Originally Posted by LJScott
My husband and I will be sailing around the Peloponnese this May/June (2016). We want to make the loop in the safest direction for the season, and have received conflicting views as to whether we should go clockwise, or counter-clockwise. We would value your insights.
Also, if there are any notable places not to be missed, or definitely to be missed
… please advise. We will are sailing in a 48’ SY with a draft
of 2.1M. Thanks in advance for your insights.
For maximum favourable winds, and minimum contrary seaway, anti-clockwise works best, especially June to September.
has a long fetch, routine NW winds, strongest in afternoons often F5, some times F6.
The deep gulfs along the South coast
have westerlies or NW winds. Westerlies will create very strong gusts down the leeward slopes of the middle (Mani) and easterly (Cap Malea) peninsulae. In lighter winds, north westerlies blow out of the deep gulfs in the mornings, and diurnal winds blow into those gulfs in the afternoons.
The East coast
is lucky, well sheltered from the usual NW winds. Once north of Leonidhion, afternoon southerlies are common, blowing into Navplion. To get there means passing Cap Malea - if there are any significant winds this can be a very erratic and gusty experience! Once past this hurdle, the whole of the Saronic and Argolic gulfs only rarely see winds over F4, and they're well sheltered from seaway, so working north is easy.
Which leaves only the gulfs of Corinth and Patras
. Yes, this will be to windward, and quite strong. Stick to the north coasts initially, they're better sheltered. And travel in the mornings for lighter winds. Since the gulfs are quite narrow, you won't get a big swell building up. But it will be choppy. There are plenty of stops en route
. All together, much better than working north along the west coast!
For "must sees", look at the maps in all those links above. They're marked in blue, and described briefly in the texts.
The whole trip is a six week cruise
for a "hit and run" cruise
. To do it justice, and see the inland attractions, add at least another two weeks!
JimB - occasionally resident in the SW corner of the Peloponnese