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Best spot for first Mediterranean charter?
The Meltemi is a katabatic wind generated by an anticyclone over the Balkans and a low pressure system over Anatolia. This northerly blows over the Aegean and generally is stronger on the Turkish side.
It usually goes in a 3-5 day cycle, starting in mid morning, reaching a peak by mid afternoon, then declining by early evening, but it can rarely blow night and day. Usually it reaches F5-6, occasionally F7.
But unlike Atlantic gales the Meltemi comes with a clear blue sky, superb visibility and blazing sun. In a well found boat, well reefed down, it offers exhilarating swimsuit sailing. Plenty of white horses but no big seas because of the short fetch. Can be unpredictably gusty in the lee of islands. Best opportunity to have dolphins alongside. Enjoy!