AEGEAN 600 Open for Entry

AEGEAN 600 Open for Entry

Lavrion, Greece - December 11, 2023 -  Organizers at the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) are pleased to announce the 2024 edition of the AEGEAN 600 is now open for entry. The event is being held from 5-13 July 2024 and is co-organized by the host venue at Olympic Marine.

Now, in its fourth annual edition, the race has grown in interest and popularity every year, with last year’s third edition attracting 500 sailors racing on 45 yachts from 16 nations. What attracts them is this race’s unique format: a scenic offshore journey of 605 miles that starts and finishes under the watchful gaze of the Ancient Temple of Poseidon poised on the sea cliff above Attica’s Cape Sounio.

AEGEAN 600 Course Map
AEGEAN 600 Course Map

Besides this amazing and historic start and finish venue, the course itself is a spectacular tour that passes 13 iconic Greek islands, including a lap around the volcanic caldera of Santorini in the first part of the race and later towards the end of the race through a gap at the islands of Delos and Mykonos.

The ever-present northerly Meltemi winds that can peak to over 30 knots propel the fleet around this course, challenging their seamanship and navigation skills, yet delivering clear sunny skies, starry nights and warm waters throughout.

Maxi boats on the starting line
Maxi boats on the starting line © Carlo Borlenghi

Seaworthy monohulls of minimum length of 9.00 m and seaworthy multihulls of length 9.15 m and larger are welcome to enter with ORC and/or IRC certificates.

Recognized offshore class yachts such as Dehler 30 One Designs, Class 40’s, Mini 6.5’s, Figaro 2’s and Figaro 3’s are also welcome to enter. The event will also welcome Maxi yachts as a race on the 2024 International Maxi Class (IMA’s) calendar of events.

Besides the race itself, the AEGEAN 600 welcomes all entries to a heaping dose of Greek hospitality at the full-service Olympic Marine venue, with social events planned both before and after the race. The marina is a world-class facility featuring modern docks, a boatyard with full-service facilities for repairs and maintenance, chandleries and markets, and restaurants and cafes.

AEGEAN 600 - July 2023
AEGEAN 600 - July 2023 © Carlo Borlenghi

A Safety Seminar is also offered for those who need to comply with the offshore race safety standards, and tours of this historic region are available for all those affiliated with the race, including sailors along with their families and friends.

Safety seminar will be held before the race
Safety seminar will be held before the race

For those that want to do some tuning of their boat and crew, a Warm-up Race is offered to all entries on Friday, July 5th, two days before the race starts on Sunday, July 7th. This race will be held in the straits between Olympic Marine and the adjacent island of Makronisos to the east.

The complete schedule of 2024 AEGEAN 600 events is in the Notice of Race and summarized as follows:

Tuesday April 30, 2024
20:00 Entry submission deadline

Sunday June 30, 2024
10:00 Free berthing commences at Olympic Marine

Tuesday July 2, 2024
12:00 Secretariat opening in Olympic Marine

Wednesday July 3 to Friday July 5, 2024
10:00-18:00 Registration and Inspections

Thursday July 4, 2024
18:00 – 21:00 Safety Training

Friday July 5, 2024
12:00 Warm-up Race
19:00 Skippers Meeting & Media Briefing
20:30 Welcome Ceremony
21:30 Reception Dinner

Saturday July 6, 2024
18:00 – 20:30 Visit to Temple of Poseidon

Sunday July 7, 2024
14:00 Start AEGEAN 600 at Sounio

Saturday July 13, 2024
14:00 Expiration of Race Time Limit
21:00 Prize Giving Ceremony

Monday July 15, 2024
14:00 Free berthing period expires at Olympic Marine

Last year’s third edition was extremely fast, especially for the two leading Maxis who match-raced around the course in search of a new monohull course record: the Volvo 70 I LOVE POLAND and the Farr 100 LEOPARD 3.

There were rave reviews from the fleet for the 2023 race. LEOPARD 3 was awarded the overall AEGEAN 600 trophy and numerous other awards for their outstanding performance.

Skipper of LEOPARD 3, Chris Sherlock said “What an event. The hospitality was fantastic, the sailing was exceptional, and we look forward to coming back next year.”

Others throughout the fleet echoed their enthusiasm to return, including IRC 3 and ORC 3 class winner Panagiotis Mantis from the Greek Hanse 508 PHAEDRA. “I had imagined this to be a very good race with spectacular views, but what I experienced was way beyond. I am thrilled and can’t wait for next year.”

Stuart Austin, skipper of the UK-based Outremer 4x catamaran QUICK DECISION, said the same after finishing in second place in the Multihull division. “Next year we’re going to be back. We’re so pleased to have done this race, next year we’re going to be back and do better again. The organizers are generous, they are welcoming, it’s a race everybody really should do.”

HORC and Olympic Marine invites you to join them in the fourth edition of this amazing event, called by Seahorse Magazine “The perfect 600-mile race.”

Details of how the fleet progressed around the course in the 2023 edition of the race can be found using the YB tracker system, accessed at this link: https://cf.yb.tl/aegean6002023.

Poland on board Onboard Volvo 70 I LOVE POLAND
Leopard finish Farr 100 LEOPARD 3 at the finish of AEGEAN 600 in 2023
LEOPARD awards Farr 100 LEOPARD 3 - the winner of AEGEAN 600 in 2023
An offshore race designed by sailors for sailors. A race where the wind god, Aeolus, will make his own game to control sailors’ seamanship. A race where the dolphins will accompany the boats to drive them faster to the finish. A race with enchanting sunrises and sunsets. A race where mythology rewards sport in a unique water track. All this and much more is the “Aegean 600”. A non-stop race.

“Aegean 600” bears the name of the Aegean Sea. The sea that Homer praised. A sea where every mile can offer you different emotions. The event is organized by Hellenic Offshore Racing Club.
An exciting race in the primordial sea with 600 miles of non-stop sailing.