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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby Get Real! » Tue May 02, 2017 10:07 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:As a former laser sailor myself I know just how tricky lasers are to sail well, as you have to be be very fit to be able to sustain sitting out in a reasonable blow and very agile, to get back in during tacking or gybing. The guy deserves a lot of credit. Well done Pavlos.

Where did you get all that energy from Stud? I’ve seen the picture of you underneath Everest (?) and now sailing!

And tell me… what do lasers have to do with sailing around in a sport boat?

I don’t get the stupid name… :?
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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Tue May 02, 2017 10:53 pm

GreekIslandGirl wrote:It's a shame some people do not consider Cyprus and its waters to be as pretty as the Mediterranean further north and west.


Well, let us be honest about it; it is not. (On average) there's hardly an island anywhere, hardly any inlets - the coastal line itself is pretty burnt out with little vegetation. You have no clue obviously ;-)
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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby CrookedRiverGuy » Tue May 02, 2017 11:09 pm

Get Real! wrote:I don’t get the stupid name… :?


The boat was ready, but we still didn’t have a name. That evening, the ­problem was solved when Dave Balfour, a student at McGill and a good I-14 sailor, ­suggested “Laser,” pointing out that it was a word ­understood internationally and one to which youngsters were becoming accustomed.


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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby supporttheunderdog » Wed May 03, 2017 5:03 am

GreekIslandGirl wrote:It's a shame some people do not consider Cyprus and its waters to be as pretty as the Mediterranean further north and west.



Sadly much of the coast is not as attractice for yachting as some places north and west,as it is generally a bit straight with few inlets or bays, or islands, with villages close to shore that are a more of a feature of places north and west and which provide destinations to head too, with sheltered anchorages or moorings. The few fishing shelters and Marina provide some limited destinations but they are mostly a bit far apart for yachting purposes. That is why places North and West are so popular for yachting and sailing holidays. I wish it were different or I would have acquired a boat.
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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby supporttheunderdog » Wed May 03, 2017 9:01 am

Get Real! wrote:
supporttheunderdog wrote:As a former laser sailor myself I know just how tricky lasers are to sail well, as you have to be be very fit to be able to sustain sitting out in a reasonable blow and very agile, to get back in during tacking or gybing. The guy deserves a lot of credit. Well done Pavlos.

Where did you get all that energy from Stud? I’ve seen the picture of you underneath Everest (?) and now sailing!

And tell me… what do lasers have to do with sailing around in a sport boat?

I don’t get the stupid name… :?


Came of being Free and Single: most weekends I would head out Friday and come back Sunday, either to the Hills for Hill-walking (or Skiing in Winter) or sailing. I was an RYA qualified Dinghy Instructor. Summer Hols were activity-based, around Walking or Sailing, with a week's skiing in Winter. I have skied and sailed within two hours, sailing within a hundred meters of where I had been Skiing (On Snow).

The Laser is very popular - over 200,000 world wide. Simple to rig and sail, but hard to sail well. Helps if you are 1m 95 tall and weigh 85 Kg or more, and fit, to sail the full sailed version. In boat terms they can be quite quick!
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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby Cap » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:46 pm

new world rankings.
Kontides ranked No 2 on the planet.

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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:12 am

cheers!
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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby Cap » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:16 pm

(just for the record, i discovered this kid in 2010, that's how old this thread is))

Now we have an Olympic silver medalist, 2012
And as of today a new World Champion 2017

http://www.sigmalive.com/sports/all-oth ... s-kontidis
http://in-cyprus.com/kontides-crowned-w ... irst-time/


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Re: Pavlos Kontides - another unrecognized CY prodigy

Postby supporttheunderdog » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:59 pm

The boy has done well: this is probably one of the most competitive classes of boat in the world and while easy to sail, is in fact hard to sail well...so to get a world Championship is very very very good indeed. I hope there is suitable way for the state to honour him, and may be the sports funding body should ensure he gets funding, rather than throwing it into the black hole that is Cypriot Football .
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