Crete Sets Sail Celebrating Unity and Pride
The yachtsmen competing are being escorted by a flotilla of vessels including the Hellenic Navy gunboat AITTITOS. Day one of the race saw the start from Chania, and the end of leg one at Rethymnon where the sailors rested and reveled for a day before setting sail for Heraklion on Wednesday. Today, yacht captains met with stout winds spectators at the yacht basin and “prompted an early and enthusiastic start” for the final leg toward Agios Nikοlaos to the East. So far the two the winners from the two port city legs are:
1st Race, Chania - Rethymno, 34 nm: KOVATZIS ILIAS aboard ELVIENTO - GOODYEA R
2nd Race, Rethymno- Iraklio, 35 nm: KONSTANTINOS MANIOUDAKIS aboard KORMORANOS II
Some of the locals involved include; the Hellenic Sailing Federation, the Nautical Club of Gaiou Crete, the Sailing Club of Chania, local hospitality businesses Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, and the Porto Venetiano Hotel in Chania, as well as TV and other local media entities. Ioannis Pallikaris, who is but one of the several organizers skippering a boat in the race, is seen below heading out to sea from Heraklion aboard the ΚΥΜΑΤΟΛΗΓΗ. Following today’s Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos leg, participants will enjoy another day of rest before sailing in a series of “in shore” races on Sunday. After those are completed, judges will decide who the overall winners are, and an awards ceremony will cap off what’s already been a sailing adventure of competitors and spectators alike. In addition to the official prizes, winners will also receive complimentary hotel stays offered by Heraklion sponsor Lato Boutique Hotel.
Phillip A. Butler