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3 Weeks Ago 08:51 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Originally Posted by rdmonahan View Post
Thanks for the reply. I think we are going to charter from Corfu with EasySailing or Globe Yachts.
Please let us know how it goes - sailing and your experience with the charter company - it's an area I'd like to explore in the near future.
3 Weeks Ago 08:03 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Interesting read...

My family owns a house on Cepholonia, where my father spent some of his childhood. Unfortunately, we are in the middle of a family dispute over ownership. It is my hope we can keep the house in the family. It sits on a hill, overlooking the harbor by Antipata.

Sailing dreams...

3 Weeks Ago 12:51 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Thanks for the reply. I think we are going to charter from Corfu with EasySailing or Globe Yachts.
3 Weeks Ago 09:25 PM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

We chartered from Kos in early July last summer - we had three boats for three families. The winds were quite strong, but the sailing was fun and spirited. Most of the time, winds were in the 18-30 knots range, occasionally higher. We did have to go back to Kos one day because of force 8 winds.

About 2-3 hours out of the charter base, we had a mishap where the mast of our boat came down as we were sailing to windward (wind ~22 knots) in the channel between Kos and Pserimos. The cause was the headstay, which parted at the swage. When I inspected the fracture surface, it looked like a fatigue failure. The charter company blamed us and wouldn't replace the boat. So we continued our trip on one of the other two boats - a longer version of the event is at

Bottom line - it' a fun area to sail, but be careful whom you charter from.
3 Weeks Ago 11:30 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

I was very pleased to find this post as I'm currently considering a charter from Kos or Lefkas. We are a group of seven adults, three with sailing experience. Our experience includes cruising and racing in the San Juan Islands in the US and a charter in Croatia a few years ago. I'd like to hear about your experience from Kos and see what will be most appropriate for us.

Our trip is planned for the week of August 22 - 29. We are considering boats such as a Jeanneau 469 or 509 or Hanse 505. We'd like some spirited sailing but don't want to end up at anchor for days in a row because of the meltemi.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

03-15-2014 10:32 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Chrondi, thanks so much for sharing the video - we're so looking forward to out trip this summer. Last year we sailed on the Turkish side, I can't wait to check out the Greek side as well. Patmos is high on our list of destinations, so we would definitely prefer a northbound departure - Joost
03-15-2014 08:52 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

If you go North of Kos you may find the rather unknown anchorage of Palionisos on the eastern coast of Kalymnos very useful. Remember that the highlight should be Patmos island, visiting the monastery of St John on the top of the hill and in midway the cave where he dictated the Book of Revelation (St John was blind by that time).
You may also watch the video I filmed two years ago:
03-14-2014 02:51 PM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Chrondi - thanks for the reference. We decided to charter out of Kos, so this advice is very welcome indeed. I have a preference for going north, but that will depend in part on the wind conditions once we get there.
03-14-2014 02:37 PM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

I suggest that you look at my answer & analysis (no. 3) at the thread "Departing from KOS island...North or South?" dating back in 2007.
South Dodecanese wind pattern is very much similar to the one in Hisaronu bay, Turkey.
01-23-2014 09:27 AM
Re: Greece: Dodecanese vs Ionian islands

Hi Paulo,

Thanks for the advice - I loved the video. It looks like real nice sailing, but choppy and a bit reminiscent of our trip to Knidos last year. Maybe we should look into chartering in the Ionian Islands, the kids will enjoy that better.

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