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Old 16-01-2012, 21:18   #1
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Aigina to Istanbul

Will be joining my boat in Greece early April 2012 and have a bit of a yearning to see Istanbul again.
Has anyone any advice, experience, etc with regard to a passage from around Athens (Aigina) to Istanbul before returning via coast of Turkey, and then Greek Islands.
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Old 18-01-2012, 18:38   #2
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Hi,
We sailed from Agina up to Ayvalik in April 2006. We had heavy weather from the north for much of the route up, which is why we gave up making Istanbul under sail. Parked up in Ayvalik and did a combo taxi / ferry trip to spend a few days in Istanbul. Only advice I can give is do it! Great city, great people.
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Re: Aigina to Istanbul

I'd suggest taking the northern route over (i.e. up the Evvia channel and through the Northern Sporades, crossing the N Aegean to the Dardanelles via Limnos and Gokceada or Bozcaada) then coming back at the end of your cruise via the Cyclades. Our favourite route is from Kusadasi via Ikaria (Evdhilos), Mykonos then either Syros/Kythnos/Poros/Aegina or Tinos/Kea/Sounion/Aegina. As long as you reach the Dardanelles before late June you should avoid the worst of the meltemi and the northern route has less wind anyway. You can find details on all the ports en route on the World Cruising Wiki (see link at top of page).
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[QUOTE=athene;876688]I'd suggest taking the northern route over (i.e. up the Evvia channel and through the Northern Sporades, crossing the N Aegean to the Dardanelles via Limnos and Gokceada or Bozcaada) then coming back at the end of your cruise via the Cyclades.QUOTE]

In 2010 I took a Catalac along this route in August... my stops after leaving the Corinth Canal were Marmari, Evvia.. then Khalis where you have to clear in to pass the bridge... no exceptions.. usually opens around 11pm..
Good news is you can go alongside once through for the night if you wish.. everythings open till the early hours, bars, restaurants, shops etc...
After that we anchored of a lovely beach at the top before heading on to Platanias... good shelter if you have to wait for a window..
I would have liked to see the islands but... it was work so next stop was Limnos for a couple of days till the wind shifted and on to the Canakali... anchored twice with no worries... just check there's no barracks onshore.. they tend to have the coast well guarded.. last anchorage was 5 miles before the Marmara... then we headed for Pendik...
Corinth to the Canakali was the best part of the whole trip from Ipswich..
Damn... wrong pic for Khalis... also no charges at any of the jetty's we tied to.. water is available from a tap.. fuel is a man with a van...
Pic's are Marmari, Khalis, Platania, \limnos and the Canakali..
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Re: Aigina to Istanbul

Thanks for everyone's input. Sorry I've 'not responded before now but have been preoccupied with some land based none sense.
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