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Evandria 2018

Ikaria is an island known for the longevity of its people, their particular way of living and enjoying life as well as their conception of "time"...

To this island and to its senior regatta, we invite veteran sailors, from all over, in a gathering focusing on love for life, for voyages and for adventure!

Race Rules

over 70 years of age
friends / family

Route - Map

Agios Kyrikos
Agios Kyrikos
Total Nautical Miles

Call for participants

The Ikarian Studies Society in collaboration with the Nautical Club of Ikaria, the Nautical Club of Samos, with the support of the Mayors of the municipalities of Ikaria, Samos & Fournoi, as well as the kind support of the Pan Hellenic Open Sea Sailing Club, invite you to the second "Ikaria Senior Regatta" (for crew chiefs above 70 years of age - with their friends and families), which will be held in Ikaria from September 18 to September 24, 2018. This week includes a yacht race round-trip from Ikaria to Samos, Patmos & Fournoi, as well as various events & festivities to honor the participants.

This race has already caught the interest of the international sailing community and we hope it attracts also senior sailors, not only from the neighboring islands, but those of all other Aegean and Ionian islands, so that it is established as an international annual happening of the veteran sailors.

The race will be carried out under the aegis of the Regional Government of Northern Aegean & the Hellenic Ministry of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy.

Program 2018

End of entry submissions
Skipper’s meeting / welcoming ceremony
1st Leg
Start: Agios Kirikos Ikaria/ Marathokampos Samos
Free day
2nd Leg
Marathokampos Samos / Skala Patmos
Free day
3rd Leg
Skala Patmos / Fournoi Kourseon
Free day
4th Leg
Fournoi Kourseon / Agios Kirikos Ikaria


Ναυτικός Όμιλος Ικαρίας

Ikaria Senior Regatta

Evandria 2018

The I.S.R. was designed by a group of experienced sailors who wish to bring closer and reactivate those who love life and the sea.

We envision a widespread cooperation of people with seamanship, who respect each other's individuality and enjoy the feeling of bliss and plenitude offered by sailing.

We (the seniors) stand out for our diversity, plurality and experience in life.


We are active in the Eastern Aegean, having as our base "the island of longevity" Ikaria, organizing at the same time several cultural events.

We collaborate with sailing clubs, governmental institutions, as well as the local government.

Our emotional need is what connects us with our roots and the sea. Our maritime tradition and seamanship is expressed through sailing. It is a torch that carries this flame from generation to generation.

Christodoulos Xenakis

Dr. Christodoulos Xenakis is a neurologist - psychiatrist and he was born in 1936 in Ikaria.

He has travelled as sailor in the Northern Sea, in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. In the past few years he has been travelling with his sail boat in the Aegean, volunteering his medical knowledge and his experience.

His origin from "the island of longevity" with its particular way of life, diet, behavior and time management, gave him the reason to envision and to organize a sailing trip for people of his age who are capable and willing to enjoy the pleasures of the sea.

His wish is that IKARIA SENIOR REGATTA (Evandria) becomes a tradition.


"Evandria" or the "Evandrian contest" was a male beauty pageant as the etymology of the Greek word informs us. It was celebrated on the 27th of the Athenian month of Hekatombaion (June 19 to July 20) along with the competition of armed dancing known as Pyrrhichia, during the Great Festival of Panathenaea. It is still debated whether not only youths but also elder men participated. The later were called "thalloforoi" because they carried olive-shoots. The prize of the pageant was a shield for the winning youth and an ox worth of 100 drachmas for the elder victor. The fresh shoots held by the old men earned them, in my view, the sobriquet "aethaleis" ("evergreens").

P. Themelis

Golden cup of Nestor

In the Iliad (XI 632-637), Homer mentions the cup in which Nestor, the most aged of warriors of the Trojan War, drinks his wine. The poet describes how it was made, with golden studs and four handles, each decorated with a pigeon bending to drink from the wine in it. More significantly, he adds that when it is filled with wine, of all the warriors, "only Nestor, old as he was, could pick it up with ease from the table". In this comparison, the elderly Nestor is ranked on par with the fiercest of the young knights in the narrative: Achilles, for whom Homer uses similar expressions, not for his cup (XVI 225-8), but instead, for his horses (X 402-4), his spear (XIX 389), or for the handle that shuts the gate of the wooden fence in his camp (XXIV 455-456).

The word δέπας which the poet uses for the cup of Nestor, is also of interest. This very archaic noun is identified in a Mycenaean tablet with an ideogram, which depicts a four-handled canister, just as the cup is described in the Iliad. Subsequent poets in the antiquity used this word as a general metaphor for a "vessel", as they did for the same purpose using the names of several other kind of vases (skyphos, kantharos, gaulos etc.). From the use of the word in this manner, we can surmise that for the Greeks there was some mystic analogy springing from the Dionysian cult, which connected wine cups and ships, as well as their content, the wine, with the sea. Perhaps, this is the reason why Homer often refers to the sea as being "wine-dark". Another fascinating detail in the same scene, where the cup is mentioned, is the wine that Hekamede, Nestor's captive, uses to prepare the potent porridge, which the old King shares with his comrades. It is called "wine of Pramnos", which was the renown wine produced in ancient Icaria! What other cup, therefore, than Nestor's cup would be better, for symbolic reasons, to become the award for a sailing race that starts and ends in the island of Icaria, with elderly competitors, but still "evandroi" in body and spirit?

Two different ancient cups were excavated and have been associated with the mythical cup of Nestor. The oldest and one of the greatest artifacts of the period, dating from 1600 BC, was discovered in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann at Mycenae, now on display at the National Archeological Museum of Athens. Just as the one which Homer describes, it is made of gold and its handles bear birds dipping to drink from its content. It is much older than the period the Trojan War took place, it has only two handles instead of four, and the birds are falcons not pigeons. Nonetheless, Schliemann quickly identified it as the mythical cup and since then the archeologists refer to it as "the golden cup of Nestor".

The second ancient vessel that is also known as "Nestor's cup" is made of clay rather than gold. It is a vase in the shape of a Rhodian "kotylos" which was found in 1954 at an excavation in the ancient Pithekoussai (the island of Ischia, Italy). It is dated approximately from the 2nd half of the 8th century BC and it is on display at the local archeological museum. The reason why this vase is referred to as "Nestor's cup" is not for its likeness to Homer's description, but for an inscription in three separate lines written on it. The short text states: "[I am?] Nestor's cup, good to drink from. Whoever drinks from this cup, him straightaway the desire of beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize".

Ioannis-Andreas Vlachos