Construction Progress Update October 2018

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30 October, 2018

Construction Progress Update October 2018

September and October have been fast paced months. Construction has progressed steadily, with many building foundation works being complete. Infrastructure and marine works are also proceeding according to initial planning.

Dredging is complete, and reclamation is nearing completion, including the island, which has shaped up in its final form. Pre-cast concrete works are also nearing completion, allowing the South Breakwater’s construction to move even faster. The South Breakwater is at 77%.

Roadworks have also begun, amounting to approximately 45% of total progress.

Regarding the buildings, piling has finished for essential buildings, the East Tower and most of the Pyare area’s buildings, laying the foundation upon which construction will soon start. The Parking Garage’s construction has also started, and is at 10% completion in a very short time.

 

Vote for Pavlos for the World Sailor of the Year

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29 October, 2018

Vote for Pavlos for the World Sailor of the Year

Voting for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018 is being carried out since Monday (15/10) and Cypriot Olympic medal winner Pavlos Kontides is one of the five candidates for the award

Cypriots as well the interational sailing community and friends can show their support towards Pavlos Kontides, who has been nominated for sailing’s most honourable award, the Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

The public has been invited to vote from October 15th up until October 29Th here.

The Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards is the most prestigious award of recognition in the dynamic sport of sailing. Since the awards’ inception in 1994, the trophy has proudly accumulated the names of those who have demonstrated unparalleled endurance, performance and accomplishment in sailing.

The winners will be announced on October 30th at the World Sailing Awards Ceremony in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference.

The 28 year old sailor is a candidate for this particular award for the first time in his career. He is also the first Cypriot ever to be a candidate as the best athlete in his sport. «I would like to ask for the support of the Cypriots and all the people who appreciate sports and sailing as well. It is a great honour for me, and also a dream that came true, to be included amongst the candidates for the Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2018, and it will be the greatest honour for me to win this particular award» Kontides stated.

The last twelve months were amazing for the Limassol Nautical Club sailor, as he has won the World Championship at Split in 2017 and the World Championship at Denmark in 2018, for the second consecutive year. In between this, he won the European Championship and climbed on the first place in the Laser category for the first time in his career.

The other candidates
Aside from Kontides, the rest of the candidates are, Charles Caudrelier from France, of Volvo Ocean Race, the 49er twin Sime and Mihovil Fantela from Croatia, the Dutch Dorian van Rijsselberghe from RS:X και Nacra’s Ruggero Tuta from Italy.

The public’s vote counts 30% on the final decision and 70% are the votes of the National Associations.

The Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards were found in 1994 and since then, World Sailing and Rolex award the best man and woman sailor, or crew, from the Olympic and open sea categories.

The last time in which a sailor from the Laser category has won the Rolex World Sailor of the Year, was in 2010, when the legendary Australian Tom Slingsby was voted as the best sailor of the year.

More information at www.facebook.com/PavlosKontidesOfficial and voting at http://www.sailing.org/news/2018vote.php#.W8R5o2gzbIW.

Ayia Napa’s 13th Medieval Festival

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29 October, 2018

Ayia Napa’s 13th Medieval Festival

Ayia Napa held its 13th traditional Medieval Festival during 13-20 October. The festival was a big success and it involved many that embraced the spirit of the Medieval heritage of the area.

A series of events were organised, including live performances and a big parade, showcasing the legacy of past civilisations around  the area.

Find out more here.

Why is sailing in Cyprus ideal?

By Pavlos Kontides, Official Ayia Napa Marina Brand Ambassador

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29 October, 2018

Why is sailing in Cyprus ideal?

As a son of a devoted sailing enthusiast like my father, I have been introduced to the magic of enjoying the sea, the sun and the wind since I was little. And of course, that couldn’t be anywhere else than my homeland, Cyprus.

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus offers superb sailing conditions all year round. With sunshine days counting up to 350 per year, day time temperatures at 30+ degrees in the summer period and 15-17 degrees in the winter period, this piece of land at the crossroads of three continents, makes an ideal place for outdoor sports and of course, sailing.

The most important factor for this amazing and unique sport, is the wind and sea state. Cyprus is famous for its south westerly sea breeze which can blow all year around. May, June and July usually offer winds more than 15 knots. During the winter period (December-March), easterly gradient winds are also common, ranging from 10-25 knots.

The general sea state are waves up to 1 meter, which every boat can sail and enjoy. With the easterly breeze waves can get bit bigger, up to 2 meters, depending on the location of sailing. Southerly gradient occurs very rarely and creates bigger waves coming directly to the island’s south coasts.

Another important factor is that the wind blows for several hours during the day, allowing for longer sailing sessions; it often blows from 12:00-18:30 in the summer and from the morning till the sunset in the winter.

Tide is minimal, thus currents as well, so no need to schedule your sailing due to water level fluctuations.

All these factors combined with the fact that Cyprus is easily accessible from air, has great food, and great day and night life, make it the great spot for sailing and other activities.

Ayia Napa Marina, makes the “ideal” excuse to consider boating and sailing in Cyprus, either as a visitor or as a permanent resident.

Feel free to contact me for any sailing information or questions via my Facebook Page.

Let’s catch a breeze,

Pavlos