We are TEAM EXLence. We get together for the thrill of the race, or we spend time together for exchanging ideas and learn from each other. Sometimes we think together as One.
This time we made it !!
Yet another attempt to win this regatta. This year better prepared from any previous time.
Ever since last year’s French Open in Cannes we had been thinking that a modern 5.5 would be an excellent choice to try racing on. Before committing to buying, we thought it would be a good idea to try racing a chartered one, although these boats are very difficult to find for chartering.
SPETSES CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA 2018 – WE DID NOT ACHIEVE WHAT WE CAME HERE FOR, BUT WE HAD FUN, TOOK OUR LESSONS, AND WILL RETURN NEXT YEAR STRONGER
On a new boat, with a much smaller set-up, crew of only three, and here we were. For the first time, with our own head-turning beautiful classic, LIZZA. The one and only 5.5mIC boat in the race.
SPETSES CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA – NO MORE CHARTERED BOATS; WE NEED TO BUY ONE OF OUR OWN AND WIN THE REGATTA !!
The SCYR is the largest and most prestigious Classic Yacht Regatta in Greece, organized by our Yacht Club Greece held at the historic isle of Spetses. This past June we had the 7th edition of the Regatta. It attracted more than 70 participations, from Greece and abroad, and boats ranging from small “Latinis”, to internationally renowned Schooners.
In the end, we found ourselves winning the race with almost 2 minutes to spare to the 2nd boat.
Our Big International Race.
You don’t know your limits unless you try to break them.
The “North Aegean Cup” was the warm-up race before the European ORCi Championship. Our first priority was to start practice runs to familiarize ourselves with the course and the wind of the venue. Still, winning the event was our main concern.
This race was part of a racing series together with the “YCG Week” that we had raced the week before. And the “Liberty Regatta” scheduled for Sunday the 19th. On Friday June 17, we left Voula with a 35-minute delay due to the low wind. The emerging light breeze carried us up to Cape Sounio off the overlooking Temple of Poseidon, with the entire fleet behind us. There…
The “Yacht Club of Greece Week” was our final test in home waters before heading to Chalkidiki for the North Aegean Regatta and the European ORCi Championship.
How we love the Athens Trophy sailing event! Two days full of racing action, excitement and fun. To some it could be exhausting, or slightly overbearing; to us it’s simply indulging in what we love and sincerely appreciate.
We do love IT.
And we did deliver on our promise.
One thing we like about sailing is competition. Contrary to the popular belief our opponent is our friend; he is not our enemy, not the one who tries to snatch victory from our hands.
Another thing we like about sailing, is winning.
Boucadoura (in Greek) is the thermal wind, that in a warm day if a noticeable drop in temperature may occur during the early afternoon, as a cool breeze begins to blow off of the water.
But what can you do about the wind?
An enthralling race on a wonderful glorious day that leaves nothing to be desired!
2nd by 1′ on corrected time, not bad given the circumstances..
Being proud members of the Yacht Club of Greece we are highly motivated to prove ourselves by bringing the Winter Cup home.
As we have done a number of times in our history.
Hey, how cool is that? On Sunday November 22, at 11:00, 20 boats participating in the Salamina race were ready to set sail from Faliro to Fleves and back…
The 3rd race of the Yacht Club of Greece “Winter Cup – 2015” took place on Sunday, November 15, under perfect summery weather.
On Sunday Nov. 8, “Okto”, the 2nd race of the Yacht Club of Greece “Winter Cup – 2015”, started at 10 a.m. from Microlimano…
Staying focused and high on determination comes with high risks that eventually can come with great rewards. Particularly to certain people with high expectations (honestly, kind of dissapointed, we wanted 1st!).
Races are normally named after the area or the destination they are associated with, or the type of boats, or after some famous name, or any other crazy idea; but “Little Pig”?
Oh yes, by the way, we won 2nd place.
We don’t believe in miracles. We struggle to make them happen. And sometimes we succeed. Sometimes…
“Our only focus remained until the very last race on winning the Nationals. And that I find to be a truly remarkable experience…. ”
…got started on the wrong foot.., or the wrong sail.., or the wrong strategy.., whatever, but we came out… yes, (you’re) right!
The committee decided to opt for 3 windward/leeward races. This is the most technical and demanding type of race for offshore yachts.
Winning first place on this first race of the SCYR 2015 was the best reward for The TEAM, after a long and hard worked day out on the water.
