Record fleet to start 4th edition of AEGEAN 600

Record fleet to start 4th edition of AEGEAN 600

5 June 2024 - Lavrion, Greece -  An impressive record turnout of 69 teams from 22 nations are making their final preparations for the Sunday, 7 July, start of the fourth edition of the AEGEAN 600. This annual race organized by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (HORC) with support from Olympic Marine will send this fleet of 64 monohulls and 5 multihulls on a scenic and challenging tour of the Aegean Sea.

The 605-mile race course was designed by experienced offshore sailors at HORC to offer fellow offshore sailors the opportunity to demonstrate their skills: boat speed, sail handling, crew management, navigation, and strategy will all be tested after Sunday’s 1400 GDT start at Cape Sounio under the gaze of the ancient Temple of Poseidon.

The ancient Temple of Poseidon © Vagelis-Fragoulis
The ancient Temple of Poseidon © Vagelis-Fragoulis

With the pervasive northerly Meltemi winds providing ideal conditions throughout the race area, there are a total of 14 legs in this complex course. After the start the fleet will transit their first gate at the spectacular caldera of Santorini, then proceed south to turn northeast at Kassos towards the north east end of Rhodos. From here they sail west at the start of a zig-zag series of short legs north around several islands and islets before heading west again towards the next gate at Mykonos and the Delos Strait. From there Kea is left to port before heading to the finish where they started at Cape Sounio.

The complete list of entries is available at .

outstanding hospitality and support at the shoreside venue of Olympic Marine
Outstanding hospitality and support at the shoreside venue of Olympic Marine © Nikos-Alevromytis

Tracking of this fleet will be available using the YB tracking system, accessible on the event website at During the race veteran offshore race commentator Dobbs Davis from Seahorse Magazine will produce a daily show to explain the fleet’s positions and strategies relative to the weather and their competition.

Before embarking on this epic odyssey of the Aegean Sea, the teams will enjoy outstanding hospitality and support at the shoreside venue of Olympic Marine, a full-service facility that offers both berthing and logistic support of the fleet.

For those entries keen to hone their boat handling skills there is also an opportunity to sail in the Attica Warm-up Race held on Friday 5 July in the waters adjacent to Olympic Marine. And for those interested in learning more about ancient Greek history there is a tour of the Temple of Poseidon organized for participating sailors and their friends and families.

“We are very excited to have the strongest-ever turnout of offshore sailors coming to join us from around the world,” said Ioannis Maragkoudakis, Commodore of the HORC and President of the AEGEAN 600 Organizing Committee. ”The breadth and depth of talent and the wide variety of boat types demonstrates the interest in this great race is growing every year. We wish all teams Good Luck in this Fourth edition.”

More information on the AEGEAN 600 can be found on the event website at:

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.