Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

Team Redbull - Crossing the Aegean following the stars in a Tornado

by Andrew Dowley on 3 Jul 2011
Iodanis Paschalides and Konstantinos Trigonis (Team Redbull) Tornado Sailors Andrew Dowley
Following the stars, having a compass and the lighthouses as their allies, the tornado sailing athletes Iordanis Paschalides and Konstantinos Trigonis, will attempt crossing the Aegean, starting from Thessaloniki on July 4th and terminating their journey at Chania.

This is a fascinating sea marathon, where the two athletes aim at covering the Thessaloniki – Chania distance at the less possible time. With no help from advanced navigation systems, Trigonis and Paschalides will have to rely on the support of just a compass, the positioning of the stars, the lighthouses and a map. The two athletes will attempt something unique for this sport, since no-one has achieved something similar before.

'For us there is no turning back…after the first workouts we felt that what we are about to do is an achievement….Our feelings are incredible….We are either crazy or we just see things in a different way', Konstantinos explains.

The idea came up during the summer of 2009, when the two athletes took part at the Sailing Marathon for disabled people at Chios.

After the initial excitement, it was time for careful planning which combined with the athletes’ love for sea and their will for adventure, became the starting point for this exciting journey, which is expected to last from one-five to three days, according to the weather conditions.

The Aegean is considered one of the most difficult seas to cross, since the wind that usually blows during that period (meltemi), makes this journey a real challenge. Among the most important difficulties that they may be facing is sailing during the night, which is quite dangerous.

In order to accomplish this project, Konstantinos and Iordanis have followed strict preparation and they will rely on their knowledge, stamina, focus and daring spirit. We will have to see whether they will make it

A few words for the athletes:

Iodanis Paschalides

- He started sailing in 1978 at N.A.O.K.TH. He has won 11 Greek, three Balkan, four European and two World Titles.
- He took part at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, where he was placed 12th at the Catamaran category (Tornado).
- He has taken part in five Sailing Marathons for disabled people from 2001 to 2006, with Charalambos Tokatlidis as a crew.

Konstantinos Trigonis:

- He has started sailing at the age of nine, at the Thessaloniki Sailing Club.
- In 1995 he joined the Thessaloniki Yacht Club. He is an emeritus lieutenant of the Military Navy.
- He has won 20 National, three Balkan, one Mediterranean, five European and four World Titles at the categories 470 men and Catamaran (Tornado).
- So far he has taken part in four Olympic Game: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008.
- From 1995 to 2004 he has been among the top five at the world ranking. He is a permanent member of the National team since 1986.
- In 2001 he was voted by the Thessaloniki journalists as the best athlete of the town.

The two athletes have been taking part in athletic events as a team since 2005 and they are ranked among the top athletes in World and European Championships. Their most recent achievements in 2010 are the silver medal in the World Championship and the gold medal (third in a row) at the European Tornado Championship at Torbole (Lake Gards), Italy.

For more information and Live Tracking of the athletes’ course visit - www.redbull.gr

Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearWildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Yachting 660x82

Related Articles

Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted today at 11:25 am
GC32 Racing Tour - Adam Minoprio and GC32 Norauto shine in Spain
It isn't just the boats that fly across the water, but also the GC32 Norauto team. It isn't just the boats that fly across the water, but also the GC32 Norauto team. Event after event, the French team have been improving their performance and are having a flying first season on the GC32 Racing Tour, despite the crew changes, variations to the race areas and sailing conditions.
Posted on 26 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep
GC32 Racing Tour – Team Engie heads to Act 4
The fleet of hydro-foiling GC32 catamarans will meet again in Andalusia (Spain) for the fourth stage of the circuit Sotogrande, which is located some 25 km from Gibraltar, looks to be a tricky course for the GC32s. Over four days the seven crews competing in this circuit will again provide us with a stunning and intense show.
Posted on 21 Sep
GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup sets sail tomorrow
At present on the third podium place, but hoping to rise higher is Armin Strom Sailing Team of GC32 Class President. At present on the third place of the podium, but hoping to rise higher is Armin Strom Sailing Team of GC32 Class President, Flavio Marazzi. The Swiss former Olympic Star sailor has been rotating crew this season, and this includes himself. Kiwi match racing champion, Phil Robertson, stood in for him at the last event, Copa del Rey MAPFRE, where they finished second.
Posted on 21 Sep
Team Oman Air look to preserve their lead in Madeira
Team Oman Air is intent on upping the ante when racing gets underway at the Extreme Sailing Series’ new venue in Madeira Team Oman Air is intent on upping the ante when racing gets underway at the Extreme Sailing Series’ brand new venue in Madeira in a bid to safeguard and increase their five-point overall lead throughout the remaining three events in 2016
Posted on 19 Sep
Rolex Regattas attract more than 350 boats in U.S.
The Rolex Big Boat Series is the third and concluding event of the 2016 Rolex Yachting calendar in the U.S. The Rolex Big Boat Series is the third and concluding event of the 2016 Rolex Yachting calendar in the U.S., and it will close out the year with a bang. A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the regatta that begins tomorrow and is hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 15 Sep
M32 Series - Ian Williams unstoppable in Stockholm
Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were crowned champions of the M32 Scandinavian Series today after winning the series final Ian Williams and GAC Pindar were crowned champions of the M32 Scandinavian Series today after winning the series final in Stockholm. The local teams skippered by Hans Wallén and Nicklas Dackhammar couldn’t get close enough to challenge the British skipper in front of the crowds at Riddarfjärden.
Posted on 11 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series - Images from the final day in St Petersburg
Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water for the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in St Petersburg Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water for the final day of the Extreme Sailing Series in St Petersburg, Russia. She reports that there wasn't a lot of win for the GC32 foilers, but plenty of sun, rain and the inevitable rainbow.
Posted on 5 Sep