Sunday, 8 May 2016

Maios 8 - Crazy day - Part two ...

The Skiathos Palace Cup ...

Off down to Koukounaries for the finals of the Skiathos Palace cup races. What a great event it has been, very well organised by the race committee and supported by a host of sponsors and benefactors from the island and main institutions ...

Koukounaries was busy again this morning ...


The swans were taking a passing interest, in the tourists as they wandered by. The tourists in two's and mainly staring straight ahead.

I was sitting with the sailors who were preparing to race for the cup. The teams in the final were two teams from Athens, and a team from Thessaloniki. All were accomplished sailing teams, of three crew per boat.

Initialy twelve teams from Athens, Thessaloniki and Skiathos fought hard races for three days to decide, at high noon on Sunday, the championship. The first Skiathos Palace Cup ...

The winning team was Kontogiannopoulou of the Yacht Club of Greece ...

The  Nautical club of Skiathos acquired the infrastructure to cultivate sailing locally, and organize training and competitions. Young sailors being encouraged to take up the sport, with their own race competition ...

The major sponsor of the race, was the Skiathos Palace Hotel, and other major donors such as Cosmote and the local travel agency Dolphin of Skiathos. The sponsors hosted committees and competitors, and laid the foundations for future sailing on the island, and the aim to bring the residents closer to water sports.

At the same time, there are plans to launch a new type of tourism on the island, if it can be cultivated then it can extend the season for everyone. The sports tourism and sailing, with the prestige they have, are seen to improve both the image, both of the island as well as the quality of visitors it will attract.




The race comittee watch the action ...



There had been some hard fought racing over the weekend, and a few people getting wet after planting the spinnaker pole, and capsizing ...

Which is exactly what happened in race one ...


The team from Thessaloniki, return to Race control to explain their mishap ...


However the ladies team from Athens, were to emerge victorious and worthy champions ...



The final results of the Skiathos Palace Cup 2016 ...

Place Team                                        Club                      Nationality

1 KONTOGIANNOPOULOU          YCGREECE         GRE
2 KALDIS                                          YCGREECE        GRE
3 TSOLAKOS                                    SAILING TIME  GRE
4 PAPAGEORGIOU                          YCGREECE        GRE
5 KALAPOTHARAKOS                   YCGREECE        GRE
6 VAIDANIS                                      YCGREECE        GRE
7 MARGIOLOS                                 SAILING TIME  GRE
8 POLITOPOULOS                           YCGREECE        GRE
9 SARRIS                                           NCSKIATHOS    GRE
10 MANOLIS                                     SAILING TIME  GRE
11 ANDREU                                       YCGREECE        ESP
12 BELEGRATIS                                YCGREECE       GRE


More to follow ...

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