Kyrenia Chrysocava Cultural Foundation
The Kyrenia Nautical Club. (Department of Open Sea Navigation)
(The Kyrenia Chrysocava Cultural Foundation partialy originated from the department of offshore or open-sea navigation of the Nautical Club of Kyrenia).
Hellenic Achaean town of Kyrenia was established by King Kypheas, on the 4th
Century BC on the Island of CYPRUS in the Eastern Mediterranean at position:
Lat.35 20.3N, Long.33 19.4E (Light: FFl.R.5sec.10m,10M.)
The Kyrenia Nautical Club has been formed in the early years of the 1950s by a handful of devoted sea going "children" of King Kypheas such as Demetrios Efthyvoulou (Demas) (Exploration of the Amazon River), Andreas .M. Cariolou (Arris) (see Cpt.H.M.Denham "Southern Turkey the Levant and CYPRUS" 1973 p.: x ) , and Krinos Elissaios. They called it, at the time : "THE TRITONS OF CYPRUS" club, and of course they operated from the Harbour of Kyrenia. Other prominent personalities of contemporary Nautical Kyrenia were : Michalis Economou (the Customs & Kyrenia Port chief), , Kostis Kleanthous "tou Magli", Captan Charalambis, Christakis, Savvas and young Andrikos Keleshis, Giorgos and Epaminondas Sekkides ( Payoundis), , Andreas Pateras (Toumanis), Chrysostomos, Galaktiou , Andreas Kiamilos (Pipos), Loukis, Yannis or "Pshi-Pshis" , Savvas Pafitis, Antonis Vrahas, Savvas Kapetanopoullos, Captan Bekir and his sons, Souleiman, Koundouros, Captan Kemal (over his 90s still in Kyrenia -Oct.2002) , R.Honorable Demetrakis Demetriades (High Court judge), Ali Dana and many others. A very substantial part of Nautical activities were performed by the SEA SCOUTS OF KYRENIA, KARAVAS AND LAPITHOS since the year 1946, under , Kostas Christou, ( sea-scout vessel "ACHIROPIOITOS") Takis Neophytou, Michalis Kokkinides, Nikos Christodoulides, Nikos and Savvas Moustakas, Kalozois and others..
In 1974 after a military coup of the Greek junta ,Turkey using this as a
pretext, invaded Cyprus causing casualties and uprooting many Cypriots of
all communities, mainly Cypriotgreeks to the South and Cypriotturks to the North.
Kyrenia is since 1974 illegally occupied by the Turkish mainland army. Those of the
Cypriotgreek Kyrenians that
managed to escape the 1974 calamity, took refuge in the South part of
the Island. Since then over 26 United Nations
resolutions have called upon the Turkish army and the Anatolian settlers
imported by the Turkish mainland Generals, to withdraw from Cyprus and allow human rights to prevail.
However !!!! since Cyprus and Kyrenia, only produce olive-oil and lemons
and not....... oil (petroleum) and weapons ! and since
the Turkish military are up to
the moment still acting under the tolerance of the Planetarchs,
no United Nations resolution
nor justice are allowed to be
applied in the particular case of the Kyrenians (see TITINA LOIZIDOU
Vs TURKEY) .
1977 the Refugees of Kyrenia re-established their nautical activities in
Limassol and Larnaca and in 1982 they formed the KYRENIA NAUTICAL CLUB
(KNC) , with its headquarters in Limassol and with a branch
in Nicosia (with a sea outlet in Larnaca) . The first President of the KNC
was Andreas Sekkides assisted by George Matheou, Thomas
Georgis, Dr.Konstantinos Orologas, Glafkos Cariolou,
and many others. The
KNC is a registered Club with the Cyprus Sports Organisation (C.S.O) of the
Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.
KNC is a registered Club with the Cyprus Sports Organisation (C.S.O) of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.
In 1959 Captain J.Rossides Chief of the newly formed CYPRUS PORTS ORGANISATION was invited in the port of Kyrenia with the main purpose of forming a NAUTICAL CLUB for KYRENIA. The Efthyvoulou brothers (Demas, Lonias and Alex Efthyvoulou), the Moustakas, Sfogaras and many others took part. The Kyrenia Port and Customs Chief, Mr. Michalis Ekonomou coordinated the meeting. Unfortunately due to a disagreement, the attempt was short lasting and unsuccessful.
In 1961 some members of the Nicosia TRUST club together with prominent Kyrenians formed the "CYPRUS MARINE CLUB" with architect Pavlos Michaelides its president and other members included, brothers Demas, Lonias and Alex Efthyvoulou ("Cyprus Weekly"), Demetrakis Demetriades (the judge) , Tasos Papadopoulos (Lawyer), Panayiotis Vouros, Fedros Fieros, Osman Orek, Kokos Antoniades, Ali Dana, Vias Antoniades and others. These were the members of the second major effort to form a Nautical Club in Kyrenia.
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