The Ionian Islands are one of the safest and sheltered sailing areas in the world. As a result they are also becoming one of the busiest...Here are our top tips for a great trip and beating the crowds.
1. Be an early riser...the most stunning bays fill up by lunchtime. Beat the crowds with breakfast on board to get the best spot! This stunning shot was sent in to us by Louise Hosking anchored in a bay on Ithaca in July 2015.
2. Beat busy ports; get in at around 11am, when others are likely to be leaving to bag space on the quay...spend the afternoon exploring on shore. Kassiopi in Corfu (below) gets particularly busy in the summer months.
3. Anchor Off: Alternatively, get in whenever you like and anchor off...use the dinghy to row ashore to earn that ice cold beer!
4. Save the sailing until the PM...the prevailing wind (from the NW) in the Ionian doesn't pick up until 2-3pm. Morning sailing can be a frustrating business...Flappy sails are unhappy sails! This fabulous shot (taken from the top of a mast) shows a Beneteau 50 sailing out of Lakka on Paxos Island in the north Ionian.
5. Get used to GMT 'Greek maybe time' - everything happens more slowly here, this is why it is great for a holiday! Sit back, relax and go with the flow! We find a G'n'T or two help with the adjustment.