Sailing in Greece
You will rarely find floating pontoons or piers with yacht boxes, and on some islands there are harbormasters collecting demurrage charges. In line with that, there are almost no sanitary facilities or coin-operated showers in the island ports; nor for electricity, neither for potable water. Well-kept piers with electrical outlets for shore power are rare to be found on some islands. A cable reel quite often distributes electricity and potable water can be scarce in the summer.
On the other hand, with favorable winds you can reach many captivating islands where you can drop anchor for free or for a minimal charge. If the wind blows from the wrong direction, or you change your mind for whatever reason, you simply set a new course and drop anchor somewhere else. Since distances between islands are relatively small, changing plans while underway is usually quite feasible. The temperature and wind are fantastic, the seawater crystal clear and dolphins sometimes play around the yacht to say hello.
Dropping anchor in a secluded bay for swimming, reading or an over-night stay is quite normal in Greece. The charming simplicity of the people on the islands will leave an indelible impression on you. With the sunset you sail into the twilight, moor the yacht in front of a terrace, take a shower on the swim platform and muse with a drink on the side deck. The gently rolling yacht lulls you into this dreamy Mediterranean pool. You won’t want to wake from this intoxicating and blissful state…
The fascinating thing is that all the islands are very different. In travel brochures the Greek islands are often typified as an historical treasure, decorated by temples, donkeys, with white and blue houses. But nothing is less true. Mykonos is literally a labyrinth, Thira is a volcano rising out of the sea, Hydra a sophisticated jet-set island where the rich play, Poros is located in front of a fairy tale inner bay and the village Livadhi on Serifos, seems like whipped cream drops from a cake mountain. Each port and each island has a unique identity, a very unique look and above all its own character.
The Greek Sailing areas
East of the mainland lies the Aegean Sea, where from west to east, several island groups form four sailing areas: the Argolic and the Saronic Gulf, the Cyclades, the Sporades and the Dodecanese. On the west coast of the mainland one will find the Ionian Sea with its Ionian Islands. There between (between the mainland and the southern Peloponnese peninsula) lies the Corinthian Gulf and the Gulf of Patras, which can be reached from Athens via the famous Corinth channel or by the Ionian Sea.