Lavrio, Greece: At 14:10 local time on the 7th of July, Carlo Alessandro Puri Egri’s Atalanta II from Italy were crowned champions of the 2021 Aegean 600 after crossing the finish line at Cape Sounio six minutes short of exactly three days.
The flat black 70-foot Farr/Felci design of Alanta II, led the fleet nearly the entire race, sailing 653 actual miles on the 605-mile course for an average speed of just over 9.0 knots. The crews of those that finished early have been providing valuable feedback to the race organisers. Most have given high praise for the intricate and challenging course, the highly variable weather, and the pacing of the race that alternated from short to long legs.
Perikles Livas, co-owner of the Farr 52 Optimum 3, came 1st overall in ORC and 2nd overall in IRC scoring). Livas was also part of the organizing committee that started planning this race three years ago. He said, “We had in mind designing a race that would bring out all the interesting aspects of Aegean sailing. This race proved that for everyone. We had everything: all wind speeds, all wind angles, short legs, long legs, and tricky tactics at the corners. We are very please we had a good turnout for this first edition, and have already heard that many will come back and recommend to their friends to come join us next year.”
“Plans are already underway for next year’s edition with dates to be announced at tomorrow evening’s prize giving”
Veteran race analyst Dobbs Davis from Seahorse Magazine gave a final summary in today’s Day Five race analysis video, available at this link https://youtu.be/IUbbrpFCx3k.
Progress of the entries, predicted wind strength and direction, and estimated standings in ORC and IRC scoring can be tracked using the YB tracker website at http://yb.tl/aegean6002021 .
For more information about the AEGEAN 600, visit www.aegean600.com