Nautical Club of Thessaloniki
The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki (NCTh) was founded in 1931. It is the oldest nautical sporting association of Thessaloniki and one of the first in Greece. Its athletic activities began with rowing and have included sailing since the 1950s. The sailing athletes of the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki are approximately 100 in number and sail OPTIMIST, 420, 470, ILCA and TORNADO. NCTh sailors have gained gold medals in Worlds and Europeans Championships. The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki counts 350 members and is governed by a Board of Directors. The races will take place in Thermaikos Gulf.
The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki has occupied its current facilities since 1962. Today, the facilities cover 7000 square meters and include lounges for members and athletes, offices, seminar room, boathouses, gymnasium, rowing pool, changing rooms, hall for ceremonies and receptions, canteen-restaurant, marina with a small crane, 3000 square meter dock, private parking and tennis courts.
A big area for parking is available to the east side of NCTh. Trailers and boats have access using a service road and an entrance close to the sea. The existing dock holds up to 180 ILCA boats and covers the needs of the championship without any problem. The boats parked in marked regions where the crews got also their trolleys after finishing.
Launching / Landing sites
A 20-meter floating pier and two slipways normally provide dinghy boats’ access to the water. Rubber boats’ access to the water is provided by derrick.
Coach and RC boats docked at a 50-meter additional floating pier. Thirteen fresh water dispensers are placed at the dock.
The sailors’ boathouse was transformed and equipped for measurement. Measurement of 140 boats in three days proceeded without any problem (70 boats, half of the fleet, were fully measured). According to the Chief Measurer, measurement of 200 boats in three days would be possible under the existing circumstances.
For more boats, especially in case of two classes, more space and possibly one more day would be necessary.
Locker rooms & showers
The four changing rooms (two men’s, two women’s) include a total of 37 showers. 11 WC are available.
Seminar & Committee rooms
The seminar room includes 50 seats and is equipped with television monitor, video and DVD player as well as overhead projector.
This seminar room can be used for daily briefings with the coaches.
Restaurants & Rest area
The restaurant covers the needs of the participants without any problem and reason for complaint. NCTh snack bar-restaurant has a seating capacity of 100 persons inside and 150 outside, covering needs from refreshments-coffee-sandwiches to breakfasts and regular meals.
Area for ceremonies
The interior space for ceremonies and receptions has a capacity of approximately 400 persons easy to be used for ceremonies in case of bad weather. If needed, NCTh can also transform two tennis courts for the staging of the opening and closing ceremony.
There are a number of shops to choose from in the area which will satisfy anything a sailor needs. In close proximity from the Club you can also find sail repair facilities and other authorized technicians for sailboats and outboats. In any case Thessaloniki is a sailor’s world.
N.C.Th. premises as well as the parking space outside the club will be guarded around the clock by security services and volunteers. Officers of the Thessaloniki Harbour Police will be on duty to deny access to non-authorised persons to the sea area.
Ferryboats from Europe and elsewhere call at Patra (720km*), Piraeus (510km*), and Igoumenitsa (321km*) – *distances to Thessaloniki.
Safety – Boat storage
On the water, three rescue boats and a doctor will be on duty. A fully equipped ambulance with doctor will be stationed in the club in order to provide First Aids and to transport wounded persons to the nearest hospital.
N.C.Th. can provide interested teams with ILCA racing boats in good condition at reasonable prices.