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Lavrion, Greece -- 17 July 2022 – This year’s second edition of the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club’s (HORC) AEGEAN 600 has secured this race’s place among the world’s important offshore challenges. The complexity of the race course, the outstanding range of conditions, the excellence in organization and venue and the performance of the teams has now proven this race is now on every offshore sailor’s “bucket list.” “I am really happy we did this race,” said Gregor Stimpfl, owner/skipper of the Scuderia 65 HAGAR V (ITA). “This is the second time we competed, and we have experienced the organization to be excellent and supportive, and the race a perfect mix of fun and challenge. I place this among the best of the 600-mile races, and recommend this to everyone.” The HAGAR V team (shown above) collected armfuls of trophies on stage as overall winners of the AEGEAN 600 Trophy as overall IRC class winner, the Poseidon Trophy as overall ORC class winners, and the winners of...

Lavrion, Greece -- 15 July 2022 – Only two entries remain on the race course after 5 days of racing in the second edition of the AEGEAN 600, organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC). These two are expected to finish tonight, well ahead of the official time limit of tomorrow afternoon at 1400 local time, exactly 6 days after the start last Sunday in this 605-mile race. One of these entries making their way west towards the finish line at the ancient Temple of Poseidon is Tim Wilson’s Holland 68 FOUR SEASONS IV (AUS, shown above transiting Santarini), entered in the Maxi Class. It may be ironic that a boat this size is in the back of the fleet, but this is an old design from the IOR era that has been sailed around the course with a reduced number of crew that would have normally raced this boat...

With the main axis of the windy Meltemi shifting west to buffet the shores of Attica now with 20-30 knot winds, almost all entries have made it across the finish and are safely ashore at Olympic Marine after this second edition of the AEGEAN 600, organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC). The Meltemi has been an outstanding performer this year, producing a Multihull course record of 53H 36M 02S for Adrian Keller’s Nigel Irens-designed 78-foot catamaran ALLEGRA and a new Monohull course record of 63H 02M 20S for the canting-keeled Elliot 52 RAFALE (GER) skippered by Philipp Kadelbach. This evening there are only four teams that remain on the race course making their way across the last long leg west towards the finish line set at the ancient Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio. Among these is one last class leader: Andrejz Rozycki and Adam Skomski’s JPK 10.30 PNEUMA (POL) who lead the IRC and ORC Double Handed class. Yesterday they were in a fight with Gerasimos Petratos and Evi Delidou sailing their Dehler 30 AETHER (GRE), shown above in...

At 05:17:20 local time this morning, the canting-keeled Elliot 52 RAFALE (GER) skippered by Phillip Kadelbach, crossed the outer limit of the finish line to establish a new monohull elapsed time course record in the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club’s (HORC) second edition of the AEGEAN 600. The team averaged 9.6 knots around the 605-mile race course, and their elapsed time of 63H 02M 20S smashes the previous mark of 71H 54M 00S set last year by the Farr/Felci 70 ATALANTA by nearly 9 hours. “This was an outstanding race, everything you would want in a 600-miler,” said RAFALE owner Henri de Bokay. “It was not easy, not a cruise, we worked hard and had everything on the race course from flat calm to 30 knots of wind. And it was tricky getting around the islands with many changes in the wind.” He explained how they also wrestled with the boat at times when...

At an average speed of 11.3 knots around race course, Adrian Keller’s 78-foot Nigel Irens-designed performance luxury catamaran ALLEGRA (SUI) crossed the finish line at 19:36:02 local time today in the second edition of the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club’s (HORC) AEGEAN 600. The team's elapsed time of 53H 36M 02S establishes a course record for multihulls in this annual 605-mile race. “The race was very interesting, very challenging and quite different from other 600 races we have done,” said Keller. “The Greek islands are challenging not only because of the course you take but also the very different wind conditions you encounter, from zero to 30 knots…we had all of it. We were parked for five hours but on the other hand we hit over 27 knots in boat speed. Our boat is very well-suited for heavy winds, so we had a good time, we really enjoyed it.” Meanwhile, the remaining boats...

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