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Leros plans boat show festival

Lakki harbour on Leros

Leros plans boat show and music festival.

The Greek holiday island of Leros may be about to launch an annual boat show and music festival. UK investors are in talks with officials on Leros to stage a long-distance yacht regatta in 2013 with the finishing line in Leros. The event could be concluded with a jazz festival and Leros may also stage an international boat show in one or both of the two Leros island marinas at Lakki and Partheni.

Funding of the events will come from private sources but island councillors have been asked to make land and facilities available for the ambitious project.

If it gets the go-ahead, the yacht race, boat show and music festival could be a major shot in the arm for tourism on Leros island.

FInancial backers point to increased tourism on Leros, especially from big money tourists. They say they want to "change for the better the status of the island on the international scene and to raise the level of service without changing the character of Leros".

The yacht race will be staged by a recognized Mediterranean sailing club interested in a long-distance sailing race covering 1000 nautical miles and run over 12-15 days and ending in Leros.

Backers claim a Leros boat show would provide a dramatic climax to the yacht race finish as well as helping make Leros a magnet for tourists.

Both marinas on Leros could provide safe anchorage for boats and a wide road along the Leros waterfront can provide plenty of parking as well as room for exhibition tents, pavement cafes and other tourist facilities.

Organisers are impressed by the amount of land available, the well protected harbours and ideal depth of the sea along the available jetties near the harbour.

The planned music festival could attract international artists from America, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and other countries as well as Greek musicians and artists. including the Leros Fisherman's Chorus made up of members of the local fishing community.

Leros island is located in the north Dodecanese group between Kos and Samos. It has a long coastline with many deeply indented bays and some noted deep water harbours.

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