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Ten tips for successful sailing in Greece

Sailing vacation is, for most of us, a very important period of the year! We spent our winter dreaming, planning, organizing, waiting for summer and we do not wish to be disappointed at the end of the day!

Greece is a truly lovely place, ideal for sailing in summertime, but it is also a unique place in many things that you should keep in mind.

All sailors know that many things can go wrong during a sailing trip, but we can always try to avoid problems paying a little bit of attention in a few points, more or less important, like the following:

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Before and While Sailing

All sailors know that many things can go wrong during a sailing trip, but we can always try to avoid problems paying a little bit of attention in a few points, more or less important, like the following:

  1. It is important to understand and agree with the charter party before you sign it and pay any down payment. Do not hesitate to ask anything you need to know about the service you are going to buy. Try to make clear all the point of the agreement between you and the charter company. Avoiding misunderstanding you avoid disappointment!

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Points of Sail

Points of sail are general reference terms used to describe the direction a boat is sailing in relation to its angle to the wind. Learning the terms and the characteristics of each point of sail is very important when learning to sail. Each point of sail has its own personality. Some are more difficult to sail than others while some are more efficient and provide for faster speeds. It is the responsibility of the skipper and crew to understand the characteristics of each point of sail and make the proper adjustments to the sails, centerboard (if equipped) and the crew's own positioning inside the boat to ensure efficient sailing no matter what course the boat is on. These adjustments are a continuous task as every time the boat changes course, its point of sail also changes. This article is intended to get your feet wet on the various points of sail so you will have a better understanding of how to better harness the wind on your next sailing adventure.

Safe Sailing Tips

Safety on a sailboat involves a wide range of activities and the use of important safety gear and equipment.

First, be sure you understand the Rules of the Road to avoid collisions with other boats.

Ensure that your boat has all federally required safety equipment on board.

Use a safety checklist to check boat gear and equipment and to orient guests and crew before heading out.

If you’re not sure you have all the knowledge and skills you need for safe boating, check this list of safety topics included in boating safety courses to see you have any gaps to fill.

Do you know when most sailing accidents and fatalities actually occur? It's probably not when you think - the worst accidents often occur when it's calm and you you're not worried about a problem. Learn how to adopt a safety attitude that may save your life.

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Where to Sail in Greece?

Greek Waters include vivid differences among regions, factor that makes it interesting to sail in a different place every year. We try to outline main facts about each region, in order to help you decide what fits best your preferences for sailing.

Cyclades islands compose a challenging sailing area. They are exposed to Meltemi, the northern wind that blows from early July to mid August usually around 5 Beauforts, although gusts can reach up to 8. The wind blows stronger during mid day, so sailors usually travel early morning to avoid the strong wind. Wind direction is purely north, or North West.

Big waves can be also caused by the Meltemi. The waves cover hundreds miles’ distance from North Aegean coast to Cyclades, so they can become pretty tall in these islands, 3-4 meters. Nevertheless, it can be interesting and fun to steer the wheel trying to avoid these waves and to feel the water spray they cause.

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Reasons to Sail

Considering taking up sailing? Well, there are many reasons why you should learn how to sail. Sailing is an invigorating sport that offers many rewards, not the least of which is that it’s simply so much fun. Imagine white sails billowing against a clear sky, the brisk feel of the breeze on your face, and the gentle motions of the boat as it cleanly slices through the water. Sailing aficionados often say that sailing is more than a sport—it’s a lifestyle.

  • While sailing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, it also requires you to be an active participant more than almost any other type of boating. When you learn how to sail, you’ll not only become intimately familiar with all aspects of your boat, but also how your boat relates to its environment in terms of everything from the wind to the weather. This is why learning how to sail can be so fulfilling and can foster such a sense of accomplishment.

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Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

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    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

  • Suggested Itineraries & Destinations
    Suggested Itineraries & Destinations

    The most difficult thing you will have to do is to catch the plane to go back home!

 

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