The second Paphos ‘Yeronisos celebration – round the island boat race’ takes place on Thursday at Mandoulis Beach, Ayios Georgios Harbour, Pegeia.
This year the event is part of the programme of events of the European Capital of Culture – ‘Pafos2017’ and within the spirit of the Open Air Factory, organisers said.
The programme will start at 10.30 am with the boats lining up to go into the water for 11 am. The race will start at 12 noon on the water.
The dinghy sailing race circumnavigating Yeronisos is to celebrate over 25 years of archaeological excavations there.
Prizes will be presented for first, second and third place as well as a number of surprise gifts.
Prize-giving will take place in the Mandoulis beach café at 3pm. The prizes will be presented by Joan Breton Connelly archaeologist from New York University.
The race is being organised in conjunction with the Paphos International Sailing club.
Free entry for spectators.
Event designer, Sharon Whitehouse and organiser Kit Whitehouse believe that the event will help unite the local multicultural community by “increasing awareness of the extraordinary magical history of the island to all generations and preserving and protecting the history and future of the ‘Island beyond the Island’”.
It also aims to honour Joan Breton Connelly, the archaeologist “for her passion and dedication alongside all the teams that have worked with Joan to date”, and “not forgetting the local fisherman and their families who have always supported her safe passage to and from the island”, and “last but not least the support from the Church and the Pegeia Municipality”.
Kit Whitehouse said that in the long term the aim was to help increase tourism.
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