The Cyclades are islands of contrast, from the lively nightlife of Mykonos to the natural beauty and architectural style of Santorini, to the cosmopolitan islands of Paros and Naxos, and the unspoiled smaller ports and anchorages of Irakllia and Koufonisia. Due to the strong Meltemi winds that blow in the summer months, sailing in this area can be challenging with winds averaging force 5-6 in July and August, sometimes increasing to force 7-8. For this reason we would highly recommend a minimum of two week charter.
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The prevailing wind in the summer is called the Meltemi. This northerly wind begins in June, is at its strongest in July/August and subsides from the middle of September. In July and August, the wind is predominately force 5-6 but can reach force 7-8, blowing for 1-3 days on average. In the Spring and Autumn, the wind strength subsides to around force 3-4 and can sometimes change to a southerly direction.
There are daily flights with scheduled and low cost airlines from London to Athens, which is approx 30 mins taxi ride from Lavrion. If starting from Paros or Syros you take a connecting flight or Ferry from Athens. Alternatively there are limited flights operating into Mykonos.
SUGGESTED 2 WEEK SAILING ITINERARIES FOR THE CYCLADES
Total distance: Approx 355 nautical miles Day 1: Join your yacht at Kalamaki Marina in Athens Day 2: Athens - Sounio - Kea (Vourkari) (40 nm) Day 3: Kea - Loutra (Kithnos) (20 nm) Day 4: Loutra - Siros - Mykonos (40 nm) Day 5: Mykonos - Delos - Paros (25 nm) Day 6: Paros - los (25 nm) Day 7: los - Sikinos -Thira (20 nm) Day 8: Thira - Folegandros (30 nm) Day 9: Folegandros - Kimolos - Sifnos (20 nm) Day 10: Sifnos - Serifos (20 nm) Day 11: Serifos - Merichas (Kithnos) (15 nm) Day 12: Merichas - Poros (45 nm) Day 13: Poros - Aegina (30 nm) Day 14: Aegina - Athens (25 nm) Day 15: Disembarkation