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Thanks for the helpful reply, Barbara!
I hope we can get on our way well before 17:00. Leaving port by 15:00 would give us much better options for being settled somewhere by dark. Sounion likes like a nice choice. Looks like a couple of earlier options, such as Ormos Anavissou if we don't get that far.
I don't think I want to go over to Aegina, as we are headed to the Cyclades. At least, by looking at the map, it looks like we'd have to backtrack back to the east from there. (Unless it is a nice destination in its own right, rather than a waypoint.)
Making sure we don't get held up on provisioning is a good point. Our charter company has not offered any pre-order options on provisioning. Just the information that there is a supermarket nearby. I plan on splitting the 4 of us into two parties of two: 2 to do the briefing/checkouts; 2 to do the shopping. Hopefully these things can happen at the same time. We plan to eat most dinners in restaurants, so the initial provisioning shouldn't be too time consuming (except for the possibility of a crowded supermarket, as you pointed out.)
I will do everything in my power to ensure we don't get stuck at the marina on the first night.
Another question you can probably answer: What is the holding tank/pumpout situation like in Greece? Are most charter boats set up with holding tanks? Do most folks empty the tanks once offshore, or are pumpouts the norm. Is greywater (galley/shower drains) typically OK in port?
More importantly... Do you have any "gotta go there" ports/destinations in the Cyclades? We are doing a one-way (7 day), leaving the boat on Paros. We have a few extra days at the end. Tentatively, we are planning going to Santorini and Mykinos by ferry after we've dropped the boat off. I am thinking these are both great places to go, but not necessarily the best anchorages.
I am studying the Greek Waters Pilot and see many,many anchorages and ports along our path. As it stands now, I will need to make a tentative itenerary just based on some rather arbitrary choices.
Any "don't miss" places you can suggest?