Sailing the Cyclades in Company
The islands of the central Aegean collectively known as the Cyclades are often seen to epitomise the very essence of Greece, with their characteristic white washed ‘sugar cube’ houses, striking blue domed churches and dramatic scenery against a backdrop of the blue Aegean. The area is famed for some wonderful sandy beaches, some fascinating ancient sites and a colourful culture. Furthermore there is a great mix of famous and popular islands such as scenic Santorini or chic Mykonos, with less explored almost unknown gems such as Folegandros and Sifnos.
For the yacht charter holiday sailor, the area is well served by charter bases including Kalamaki and Lavrion near Athens as well as Syros, Paros and Mykonos and has many attractions. The name Cyclades, literally translated means ‘circle of islands’ and there are numerous itinerary possibilities for that very special Sailing holiday in Greece.
However, the area does have a reputation for variable and challenging conditions, with a tendency for high winds and choppy seas, so it is certainly not suite beginners to sailing. The Meltemi season in particular, running from late July to late August is probably the most consistently windy period which means the area generally does not attract flotilla sailing or families with younger children.
Many opt for a professional skipper for their Greek island yacht charter, counting on experience and local knowledge as well as familiarity with the conditions, though this is obviously not for everyone.
Seafarer offers the possibility to sail in company on your Cyclades yacht charter. Their Cyclades Sailing Adventure or ‘ Share a Sail’ programme operated on an Ocean Star 51 yacht offers cabin charter or booking ‘by the cabin’ , on continuous scheduled one and two week sailings alternating between Lavrion and Santorini. With a professional skipper and hostess on board to keep things ship shape and do the hard work, one can relax and enjoy the sailing, swimming and exploration whilst the programme also offers amazing value with process starting from just £499 for a week.
For those wishing to skipper their own yacht, Seafarer offer the possibility to shadow their fully crewed yacht, giving the additional comfort of knowing that you have the total freedom and privacy of a bareboat yacht charter, whilst knowing a friendly crew is relatively close by for advice and assistance. Meeting up with the other guests for drinks or dinner in some ports of call can also enhance the experience adding a sociable element.
For more info on the Cyclades Sailing Adventure plus assisted bareboat options or your sailing holiday in Greece, call Seafarer on 0208 324 3118 or visit www.seafarersailing.com