On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the host club H.O.R.C., I would like to welcome the skippers and crews participating in the AEGEAN 600.
I hope that our efforts for a successful event will be rewarded and the participants will enjoy the races and the social events scheduled for them.
My warmest wishes for Good Sailing.
Commodore Hellenic Offshore Racing Club
REPUBLIC OF GREECE
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS
General Secretariat of Sports
The sport of Sailing, both in the Olympic as well the offshore races, has offered to our country many distinctions filling us with special moments of joy and national pride. Greece, with its unique coastline, has one of the best racing venues in the world for the sport.
I am happy because, for the first time, our country will host a 600 navy miles race of non-stop sailing, a race designed by sailors for sailors.
Leading sailors from Greece and abroad are expected to participate in the “Aegean 600” event. Distinguished crews with their boats will live a true experience once they sail in the Aegean Sea, where every mile can offer various sailing emotions. The competition is expected to be great and the winners will need to show their sailing skills and dexterities in challenging weather conditions.
We are committed by our governmental program and we are working systematically to attract as many as possible sport events that can promote our country as a sport tourist destination and to that end your contribution is important as well as necessary. Sport is a matter of education, a social and cultural good, the right of every human being and we are working towards this direction.
The Aegean Sea has been described as the sea of myths and legends. I wish the contestants to create their own legend in a sailing race where the joy of participation will make them all winners.”
Deputy Minister of Sports
REPUBLIC OF GREECE
MINISTRY OF TOURISM
The Greek poet, Nobel prize laureate, Odysseas Elytis, has presented Greece in the best possible way. “If you take Greece apart, in the end you will be left with an olive tree, a vineyard and a boat…which means that with these items you can rebuild it…”
We are talking about elements, like the sea, that are in our DNA and constitute an integral part of our identity.
In this lot of “land”, with which we were blessed, we intend to invest all our efforts and initiatives in order to upgrade our tourist product. Scuba diving, marinas and sea tourism in general are high on the agenda of the Government and the Ministry.
We want to support and promote the treasures of our country, as well as, all those initiatives that promote this endeavor, like the International Aegean Sailing Rally which is a regatta with a long history, organized every year since 1964. Such events on one hand help the promotion of Greece as a country of
marine athletics and sea tourism, placing it in the list of countries with international regattas; and on the other, promote its great cultural heritage.
The wind is fair for Greek tourism and it is in our will to cease the moment.
Minister of Tourism
HELLENIC OLYMPIC WINNERS ASSOCIATION
Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, will welcome sailors from all over the world in the summer 2020 to take part in the inaugural ” AEGEAN 600″ Yacht Race. As president of the Hellenic Olympic Winners Association and as a Water Polo Olympic medalist and an active sailing athlete, I was excited from the first moment I heard about AEGEAN 600.
The competitors will find themselves in a beautiful racing arena facing islands where Olympians and Champions are originated since antiquity, enjoying a route designed, as the organizers say, by sailors for sailors and where everyone can enjoy cultural and recreational events.
As a sailor, I have taken part in races in the Aegean Sea and I cannot describe in words the emotions that a competitive event in these waters create that is never the same and where no miles are the same as before.
I am not certain whether my international obligations will allow me to participate in this race nevertheless I will be present at all social and cultural events before and after the Start and Finish to help foreign crews to feel at home. Therefore, I invite all the athletes to join this race in Greece, my country, the country of sports and hospitality.
President Hellenic Olympic Winners Association