What a better way to welcome summer than a sunny, relaxing and lavish experience along with friends and colleagues from the Chian shipping community? That was the thought of the President of Chios Marine Club, Markos Tripolitis, who organized successfully, once again a 3-day tour at one of the most luxurious resorts in Greece, Costa Navarino. Costa Navarino is yet another example of the sea-wise offshore investments of the Greek masters of the seven oceans, and a venue honoured by many international companies and organisations in the shipping field, alike say Bureau Veritas in its last year’s AGM!
The members of Chios Marine Club had the opportunity to enjoy this unique excursion for a long weekend earlier this month. No wonder that the participation was above any expectation – 70 booked rooms, more than 150 members and friends of CMC, including many children. The natural beauty of the Peloponnesian landscapes was just an appetizer for the members.
Leisure and physical activities were combined, as the Club is a long-standing supporter of the Greek ancient maxim: “Healthy mind in a healthy body”. As every year, the well established swimming competition races were organized successfully – after a hard training period of all swimmers, where 20 men and three women took part. Semifinals and final racings attracted the attention not only of the members but of other hotel guests and visitors, who watched them with great interest. Competition for the younger friends of the Club also took place and children of age up to 12 years-old participated, representing the future members of the Club. Moreover, for the first time, the tennis club team made its debut, taking part in friendly matches. At the end of the competition, medals were awarded from eminent persons of the Club to both swimmers and tennis players.
Markos Tripolitis, President of Chios Marine Club and President of Piraeus Marine Services S.A., stated that the excursion exceeded the members’ expectations and he is content that the Chian shipping community enjoyed it. Mr. Tripolitis is the heart of the Club, keeping alive the long-established community of Chios in the shipping industry. It is the only professional shipping club in Greece with weekly events at the Club’s premises down town Piraeus, in order to update its members constantly. Entertainment and fun is always a component factor, as another special surprise is “under construction” for the summer.
*The Chios Marine Club was launched in 1999 and it is the beacon for furthering shipping business amongst its members. Networking is… “notoriously” known as one of the Club’s assets, given that the club, besides its social and cultural events, organizes major conferences and debates, the latest and most successful one being that on Water Ballast Management.
N.B. Thanks to Markos Tripolits and credits to Nadia Zorbas for organising this reporting!