Directly to the area characteristics
GETTING THERE Athens There are direct flights from many German airports, if necessary you can change trains once in Germany. Depending on the season, between 200 and 450 euros. The taxi to the Kalamaki Marin takes about 40 minutes and costs about 30 to 40 euros. There is also a bus (line X96) from the terminal to a stop right in front of the marina entrance.
Photo gallery: Saronic Gulf
CHARTER The logical starting point for the area is Athens, there is a huge selection of fleets and bases in various marinas (Alimos / Kalamaki, Piraeus, Agios Kosmas). From there it is not 16 miles to the first island of Aegina. In principle, Lavrion is also an option, but from there the journey, which then goes to Poros or Hydr, extends to over 30 miles
Weather statistics Saronic Gulf
WIND & WEATHER The Saronic Gulf is not so clearly from the Meltemi shaped like the Cyclades. The area of Ägin is influenced by the Meltemi in summer, further in the direction of Poros more thermal south winds blow. Between Hydrund Trikeri, however, it often blows in an easterly direction. The further west crews sail into the Argolic Gulf to Navplion, the quieter it gets, there are lulls in the off-season not uncommon. However, sweeping lows at this time can also cause strong north or south winds
There are good weather and swell forecasts on the website of the Greek weather service Poseidon (www.poseidon.hcmr.gr) and the usual sources like Windy (www.windy.com) or Wind finder (www.windfinder.de) as well as their iOS and Android apps.
NAVIGATION & SEAT CREW The precinct is uncomplicated, Shallows are rare, important entrances and harbors are buoyed, also because of the busy ferry traffic. Sometimes they are a challenge full ports, especially Hydrist dchaotic, when Roman Catholic yachts with bow anchors are lying in several rows one behind the other (!). This port, but also Poros, is often hit by swell from the brisk traffic of ferries and yachts from Athens
PORTS & ANCHORAGE Simple city ports with little infrastructure, is invested with Bow anchor and stern lines on the pier. Rarely sanitary facilities. There are no full-service marinas. It will hardly any demurrage charged, if so, only a few euros, electricity and water cost extra, if available. Everywhere you have to moor your own Roman Catholic anchor. There are numerous anchorages in bays that are also suitable for the night. In Hydra, Poros and Aegin it gets very crowded at the weekend in the season when the yachts swarm out from Athens. Hydrist a special case in all of Greece. How it is moored here takes many crews breath away: from noon the yachts arrive at a marching speed and fight for the few free places in the pool. The first row is occupied quickly, then skippers begin to place their boats offset in front of the Roman Catholic yachts, the stern lines are then attached to the bow cleats in the first row (a photo can be seen in the picture gallery). A marginal technique that you should only take part if you already have experience and are absolutely certain that the weather will remain calm at night. Anchor salad the next morning is common, a trip leash on the iron is recommended. There are a number of good anchorages around the islands, the protection is not always perfect for all wind directions, but the prevailing summer winds usually do. In some, however, it says swell at night, especially around Aegina, Poros and on the north side of Hydras
LITERATURE & SEA MAPS Rod Heikell, "Greek Coasts", Edition Maritim. Gerd Radlayers, "Greece 1", Delius Klasing Nautical charts: Greek sports boat charts GRPC 1 and 2. Chart G 16. British sports boat charts from Imray, "Saronic and Argolic Gulf", with plans
AREA CHARACTERISTICS SARONIC GOLF
The area practically on the doorstep of Athens is ideal for crews who don't want to sail so far souththat the way back against the meltemI get tedious and still want to experience the typical flair of a Greek island area. The Saronic Gulf with the islands Aegina, Porous, Hydra or Spetses offers a delightful area in just three hours sailing from the Greek metropolis. The car-free Hydra, in whose streets donkeys still transport all loads, has a very special flair with its beautiful main town and is without question the most popular destination in the region.
Approximately from there the wind also changes: If Ägin and Poros are still fully under the influence of the Meltemi, the conditions around the eastern corner of the Peloponnese often change: The wind turns partly to the south or north and often becomes significantly weaker - often pleasant for many crews in the Meltemi phase.
There is enough to see in the area: The island of Methoni is because of its hot (albeit foul-smelling) Medicinal springs well-known, if you like culture, you can get the sensationally well-preserved Amphitheater of Epidaurus visit who has a soft spot for the old Wooden Kaiki construction is in good hands in Spetses, where many shipyards still build and repair traditional boats. In between there are beautiful anchorages, around the island of Dokos. But the large islands also have enough protected corners on the lakefront - but not always optimally protected from the swell that the heavy traffic around Athens brings with it.
When the Athenians swarm out with their boats on weekends and in high season Sometimes it gets quite crowded in the area, there are also many ferries on the way. But that subsides the further west you get. You can spend an exciting charter week between Aegina, Poros, Hydrund Spetses without any problems, but those who sail further around the corner into the Argolic Gulf and, for example, to its largest town, Navplion, meet fewer and fewer yachts. The old, pretty place with a fortress on top of the mountain is well worth seeing, in the gulf there are little villages hiding here and there, in front of which you can anchor.
Does the wind give it away?, which is not always the case in the off-season, you can 30 mile detour down the Peloponnese make, lies there Monemvasias historic old town on the mountain. The ensemble with colorful, partly lovingly restored houses and winding streets below and the dilapidated upper town is a dreamy destination. If you want to sail this far, you have to plan a 14-day trip. As far as the infrastructure is concerned, the Saronic Gulf is a typical Greek area: hardly any service or sanitary facilities, often bow anchor, but ridiculously low mooring fees, sometimes under 10 euros for a 42-foot ship.