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GREECE

Greece is a blessed country. With more than 10,000 miles of coastline and some 1,500 islands, Greece caters for all tastes.

A perfect holiday destination for water - lovers and sun - worshippers.The ideal sailing ground for yachtsmen. Ultimately glamorous for fans of a vivid night-life for which the Greeks hold a tradition. It is a country of white - washed houses, colourful fishing - boats, sandy beaches, crystal - clear waters, olive groves, waterside taverns and a cultural paradise offering numerous classical attractions.

Enjoy the privacy of a small stony cove with a few overhanging pine trees or walk around the ruins of an ancient town. Indulge in the pleasures of a Greek meal served in candle light under a star-filled sky. Drink the sparkling wine that will elevate your spirit and help you relax. Relish the excellent traditional cooking in one of the less obvious restaurants that your captain will point out. Sample some of the finest fruit and vegetables in the world.

Greece is one of the few countries of the world where life goes on right through the night. Some of the islands have a reputation for their night life, with discos and bars frequented by international celebrities. Live it up, drinking and dancing until the light of dawn.

Greece offers an infinite choice of itineraries. This is mostly because of the large number of islands and the short distances between them, which almost no other cruising ground in the world can boast. Any of the yachts offered can be used for these itineraries, but keep in mind that sailing yachts will not travel as far or as fast in non-windy weather. Also, most itineraries originate in Athens but individual yachts can make arrangements to pick up charterers at almost any location in Greece
(including islands) for a charge.

Also bear in mind that itineraries can change en route, always within reason, if you develop a preference for a change in plans. This could, for example, mean spending an extra day in a favourite spot. Whatever the case, feel confident that your captain will work out the best solution for you.

SUMMER WEATHER

In Greece there is always a long, hot, dry, brilliant summer allowing maximum enjoyment of the sea and the scenery.

Greece's prevailing summer wind is the "meltemi" which blows down from the North across the Aegean Sea. As a light persistent breeze, this brisk, dry, northerly mitigates the high temperatures but during the months of July and August, often builds up to a howling gale, restricting yachts to port. We advise charterers to exhibit a preference for the Ionian Sea during this period. The "meltemi" also accounts for the brilliant clarity of the Aegean light. 

Summer winds are less constant and not as strong in the Ionian, which is generally a quieter sea. The prevailing wind here is the "maistro", from the north-west, which picks up at midday and dies away early in the evening. This makes the Ionian Islands idyllic places for leisure cruising.

In all seas, humidity is low, fog is very rare, and so are summer clouds. The sea temperature averages to 77°F (25°C) and in windy conditions the seas are short, steep and powerful.