How to prepare for a sailing competition (Genova World Cup)...

By Pavlos Kontides

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24 April, 2019

How to prepare for a sailing competition (Genova World Cup)

We’d like to congratulate our brand ambassador Pavlos Kontides for securing the silver medal in Genova’s world cup!

Pavlos is an awesome athlete and person, with a lot of positive attitude and resilience, something he has repeatedly proven by his results.

Just before the World Cup, Pavlos sent us a video with tips how to prepare for a sailing competition. Watch it and learn from the best!

Ayia Napa Triathlon

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24 April, 2019

Ayia Napa Triathlon

Ayia Napa Triathlon was held during late March 2019, attracting athletes from many countries around the world. The event was a huge success, with approximately 700 athletes taking part.

Ayia Napa race is the most prestigious and biggest triathlon competition in Cyprus. It is organized by Nireas Triathlon every March in Ayia Napa’s best beach Nissi Bay, which  recently has been awarded among the top five beautiful beaches in the world.

The course is flat and fast and together with the incredible scenery guarantees a unique experience to athletes and spectators. Ayia Napa Triathlon is for everyone, either a beginner or a pro athlete.

Great location, crystal clear waters and sunny weather makes this event the perfect choice to start the race season as early as in March.

The race attracted this year 6th edition around 700 participants from over 30 countries and it is considered as one of the prettiest races in Europe.

Ayia Napa Triathlon promotes Ayia Napa and Cyprus as the top destination for winter training and racing on top of their already world known beauty during summertime.

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!