Yes, we did join the Poseidon Charters flotilla in September. It was an exciting trip, what with some heavy weather
, one dismasting
, and getting separated from the flotilla due to a faulty radio
. This was adventurous sailing and things did not always go smoothly. Some cabin guests did not seem to understand what they were getting into. This was a lot of sailing, not a shopping
or beach vacation
. We loved it but do have some criticisms. This was a large group, with nine boats at the start, three of which larger boats rented by the cabin. We were one of six bare-boats. This was a large group of people and despite efforts of Poseidon, the group never became cohesive. Steven Parry, the leader of the flotilla, is exceptionally knowledgeable and capable, but he had his hands full juggling all of the boats and personalities. On a rough passage
from Hydra to Kythnos one of the cabin rental boats was dismasted. Fortunately no one was significantly injured and the boat was intact after cutting the entire rig away. The professional captain
and first mate on that boat did an admirable job keeping everyone safe. Steven Parry, with his large cabin rental boat, assisted in the rescue
and stayed back with the damaged boat. This event effectively fractured the flotilla for the next couple of days. The dismasted boat completed the first week of the flotilla with no rig, which was a strange site, before it was replaced with a similar boat, but a new set of problems. There are other stories from this trip.
The main question is would I do the Poseidon Charter
Aegean flotilla again? The answer is yes. This was an adventure with ambitious sailing that increased our confidence in our abilities. This was our goal. We visited 14 islands over the two weeks, including lunch stops, and loved the Greek people and historic sights. The size of the flotilla was a problem and some guests were very unhappy with seasickness and the long voyages, and inappropriate expectations. Steven Parry is a good leader but really had his hands full with the people and events
during this flotilla. Yes, I would sail with him again, but I would hope for fewer boats, more sailors prepared for ambitious sailing, and better luck with weather
and mechanical problems. Oh, and next time I'll bring a handheld VHF radio
so I don't miss a change in plans after the morning skipper's meeting.
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