Sailing in Greece

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Sailing in Greece is one of the many sports that one can practice during the holidays in this beautiful country. Whether one wishes to sail for pleasure or for high endurance sport, Greece can satisfy all sailing expectations. This country is considered as a paradise for sailing and with its many gulfs and archipelagos, it offers all kind of seas and winds. A trip in the Greek seas on a pleasure bareboat, privately owned or chartered, is a unique experience.

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Greece offers more than 2,000 islands and islets of which only 169 are inhabited, each one offering a special beauty, charm and many virgin bays accessible only by boat.

Sailing areas, winds, companies and federation

We propose essential information in order to get an idea about conditions for sailing in Greece: sailing areas, winds, agencies in the islands and information about the Hellenic Yachting Federation.

Famous Sailing Areas

Some of the most famous areas for Greece sailing are the islands of Poros, Lefkada, Paros, Skiathos, Corfu and more. Many yacht charter agencies are settled there.

The winds of Greece

The country's winds can be divided in two sea regions: the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea.

The Aegean Sea Winds usually blow during the summer season, from May to September, but they are particularly known for the months of July and August. Those winds are called "Meltemia" and they are mostly blowing during the day and their average duration is from 2 to 4 days.
The Meltemia do not have the same direction in all the regions of the Greek Seas. In the Northern Aegean, they come from the NE, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) from the North and in the South Aegean from the NW. The intensity of the winds depends on the region. One of the stronger Meltemi can be found in the Island of Naxos, in the Cyclades, which attracts many windsurfers. Strong winds blow on the Aegean Sea also during the winter with a power of 8-9 Beaufort.
The Ionian Sea Winds usually appear during summer season and are called Maistros. They are blowing from the NW.

Greece sailing federations

The Hellenic Yachting Federation is the organisation which supervises all the sailing races in Greece. Many sailing races are organised every year by the 134 sailing clubs operating in the country.

Some sailing companies in Greece


Incrediblue offers sailing holiday experiences and island hopping trips in the Greek islands for families and friends on a skippered yacht. Incrediblue is an intermediate charter agency in Europe. We have over 26.200 boats to offer you in over 32 countries around the world. Our excellent service and multi-lingual team has lead to over 30,000 happy customers.


Vyra is a leading online booking platform to easily discover, book and enjoy affordable sailing holidays and yacht charters with skippers. For travellers craving for a quick escape on water, provides daily trips to the most wish-listed Greek islands, such as Athens Riviera, Mykonos, Santorini, Astypalaia, Zante and Lefkas.


Exadas Yachts

Exadas Yachts offers Bareboat and Crewed Yachts of all types – sailboats, motor yachts, luxury yachts and catamarans through out the whole of Greece. Coupled with our expert’s in-depth knowledge of the area and the boats, we can be sure to provide guests with a yacht that will complete your dream Greece yacht charter.


Escale Yachting

Escale Yachting was created in Greece in 1987 by Denis Kyriazis and is the first cruise specialist that has launched the concept of active sailing cruises in Greece. The company has its base on the island Syros, the capital of the Cyclades, and consists of a team of professional and enthusiastic people with vast experience.

Anchors Away

Anchors Away is a newly established company. Mrs Katerina Vlachou, the founder of the company, as an ex-champion in sailing -420 type- and still a participant in a crew for the greek IMS championship, is the person you need to have by your side. The first impression you get when you enter the "world" of Anchors Away is the kindness and warmness of our staff. You will find out that we take our job very seriously as we want to fulfill our customers, friends, needs. We can do it for you, just choose our company for your Greece yacht charter holidays and a new world will be revealed to you, a world of kindness, friendship, commitment.

Alpha Yachting

Alpha Yachting offers crewed yacht charters in Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Turkey, Spain and the Mediterranean sea. We are proud to offer a wide selection of luxury charter yachts for hire in Greece (group and private charter) to meet all your needs. All our yachts are clean, fully equipped and well maintained, our crew members are polite and can help you with all your travel needs, charter a crewed mega motor yacht, motor sailer, sailing yacht, skippered sail boat, bareboat, catamaran and set sail from Athens Greece to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, Crete, Zakynthos, enjoy your sailing holiday cruises in Greece.

Some sailing companies in Greece

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