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
FALIRO – ASTYPALAIA - MILOS – SOUNIO
FALIRO – AMORGOS - LIPSI – PAROS - SOUNIO
FALIRO – SYROS - CHIOS – SKYROS
FALIRO – PATMOS - MILOS – SOUNION
FALIRO – STAVROS isl (SCORING GATE) - PARAPOLA isl to port – VOULIAGMENI
FALIRO – AG, DIMITRIOS KYTHNOS (SCORING GATE) - PIPERI isl to port – KYTHNOS to port – SOUNIO
FALERON - MILOS - ASTYPALAIA - IOS - SOUNIO
FALERON - SYROS - PATMOS - KOUFONISI - SOUNIO
FALERON - CHANIA - MILOS - SOUNIO
FALERON - AMORGOS - SAMOS (PITHAGORIO) - INOUSES - SOUNIO
FALERON - PAROS - NISIROS - KOUFONISI - SOUNIO
FALERON SYROS LEROS SAMOS SOUNIO
FALERON - NAXOS - LIPSI - TINOS - SOUNIO
FALERON - RETHIMNON - AGIOS NIKOLAOS - IOS - BOULIAGMENI
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