Antalya O Days 26 February - 1 March 2015 Alanya - Antalya Bulletin 1&2 Middle - Kızılalan Middle – Cebeli Reis (WRE) Long – Gedevet (WRE) Sprint - Alanya Castle (WRE) Welcome Antalya O Days was first organized in 2008 in the Manavgat region of Antalya and has quickly become one of the most popular international orienteering events in Turkey. With its sunny beaches and very moderate weather even in February, Antalya O Days offers a chance to combine plenty of sunbathing and swimming with 4 days of challenging orienteering. Antalya O Days 2015 will take place in the Alanya region of the Mediterranean coast.The shining star of the Mediterranean, Alanya, is the perfect tourist destination with its long, sandy beaches, historical artifacts, natural beauty, fish restaurants, contemporary hotels, cafés, bars and discos. Alanya welcomes you with its 13-centuries old Seljuk Castle, which is situated like a crown at top of Alanya peninsula. 1. Organization Event Director Maps Course Planners Event Controller : : : : Cihat Acar İbrahim Coşkun, Yüksel Kösem (TUR), Olles Maps (CZE) Yüksel Kösem, İbrahim Coşkun Nermin Fenmen IOF Event Adviser : Mehmet Küçükçolak 2. Event Centre To be announced in a December, 2014. 3. Programme Wednesday 25 February Arrivals, event center opens Thursday 26 February Antalya O Days Stage 1 Middle Distance - Kızılalan Friday 27 February Antalya O Days Stage 2 Middle Distance WRE(*) – Cebeli Reis Saturday 28 February Antalya O Days Stage 3 Long Distance WRE(*) – Gedevet Sunday 1 March Antalya O Days Stage 4 Sprint WRE(*) – Alanya Castle (*) Application made, pending acknowledgement from IOF 4. Entries The deadline for entries is 13 February, 2015. Classes: M/W 10, 12, 14, 16A, 16B, 18A, 18B, 20A, 20B, 21A, 21E, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70+, Beginners L, Beginners S A class with under 10 participants may be combined with the next class. Entry fees Classes M/W 10, 12 free of charge Other classes 15 EUR per stage, 50 EUR for all 4 stages SI rental fee: SportIdent punching system will be used for all events. Competitors may use their own SICards. SI-Cards will also be available for hire if necessary. 5 EUR per start, 15 EUR for all 4 stages A deposit of 50 EUR will be demanded upon hire, to be returned after return of the SI-card. Official transportation: Transportation from the Event Center to the competitions sites will be organized. Details will appear in Bulletin 3. Payment Fees are payable in cash (sorry, no credit cards) in EUR or TL (sorry, no other currency) upon arrival. For those who wish to pay by bank transfer, the details are below: Account Holder: Türkiye Oryantiring Federasyonu Currency: EUR Bank & Branch: Turkiye Garanti Bankasi A.S., Anafartalar Branch (Branch Code: 62) Account Number: 711-9091356 SWIFT Code: TGBATRIS IBAN: TR51 0006 2000 7110 0009 0913 56 Please bring your receipt with you in order to facilitate accreditation procedures. 5. Terrain and Maps The terrain in Alanya has never been used for orienteering before. Mapping continues and will be completed in January 2015. Samples below are excerpts of partially completed regions. Antalya O Days Stage 1 Middle Distance - Kızılalan Stage 1 offers a prelude to the days to come. Excellent runnability and visibility. Steep descents and intricate stone features in places. Antalya O Days Stage 2 Middle Distance – Cebeli Reis (WRE) This highly technical terrain is staged on the Cebeli Reis Plateau with a magnificent view of the Dim Dam in the north and the dazzling Mediterranean Sea on the south. The terrain is stony with many small knolls and depressions. Visibility varies. This will surely be a good test for orienteering skills required by a highquality Middle Distance event. Antalya O Days Stage 3 Long Distance – Gedevet (WRE) Runnability varying from excellent to difficult, this beautiful plateau stretches over 6 km2 with a mixture of open land and pine forests. Antalya O Days Stage 4 Sprint – Alanya Castle (WRE) Prepare for a breathtaking event within the historical castle of Alanya and the intricate, narrow streets of its surroundings. 6. Training Training maps are available for the Manavgat and Kemer Region of Antalya. Training camps prior to the event may be organized upon request. 7. Travel Alanya is about 2 hours drive (120 km) from the nearest major international airport in Antalya and half an hour (40 km) from Gazipaşa Airport. From Antalya International Airport: Many countries have direct economic flights to Antalya. From the airport it is possible to take the HAVAS shuttle bus to the main bus station in Antalya. Get on one of the frequent buses to Alanya (about 30 TL one way). From Alanya Gazipaşa Airport: Gazipaşa Airport opened for international flights in 2011, and serves a limited, but growing number of European destinations. From the airport it is possible to take a “dolmush” (public minibus) to the town center which costs 2 TL one way. Car rental facilities are abundant at both airports. 8. Visa Some countries require a visa for Turkey. For more information please check the website www.mfa.gov.tr. Please note that it is also possible to obtain a visa at the airport before passing through passport control, or better still, on-line via the website https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ where you can pay your fee on-line and avoid queues at the airport when you land. 9. Accommodation Negotiations are continuing to get good prices from a variety of hotels. The completed list will be available in December 2014. 10. Weather & Climate Due to its location on the Mediterranean coast, Alanya enjoys a very mild winter. The temperatures will begin to increase towards the end of February. One may expect temperatures as high as 23oC during the day and not lower than 10oC during the night. Precipitation, if any, would be in the form of rain. Snow is virtually unheard of in the Antalya region. 11. Insurance Competitors participate in Antalya O Days 2015 at their own risk. Individuals are responsible for their own insurance to cover for illness/accident. 12. Information For further information please see the Antalya O Days web site at www.orienteering.org.tr or contact info@ orienteering.org.tr Bulletin 3 will be published by 15 February, 2015.