Palermo, Pantelleria, Lampedusa and the finish in Malta

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Valetta, Malta, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 11:00 OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK crossed the finishing line in Valletta, Malta on Wednesday at 18:06 under grey skies and storm force winds. “It was the toughest 24-hour period in the 46 year history of the race” said a Maltese sailor that has competed in all editions. Until now, 25 yachts
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Up to the Messina Straits

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Stromboli – Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 20:00. The start of the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race got under way under perfect sunshine and blue skies. At 11:00, the slower yachts of class 5 started first, followed in 10 minute intervals by classes 4, 3, 2 and 1, a total of 122 yachts. Team Optimum monitored
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Ready to Go!

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Malta, Friday, 17th October 2014, 18:00. This is it! Nine months have passed since we decided back in February that participating in the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race was the main goal in 2014 racing season for Team Optimum. Now, we are a few hours away from the start, the boat is in great shape
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Optimum Passage

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Valletta, Malta, Monday, October 13th, 2014, 14:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK enjoyed an uneventful passage from Athens to Valletta.  Optimum crew members and guests arrived in Malta in high spirits after a 66-hour non-stop voyage under easy going conditions.  Moonlight nights and sunny days attended by light to medium strength winds allowed for 50-50 motoring and sailing. 
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Bye-Bye, see you in Malta

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Kalamaki, Friday, October10th 2014, 16:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK left Kalamaki home port on her 500+ mile non-stop delivery trip to Malta.  The delivery crew of nine guys plans to arrive in Valetta, Malta at early Monday morning.   Four of them will catch the direct flight to Athens the same afternoon and the remaining guys will prepare
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Crazy Night Out

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Kalamaki, Sunday, September 28 2014, 08:00.   “Darling, it’s on the fridge door since February! On Saturday 27th September, I am going out with the Optimum guys for a 24-hour training practice prior of the race in Malta. There is no way for me to come to your friend’s wedding, sorry..!” So, all the guys showed up
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Bound for Malta!

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Kalamaki, Friday, September 12th 2014, 12:00. Optimum Yacht Racing Team is going through various checklists and puts the necessary work on board OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK, as the departure day to Valetta, Malta approaches fast.  The 35thRolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, October 18th and is very likely that the entries will exceed the one hundred mark and
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Aegean Glory

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PHOTO: Nikos Alevromytis Kalamaki, Sunday August 3rd 2014, 10:00. Optimum Yacht Racing Team is back in base in Nautical Club Kalamaki, and OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK rests on its cradle high above the sea.  The 51st Aegean Rally, the top offshore and most challenging event in the Offshore Sailing Calendar in Greece and one of the oldest and toughest
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Line honors and another leg victory

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Photo: NIKOS ALEVROMYTIS Back to base in Kalamaki, Sunday, July 27th 2014, 12:00. The 51st Aegean Rally concluded with the competing yachts crossing the finishing line in Cape Sounio where the ancient temple of Poseidon resides.  OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK   was the first boat to cross the line and by doing so the crew knew that
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