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Saturday,
15 December 2018.

Vassiliki, Sailing

Vassiliki proves a popular stopping off spot for yachts of all shapes and sizes. Often flotilla holiday armadas managed by major tour companies can be found securely tied to the harbour jetty of an evening, while their crew wobble ashore in search of a shower and a decent meal.

Out in the bay super yachts, belonging to or chartered by the wealthy, do also from time to time, although much less frequently, drop their anchor for the night. But mostly it’s Hobie Cats and Lasers that hog the centre stage as Vassiliki’s blistering wind creates the perfect, if not occasionally daunting environment for dinghy sailors.

In amongst the windsurf racks that pepper the shoreline of Vassiliki, sailing fans will find the occasional Hobie Cat rigged and ready to launch. Many of the windsurfing holiday operators here offer sailing as an alternative activity, while some companies are purely dedicated to dinghy sailing.

Mornings often bring light on-shore winds, great for absolute beginners learning the ropes. Afternoons however, from about 2pm onwards can get pretty wild when Eric the local thermal katabatic wind blows up to around force 4 or 6. Eric’s presence usually means a challenging but exciting ride and if you’re as bad a sailor as me you’re going to get very very wet.

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