Team Optimum goes classic racing

Spetses Island, Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, 20:30.
Photo: Nikos Alevromytis /

OPTIMUM-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK team members competed at 4th SPETSES CLASSIC YACHT RACE that took place in Spetses island on 19-22/6/2014.  This is the main event of Classic Yacht Racing in Greece and Classic Yachts from around the world are joining every year to live their myth in Greece and particular the waters of Spetses Historic Island. No less than ten OPTIMUM men joined the exceptional event and crewed aboard various classic vessels of unforgettable beauty and elegance offering their talents in an effort to boost performance at OPTIMUM levels.

To be more specific Giannis Kapos crewed once again on the little lateen AROKALI built in Spetses, and repeated last year’s 1st podium finish in the lateen division with finishes DNC,3,2,1,1,1.

Nick Lazos and Lambros Nakis crewed for TALLALUH owner in the Contemporary Classic Yacht Division and took 2nd place, posting 2,1,2,2 in the 4 races conducted.

Pericles Livas was found for 4th consecutive year onboard NAVISA, the 1907 Seaview Mermaid One Design, repeating 1st place in the Classic B division,for 4th time in a row, posting 4 bullets on the scoreboard.

But the serious honor for OPTIMUM-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK team members comes from the invitation from SAVANNAH, a 90-footer in the Spirit of Tradition division that arrived to compete in SCYR for first time and attracted immense attention by her beauty, elegance and performance.  SAVANNAH was the largest and fastest yacht competing in Spetses this year.  OPTIMUM Team members Alexis Chrysochoides, Patroklos Tachtatzis, Yorgos Eliopoulos, Antoine Drilias, Nikos Apostolakis and Nick Lykiardopulos joined the regular crew that campaigns SAVANNAH in various locations around the world, as “international locals” and provided local knowledge blended with competitive edge. And they succeeded in grand style winning the 1st podium position with notable performance winning 3 out of 4 races of their division.

This is sailing “back to the past” with wooden boats with wooden masts that make all these “live” sounds through the waves and the wind that fuel your senses with anticipation of doing the best possible to guide them safely to the finish line without strain them more than the old ladies can cope with.  It is a fine balance that OPTIMUM-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK members figured it out with great success this long weekend.