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Sailing in Greece February 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in News Cruises.

How about rentin a sailboat in the Greek islands? Just follow our suggestions for an itinerary and where to rent a boat.

You don’t have to be an America’s Cup captain to sail around the Greek islands. The waters are open to everyone with a taste for ouzo and adventure. Greece is a throwback in time and Greek history dominates the sailing.

Greek charters are like water taxis. In Greece, you pull into a marina and eat at a near-by taverna. Most likely, you’ll be spending more time exploring the islands’ land attractions, such as museums and archaeological sites, than sailing.

If you’re an experienced sailor and solid navigator, you can bareboat, or captain your own ship. The Moorings, a charter company, quoted a starting price of $280 a day to rent a boat comfortable for five.

Newbies, or those who’d rather relax than steer, should charter a boat with a captain, first mate and chef. You own the boat, and the crew is there to serve you. The most common vessel in Greece is the gulet, a motor yacht with sails. We recommend a 75-foot boat for a family of five, starting at $2,000 a day which includes crew, food, etc., and suggest that first-time sailors fly into Athens and follow the Ionian route, which wends around Poros, Santorini and Hydra. Because the islands are so close together, you should be able to hit at least 15 in a week. The Greek sailing season is short, from June to September, when the weather is warm with little rain.

For charters, check out SailAway Yacht Charter www.1800sailaway.com or Valef Yachts www.valefyachts.com

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