New Season is On!

By Pavlos Kontides

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18 December, 2019

New Season is On!

New season always brings new challenges with this one being very special. I will be participating into my 4th Olympic Games in Tokyo starting at the end of July and I am really excited and motivated about it.

Preparation for Tokyo would be very crucial as various kind of sailing conditions can be faced in Enoshima from light winds to strong winds, typhoons, big waves, small waves, currents and last but not least high air temperatures with humidity close to 90% making it very physically demanding for the body and mind as well.

The time left until the Olympics I will do my best with my team to prepare in the best possible way and go there enjoy the journey and give my 100%. By doing that I would be happy and satisfied with myself regardless of the result, there is nothing more I can do, is it?

Of course the Olympic Games are not the only competition I will compete in 2020 but actually the last of the season. A very important challenge will be the World Championship in Melbourne Australia commencing 11th of February (the day I am becoming 30 😅). The preparation is already well underway both on and off the water, spending a lot of time in Split Croatia this period.

After the Worlds in February, I will compete in some of the international competitions in Europe and my summer would be spend in Japan competing in June at the World Cup Final in Enoshima, the Olympic Waters before the big challenge.

I am happy with how my preparation is currently going. I will keep you posted with all upcoming news. In the meantime, you can follow my daily routine through social media.

Ayia Napa Marina berthing facilities open for trial operati...

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27 November, 2019

Ayia Napa Marina berthing facilities open for trial operations

Dedicated to the completion of the iconic Ayia Napa Marina, M.M. Makronisos Marina Limited has proudly presented the first part of this impressive project, unveiling berthing facilities and related services.

On Wednesday 27 Νοvember 2019, a team of media representatives visited the Ayia Napa Marina, in the presence of Ayia Napa Mayor, Yiannis Karousos, the Sotira Mayor, George Takkas and their entourage, and guided by Ayia Napa Marina CEO, Stavros Caramondanis, and the marina’s Managing Director, Costas Fitiris. The media enjoyed a tour of the completed areas of the marina, which can host approximately 600 yachts in wet and dry storage.

As highlighted by Stavros Caramondanis, wet slips can accommodate boats up to 65 metres in length, while a specially designed 4 level Dry Stack storage facility is available for yachts up to 10 metres in length. To ensure a hassle-free experience for yacht owners, Dry Stack Services will offer innovative facilities based on the three pillars of KNOWLEDGE-QUALITY-SPEED. The yacht berthing and service system complies with the most up-to-date specifications for luxury marinas. For all yachts of 30 metres in length or less, finger style birthing and all related services will be provided, while every yacht owner can enjoy analytical information at any time about water, power and fuel consumption from their mobile phone or PC.

Stavros Caramondanis noted with pride: “Today, the marina opens for trial operations under real conditions. The purpose of this pilot procedure is that of establishing the smooth functioning of the marina in practice and to effectively resolve any possible problems and/or difficulties that may arise while correcting any faults in its construction and/or operation.  We must note that during the pilot operation, we will only be accommodating yachts from the Republic of Cyprus, which have received a special invite. The Marina is not open to the general public.”

Thanking Stavros Caramondanis for the information and the tour of the berthing facilities, Ayia Napa Mayor, Yiannis Karousos, voiced his enthusiasm about the ambitious project slowly nearing completion, standing as a benchmark not only for Cyprus, but for the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean, and facilitating Ayia Napa’s goal of becoming the best tourism retreat in the Mediterranean.

Construction Progress Update: July 2019

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12 July, 2019

Construction Progress Update: July 2019

The construction teams of Ayia Napa Marina welcomed July with an ever expanding range of works. June has been busy and July is expected to be busier, due to the volume of parallel work that is happening on site.

Infrastructure works continue, with the teams installing electromechanical and plumbing systems around the road network, that is also being built. The same services are being installed into the car park, which is at an advanced stage of construction.

Regarding marine works, piles installation under the floating docks is well underway. Specifically, the piling has been completed under the Athena, Poseidon, Apollo and Era docks. The installation of the pontoons [the upper parts of the docks] is expected to commence mid-July.

As for the buildings, finishes are currently being installed on the essential buildings, such as the governmental and harbour master ones, where plastering is being done on the commercial area buildings. Piling has been completed under the Yacht club and Event Centre platforms, and the East Tower’s foundation is proceeding as planned, with the third cast being completed.

Living Color Festival Returns!

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12 July, 2019

Living Color Festival Returns!

During recent years, Ayia Napa hosts one of the best and most colourful summer festivals on the island: Living Color Music & Arts Festival.

This year’s festival will happen on August 3rd, 2019 and is expected to surpass its predecessors, in both lineup and features! This is not to be missed.

Find our more at the festival’s official website.