The CATAMARANS CUP International Regatta, a unique race of sailing catamarans, came to a successful close after one week of racing.
This year, 37 catamarans signed up to compete welcoming 340 sailors from a total of 18 countries and surpassing participation rates of all previous years. The event’s popularity is a result of the widespread international media coverage the CATAMARANS CUP has received for serving as an event that combines the opportunity for sailors of all competency levels to participate in the race as well as the chance for anyone who wishes to experience with family and friends a sailing race in the most comfortable and fun way.
This year’s CATAMARANS CUP started from Alimos marina, consisted of 4 racing legs, and ended at Epidavros. Participants enjoyed 4 days of competitive sailing and 4 thematic crew competitions as well as several side events.
With a north wind of 15 knots and Alimos marina as the race’s starting point, the competing boats completed the 1st Leg at Kea. The second day of the race was nothing less than exhilarating as the sailing conditions were ideal, with a north wind of 27 knots accompanying the catamarans on their way to Poros. The third day had several variations as it included the rounding of Poros with north winds reaching 33 knots. The 4th Leg of the race was the most demanding in terms of technical skills given that the wind ranged from 8 to 14 knots and blew in a constantly variating direction, making the crews’ task to finish the race at Epidavros even more arduous.
Following the race’s end, there were 2 days of free sailing back to Athens and upon their return, the contestants danced and enjoyed each other’s company at the Closing Ceremony which included the prize giving to the Overall Winners and was hosted at Kitchen Bar.
Skipper PETR KOCHNEV from Russia was the big winner for the 3rd year in a row.
Crews will meet again next year, in the 8th CATAMARANS CUP which will take place in our country in October 2017.
1st Place EPIFANEIA (LAGOON 440) Skipper PETR KOCHNEV
2nd Place IDEA (LAGOON 500) Skipper ALEXANDROS GOUVERIS
3rd Place OMERTA (LAGOON 440) Skipper ALEXANDER OTMAKHOV
Winner of the COOK OFF! Competition TAMIRO (LAGOON 450) Skipper Urs Tanner
Winner of the SHOW OFF! Competition EQUINOX (LAGOON 39) Skipper Denis Karpeev
Winner of the SHOOT OFF! Competition SIRIUS (LAGOON 380) Skipper Giannis Vlachos
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