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Greek Island Sailing

Postby bcgirl » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:37 pm

Hi!
Anyone returned from a sailing trip this year yet?? I'm going Athens to Santorini in September and just wanted a little feed back...sea sickness? how much money do you really need for meals? Would love to see any pics and/or advice you would be willing to share!
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:37 am

There is definitely potential for seasickness if you get a meltimi wind but Athens to Santorini was fairly calm when I did it 3 years ago. Money for food depends on what you want to eat. Breakfast is usually something quick in port -- figure coffee and cereal, yogurt, fruit or some baked goods for a few dollars. Lunch should be pretty cheap -- typically a salad or sandwich while sailing.

Most port stops have budget-priced options for dinner but seafood will cost you more. Our crew chose to eat seafood dinners at Aegina, Sounion Bay and Syros -- these were much more expensive than normal (I think we dropped about US $40 each on dinner & wine) but you should normally be able to eat dinner for $10-20 (or even less if you want).
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby bcgirl » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:56 pm

Thanks for the info, really looking forward to this trip!!
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby katelynjane » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:03 pm

I'm really curious as to how much actual sailing the guests have to do on these trips. Are you part of working the boat? Or do you just relax during the trip? I'm planning on doing this trip in the next year or so.
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:14 am

You are not required to work the boat unless conditions get too difficult for the skipper to handle alone but these boats are designed to enable solo sailing and the skippers are used to handling them alone. You'll probably find that you WANT to help and the skippers certainly appreciate it if you work the lines but you're not required to.

What you WILL need to help with is mooring operations because the skipper can't place the bumper buoys AND steer the boat AND drop/tighten anchor by him or herself. These are pretty easy operations -- worst case, you just drop the bumpers over the side and make sure the boat isn't damaged.
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby katelynjane » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:22 pm

Well that sounds just perfect! Exactly what I was thinking it would be like. I can't wait for when I'm able to do this trip (:
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:11 pm

Just to inspire you a little:

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First of the "crew" to get to sail
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Rope work is fun
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Skipper Denny showing us how to pilot
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Working the ropes
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Some worked, most relaxed, all had fun
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby katelynjane » Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:15 pm

Wow, thank you for posting pics! So cool to see what it's like (: My sister has been on a group sailing tour and recommended taking your own sleeping bag even if it's provided...she mentioned hers smelled strongly of beer when she went haha. It wasn't a Gap Tour though, so maybe this isn't an issue with them (;
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby bcgirl » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:20 pm

Thanks for all the pic's! I'm leaving in 3 weeks and am so excited:)
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:35 pm

katelynjane wrote:Wow, thank you for posting pics! So cool to see what it's like (: My sister has been on a group sailing tour and recommended taking your own sleeping bag even if it's provided...she mentioned hers smelled strongly of beer when she went haha. It wasn't a Gap Tour though, so maybe this isn't an issue with them (;


I didn't even bother with a sleeping bag but it was July. It was so bloody hot that I only spent the first night attempting to sleep in the cabin; after that I was on deck every night just sleeping on top of a beach towel.

The G Adventures skippers launder the sheets, towels, etc. every week between sailing segments so any smells or other unpleasantries are the passengers' own fault. :D
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby elearq84 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:37 pm

I am planning to take the Santorini to Mykonos trip that starts the 30th of September.
Is the weather still nice during those dates (30th September to 7th October). Is it still warm and sunny?
And could anyone that has already done this trip tell me a bit more about the itinerary?
I would like to know if you spend enough time in Santorini before starting the trip, and in Mykonos at the end of it, to be able to visit those two islands too, or if it is better to book an extra night before and after the trip to do it.
I am really excited about this trip!
Thank you!!
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:26 pm

elearq84 wrote:I am planning to take the Santorini to Mykonos trip that starts the 30th of September.
Is the weather still nice during those dates (30th September to 7th October). Is it still warm and sunny?
And could anyone that has already done this trip tell me a bit more about the itinerary?
I would like to know if you spend enough time in Santorini before starting the trip, and in Mykonos at the end of it, to be able to visit those two islands too, or if it is better to book an extra night before and after the trip to do it.
I am really excited about this trip!
Thank you!!


I can't tell you about that specific timeframe but you don't get much time to explore either island so I'd book an extra night at each. Basically, Day 1 is your joining day -- you meet the skipper and your fellow travelers at a nearby bar in the afternoon then board the boat to get the rules and cabin assignments. Dinner together that night then you're off early the next morning. You'll pull into your destination port in the afternoon before disembarkment and have to get off right after breakfast the next morning (departure day) so the skipper can clean the boat before the next trip.

I liked having a day each in Santorini and Mykonos to explore the islands -- take your driver's license because a scooter rental is the best way to see Mykonos.
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby elearq84 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:51 am

Thank you for the info ExplorerWannaBe!!
I would stay an extra day on each then. Could you recommend me a hostel there? Is there something that I shouldn't really miss doing or seeing on each island? Thank you!
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Re: Greek Island Sailing

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:53 pm

elearq84 wrote:Thank you for the info ExplorerWannaBe!!
I would stay an extra day on each then. Could you recommend me a hostel there? Is there something that I shouldn't really miss doing or seeing on each island? Thank you!


Afraid I really don't know about hostels on either island. I was sailing from Athens through to Kos so had the extra day on each island anyway. Dmitri's (the joining bar/hotel on Mykonos) seemed very accommodating and he loves people from G Adventures. It's not far from downtown but it's not downtown.

If you're a diver, you should really get a dive in on Mykonos and then wander downtown a bit. I never did get to see the famous pelican. On Santorini, you can drive over to see the red and black sand beaches. I found many of the wineries on Santorini were closed Sunday but that might not be an issue for you if you arrive Saturday morning. Sunset from the top of the crater is fabulous.
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