From June to the end of August the hot, dry summer wind dominates the area of the Cyclades south of Athens. It blows reliably from northerly directions, not infrequently reaching 5, 6 Beaufort on average, but also easily once several days or a week 8, 9 wind strengths. In addition, there are falling winds and jet effects on the coasts of many islands. Anyone traveling with the family or fellow sailors who cannot cope with the long, high seas, may be exposed to a tough test.
Anchorage in front of Sifnos
But the Cyclades are one of the most beautiful island areas in Europe, and many crews dream of sailing there. As a way out, the pre- or post-season remains. Late September and early October are particularly popular. When it gets really cold in Germany, the water in the Aegean is still 22 degrees, the weather often still allows you to sail in shorts and a T-shirt. Many taverns and bars are still open before the Cyclades slowly go into hibernation from mid-October.
Cozy evenings in the tavern high above the bay
We wanted to know from which side the area was showing itself during this time and did the post-season test with a twelve-day trip - right into the Medicane "Zorbas", which in September turned the area upside down. Apocalyptic weather at the start of the trip. So was the whole thing a crazy idea?