Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta Report - Greece 2014

08/07/2014

A significant RTYC representation across some of the leading boats at the Spetses Classic Regatta 2014. 

Here Hugh Morrison’s 90ft ‘Savannah’ provides a backdrop to Lykiardopulo family’s immaculately restored  ‘Navisa’. 
 
Navisa is the world’s oldest surviving Seaview mermaid and was helmed to victory in class and division by Penelope and Foti Lykiardopulo. 
 
‘Savannah’, an active participant on the Mediterranean Panerai circuit, is owner driven and has an experienced crew with Brian May as her regular (and brilliant) Tactician and Nick Lykiardopulo as Navigator.  She took the class, division and overall prize at the regatta. 
 
Her regular crew has its origins in Nick Lykiardopulo’s highly successful ‘AERA’ programme and include Colin Campbell, Simon Moore, Charles Fowle, Nick Gaynor, Peter Jenkins, John Manzoni, Giles Mackay, John Claxon, Geoffrey Stocker and many other RTYC members.
 
Sailed on a picture perfect race course, between mainland Greece and Spetses island, consistent 12-18 knot breezes, perfect sunshine and excellent organisation afloat and ashore, Spetses Classic Regatta (in the last week of June) attracts over 65 competitors (the most recent Panerai regatta, in Argentario, attracts roughly 45) is now firmly on the map of Mediterranean yachting events.