An­chors aweigh for Aegean Rally to­mor­row

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY SPIRIDOULA SPANEA

The 53rd Aegean Rally will set sail to­mor­row in the ar­chi­pel­ago lauded by poets. The coun­try’s most im­por­tant and his­toric off­shore re­gatta will start out from Faliro Bay on Athens’s south­ern coast and stop by two is­lands – Pat­mos and Mi­los – bring­ing a much-needed boost to their lo­cal economies. The com­pet­i­tive part of the race will end on Satur­day, July 23, at the Tem­ple of Po­sei­don at Sounio.

This prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing event show­cas­ing the sailors’ skills and their crafts’ po­ten­tial, as the or­ga­nizer, the Hel­lenic Off­shore Rac­ing Club (HORC), has been able to ex­tend the re­gatta’s scope af­ter over­com­ing the ob­sta­cles raised by the in­tro­duc­tion of cap­i­tal con­trols that forced it to limit the race to the Sa­ronic Gulf last sum­mer.

HORC pres­i­dent Ioan­nis Maragoudakis sailed the route ear­lier this month to en­sure that ev­ery­thing is set for an event that will live up to the in­sti­tu­tion’s his­tory. “I sailed the en­tire course be­cause I wanted to make sure that noth­ing has been over­looked, not even the small­est de­tail. The par­tic­i­pants will be happy. The route re­quires a high level of skill and the sailors will test their strengths,” Maragoudakis says.

“Lo­cal author­i­ties have also lent their sup­port to the event and both Pat­mos and Mi­los will be host­ing events to en­ter­tain the par­tic­i­pants as well as teach them about the tra­di­tions and cus­toms of our is­lands,” he adds.

The Aegean Rally was launched in 1964 and is the old­est open-sea sail­ing event in the coun­try, bring­ing to­gether Olympians and world cham­pi­ons from around the world.

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