Stromboli, Aeolian Islands and the approach to Palermo

Northeast of Palermo, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 12:00. Team OPTIMUM is back in contention with the leading boats in class 2 after a stellar performance by the crew during the last 36 hours. Actually, OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK is the 7th boat in the race track out of a fleet of 122 that started on Saturday. The
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Up to the Messina Straits

Stromboli – Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 20:00. The start of the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race got under way under perfect sunshine and blue skies. At 11:00, the slower yachts of class 5 started first, followed in 10 minute intervals by classes 4, 3, 2 and 1, a total of 122 yachts. Team Optimum monitored
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Ready to Go!

Malta, Friday, 17th October 2014, 18:00. This is it! Nine months have passed since we decided back in February that participating in the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race was the main goal in 2014 racing season for Team Optimum. Now, we are a few hours away from the start, the boat is in great shape
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Optimum Passage

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Valletta, Malta, Monday, October 13th, 2014, 14:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK enjoyed an uneventful passage from Athens to Valletta.  Optimum crew members and guests arrived in Malta in high spirits after a 66-hour non-stop voyage under easy going conditions.  Moonlight nights and sunny days attended by light to medium strength winds allowed for 50-50 motoring and sailing. 
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Bye-Bye, see you in Malta

Kalamaki, Friday, October10th 2014, 16:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK left Kalamaki home port on her 500+ mile non-stop delivery trip to Malta.  The delivery crew of nine guys plans to arrive in Valetta, Malta at early Monday morning.   Four of them will catch the direct flight to Athens the same afternoon and the remaining guys will prepare
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Crazy Night Out

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Kalamaki, Sunday, September 28 2014, 08:00.   “Darling, it’s on the fridge door since February! On Saturday 27th September, I am going out with the Optimum guys for a 24-hour training practice prior of the race in Malta. There is no way for me to come to your friend’s wedding, sorry..!” So, all the guys showed up
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Bound for Malta!

Kalamaki, Friday, September 12th 2014, 12:00. Optimum Yacht Racing Team is going through various checklists and puts the necessary work on board OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK, as the departure day to Valetta, Malta approaches fast.  The 35thRolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, October 18th and is very likely that the entries will exceed the one hundred mark and
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Aegean Glory

PHOTO: Nikos Alevromytis Kalamaki, Sunday August 3rd 2014, 10:00. Optimum Yacht Racing Team is back in base in Nautical Club Kalamaki, and OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK rests on its cradle high above the sea.  The 51st Aegean Rally, the top offshore and most challenging event in the Offshore Sailing Calendar in Greece and one of the oldest and toughest
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Line honors and another leg victory

Photo: NIKOS ALEVROMYTIS Back to base in Kalamaki, Sunday, July 27th 2014, 12:00. The 51st Aegean Rally concluded with the competing yachts crossing the finishing line in Cape Sounio where the ancient temple of Poseidon resides.  OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK   was the first boat to cross the line and by doing so the crew knew that
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Winning has never been easy

Ios Island, July 25th  2014, 10:00. Race 4 of the 51st Aegean Rally turned out tough for OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK that managed a 7th and dropped to 3rd overall in the overall standings. The offshore leg from Astypalea to Ios represented sailing in a lake and not in the Aegean Sea end of July.  The very light winds that prevailed and
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