Cruising Reports

Ionian Dilemma


Pic of standard greek parking at Ag Efemia
Paul is just back from the Ionian after sailing on a 44 foot Cat with Aussie Bruce.
June is not high season, that really starts first of July but it was already getting busy and the Ionian Dilemma was painfully obvious.
Quite simply the prevailing wind does really start until mid afternoon most days and the best places to spend the night are full by 1600. The result is that instead of sailing most people end up motoring before noon and are in by three before the wind picks up.
For families with school age kids they also are trapped in the most expensive weeks but for others the quieter first 2 weeks in September are a good option. By October the probabilities of uncomfortably strong winds increases and by the Autumn half term the chances of not being able to sail increases significantly A Cat has some advantages when it comes to anchoring as you may be able to find a spot that is a bit too shallow for most monohulls and we did this for a couple of nights but don’t rely on it.
We spent one night alongside a quay courtesy of a Greek Harbour Master who had sailed on Wild Spirit. As the wind picked up to over 30 kts we watched late arrivals suffering stress, in this harbour expert guidance from the HM was given to all and if followed worked well. This is the exception rather than the rule so do make sure everyone is well briefed on their role and remember to allow the clutch on the windlass to run the chain out at the 5 kts of boat speed you will need to manoeuvre with 30 kts of cross wind

Pic of view from boat but you can’t see the other 12 further out

back in UK now with a few RYA Milebuilder trips plus fastnet coming up.

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