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post #2 of Old 05-05-2004
gaurre3
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meltemi winds

i spent a month sailing in the Greek island 2 years ago. It''s a very interesting place. i found that much of the time there was almost no wind, other times it was VERY windy. the meltemi winds could pick up withing 2 hours from nowhere, blowing 35 knots. the seas didn''t seem to build very high, but the 2-4 footers were very steep. Advice? Reef, motor sail, and don''t expect to goto weather very effectively. Another thing, don''t think that ducking behind an island will give any relief as the winds go over the steep mountains and come screaming down and actually gain 5-10 knots. If you''re preparded for these conditions, it shouldn''t be dangerous. Enjoy the beautiful waters. the cheap food & wine are teriffic, and the islands night clubs rock until the sun comes up. have fun!
--Greg
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