Sailing in the Sporades

In October 2009, before we bought our yacht Fandancer, Tim and I chartered a yacht for a holiday in Greece.   We were missing the sunshine, and the sea, so we decided to make a last minute booking with LateSail, a great company where you can search for sailing holidays to suit your budget and location.  We chose Skiathos, and flew out from London around 20th October – quite late in the season, but we were confident that the weather would be good enough for a Greek sailing holiday.

view over Skiathos harbour

Skiathos is not the largest, but is the most popular island in the Sporades group.

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We sailed from Skiathos on a yacht called ‘Baby Flirt’, much to Tim’s disgust!   He is an old fashioned sort of sailor, and has never set foot on one of these ‘new-fangled plastic boats’ as he calls them, but he took it like a man and just got on with it.

During the week, we sailed to Skopelos and Alonissos, visiting various harbours and anchorages on our way.   I wrote an article about our week’s sailing on the charter yacht, and it was recently published on the website of a fantastic company called Zizoo, who also charter yachts in over 30 countries worldwide.

You can have a look at my latest article about Sailing in the Sporades here.

Have you ever been to any of the Sporades islands?

 

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  1. Located on the northern side of the Aegean Sea, consists of four large islands. Skiathos and Skopelos are the most popular islands, while Alonissos and Skyros keep a lower profile. The Sporades islands have amazing rich nature, with trees down to the sea level and gorgeus beaches with sapphire waters.

    Skiathos has a cosmopolitan town with intense nightlife and some of the most favorites beaches in Greece, like Koukounaries Beach and Lalaria Beach.

    Eastern Skopelos and Alonissos along with other islets are part of the National Marine Park of the Aegean Sea. Skopelos is the birth place of the rare caretta – caretta sea turtle and Alonissos Island is the home of the biggest population of the Monk seal – Monachus Monachus.

    Sheltered anchorages, safe waters and small distances between the islands offer ideal conditions for a sailing in Greek island.

    The wind is milder compared to the main Cyclades area, blowing from the North up to 4-6 Beauforts. But sailors have to look out for the Meltemi, which can get up at times.

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