The Festival Returns – for the 7th edition!

Due to the economic crisis in Greece there has not been a Vassiliki Watersports Festival since 2013. But this year the Festival returns  - with a vengeance! Organised by the Vassiliki Sailing Club in association with the local Municipal and Regional authorities, and supported by our major sponsor in Wildwind Sailing Holidays who are also celebrating 30 years in Vassiliki, this year’s Festival promises a great mix of on and off the water activities.

On the Water

Vassiliki bay is one of the world’s top location for sailing and windsurfing due to the unique wind and weather conditions, normally light on-shore winds in the mornings and strong cross-shore winds every afternoon, a perfect mix for sailors to show off all their skills.

This year’s Festival includes traditional racing in the following classes; Lasers (all rig sizes), Open Dinghy Handicap, Open Catamaran, Hobie 16, and Yacht. The Hobie 16 event will also be the Greek National Championships for this class. Providing conditions permit there will also be a windsurfing ‘Master Blaster’ and a Laser Slalom race close to the beach. Special: the first 20 teams bringing boats from outside of Lefkas island will receive free accommodation for the nights Wed 27th to Sunday 2nd July.

Off the Water

As always, the Vassiliki Watersports Festival attracts hundreds of athletes and spectators to Vassiliki and are rewarded with a great social programme off the water. Following the sailors’ prizegiving, this year’s highlight is a famous British cover band who will be performing

live on stage outside Vassiliki’s Town hall a set comprising many of David Bowie’s and Jimi Hendrix’s most well-known songs on Saturday. To get a taste, watch them in action on YouTube. Other events include the Welcome party of our sponsor Wildwind, with live music, a cocktail night and Open Mike Night as well and a Greek bazouki evening in the village. Tickets including entry to all the events (including one beer or refreshment on the Saturday night) will be on sale for €5 per person for persons not taking part in the racing.