The Saronic Islands are a popular destination for both British sailors and locals alike. This wonderful area is just a stones throw from Athens making it really accessible. The wind in the Saronic Islands is perfect for those relatively new to chartering. There can be some exhilerating breezes but they tend to remain consistent and easy to handle.
Our favourite aspect to sailing in the Saronic Islands is the tranquility and ease (even in the middle of August). For some reason this incredible area seems to have fallen off the radars of many crew which means that good quay space is common even in the height of summer. The local tavernas also remain unaffected by mass tourism, which means the food is deliciously traditional, and prices amazingly affordable!
A bit about the base
|Athens||45 mins||A very large, purpose built marina with few frills but an excellent choice of boats|
|Lavrion||35 mins||A charming town harbour but a few miles further away from the Saronic Islands|
This area of Greece is fairly far south, so enjoys a really warm summer, with temperatures reaching up to 35°C in July and August. At the beginning and end of the season (May and October) the temperatures remain warm (generally around 23-25°C). A great area for an early or late season sail!
The prevailing wind in the Saronic Islands is a North Easterly Force 4-5. During August the Meltimi can often make its presence known with the wind strength picking up to a Force 5 or 6.
The beauty of sailing in Greece is that you will often find there are no mooring fees when staying on a town quay. If the local port authorities do come along, and ask you to pay, then you can expect no more than €10 for a 40ft yacht.
To reach Athens you can fly with Aegean Airlines from Manchester and London Heathrow. British Airways also go from London Heathrow. Alternatively Ryanair fly from London Stanstead. EasyJet also fly from London Gatwick on a Saturday and from Edinburgh on a Sunday. Basically...there is plenty of choice!
If you are travelling from outside the UK, Athens as the capital of Greece, is one of the easiest places to fly into.