The length of the course is approximately 605 nautical miles Non Stop.
The sea of myths and legends. The sea of Homer, Seferis and Elytis. The sea of painters and philosophers. The sea of sailors. 600 miles of sailing in this sea.
An offshore race made by sailors for sailors. A race where the wind god, Aeolus, will make his own game to control sailors’ seamanship. A race where the dolphins will accompany the boats to drive them faster to the finish. A race with enchanting sunrises and sunsets. A race where mythology will reward sport in a unique water track. All this and much more will be the “Aegean 600”. A non-stop race.
The Start will be given by Homer’s sanctuary, in front of the columns of Poseidon’s temple, and with the wishes of the mythical god of the sea the boats will sail for Milos, the home of the Venus of Milos, the prize of the Louvre de Paris. Surrounded by Cycladic white, they will reach the scenic Caldera of Santorini, where the white of the houses blends with the volcanic rock creating unique contrasts and images. They will continue towards the southernmost island of the Aegean Sea, Kassos, and leaving Karpathos on the left, the nativity island of Athena, and the residence of Prometheus, will reach the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes. The course will continue towards scenic Kos and Kalymnos, the island of sponge divers, while on the way they will meet, besides dolphins, beautiful small islands, each with its own history.
The fleet will sail next to the full color islands of Pharmakonisi and Agathonisi, and will continue to Ikario Pelagos, a sea that offers strong sailing excitement. The sailors will meet Patmos, the island of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse, and will head to cosmopolitan Mykonos and Delos, the birthplace of Apollo. The last islands of the route will be Giaros and Kea. Slowly Finally the contestants will face the Temple of Poseidon that will mark the end of the sailing adventure and the race.
“Aegean 600” bears the name of the Aegean Sea. The sea that Homer praised. A sea where every mile can offer you different emotions. In this sea all of us, the participants of this event organized by Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, will sail on 14th June 2020. An exciting race in the primordial sea with 600 miles of non-stop sailing.
Wind statistical data of the last 20 years provided by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, covering the AEGEAN 600 race course for the period June 10th-20th.
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