Start:Lipsi 850 01, Greece
Aegean Regatta is an international sailing regatta founded in 2001. The goal of the regatta is to give an opportunity to participants to get to know the Greek islands better and to help local organizations grow by attracting more tourists.
During the years of the regatta, yachtsmen visited islands such as Lesvos, Chios, Oinus, Samos, Leros, Ikaria, Kos, Symi, Rhodes, Limnos, Samothrace, Andros, Lipsus, Patmos, Astypalea, Tilos, Skopelos, Amorgos, Kalymnos, Nisyros, Thassos, Syros, Skyros. Each year, the regatta adds new directions. Up to 100 crews take part in the regatta, and the number of participants reaches 1200. Beginners without any preparation can also take part in the regatta. As part of experienced crews, you will learn all the necessary skills and feel the real excitement of yachting competitions.
Registration and checking the yachts
20:00 - skippers' briefing
21:00 - the opening ceremony
Leipsoi Island is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea, north of Leros Island and east of Patmos Island. In the Greek mythology, the island was known by the name Ogigia - the island on which the goddess Calypso reigned. The 24 islets that surround the main island are true natural history museums. And their flora and fauna are registered in the Natura 2000 catalog.
Leipsoi is a fairly secluded and peaceful island. Small villages are scattered on the slopes of the mountains. Since ancient times, different varieties of grapes have been grown on the island. And now the locals are proud of their wine and even organize wine festivals in August.
It is not by accident that the island of Kos is called the "Garden of the Aegean Sea". The nature and landscapes here are very diverse. Here you will find Mediterranean seals, pink flamingos and even Caretta-Caretta turtles, which are listed in the Red Book of Endangered Species. Kos also has many historical monuments and clean beaches.
In addition to relaxing on the beach, tourists can also visit historical sites. For example, Asclepeion is a temple complex, which consists of three terraces descending along the slopes of the mountains. They are connected by a staircase. They say that Hippocrates himself studied at the school of medicine at this temple. There is also the Hippocrates Museum in Kos.
There are also mosques on the island which were left from the years spent under the Turkish rule. The Defterdar Mosque and the 18th-century Haji Hassan Mosque were preserved in the island's capital.
The beaches here are diverse - sandy and pebble, with white, gold and black sand.
Symi stretches for 58 km and has an unusual shape. The island is famous for its craftsmen who make altars for churches and exclusive yachts. The capital of the island is the town of Symi. The upper part of the town is called Chorio. At the top, there are the ruins of Castro Fortress. To see them, you need to climb up 500 steps. A magnificent view of the island opens from here. Symi has more than 200 cathedrals. You might also be interested in The Maritime Museum in Yialos.
The island of Rhodes is rich in archaeological artifacts, which make the island of great value not only for Greece but also for the whole world. Rhodes also has stunning nature - lush trees, beautiful bays, and unusual plants.
The capital of the island is the city of Rhodes. The medieval city is surrounded by ancient walls. In ancient times, Rhodes was called the "island of the knights." Many streets have retained their medieval appearance. Here you will find the Palace of the Grand Masters of the Order of St. John with expensive furniture and interior items from different eras.
Other cities of the island are modern resorts with an active nightlife and modern infrastructure.
Another wonderful place in Rhodes is the Valley of the Butterflies. The Petaloudes Valley is located southeast of the Theogolos Peninsula. Besides the fact that the valley itself is beautiful with waterfalls, streams and emerald greenery, it was also chosen by butterflies, which fly upward as a person comes closer. This is a truly spectacular sight!
The regatta starts on the island of Leipsoi and ends on the island of Rhodes. There will be stops at the islands of Kos and Symi.
Yes, of course. There will be an experienced skipper and team members on the yacht. They will give you a role and teach you everything you need to know to be a useful team member and feel comfortable.
Yes, all team members will definitely try themselves in different roles to better understand each other. Standing at the helm is an integral part of training for beginners as well as setting sails, and helping the team during moorings.
As a rule, participants in the regatta live on the yacht. The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay: nice beds, a kitchen, a shower with toilet. If you do not want to live on a yacht, then you can arrange to stay at the hotel onshore.
The crew decides altogether what kind of food they prefer to eat and makes necessary purchases. Simple dishes can be cooked, usually taking turns. Some regattas offer daily meals and intensive evening program for all crews.
We can make an invitation for a visa, but you need to apply for a visa by yourself.
Most people tolerate some seasickness easily. If you feel that you are starting to feel sick, it is best to get at the steering wheel or tune the sails. Get yourself busy, show your body that you don’t have time to get sick, you have to fight for victory in the race. There are also many quite effective medicines from sickness. If you start taking them in advance, then the probability of seasickness is almost zero.
Before each trip, we organize an online meeting where participants get to know each other and the captain. The captain will answer all your questions. The crew will have a group chat so you can get to know each other before the start of the regatta. Then you will meet in the marina.
The main rule is to dress comfortably and according to the weather. Clothing: • windbreaker and pants or shorts; • shirt/jacket with UV protection (thermal underwear and fleece); • adjustable hat/cap; • gloves. We recommend to purchase a long-sleeved jacket with UV protection in order to protect yourself from the sun and strong wind. Yachting shoes should be: • light, with non-slip white outsole; • with the fixed heel; • with a tightly closed nose. During the sailing without shoes, you can fall or injure your fingers and feet on the deck. There are many protruding parts on the boat that are easy to catch. Unfortunately, even experienced sailors are not protected from unpleasant injuries when they ignore this simple rule.