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Old 08-05-2014, 17:42   #16
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Re: Cyclades: Safest round trip passage from Lavrion to Mikanos

I've read Heikell's pilot and many other web sites about the Meltemi and they don't indicate the number or duration you all observe. I'm sure they happen but it must be bad luck you hit the periods they do. And it appears, in general, they don't blow 24 hours but peak in the afternoon and die after sunset. So if you need to, sail early. From what I read and see in photos, there's a few sailboats there. My suggestion is still to ask the base manager.

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Meltemi: May the force be with you...

The meltemi winds appear in May and sometimes last till October, but they peak during July and August. Though their exact behavior differs from year to year, they generally start at the end of May as light northerlies that last for 2 or 3 weeks, and after a period of relative calmness, reappear dynamically in July and August, when they exhibit their full strength and the most steady behavior. These two months they usually blow from the NW in Paros, usually at 4-7 Bft, but may on occasion become very strong going above 8 Bft, always accompanied with clear, dry weather. After the end of August, the meltemi weakens again.

The meltemi on a daily basis

On a daily basis the meltemi starts in the morning, reaches its maximum at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, when the temperature is at its highest, and usually dies out at sunset. (Which means that in the days with meltemi the beginners should make their first “steps” in the morning or –better yet- in the afternoon.) This behavior lasts for an average period of 2-4 days, followed by a pause of one or more days. This pattern “breaks” when the meltemi exceeds 7 Bft. Then it keeps blowing during the night, and it may last for a period of 10 continuous days!
The frequency of the meltemi periods during the two months of July and August, varies from year to year. Some –rare- years they almost disappear, and in others there are 7 or 8 of them. In general, the weather statistics of the last 15 years show that in Paros the meltemi reaches or exceeds 4 Bft most of the days (around 75%) of these two months.
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Old 08-05-2014, 17:56   #17
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Re: Cyclades: Safest round trip passage from Lavrion to Mikanos

If you have inexperienced buddies , I'd suggest the Cyclades isn't for you guys. Have you tried the Ionian ?

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Old 09-05-2014, 13:06   #18
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Re: Cyclades: Safest round trip passage from Lavrion to Mikanos

Thanks everyone - great info.

According to the weather pattern links, in September, average afternoon winds are around 15knts. I think it is pretty high for an average. Probably means that 25+ winds are quite common...

The Ionian is not an option as we are committed to Lavrion base as the starting and finishing point for a 1 week charter. The only other option I'm aware of is the Saronic gulf, Epodavros, Methana, Hydra, Poros, etc...
Less windy from what I hear, but also more crowded...

Sounds like we should stick to those! :-/
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