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The money question!  When is the best time to sail in Greece?

Sailing in Greece follows the European seasons in pattern and wind strength. The sailing season runs from April to October, with summer and the heat being strongest in July and August. The cooler ‘shoulder’ seasons of May, June, September and October are less hot, but no less beautiful.

In fact June and September are quickly becoming the most popular months to sail in Greece.

If you are able to avoid the school holidays we certainly recommend. In June the sea is at it’s bluest and in September the sea is at it’s warmest…so take your pick!

If you are tied to school holidays but prefer the cooler temperatures, May or October half term are the weeks for you.

Aurous Drone

The North-West wind that heralds summer typically arrives at the end of June.

Yachts travel to the gentle Ionian waters for the summer, as it is famed for its excellent sailing conditions – it’s pretty sheltered, which means the ‘sea state’ (how big the waves are) is fairly reliable.

Typically the wind will arrive in the early afternoon after a perfectly calm morning.

The result is what we lovingly call ‘Champagne sailing’ – very calm seas with the perfect sailing breeze.

Although July and August is the hottest time of year, on the water you are creating your own breeze and a dip in the sea is only ever a few steps away.

You can check out what a typical week on board is like here.

Argentous and Lunous sailing

However, some of the best sailing in Greece to be done is in the spring months.

The water is never bluer than it is in April and May and there is a general atmosphere of anticipation throughout the islands which is delightful.

Bear in mind, the water is a few degrees cooler in the early season cooler so bringing a rash vest or a shortie wetsuit is a good idea.

We love a long weekend break in May to get us in the Summer mood.

Stroll through the streets of Corfu Town and sample the delights of local tavernas at their quietest.

Your Captain will discuss the weather with you on your arrival.

They will keep a close eye on the weather for the week as safety is our primary concern.

There may be days where the Captain considers it necessary to be port bound if the forecast is looking adverse.

We will always err on the side of caution, however the chances of bad weather for more than a day a week in the Ionian are very low.

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The Perfect Itinerary for the Time of Year

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