Greek Islands' yacht race countdown.
The oldest and biggest yacht race to be held in the Greek Islands is set to get under way later this month. The Aegean Rally, now in its 48th year and organized by HORC (Hellenic Offshore Racing Club), will set sail from Faliro Marina, just 6km from Athens. Boats will head for Katapola on the Cycladic island of Amorgos before turning north to Pythagorion on Samos in the Dodecanese.
After the coastal race of Oinousses they head for the finishing line at mainland Sounion on July 24, having covered a total of 450 nautical miles across the Aegean.
More than 30 yachts are expected to join this year's event including top crews from Greece as well as many overseas competitors.
Organisers say the weather forecasts for the Aegean are ideal for racing sailing with winds expected to blow from northeast throughout the event, ranging between 15 and 35 knots.
Many sideline events and celebrations are expected to supplement the Aegean Rally programme this year.
The 48th Aegean Rally is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the General Secretariat of Sports. Exclusive sponsor of the race for the second consecutive year is Amity-MOTION.