FIRST MATCH RACE IN THE HISTORY OF LIMASSOL
The first ever MATCH RACE in Cyprus was an international sailing event that took place in Limassol as part of the " Limassol Boat Show" 14-16/October 2022 and was organized by Easy Sails Cyprus company.
MATCH RACE is a one on one duel between two identical boats. It is the ultimate challenge for sailing techniques, strategy and tactics. It was held close to shore and it was easy to watch and understand. It was a beautiful sailing fight with only one winner at the end.
The Limassol race was a spectacular event on a sunny day with stable wind of 8-12 knots. Being the best show in town! The race attracted many of the Limassol Boat Show visitors to have a smart brake and enjoy sailing in a unique way with a sparkling drink in hand. The perfect location of a tribunal hosting the guests with great views, a talented DJ, photographers for Paparatsi and a skilled commentator complete the show. More than 500 people were on the pier enjoying the two identical xp44 dancing, including Limassols mayor Mr Nicos Nicolaides, who gave us the honor of starting the first race, enjoyed the event and said that this is the first and not last match race in Limassol.
The beautiful xp 44 is a high end, world class performance yacht manufactured by X - YACHTS in Denmark.The yachts are fully equipped for racing with a full spectrum of NORTH SAILS racing sails. It is a very special case to have two identical boats of this class here in Cyprus available for match racing.
Four proud teams worked hard in a knockout one on one racing to struggle the way up to the final race and were cheered by the sound of the large crowd. Team Fiverr, winners of the Israeli cup, skippered by Easy Swissa,Team Typhoon, winners of Cyprus Offshore Championship, skippered by Jiovannis Pikkis, Team Unica skippered by Kleanthis Hadjisoteriou and Team of Cyprus International Sailing Club skippered by Vyacheslav Ermolenko.
After a beautiful day with three rounds of anxious sailing duels in front of the crowd, Team Fiverr won the final race and got the Match Race 2022 CUP.
This special event was created by the Exclusive Yacht Club, Easy Sails and North Sails Cyprus aiming to promote sailing in Cyprus. We hope this is the start of a new racing culture in Cyprus.