Paphos, Cyprus (4E Sports) – Paphos, a coastal city southwest of Cyprus, wants to be recognized as a hotbed for the sport in the Eastern Mediterranean region with the opening of a new sailing center dubbed as “Sail First”.
“The new center would have multiple positive benefits for the district,” said Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, after attending a recent tutorial and racing event at Paphos harbor which aims to promote the center.
Vergas added that the new center will help extend the tourist season and develop sports tourism in the region.
“These will help to boost the poor local economic climate,” Vergas added.
Sail First spokesman Rolandis Michele said the center aimed to make sailing and racing more accessible to everyone.
“Anyone who is interested in sailing can be taught how to do so, whether it’s to race or to enjoy the experience of being on the sea,” he said.
As an international sailing center, Michele said Sail First can host many European races.
“This week alone, a hundred Russian sailing enthusiasts had arrived in Paphos to take part in races and a regatta,” he said.
The center also has six highly qualified instructors from all different backgrounds and nationalities to cater to different levels of ability, both amateur and professional.
Michele added that the center uses J80 boats which are very popular for racing.
Although Sail First is a private business, Michele said the venture will give massive benefits for Paphos.
“This is a new type of sport for the area and can only be good for Paphos as we have a network with other sailing centers all over Europe,” Michele said.
“The Russian guests who are here now are all on top incomes. They pay to come for a week as a group. It can be a family, friends or whatever. They sail and they have fun,” he added.