17:00, Tuesday 20th December 2022, Alimos, Greece.
Christmas Cup Race (that was postponed on Sunday 11/12 due to forecasted severe windy weather) took place last Sunday in extremely light and warm conditions. Team OPTIMUM skipper Vaggelis Nikolopoulos led female Team OPTIMUM members Anna Agrafioti(OLY) and Mily Tirla along with Team Principals Nikos Lazos and Periklis Livas to claim the first line honors win for OPTIMUM 4 in this 14-mile Athens Riviera costal race.
“It was slow and frustrating at times as it took us almost five hours to cross the finish. However, trimming the main, sharing steering duties and learning how to go fast with the Code 0 sail, kept me focused and allowed me to add more experiences in my sailing life journey. Team OPTIMUM spirit remained live and present even when sport boats like Platu 25s and J80s passed us boat to boat in various stop n’ go situations, and allowed us to extend when it mattered to claim line honors and finish 3rd in class and 5th overall on handicap. What a wonderful warm December sailing Sunday it was…” confesses Team OPTIMUM member Anna Agrafioti (OLY).
The mix of the crew line up in this last race of the season exemplifies Team OPTIMUM vision supported by Samos Steamship and Lalizas to provide the path for young male and female sailing enthusiasts to conquer safely new frontiers and underwrite Team OPTIMUM future.
Season’s Greetings to all of you!