Greece captures the imagination. Once you've experienced it from your charter boat, you are sure to be drawn back, for a new Greek Island experience. The climate here is suitable for sailing nine months of the year (March - November), so time is on your side. Discuss with us what each Greek sailing region has in store, then let us sort through the myriad of boat and operator oprtions, to present a personalised proposal that's simply perfect for you.
With all the choices you have for chartering a boat in Greece, it's important to do research and take advice. At Sail Connections, we know Greek sailing well, and can tailor-make your yacht charter in Greece, whether it's your first bareboat or a seasoned visitor to this wonderful part of the sailing world.
In Greece you have a choice of five unique yacht chartering areas, all full of places of extreme beauty, numerous islands, beautiful sandy beaches, traditional harbours and small ports. Every place you sail in Greece is unique, every port of call different from the rest.
Climate in Greece
The weather in Greece is suitable for sailing nine months of the year (March – November), with the best months for charter being from June to September. In July and August it can get very hot, often with temperatures in the high 30’s. This is of course peak European holiday season, when marinas are more crowded and newer charter yachts are often booked a year ahead. Some local areas have seasonal winds that are best avoided. For instance the Meltemi that blows in the Cyclades in July and August can be a little fresh for some.
Here's a snapshot of wind and sailing conditions that generally prevail in the five main Grreek Island charter areas:
The Saronic, Argolic & Peloponnese Area
The Saronic, Argolic and eastern coast of the Peloponnese is a well-protected cruising area that's ideal for relaxed sailing. Winds are normally gentle, averaging force 3 – 4 and usually from the north to northeast direction. In the Argolic Gulf, the summer wind is mostly from the southeast and blows at the average of force 3 - 5. During spring and autumn the winds are normally weaker, and blow from the south over the whole area.
The Cyclades Islands
This regiion's prevailing summer wind is the Meltemi, which blows from the north. The Meltemi peaks in July and August at force 5 - 7 and may occasionally reach force 9. It can last for several days. During spring and autumn, you may also find winds blowing from the south.
The Meltemi also affects this area, blowing from a northwesterly direction at force 4 – 6. In spring and autumn the wind is not as strong, blowing from the southeast.
Also in the path of the Meltemi, which comes generally from the northeast at force 3 - 5. Occasionally in July and August there can be stronger winds from the northwest at force 4 - 6. By the end of September the winds are usually lighter again.
The Ionian Islands
The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are predictable, making these great sailing waters. From May to September the wind blows from the northwest at force 2 - 5, mostly in the afternoon. In spring and autumn the wind is not as strong, and blows usually from the southwest. Expect to use your motor a lot in the Ionian Islands.
Our Greek Charter Services
In the Mediterranean there's a wide choice of charter operators, and it's very important that you sail with a reputable company. In our two decades-plus in the charter business, we have developed a network of only the best operators - people we know we can rely on to take care of our clients. We'll match the right yacht to meet your budget, level of comfort and boat-handling experience.
Our team travels to destinations worldwide to inspect boats for charter, and to get first-hand experience of the cruising grounds we market. We offer local knowledge ,sailing itineraries that suit your pace, and onshore connections that ensure everything runds smoothly and you get the most from your holiday. When getting us to help you organise your charter in Greece or anywhere else, you pay no more for our service.
For sailing Greek waters, arranging a bareboat charter is quite straightforward for the suitably-able sailor. Or we can arrange a skipper, who will take responsibility for your yacht and provide your meals. You can even take a cook along if you seek the ulitimate holiday. Even experienced sailors often prefer to hire a crew, carefully chosen by us in consultation with our operators, and who not only take care of the work but are your local guides too. It's fun to live like the locals for a bit, eating, shopping and being entertained as they do. Often it's only with the help of your knowledgeable crew that such opportunities arise.
Navigation and Sailing Licences
A sailing license (usually a formal certificate at any level will do) and a VHF operator’s license are compulsory requirements of bareboat yacht charter in Greece. We help you work through all that, seeking prior approval of your documentation before you travel to avoid any last-minute headaches. During your charter you must carry the original documents on board, in case of inspection by the local port authority.