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By now most people know that Athens hosts the famous Athens Marathon every autumn in late October or early November. Well, since I’m no runner, I generally take my place at the finish line and cheer on the brave soles who have endured the 26+ miles in honor of Pheidippides’ own run in hopes that it doesn’t end for any of them as it did for Pheidippides.
But this year I’ve a chance to sign up for a race I am able to partake in. And if you’ve been dreaming of sailing the Greek isles, you might want to check it out, too. The 1st Annual Catamaran’s Cup, scheduled for October 23rd to October 30, 2010 is a round the Saronic gulf regatta open to everyone – experienced sailors with their own boats and crews, teams with a crew but no boat, and individuals with no experience at all can join up with a crew and learn the ropes whilst experiencing a fantastic Autumn cruise through the islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Poros with stops at several Peloponnese ports.
Along with the sailing race, there’s also a photo competition.
Contact Catamarans Cup International here.


By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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