From above, images of the Greek seas include numerous islands dotting the blue canvas, washed by crystal clear waters with ever-changing colours as the prevailing sea winds in each area add new hues to the picture. Greek summer is the ideal season and place for you to have the time of your life! There’s a variety of sailing races you can watch or participate in Greece this year. So, here are some of the most important ones to be held in the coming months:
The Classic Yacht Race will take place by the waters of Corfu on June 12 – 14 and Spetses (Saronic Gulf) on June 19-22. Spectators will be impressed as they will see yachts of various types, traditional vessels and special sails (lateens) with crews from all over the world. For more information, click here for the Corfu race and here for the Spetses race.
The 51st Aegean Rally will be held on July 18-26. Ιt is the oldest sailing competition event in Greece, covering an area of 500 nautical miles. The start area will this year be located just off the port of Piraeus, the course of the race will go by the islands of Milos (Cyclades) and Astypalaia (Dodecanese) and the end point is Cape Sounio, Attica.
The Rodos Cup offshore race will take place for the 18th time in the Dodecanese, roughly during the same period (July 21–25). Participants will enjoy the lovely land and seascapes, the sights and the colourful local traditions. The start area is Kos Island and the route to be followed will include the islands of Nisyros, Symi and Rhodes.
The North Aegean Cup will start at Porto Carras Resort in Halkidiki (Macedonia) on July 27. The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki has been organising the event since 1978 and only the best Greek crews and foreign teams participate in it. The event will include offshore sailing in Toronaios Gulf and the North Aegean Sea as well as windward / leeward or triangle sailing. The race will be concluded on August 2. The North Aegean Crossing is to be held on August 10 – 15 by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki. Participants to the race will follow the direction Porto Carras – Tsesme (Turkey) – Pythagoreio, Samos Island.
The 26th International Ionian Sailing Week will take place a few days earlier on August 3 – 8, in the ideal sailing waters of the Ionian Sea. Crews will enjoy racing as they navigate past the green slopes of Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zante and Ithaca.
The Aegean Regatta 2014 is another major sailing race that is to start on August 16 from the harbour of Leros Island. Entrants will next reach Tilos Island and the race will end in Rhodes on August 23. However, as the Greek summer lives on during the first two autumn months, a number of offshore sailing races are scheduled for September and October. The Corfu Cup Regatta will take place on September 15-22 in the Corfu area and the numbers of Greek and international participants are expected to be high.
The grand final of the first Hellenic Match Racing Tour will be held in a sailing area par excellence, the particularly picturesque Mikrolimano, Piraeus. The event is under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and is supported by the G.N.T.O. The first legs of the race took place last spring in the area of Paros and Andros Islands. Spectators can watch the finals from various points as well as from the balconies of the sailing clubs in Mikrolimano, Piraeus.
The last event to take place is the Catamarans Cup International Regatta which will start from the Alimos marina (Attica) and will finish at Gerakas harbour (east coast of the Peloponnese). Contestants will pass by Poros and Hydra, two lovely islands of the Saronic Gulf, as well as by the castle of Monemvassia.