothered in olive oil, to retrieve a small Turkish flag stuck on the end. 

By the way, it's the pole that is smothered in oil, not the people!  Whether they get the flag or not, there is an inevitable dunk in the sea waiting for them.

The Kalkan boat race
Later in the afternoon, at the time the day trip boats normally return to the harbour, for one day only, the boat captains go hell for leather, in a mad dash home.  It's quite a sight.

KTLN webcams
If you are not in Kalkan on Sunday, to witness these events first hand, why not take a look on the KTLN webcams.  The Korsan webcam is ideally positioned to give you a great view of the swimming races, and the Villa Mahal webcam will show you the tour boats dashing back to the harbour.

Finally, if you want to see what the Festival of the Sea looked like in 2009, 2010 and 2011, take a look at the following KTLN reports. 

KTLN news article - Festival of the Sea 2009

KTLN news article - Festival of the Sea 2010

KTLN news article - Festival of the Sea 2011

Our advice is to get down to the harbour early - from 09.30 onwards, especially if you wish to get your name down for any of the competitions.  It's always a brilliant day.


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Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012