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27 March 2006, 11:30 am
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Tzeni Grammalidou Cup 2006
Thessaloniki, Greece

The home Greek sailors made all the running at the 15th ISAF Grade 3 Tzeni Grammalidou Cup in Thessaloniki, coming up on top in all five fleets contested. The final day saw a slight delay that up the tension further, before the fleets went up to decide the final places.
In the Men's 470 fleet, Mihalis MILEOS and Pavlos KAGIALIS (GRE) from Athens took the honours with a nine point score to lift the Grammalidis family challenge cup. Just two points back in second place were the winners of the ISAF Grade 3 Athens Eurolymp Week Panagiotis MANTIS and Theodoros POLIHRONIDIS (GRE), with Andreas KOSMATOPOULOS and Andreas PAPADOPOULOS (GRE) third. The top women's crew were the Hellenic Yachting Club's Maria SAMPATI and Myrto HIONA (GRE) in tenth place overall.

In Lasers, runner up at the 2001 Laser Radial Worlds, multiple Greek Laser Champion and winner at the Athens Eurolymp Vagelis CHIMONAS (GRE) took the honours ahead of last year's winner Antonis MANOLAKIS. (GRE). Meanwhile in the Laser Radial fleet, another of the Eurolymp winners Virginia KRAVARIOTI (GRE) sailed to an impressive win, to add to her three previous victories in Thessaloniki in the Europe.

In a small Finn fleet the honours went to a dominant Alexandros DRAGOUTSIS (GRE), who never left the top spot, finishing with five bullets and one second place. Iordanidis PASCHALIDES and Kostas TRIGONIS (GRE) were also clear winners in a small Tornado fleet, taking victory in all five races.

The 15th Tzeni Grammalidou Cup was completed with the prizegiving in the presence of 2004 Olympic Champion in the 470 Sophia BEKATOROU (GRE), the Prefect of Thessaloniki Panagiotis PSIOMIADIS (GRE), representatives of the Naval and Armed Forces, the Municipalities of Thessaloniki and Kalamaria, the former President of the Hellenic Yachting Federation and Presidents of nautical clubs.

Nautical Club of Thessaloniki (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The 470s in action:© Nautical Club of Thessaloniki
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