Sailing holidays in Greece
The Greek islands make up 1/4 of the total area of Greece, an ideal yachting area, creating a coastline of more than 15000 kilometres.
The climate along this coastline is Mediterranean in character: mild moist winters and dry hot summers.
The long charter season starts as early as March when air temperatures rise above the seawater temperatures, which has a stabilizing effect.Around mid-May the Azores High gradually becomes more dominant and the Euro-Asian High loses its influence, resulting in very stable weather.
July and August peak in high temperatures and sun hours – the high season for chartering!
In Oct/Nov the Azores High becomes less dominant and frontal systems – followed by cool air masses – start entering the East Mediterranean from the north. The contact with the relative warmer seawater will subsequently lead to an unstable atmosphere and showers.
Bareboat, flotilla or crewed charters
There are several ways to charter a yacht in Greece and explore the Greek coasts and islands. First of all, there is self-sail, bare boating or bareboat chartering, which means that you will have to skipper the yacht yourself and no hired skipper, cook or hostess will be onboard. Note that you require at least one Competent Crew plus one International Certificate of Compentence before the Port Police allows you to sail bareboat.
When in doubt of your capabilities or just a little rusty, a flotilla might be a nice compromise. This way you sail along with other boats, yet you are still the captain of your own boat but can turn to an “admiral” for advice if you want to. Though, you have to go where the rest goes. Most flotillas take place in the Saronic, Argolic and the Ionian.
A little niche are the assisted bareboat charters, which are a blend between the standard bareboats and flotillas.
You get more freedom of course – though with a stranger on board – with a crewed charter or the comfortable gulet charters. These fine yacht charters vary from just one skipper/instructor onboard to additional cooks, hostesses etc. On the larger yachts you can also opt for a cabin charter, effectively like a cruise, in which you rent just your own cabin.