With archaeological sites to explore, excellent food to enjoy and the tantalising prospect of lazy days spent sunbathing aboard the yacht at a secluded anchorage; an Athens yacht charter delivers on all the requirements for a superb Greek yacht charter. With the choice of 2 distinct cruising grounds you can sail to the beautiful Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetse, and enjoy ancient ruins and castles, sandy beaches, unspoiled anchorages and small fishing ports. These charming islands have something for all the crew, from Hydra, with no cars, just horses and donkeys following the narrow cobbled streets, to Poros with it’s bustling restaurants and bars and watersports, to the ancient amphitheatre at Epidavros. This route also offers smoother sailing conditions in the summer months, as it is sheltered from the strong Meltemi winds that blow in the Cyclades. The second option is to head to the Cyclades, larger Islands, each with it’s own unique character. The Cyclades is a little more adventurous sailing with longer distances and stronger winds than the Saronic gulf.

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Sailing conditions

This protected cruising area generally experiences southerly winds in Spring and Autumn, averaging force 2-3. In the Saronic and Argolic Gulf, the wind is mostly from the south-east, blowing force 3-5, reducing at night. The Meltemi wind starts in mid-July, building to full strength in August and early September with winds from the NE reaching force 4-5 and is normally less around the Methana Peninsula and Poros. The Meltemi is strongest at midday and dies down at night. During the cruising season of April to October, the skies are blue and the weather warm, with water temperatures averaging 27ºC. In midsummer, you can expect long evenings, spectacular sunsets and calm seas.

Getting there

There are direct flights to Athens from all the major European Airports. The Athens base (Kalamaki) is easily reached from the airport either by taxi (approx. 45 mins to 1 hr and €40-50) or by bus. The X96 bus runs from the airport to the main ferry port of Pireus with a stop outside the entrance to the marina. The bus is a frequent and very inexpensive service.Starting from Lavrion There are three ways to get to the base. You can take a train and get off at the first stop called “Koropi, “ from there you get the intercity bus (KTEL) which runs every 30 minutes to Lavrion and takes about 40 minutes to get to the port. Your second option is to take a regional bus, departing from the Arrivals Level for approximately €4. The easiest way to reach Lavrion is via taxi; it takes only 15-20 minutes and costs about €25.

To charter a yacht in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18 years old. Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following:
• ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognised sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.
• ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course”
• RYA “Day Skipper Course”

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