A little while ago at 10:00 most of the 85 sailboats registered for the Aegean Regatta 2013 left Skyros to race to Skopelos. There is a strong Northeasterly breeze between 25 and 30 km/hr which should make the race very interesting. The distance from Linaria port Skyros to Skopelos is about 77 km (48 miles) “as the crow flies”.
The hometown favorite is the boat “Cosa Nostra” a 9.5 meter Grand Surprise built by Archimbault, crewed by several Skopelites including Kostas Skouras and Thanasis Fadakis.
The regatta includes several groups of boats which are judged by different sets of rules – the IRC, the ORC and the ORCi. The different rules allow handicapping of boats of varying size as the only size requirement in this regatta is that all boats must be over 7 meters. So under this system the bigger boats, which can put on more sail, don’t always win.
Things ought to get interesting when the ferry boats arrivals in the early afternoon today coincide with the finish of the race. Anyone traveling on the Achilleas from Kymi will have a ringside seat for the regatta today.
Update at 19:50
Many boats are in port. It seems that only one, “AERAS”, skippered by Mathias Ksenakis has the AIS system installed. Here is a small illustration of AERAS’ voyage today (so far).