Atalanti II still giving us love
Type of Sail: Genoa #1
Age: 33 years old
Material: Kevlar yarns sandwiched between mylar film
Discovered in: The Piraeus, Mounihia harbour
Distance Travelled: 2000 nm
Places most visited: Athens, the Argo-Saronic Islands of Aeghina, Poros, Hydra,the upper Cyclades and Kea
Sail Number: GRE 49288
Other: Built in 1982 by Chris Oniall at Olympic Yachts in Lavrion, on a design by Joubert and Nivelt, she was the second half-toner the sailing team bought. She is the only half-toner to win a World Championship eleven years apart, in 1982 and 1993. The head coach of Emirates Team New Zealand and a multiple Transpac winner first cut their offshore teeth on this little boat.
Reminds us of: Our teachers and friends who first taught us of the sea.
For most sailors from Attica this happens during the bi-annual Hydra race. At the beginning and end of each sailing season in Athens 90-110 yachts launch into Phaleron bay for the 36 mile sprint to one of the most iconic island in Greece.