09 Jul The final stretch
LAVRIO, GREECE – Organizers from the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) are almost finished their race management duties at the AEGEAN 600 with only a handful of entries still on the race course. A large wave of the fleet finished last night through this morning in the teeth of a Meltemi that built to 30-40 knots of northerly breeze, with no signs of letting up for the next day until the time limit expires at 14:00 tomorrow.
The crews of those that finished early have been providing valuable feedback to HORC on their views of how this race was designed and run, in anticipation of improving future editions. Most have given high praise for the intricate and challenging course, the highly variable weather, and the pacing of the race that alternated from short to long legs.
Perikles Livas, co-owner of the Farr 52 Optimum 3, not only participated in the race and did well in the results (1st overall in ORC and 2nd overall in IRC scoring), but as a member of HORC was on the organizing committee that started planning this race three years ago.
“We had in mind designing a race that would bring out all the interesting aspects of Aegean sailing,” he said, “and this race proved that for everyone. We had everything: all wind speeds, all wind angles, short legs, long legs, and tricky tactics at the corners. We are very please we had a good turnout for this first edition, and have already heard that many will come back and recommend to their friends to come join us next year.”
Plans are already underway for next year’s edition with dates to be announced at tomorrow evening’s prize giving”
Veteran race analyst Dobbs Davis from Seahorse Magazine gave a final summary in today’s Day Five race analysis video, available at this link https://youtu.be/IUbbrpFCx3k.
Progress of the entries, predicted wind strength and direction, and estimated standings in ORC and IRC scoring can be tracked using the YB tracker website at http://yb.tl/aegean6002021, or on their companion YB app. Photos, videos and official results are available on the event website at http://www.aegean600.com.
The AEGEAN 600 is organized by Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) and co-organized with Region of Attica.
Sponsors of AEGEAN 600 are the Hellenic Tourism Organization, Olympic Marine and D. KORONAKIS SA. The event is supported by HELMEPA, SEABORNE Shipbrokers, Palirria, X-Yachting, NISSOS beer and NAUTILUS. The suppliers of the race are KosmoRide, Gregory’s and KORRES providing products to the competitors as well as services necessary for the organization of the event. Health Supporter is Athens Medical Group. Communication sponsors are ERT and ERA SPORT, the newspaper KATHIMERINI, the sports newspaper SPORtime, the magazines SEAHORSE, SAILING WORLD and BOATS & YACHTING Guide as well as the HELLENIC DAILY NEWS NY.
For more information about the AEGEAN 600, visit www.aegean600.com
Information for journalists: https://aegean600.com/media-services