The AEGEAN 600 fleet ready to race tomorrow • Live Sail Die

July 9, 2022 – Lavrion, Greece – After many days of preparation at Olympic Marine facilities, safety trainings and well-attended social events, registered teams from 14 nations will be ready at 2:00 p.m. local time to begin the second edition of AEGEAN 600. With a turn set at the foot of the cliff at the ancient Temple of Poseidon, there are few other starting sites in the offshore racing world with such a spectacular backdrop.

This is one of the many factors that has attracted not only owners and their vessels to this year’s edition of the race, but also many talented and professional team members from 25 countries around the world. The organizers of the Hellenic Offshore Sailing Club (HORC) welcome them to this event together with the owners of their vessels, and have noted that a substantial increase in the first participation of these professional level sailors indicates growing awareness and popularity. of the event in the world of offshore racing.

For example, there has been enough interest and participation this year to form a Maxi Class of four large yachts from three nations, the results of which will be included in the International Maxi Association (IMA) Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge. Of these, Vismara/Mills 62 LEAPS & BOUNDS 2 of Jean Philippe BlanPain (ITA) are the fastest in IRC and ORC ratings, and should challenge the elapsed time record on the 605 mile 2D 23H 54M course set l year by the Farr/Felci 70 ATALANTE II. Owner Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri was unable to attend this year but intends to return in 2023, and other Maxi-sized racing yachts are already showing interest in the United States for the year’s race next.

Other fast yachts to watch include Philipp Kadelbach’s (GER) Elliot 52 RAFALE and Gregor Stimpfl’s (ITA) Scuderia 65 HAGAR V, a return from last year’s event.

The fleet has eight boats flying the Greek flag, some of which are chartered by foreign teams. Among them, Santorini’s impressive trimaran ORMA 60 AKRON AOTON, one of five multihulls entered from five nations, and skippered by Ioannas Barkas (GRE). “This year we will participate in the AEGEAN 600 race,” he said. “This event is important because it helps to promote and publicize our country. This year’s entries are at a high level and there will be great competition.

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Although they are not first contenders at the finish, there is also another category of important competitors for the AEGEAN 600: the double-handed competitors. HORC’s intention was for the race to be classified as the premier European ORC DH Championship, but only four entries from three nations failed to meet the entry criteria for a continental championship level event. Nonetheless, it could be an interesting race and a significant challenge on a long 605-mile race course given the variety of boat types entered among the “specialty” DH designs.

For example, AETHER (GRE) is a fast, water-weighted Dehler 30 introduced three years ago to meet demand from DH sailors, with pairing Gerasimos Petratos and Evi Delidou racing this week. PNEUMA (POL) is a JPK 10.30 ridden by Andrzej Rozycki and Adam Skomski, and this design has found huge success in DH racing elsewhere in Europe, most recently winning Class B at the ORC DH World Championship last week at the 358 miles Race Gotland Runt in Sweden.

And the Mini-Transat boats are legendary in short-handed ocean-going fleets in France for their seaworthiness and performance in a small 20-foot set. KALLISTI (GRE) is a Mini Transat 6.5 piloted by Athanasios Gkikas and Nikos Lykos.

Olympic Marine yesterday hosted an impressive opening ceremony attended by, among others, Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Regional Governor of Attica Georgios Patoulis, Secretary General of Sports Giorgos Mavrotas, Deputy Regional Governor of Finance of Attica Nikos Peppas and Giorgos Prokopiou, the Commodore of the Yacht Club of Greece and owner of Olympic Marine.

This event would not be possible without the strong support of Olympic Marine as a co-host with HORC, providing full logistical support and mooring in a world-class marina setting. All participants expressed their appreciation for this important feature of the AEGEAN 600.
The weather announced for tomorrow’s start promises to be perfect: moderate northerly winds at 12-15 knots to bring the fleet down on the first leg of the course from Sounio to Milos at a good speed. This breeze should weaken in the evening but will still allow progress to be made on the first night of the race.

Daily race analysis videos will be recorded by SEAHORSE Magazine’s Dobbs Davis to comment on the race based on weather conditions and position data from the YB tracker fleet. The link for the tracking system is at https://aegean600.com/tracking.

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