Hellenic Offshore Racing Club
The Hellenic Offshore Racing Club was
founded in 1961 by a group of long times sailing friends who
sought a venue for offshore yacht racing that would provide "that
spirit of comradeship, of courtesy and chivalry, of sympathetic
joy in a common sport". 34 original members began the club,
the first and unique yacht club, at time and for many years later,
involved exclusively with offshore racing. The first clubhouse
was opened at Tourkolimano (Mikrolimano) in Piraeus. Today the
club, with 300 members and over 60 yachts flying the HORC burgee,
operates from its privately owned neoclassical clubhouse in Mikrolimano,
the contemporary colloquial name of the historical military port
of ancient Athens called «Mounichia», a picturesque traditional
must go spot in Piraeus, the second Yacht marina of the big port
and 15 minutes walk to the Stadium of Peace and Friendship in
The history of the International Aegean
Sailing Rally represents, in part, a history of the
Hellenic Offshore Sailing Club. It is the oldest and most prestigious
sailing regatta in Greece. Since 1964, it gathers contestants
from around the world as well as top sailing teams from all
over Greece. Every year the top boats show-up on the starting
line for a race that runs under the IMS and ORC Club. Among
them there are some of the finest yachts and best-trained crews
of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The club every year is organizing a number of
national and international well known offshore sailing events.
Apart from these racing activities, in an effort
to spread offshore sailing HORC is operating an Offshore Racing
School since 1969, including 4 different courses. There are more
than 20,000 graduates to date. The school includes special Racing
and Advanced courses, taught by sailing champions and specialists.
There is also an annual Skippers course for professionals of
the yachting business.
Since 1987, HORC is publishing a tri-monthly journal
called 'Sailing World', in approximately 3,500 copies per issue.
The journal contains various articles on sailing in Greece, as
well as other relative subjects. The journal is posted free of
charge to all major relative authorities, the government, sailing
clubs, etc. and to all the members and recent graduates of the
Also, in 1992 there was a new HORC branch in Gythio
with the corresponding sailing school. More was yet to come:
In 1996 started a branch in Pylos, and in Hydra, in 1997 in Kastelorizo,
in 1998 in Leros and Agathonisi, in 2000 in Psara, in 2001 in
Ios and Lefkada, and 2004 in Amorgos all with great sucess.
In conclusion, it must be said that HORC represents
Greece to the International Offshore Committee in Mediterranean
since its founding.