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No nav aids and across the Aegean by Tornado

by nk on 20 Jan 2012
From Thesalonika to Chania in 72 hours in a Tornado .. .

Just like the first sailors in ancient history, two Greek tornado sailors, Iordanis Paschalides and Kostas Trigonis, challenged their stamina managing to complete a unprecedented sea marathon across the Aegean from Thesalonika to Chania without any modern navigational techniques.

With Greece 'going through a critical phase in history', in the sailors' words, they were proud to have met the challenge.


'What we realized is that anything is possible, as long as you stay focused and try hard.'

Navigating non-stop for 72 hours in the Aegean Archipelagos, using as guides the stars, a compass and the lighthouses characteristics, they sailed to Chania.

Sailing from Thessaloniki, the two athletes covered, against all odds, the distance of 540 nautical miles. Not employing any modern technology navigation systems, the two sailors witnessed the unique experience of sailing like the first sailors in history observing the northern lights (aurora borealis), just as the great Greek philosopher Aristotle had witnessed thousands of years ago.

The conditions proved to be extremely difficult, since their worst fear, complete lack of wind, haunted their journey.

During the three days and three nights of their adventure, the sailors were faced with the challenge to constantly revise their route, chasing the wind, with an average speed of only 7,5 nautical miles per hour. 'We wouldn’t give up in any case. We had made this promise to ourselves', Trigonis said.

The two, who had previously become the 2010 silver World Sailing Champions, managed to overcome all adversities counting on their experience & technique, demonstrating high endurance & persistence.

Their mind was set to reaching their destination. The tornado catamaran of Paschalides/Trigonis reached the final destination at the old town of Chania, Wednesday afternoon. 'We are very proud & happy,' they said after the voyage, 'Everybody knows that in Greece we are going through a critical phase in history.'

To see a video taken of their journey - with Greek voice over - watch here below:

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