By Manos Roudas from the RC boat club skipper of HORC's web site
Saturday morning, 08:00 hours.
We leave the race committee to its duties
at about 10 o’clock and meet the crews at the HORC premises. After the
breakfast offered to the participants, the final directions are given out,
and the crews are allocated to the boats.
It is 10:30 and the
course is all set. Two motorboats are following the race. In the Race
Committee boat we are amazed by the grace and speed of J’s as they
prepare to start.
The race starts at
The second race starts short after the first one. All boats started at the port tack, except TINOULI. Thanasis Fanariotis, the skipper, knows the waters fairly well and he chose to sail the starboard tack, ending at hisfavor.
In the third race,
the only Greek crew of ATLAS MARINE came close to its victory, but the
race won by TINOULI once again.
In the final race,
we had a slight change in wind direction, so we had to move the north buoy
a bit left. DENIS damaged its main seriously and was forced to retreat
because of a strong gust. Good thing that out of the four races, one could
choose the best two to count for the results.
After the race there
was a reception and prize-giving ceremony with Greek specialties
and wines, where the participants had the chance to get to know each other
well and discuss about the race and Greece in general.
kind of weather is not very common in the area, it turned out to be ideal
for this particular race event, and everyone enjoyed it. People were
pleased by the excellent set up of the race and the events, and promised
they will be back for the next BALTIC EXCHANGE CUP.