View Full Version : Greek Islands - General

25th April 2009, 08:10 PM
There are just too many destinations/islands in this section to list on this thread. So, please post information/experiences of marinas and anchorages by clearly stating the Island of their location.

Islands in the Ionian Sea
The Ionian Sea is a very popular cruising area because its weather conditions in the summer months are less extreme than in the Aegean. As a result, it is more crowded. Many charter flotillas operate here and many Italians during their summer vacation move with fast inflatables between the Italian and Greek coasts.

The Ionian Sea cruising region has an area of 2,510,000 km2. The distance from Catania, in Sicily, to Zakinthos Island is 166 nM, and from the southern tip of the Salento Peninsula in Italy to Corfu is 70 nM. It is a deep sea with a maximum depth of 4,900 m (16,000 ft).

The summer weather in the Ionian sea is dominated by a NW to WNW wind, the maistro. In general this wind is less strong, force 2 to 5, and more steady then the corresponding meltemi in the Aegean. Nevertheless an sailor must take watch out for gusts when sailing along lee side of tall islands and be aware that in the evenings there may be katabatic winds from the tall mountains, of force 5 to 6 and from the NE.

From the October until mid May the wind can be either from the north of from the south with several gales, usually from the S to SE. At this time, waterspouts are also possible. These usually can be detected on the radar and avoided but the sailor must keep a good watch.

In the spring and the autumn there can be frequent thunderstorms with accompanied squalls. Corfu has the highest rain fall in Greece.

Islands in the Ionian Sea on the World Cruising Wiki - HERE (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Ionian_Sea_Cruising_Guide)

Islands in the Aegean Sea
The Aegean Sea is not only the cradle of western civilization but also one of the world's premier cruising regions because of its many anchorages for sailing yachts, and historical sites.

The Aegean Sea cruising region has an area of 214,000 km2. Its north-south axis is 330 nM and its east-west axis 162 nM. Other then its Greek and Turkish shore-lines, it consists of 1,415 islands and islets most of them belonging to Greece. It is a deep sea with a maximum depth of 3,543 m (11,624 ft).

The summer weather in the Aegean is dominated by the Etesian winds (meltemi in Greek, meltem in Turkish) which comes from the NE in the north and west Aegean and from the NW in the south and east. Usually it is a light sailing breeze of force 4-5 in the early morning hours but as the day progresses it strengthens to 5-6 by the afternoon and subsides by sunset. However from middle June to mid September you can count on the meltemi to become a gale of force 7-8 and occasionally 9. These gales usually last 3-4 days.

From October to mid May the probability is equal for either northerly or southerly winds. Winds of force 10 are not uncommon in the winter months. Violent thunderstorms are also probable by late October to early May. The southern winter winds are particularly treacherous and unpredictable.

Islands in the Aegean Sea on the World Cruising Wiki - HERE (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Aegean_Sea)