At a glance
- July 7-14, 2019:
- Athens to Lefkas
- 194 miles total
- 35 hrs sailing (7 days)
- Quals req’d: Day Skipper or ICC
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If you’re a keen sailor and you like to discover new and beautiful places then you will really enjoy this flotilla route, because it covers longer distances each day and (being July) the weather is fine and predictable with pleasant sailing almost guaranteed. Most days will include 7 hours sailing, so you’ll still get some time for lunch stops and swimming, and the stopovers are very picturesque. These trips are not for beginners and it is normally our more experienced flotilla sailors who will join in.
Our Dufour 382 on Flotilla
After a short, 30 minute transfer from Athens airport you will arrive at Alimos marina where you will meet your lead crew and be introduced to your yacht. After a short introduction to the boat, it will be time to unpack, get acquainted with your new home before going for a drink and a meal ashore at the marina taverna to meet your sailing companions from the other yachts.
After a briefing on Monday morning the first day will be spent putting some mileage in to get to one of the harbours near the ancient city of Corinth (35 miles). It’s a 6 or 7 hour sail from Alimos and typical of the area - conditions are idyllic - the sailing is superb! The evening can be spent at one of the fantastic Greek tavernas ashore or onboard your yacht free swinging in the bay.
We will start early to transit the Corinth Canal to transit this iconic and stunningly beautiful channel, before enjoying another long but very pleasant sail through the Gulf of Corinth (36 miles) to the picturesque town Galaxidi on the Peloponesian coast. Here, you will find plenty of places to have a drink or to look at some of the local shops. We will organise a group meal so you can get to know your other sailing companions and discuss the day’s experiences.
Wednesday is a shorter sail to Trizonia (19 miles, or 4 hours) so you can sail at a more leisurely pace. Trizonia is a small island and the Gulfs’ only inhabited island. It’s good to get there around lunchtime, stretch your legs and explore this lovely place, visit its ancient churches and sites or sample the many lovely beaches on the island. No cars or motorised scooters are allowed on the island.
The next few days will be spent meandering west and through the beautiful South Ionian. Thursday’s sail is 36 miles (6 to 7 hours) to the city of Messolonghi. On this leg, you will pass under the impressive Anti Rion Suspension Bridge, spanning 3Km across the Gulf. In the evening we will organize a group meal and some afternoon activities. This is a lovely stop to just relax and soak up the Greek sun.
Friday is a 32 mile sail (6 hours) to the pretty port of Astakou which is the last post before entering the Ionian. Here you will find many Greek Tavernas, cafés, shops and bars to explore. This will be a nice relaxed stop where nothing seems to be too fast paced. Also a lovely place to go for a walk along the seafront taking in some of the stunning views.
Saturday is a 29 mile sail to Varko bay. You’ll like it here, it’s simply stunning! We like to set off soon after breakfast and have the afternoon swimming and sunbathing in Varko. After Varko, we’ll sail into Lefkas Marina where you will be spending your final night. Here you can explore its many shops, restaurants and bars. And of course join us for a farewell drink, and a final presentation and awards ceremony. A bit of fun which everyone enjoys!
Our Jeanneau 379 sailing towards Ithaca
If you have a later flight on Sunday, we often spend the night in Varko. This beautiful anchorage is perfect for a last night of swimming before heading to Lefkada in the morning for your transfer back to the airport. If you have a later flight, you can leave your bags in the marina office and explore Lefkada or go for a swim at the marina swimming pool making the most of the Greek sunshine before you head home.
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