Final preparations underway for AEGEAN 600 • Live Sail Die
July 7, 2022 – Lavrion, Greece – An impressive fleet from 13 nations is gathered at the Olympic Marina during the final preparations for the second edition of the AEGEAN 600, the first 600-mile ocean race in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The race begins on Sunday July 10 with the first arrivals expected in a few days while the rest of the fleet arrives throughout the week.
The AEGEAN 600 is organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) and co-organized with the Region of Attica and Olympic Marine.
The AEGEAN 600 is unique in that it has a fantastic start and finish location: in Sounio under the ancient temple of Poseidon. From there, the fleet embarks on a challenging course designed by HORC to be “by sailors for sailors”, giving them a sailing and seamanship challenge designed to promote international offshore racing in Greece.
This year’s fleet is incredibly diverse, with the participation of superyachts, trimarans and catamarans, in addition to more conventional monohull designs capable of operating at sea. Their speed on the race course will be determined by more than size : navigation, seamanship and boat handling are also important.
That said, larger boats will have an advantage in elapsed time performance. Among these, the largest monohull entry in the fleet includes Malta’s ERATOSTENES, a Swan 112 skippered by renowned Italian sailor Jacopo Ferrari-Bravo. The AEGEAN 600 having been chosen by the International Maxi Association (IMA) to be part of its racing circuit within the framework of the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, ERATOSTENES will earn valuable points in this series.
Another large yacht entered in the race is the Holland 68 FOUR SEASONS IV from Australia, skippered by Tim Wilson, and the Italian Scuderia 65 HAGAR V, skippered by Gregor Stiefl, which took part in the inaugural edition of this race l ‘last year. Coming from the offshore race of the Rolex Giraglia and Rolex Middle Sea races, the Vismara Mills 62 LEAPS AND BOUNDS 2 from Malta skippered by Jean-Philippe Blancpain is also a boat to watch.
There are a few multihulls also entered which will present a serious challenge to the monohulls around the racecourse. One is the Greek trimaran AKRON AOTON, an ORMA 60 skippered by Yannis Barkas, which will be present again this year. And for the first time in the Aegean Sea, fast offshore catamarans like the ALLEGRA from the Cayman Islands skippered by Adrian Keller, the Italian LYNX, an Outremer 4x skippered by Pietro Farilello, the British QUICK DECISION, another Outremer 4x skippered by Stuart Austin, and the all-carbon HH66 luxury performance catamaran R-SIXskippered by Robert Zustkowski of Poland.
A total of 29 participants from across the planet – Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Cayman Islands and Greece – have now gathered at the Olympic Marina ahead of the Sunday preparations. exciting start.