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AEGEAN RALLY

ABOUT

 

The International Aegean Sailing Rally is a regatta with a long history, organized every year by the HORC (Hellenic Offshore Racing Club). It is the oldest and most splendid sailing event in Greece and is characterized as a Marine Marathon. From 1964 on, it gathers contestants from around the world and Greece at the same time.

Every year most of the Greek boats are present at the starting line. The Aegean Rally sailing competition consists of three or four offshore races, normally starting and/or ending at the Faliron Bay, with stopovers across the Aegean islands. Ever since the once heroic Battleship  Averof  was converted into a naval museum based in Paleon Faliron bay, the sea area right in front of her became the iconic starting point of the race.

The total length of legs in each Aegean Rally varies, depending on the position of the islands selected each year as stopovers and ranges between 350 - 500 nautical miles approximately. Sailing boats taking part in the Aegean Rally have a wide range of length and sail and are divided into vessels designed especially for racing on one hand and seagoing vessels on the other. Since participating vessels are non-identical, competition between them is made possible by means of a handicap system, according to each vessel s degree of capacity.

The Aegean Rally runs the best time of the year because of the ideal weather conditions in the Aegean region. Local winds and seasonal winds of 20-30 knots prevail throughout the race. With the sun overlooking the deep blue sea and the Greek summer in its starts, the temperature is just above 30 degrees.

A very important factor in the success of the Rally is the natural beauty and local color of the islands visited or passed by the Rally every year. The traditional picturesque Greek islands, with their hospitable inhabitants, offer the opportunity of relaxation during the race.

In its original form, the competition was strictly a racing event. Over the years and due to the excellent organization and the high number of Greek and foreign vessels taking part, it evolved into a naval event of larger impact, directly related to the Aegean islands and our maritime tradition. The role of the Greek Navy was of crucial importance in the establishment of the Aegean Rally as a major naval event.
Making the famous battleship  Averof , now retired, available for hosting the Skipper s Meeting as well as the reception for Greek and foreign crews, having a warship escort the participant yachts throughout the race, coordinating and providing local facilities for the reception of the vessels in the  Aegean islands, organizing local maritime festivals with the participation of the islands  population, connecting with the Greek naval tradition and organizing events such as the Prize giving ceremony and the reception at the Aegean Naval Command, where not only the local authorities but also the entire High Command of the Greek Navy assists, decisively helped the organization gain its high prestige and publicity.

All the above are the some of the reasons why the Aegean Rally has managed to attract both Greek and foreign companies featuring, for many years now, as its major sponsors.

SPONSORS' PANEL OF THE AEGEAN RALLY

PAST RALLIES

2019

FALIRO – ASTYPALAIA - MILOS – SOUNIO

2018

FALIRO – AMORGOS - LIPSI – PAROS - SOUNIO

2017

FALIRO – SYROS - CHIOS – SKYROS

2016

FALIRO – PATMOS - MILOS – SOUNION

2015

FALIRO – STAVROS isl (SCORING GATE) - PARAPOLA isl to port – VOULIAGMENI

FALIRO – AG, DIMITRIOS KYTHNOS (SCORING GATE) - PIPERI isl to port – KYTHNOS to port – SOUNIO

 

2014

FALERON - MILOS - ASTYPALAIA - IOS - SOUNIO

 

2013

FALERON - SYROS - PATMOS - KOUFONISI - SOUNIO

 

2012

FALERON - CHANIA - MILOS - SOUNIO

 

2011

FALERON - AMORGOS - SAMOS (PITHAGORIO) - INOUSES - SOUNIO

 

2010

FALERON - PAROS - NISIROS - KOUFONISI - SOUNIO

 

2009

FALERON SYROS LEROS SAMOS SOUNIO

 

2008

FALERON - NAXOS - LIPSI - TINOS - SOUNIO

 

2007

FALERON - RETHIMNON - AGIOS NIKOLAOS - IOS - BOULIAGMENI

 

2006

FALERON-AMORGOS-SAMOS-HIOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2005

FALERON-IOS-KALYMNOS-NAXOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2004

FALERON-AMORGOS-PATMOS-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2003

FALERON-RETHIMNO-CHANIA-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2002

FALERON-FOLEGANDROS-KOS-NAXOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2001

FALERON-IOS-LEROS-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

2000

FALERON-SANTORINI-PATMOS-PSARA-VOULIAGMENI

 

1999

FALERON-SANTORINI-KALYMNOS-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1998

FALERON-PAROS-SAMOS-CHIOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1997

FALERON-MILOS-LEROS-RHODES

 

1996

FALERON-PATMOS-PSARA-VOULIAGMENI

 

1995

FALERON-IOS-SAMOS-PAROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1994

FALERON-ANDROS-LEROS-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1993

FALERON-HERAKLION-AG. NIKOLAOS-HERAKLION 

 

1992

FALERON-IOS-SAMOS-CHIOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1991

FALERON-MILOS-KALYMNOS-PAROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1990

FALERON-IOS-LEROS-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1989

FALERON-CHANIA-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1988

FALERON-PAROS-SAMOS-PSARA-VOULIAGMENI

 

1987

FALERON-SYROS-LEROS-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1986

FALERON-PAROS-PATMOS-KOS-RHODES

 

1985

LEMNOS-MYTILENE-CHIOS-SAMOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1984

VOULIAGMENI-MILOS-NAFPLIO-VOULIAGMENI

 

1983

VOULIAGMENI-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1982

VOULIAGMENI-HERAKLION-MILOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1981

VOULIAGMENI-IOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1980

VOULIAGMENI-IOS-SAMOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1979

VOULIAGMENI-SYROS-PARAPOLA-VOULIAGMENI

 

1978

VOULIAGMENI-LESVOS-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1977

VOULIAGMENI-SAMOS-AG. NIKOLAOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1976

VOULIAGMENI-SYROS-SANTORINI-VOULIAGMENI

 

1975

VOULIAGMENI-SYROS-SANTORINI-VOULIAGMENI

 

1974 CANCELLED

 

1973

VOULIAGMENI-PATMOS-PAROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1972

VOULIAGMENI-SAMOS-CHIOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1971

VOULIAGMENI-AG. NIKOLAOS-IOS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1970

VOULIAGMENI-IOS-SYROS-VOULIAGMENI

 

1969

FALERON-PAROS-PATMOS-RHODES

 

1968

RHODES-KOS-SYROS-FALERON

 

1967

FALERON-IOS-RHODES 

 

1966

FALERON-IOS-RHODES

 

1965

FALERON-HYDRA-SYROS

 

1964

FALERON-SYROS

 

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