Luck or Skill?

By Pavlos Kontides

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21 March, 2019

Luck or Skill?

In our everyday life we come upon many different situations and we manage to handle them with a positive outcome. Especially in the world of sport, many people believe in luck but others trust skills, talent and hard work. The truth is that sometimes it’s hard to judge with certainty if it was a matter of luck or matter of skill.

In sailing we constantly face many fluctuating parameters, such as the wind, the clouds, the waves, the sea current and of course, our opponents. Talking about tactics, there are million situations when one boat sailed alone in a different direction compared to the rest of the fleet and came ahead, was this luck or knowledge?

Now we are not going to analyze sailing tactics (maybe in an upcoming blog post) but we will analyze the video found below.
This video was filmed in Lake Garda while I was preparing for the Star Sailors League with a very experienced Star crew Markus Koy from Germany.

Our intention was to gybe from starboard tack to port. In windier conditions the crew is back at the cockpit near the helm and handles the backstays to make sure the mast will stay upright (the only line preventing the mast from falling over). The windward backstay is always tight and the leeward is loose, to allow for the boom to open at wider angles and sail downwind.

As it can be seen in the video, I initially had difficulty to bring the main sheet in and perform the gybe (maybe I should be lifting more weights at the gym!). Perhaps it was a sign that the mast was more in front than needed, something which makes the bow to push lower making it easier to surf on waves.

Once the main sheet was pulled over you can see the mast going rapidly forward, and expect it to break but Markus saved it.
So, what happened? Markus released the starboard backstay and pulled the port once but the rope uncleated from the cleat, as a result the mast was not being held; however, he managed to pull it back in (a huge force was needed) and saved the mast. If he was milliseconds late, or if a gust came, the mast would have broken.

The big question is: Was this luck or skill?

In my opinion it was both. If Markus was not so experienced, strong and concentrated, the mast would have broken (note that he never lost a mast as a star crew). On the other hand, if he was late for milliseconds or a gust came as previously mentioned, this would have resulted in a broken mast again.

But you know what’s the lesson from this? Markus was complaining about the position of the cleat compared to his boat, so always adjust your equipment to your needs.

Construction Progress Update March 2019

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21 March, 2019

Construction Progress Update March 2019

We are very excited to release another construction progress update!

During February and March, the pace has been more rigorous than ever, with a lot of buildings and infrastructure being developed further within the project.

Work Phase 1 (WP1) is almost complete. This consists of infrastructure and marine works, as well as the essential buildings. The infrastructure and marine works are proceeding as planned, with the breakwater just shy of full completion. The precast concrete elements are also nearing completion of installation. Regarding the reclamation and blockwall installation, only some bits remain around the project.

The essential buildings such as the government, maintenance, chandlery and administration buildings have progressed quite quickly.

Work Phase 2 (WP2) has also commenced dynamically. The Pyare area can be clearly seen now, since the commercial buildings and parking garage have taken shape and are at about 30% completion. In regard to the residential buildings, the island villas’ construction has progressed significantly, with each villa being visible.

Work has also commenced on the towers. The East Tower’s foundations are in place and excavation has began so the construction can proceed. The engineers are also performing pile tests on the West Tower’s area, to determine the density of the soil underneath and take any measures necessary to reinforce the structure.

Take a look at the video to grasp the progress of the project!

 

 

 

Diplomatic Delegation visits Ayia Napa Marina

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18 March, 2019

Diplomatic Delegation visits Ayia Napa Marina

International diplomats, comprised of financial and commercial representatives from various foreign embassies in Athens, in collaboration with the Enterprise Greece organization under the auspices of the Embassy of Cyprus in Athens, visited the construction site of the iconic Ayia Napa Marina on March 15th, 2019. The visit took place within the framework of a wider initiative to enhance and promote business opportunities in Cyprus.

The high-profile visitors were welcomed by Stavros Caramondanis, CEO of M.M Makronisos Marina Ltd, who also conducted a tour of the construction site while highlighting the importance of Ayia Napa Marina in the reinforcement of nautical tourism in the eastern Mediterranean, and the contribution of the project to the upgrade of the Cyprus tourism product, attracting quality tourism throughout the year. Caramondanis pointed out: “Ayia Napa Marina is a unique project, not just for Cyprus but for the whole of Europe, with innovative technology used for the construction of both the marina and other areas on the grounds. This important project has already gained international recognition, exemplified by increasing interest from buyers and investors around the world. To date, 75% of the Ayia Napa Marina East Tower has already been sold and we are witnessing increased interest, mainly from Russian, Middle Eastern and Asian markets.”

During the tour, diplomats were given the opportunity to witness the significant development of the project, with the first phase of infrastructure almost complete (barring the complementary and final embankment), while the precast concrete units, produced by two dedicated batching plants near the site, are in their final phase of construction. The South Breakwater is at full length, with a few precast concrete units left to be installed. The Roadway superstructure is almost complete, while the foundations for the breakwater road and all roadworks progressing at a fast pace. The delegation was greatly impressed by the main and commercial area buildings which are now clearly visible. The construction of the chandlery, administration and government buildings are also moving full speed ahead.

The diplomats who attended the event concurred that Ayia Napa Marina deserves to be hailed among the most ambitious projects in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, and were given detailed informative material regarding recent developments, and the final look of this impressive project.

The Cyprus Spring Scenery

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14 March, 2019

The Cyprus Spring Scenery

How amazing is to be able to get from snowy mountains to the warm beach of Makronisos at Ayia Napa, in just shy of two hours? Look at the pictures below and you can feel the antithesis of scenery which Cyprus is blessed with. Today’s temperature is around 22°C and sunny.