Corfu Challenge steals the Maxi72 hearts.
After 5 days of great racing on two race areas in varying conditions the 2017 Corfu Challenge trophy and congratulations go to George Sakellaris and Team Proteus! One final race was held on Saturday 8th July and spectators were delighted to watch the exciting prestart match racing that played out. Conditions started out lighter than previous days, 12-16 knots from the north west. When asked about the team’s prestart plan, Proteus strategist Tommaso Chieffi explained, “Initially we decided to match race MOMO, we knew if we didn’t they would come after us. There was a lot of action because aside from us, Cannonball was going after Bella Mente to race for third.”
Tommaso expanded on the exciting start, “The great thing about this boat is they are so maneuverable and light, and with the large number of crew you can pretty much do anything.” The race 7 winner was Hap Fauth and team Bella Mente followed by MOMO, Proteus, Evniki and Cannonball. The first ever Maxi 72 regatta in Greece was sailed from Marina Gouvia and was supported by a great number of local and international brands thanks to the tireless work of a large team of specialists and friends under the leadership of Cathy Sakellaris.
The Corfu Challenge was a great mix of high level competitive sailing and a good variation of social activities, all mixing elements of Greek and especially Corfu's culture with the hospitality the Greek are known for. Quite exceptional was the participation of Maxi72 Evniki. It was the first-time a group of young sailors, under the guidance of veteran professionals, have raced in a Maxi 72 event. Over the course of the week the team certainly improved and took some scalps, surely an unforgettable experience.
“What has made the Corfu Challenge different than any other regatta is the heart, passion, and warm generosity of everyone who came together.” Cathy Sakellaris thanked everyone involved and especially mentioned the organizing committee. From day one, committee members continued to give and asked for nothing other than to promote the sport we are all passionate about! Awards were given at the Museum of Asian art at the beautiful Palace of St. Michael and St. George in the heart of Corfu. Along with the hand crafted first-place trophy, a perpetual memorial trophy was introduced in honor of George Coumantaros. This year it was given to the Maxi72 Class members as token of appreciation for their efforts and to encourage them to keep racing their impressive boats and give so many the opportunity to race on them and to see them racing. Like we did with so much pleasure in stunningly beautiful Corfu.