Int'l aegean sailing rally in Greece

Added On July 17, 2017

The International Aegean Sailing Rally, Greece's oldest and most prestigious annual sailing event, kicked off Friday at Piraeus port.
Let's take a look. 
Over the next ten days, 21 boats from Greece, Germany, France and Israel will compete in three offshore races and will make three stopovers at the islands of Syros, Chios and Skyros covering over 300 nautical miles. 
Organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC), the Aegean Sailing rally is characterized as a Marine Marathon. 
Sailing boats taking part in the event have a wide range of length and sail and are divided into vessels designed especially for racing and seagoing vessels. 
"I would say that this is the most interesting event across the Eastern Mediterranean. It is different, because when sailing the Aegean Sea waters one should be prepared to face all kinds of weather, from calm sea to 8-9 Beaufort scale winds, therefore all crews are given the opportunity to show their maritime skills and experience."
During the event, Greece's Olympic silver medalist in the 2016 Rio Games, gave the signal for the start of the race. 
SOUNDBITE (Greek): SPYROS GIANNIOTIS, Olympic silver medalist
"I love the sea and I would like it very much in the future. I have thought about it since I was a kid. This is an opportunity for me to start taking lessons and get to know a different part of the sea which is so beautiful."
For all crews the main goal is to finish the race safely and enjoy the trip.
"Always the goal is to do well, hoping for lack of misfortune and injuries. This is what I am wishing for all vessels and all crews."