Although disappointed with the way the Day 4 results turned out, being 2nd to the world renown “SAVANNAH” and ahead of “BACCARA”, which has set several time records for the Atlantic crossing, makes us proud and eager to come back next year, stronger.
The 2015 Athens Trophy was held during the weekend of May 9th and 10th. The race comprises of windward/leeward courses on both days and it is usually attended by the best teams in Greece.
Another exciting weekend full of fierce competition for the 21st Spring Cup – 2015. PATROKLOS, Saturday May 16 – WINDWARD/LEEWARD COURSES, Sunday May 17.
Overall we came out first in the race by a lead of two penalty points from the 2nd boat.
Our racing season started with the May Day Cup and in the best possible way…
On the stroke of January 6th, the “twelve days” of Christmas officially come to an end. This day, takes on a special meaning in Greece. Here, there is a special ceremony of blessing the waters and of the vessels that ply them. The crew of the MELX II following tradition took part in this year’s celebrations of Epiphany. On the same day we had the Award Ceremony of the Yacht Club of Greece 2013 Winter Trophy which was captured by the TEAM EXLence in a much-celebrated victory.
Rolling the dice on the very last race of the year.
The forecast was for rain and heavy winds. When we arrived at the yacht club it was sunny and totally windless.
We dominated but we did not have to put up a fight. As you move closer towards the end of the season the risk for damages increases; the boats are getting overworked, some maintenance is getting overlooked and fatigue is obvious on the crews. At the same time everyone wants the extra victory, one last trophy for the year.
Another race, another victory for TEAM EXLence, in the 2013 Winter Trophy Heat #3; the Lagouses race. Sunday November 17, as the morning broke the day looked real promising for well seasoned sailors who worth their salt; ideal weather conditions in the Faliro Cove, the wind from the North ever changing between 320 to 20 degrees at a speed from 8 to 18 knots! Is this a sailor’s paradise, or what?
Having won (with a difference) St. George’s race, the 2013 Winter Trophy Heat #1, the challenge for TEAM EXLence was to stay at the top in the 2nd Heat of the Trophy, the offshore type “8” race Faliro-Lagouses-Stachtoroi-Lagouses-Faliro of 35nm. MELX II started at the head of the race along with the big boats and after a while the fleet split with half of the boats sailing towards Hadjikyriakio and the rest to the south on a port tack…(but then, the spinnaker!!)
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Not enough to look good in the water, she is an all around real beauty!
It’s that time of the year, August, out with the old in with the new, some make up, a new coat, back to the sea.
She feels smoother now and she looks great, both in the water and on scoreboards too.
Now was the time for the team to rise up and come together. For the Skipper and the Crew to show their Class. There was no way to let our competitors win the race of our own Club.We scored one 1st position and one 2nd, same as the first day, in order to win 1st place in our class. All in all, winning is a state of mind… …and a good reason to celebrate.
Nonetheless, the official results did not do justice to our impeccable performance. In spite of beating all the larger boats and the well put together teams we dropped to the 3rd place of the ORCi class, only to lose to the smaller “J-24”s due to a sudden drop of wind as well as their superior certificates which they were taken to their advantage.
Offshore racing is all about teamwork but in windward-leeward courses is where teams need to prove that they are worth their salt. Over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013 up to three races were scheduled in a back and forth course for the 4th H.O.R.C. CUP. For the most part the weather was from the south with the wind no more than 12 knots as our instruments on MELX II peaked late Sunday afternoon.
The 2013 “John Latsis Cup” memorial race, organized by N.O.P.F., took start at 11:00’ in the morning of Saturday May 11, on a triangular course from the Faliro Cove to the 1st mark off the shore of Kalamaki, the 2nd near Tourlos Island, to the finish line by the Flisvos Marina jetty, 22nm in total.
The race started in Vouliagmeni at the mouth of the Cove with the first leg towards the rocky shores of the Fleva Island. Performing to our best we managed to cross the line before time expired with the rest of the fleet behind us. Unfortunately only a few meters away, Aeolus the ancient Greek god of winds, decided to pull a trick on us, bringing MELX II to a stand still for those few but extremely crucial minutes.
It was actually a matter of time before we scored our first win in this year’s competition; in the 3rd race we took part we won 1st place. Good for us!
Earlier this week we were visited by our sail designer, Paolo Semeraro, to discuss our sail wardrobe for the year. Paolo an engineer, Olympic and Americas Cup sailor, is the owner of Banks Sails…
On the water, April the 13th, for our 2nd race of the year…