Hellenic Network of WMU Participates in the 2024 Posidonia Cup

The Hellenic Network of WMU Alumni (Greek Alumni) participated in the prestigious Posidonia Cup on 31 May, competing in the race that took place in the scenic Faliron bay-Piraeus. The race was the first activity surrounding the prominent, biennial Posidonia international shipping exhibition that took place in Athens from 3-7 June.

The WMU sailing team was led by WMU faculty members Assistant Professor Aspasia Pastra and Professor George Theocharidis. Team members from the WMU Hellenic Alumni network included Capt. Nikolaos Polymeris, class of 2022 who provided the sailing boat (Danaos Corporation), Professor Orestis Schinas, class of 1998 (University of the Aegean), and Dr Vangelis Darousos, class of 2023 (IPTO S.A). Additional team members included Ms. Vera Alexandropoulou (Thalassa Foundation),  Ms Mairi Gotsi (Danaos Corporation), Mr. Matthew Los (Paradise Navigation SA), Stathis Malintsis (Hotelbeds.com) and the coach of the WMU team and coach of Paris Olympic Games, Pachos Papastefanou. 

The Posidonia Cup, renowned as Posidonia’s flagship sporting event, demonstrates the shipping community's dedication to sustainability through harnessing the wind, and emphasizes the deep-rooted evolution of the industry within its historical context. The yacht race featured participation from more than 60 yachts and over 700 crew members from around the globe, highlighting the international spirit and collaborative ethos of the event.

The participation of the Hellenic Network of WMU Alumni underscores the commitment of its members and friends to actively engage in the forthcoming years in global maritime and sailing events that promote sustainable practices within the ocean and maritime sectors. 

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