In this article I will first describe something of the geography and appeal of Lefkas. I will then explain what bareboating is and look at some of the attractions that Lefkas and its surrounds, have to offer.
Lefkas is located off the north western shore of Greece and offers some of the most family friendly sailing in the entire Mediterranean. It is well known for its stunning scenery, beaches, snorkelling and scuba diving. There are plenty of harbours to drop in to for lunch or for the night and the night life is varied and fun. It doesn’t offer the ultimate in sailing challenges, most of the time you are able to see the port you are sailing to in the distance, but when the wind gets up there is some proper sailing to be done. In the summer there will be little or no wind for much of the day so you will have to do your share of motoring. The wind tends to pick up in the afternoon though. Like all of the Ionian Islands, Lefkas is very popular and its harbours get very busy so it is always worth getting in to port early in the evening or even late afternoon to get a mooring spot. Unless, of course, you plan to moor off shore and row in to sample a taverna, as many people now do.
WHAT IS BAREBOATING?
Bareboating is one of the two main types of yacht charter: flotilla sailing and bareboat yacht charters. Flotilla sailing means just that, sailing as a large group of yachts and meeting up in the evenings for group activities and meals. It provides support to inexperienced sailors and a built-in social life but after a while most people prefer to set out on their own. Bareboating is where you hire a boat and head off under your own steam to explore the seas and sights. Before embarking on a bareboating holiday it is best to have been on at least one flotilla holiday or to have gained a decent amount of sailing experience some other way. A bareboat charter yacht in Lefkas should include all of the equipment you need to enjoy your holiday, such as safety gear, charts, towels, GPS etc., leaving you with less to worry about. They will also provide a certain amount of advice, for instance, where to go and where to avoid and also some support should you get into any trouble.
Lefkas has an abundance of sheltered coves and bays which are perfect to drop anchor in to swim and snorkel. Vasiliki Bay on the south west coast is particularly attractive and the wind is known to get up around there, providing some good sailing with winds of 10 to 15 knots. Other must sees include the island of Meganisi, with its laid back atmosphere and multitude of inlets and bays, The Drogarati Cave and its impressive stalactites and stalagmites and the beautiful 5 mile stretch of sand known as Laganas Beach, home to a population of loggerhead turtles.
Anna Mathews is an experienced sailor and definitely no stranger to a bareboat charter yacht. She is a regular visitor to Greece and has written many travelogues over the years.