Starting Points Athens
Alimos marina (Kalamaki) close to Pireaeus and Lavrion port. There is always something new to discover in this popular destination for Athenians. It is considered to be a calm sailing area ideal for beginners, and newcomers – with many close historical locations – and has the advantages of many other destinations all combined into one.
Wind and Sailing Conditions Easy to Navigate
The Saronic, Argolic and Eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Gulf is a very well protected cruising area with mild winds, averaging Force 3-4, usually from the North to North-East, ideal for relaxed sailing. In the Argolic Gulf, the wind is mostly in the summer, from the South-East, blowing Force 3-5. During spring and autumn the winds are normally weaker and blow from the South over the whole area. The Saronic area is divided into the coast around Athens and East Poros and Hydra were winds blow NE. The ‘Meltemi’ begins around mid July and builds up to full strength in August and early September, dying down towards the end of September. During that time it can be forced up to 5-6 (35 to 40 knots). In Argolikos Kolpos and Hydra the wind can also be SE. The ‘Meltemi’ is strong during lunch time and dies down at night. ‘The wind that comes down from the mountains of the Peloponnese, or ‘Katabatic’ winds, can reach up to 30-35 knots but only last a few hours.
History of Athens Peloponnese
There are three significant historical centres in this area. Mycenae at the head of the Argolic Gulf was the center of the Mycenaean period, which succeeded the Minoans and provided the material for Homer’s epics. Athens was of course the centre of Classical Greece, although it is all too easy to attribute too much to this ancient city and forget the contributions to art, oratory, science and commerce from other city – states all over Greece. Lastly, the fleets of Hydra and Spetses were of key importance in determining the outcome of the War of Independence and both Nafplion and Aegina were at different times the capitals of the newly liberated Greece.