Sun Odyssey 449
- Build year:2018
- Length:44 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Genoa type:Furling
Lavrion is a port town on the eastern tip of the Attika Peninsula, and is undergiong a renaissance thanks to tourism after years of decline as a silver mining town.
The area around Lavrion has long been celebrated for its mineral wealth. The Athenians mined the area for silver and out of Lavrion Port naval forces financed by the silver went onto dominate the region. The stone used in the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion were dug from the area too.
Today those interested in minerals flock to Lavrion thanks to the geology and unique crystals that wash up on the sandy beach in storms. There is even a museum devoted to the mineral wealth of the area. Others less educated may wish to visit the giant hole in the ground that is 61 metres deep and has no explanation for its existence.
Thanks to its location on the Aegean Sea, a Lavrion yacht charter could be in a number of different directions, whether Greek island hopping or exploring the coast. Less than an hour by ferry away is Kea Island, the closest island of the Cyclades to the mainland. Thanks to Athens Airport being just 45 minutes away from it, Lavrion Marina is very popular for those who wish to island hop to places like Paros, Mykonos, Skiathos, Serifos and Kythnos.
You aren't limited to the Cyclades though, the Saronic Gulf islands are just a few hours away by sea on a perfect yacht holiday. If you want to spend a couple of days in Athens then you could sail down the south coast of the Attika Peninsula to Alimos Marina, and then beyond you can head to Poros, Agistri and Salamina on a circuit of the SaronicIsland archipelago.
South-west of Lavrion and across the gulf is the Peloponnese peninsula which has a quite different sub-culture to those of the Cyclades. Beyond the Peloponnese is the Argolic Gulf and the eastern Ionian Islands - another great coastline steeped in human history and culture.
As sailing holiday destinations go, Laviron is one of those genuine hubs at the centre of the action. If you have an idea where you want to go, on a bareboat charter or on a crewed yacht charter from the start you'll be spoiled for choice.
Athens Airport is a major international airport with over 80 airlines landing there. There are direct buses to Lavrion Marina that cost around €11 per head, taxis cost around €50.
Two of Greece's main charter yacht marinas are just an hour or so apart, both close to Athens. Lavrion Marina is the one in Lavrion but Alimos Marina is just a few hours down the coast. Both are major yacht charter base that offer catamaran, monohull sailing boat and motor yacht hire out on a bareboat yacht charter or skippered yacht charter basis.
Olympic Marina, Laviron:
Max Length 40m (131.2 Feet)
Max Draught 10m (32.8 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Electricity, WiFi, Laundry, Waste water collection, ATM, Shipyard, Taxis, Bar, Restaurant, Market
Max Length 60m (196.8 Feet)
Max Draught 5m (16.4 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Fuel, Laundry, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Doctors surgery, Pharmacy, Bar, Restaurant, Weather forecasting and Shipyard
Introduction and then potential routes to travel on 7 day or 14 days charters
7 days - Saronic Islands and the Peloponnese: Roughly south west of Lavrion are the major Saronic Islands of Poros, Aegina and Agistri. With their laid back and quaint culture they are a major draw in their own right. Beyond and are the Peloponnese peninsula with its nearby islands of Kithra, Doka and Idra. After coast and island hopping, head back across the Gulf to Lavrion.
7 days - Olympic Marina - Southern Cyclades: Kea is just a short hop from Laviron and can be done the evening you board the boat. There are a number of safe marinas and anchorages there so don't worry about being late. Mykonos is one of the best known Greek islands - do visit Little Venice where the sea goes right up to the buildings' walls. Loutra in Kynthos has hot medicinal springs and great coves for sea swimming.
14 days - Laviron to Santorini: The volcanic island of Santorini is one of the most famous sights in Greece short of the Acropolis. Heading out through the southern Cyclades islands including Paros, Mykonos and Aegean jewel of Ios, you will arrive in Santorini before turning west towards Folegandros, Serifos and Kynthos before returning to port.
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht charter.
The sea is cooler - often quite chilly - at the beginning of the sailing season but there is rainfall in Spring. As the days lengthen you will still see green fields and flowers in May and the winds can be quite benign too. Combined with the crowds being smaller, this suggests that May to early June are the sweet spot for a Lavrion yacht charter.
Come September and October the seas are still like a warm bath. However there are often water shortages on the islands and everything looks parched.
April to mid June: There is rainfall and the temperatures build steadily from the mid-teens to the mid 20 degree C range. There are sometimes gentle southerly winds, though these are replaced by ever stronger N-NW Meltemi winds that are rarely hazardous but make for exciting sailing at times.
Late June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat and temperatures are from 30s.
September-October: The seas remain warm and the Meltemi eases. These months can be the best time of year to sail as the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid 20s.
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Olympic Marina Lavrion is a major charter yacht hub and gateway to the Cyclades islands. Further down the coast is the larger Alimos Marina that also has several yacht charter companies working into it.
July and August are the hottest and busiest months of the tourist season in Greece. The Meltemi wind is also at its strongest. Why not then choose late May or June to enjoy better sailing with fewer crowds?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need a relevant sailing license qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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