sailing the greek islands with medsailors.

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Sunshine, infinite blue skies and crystal clear water; this is what we woke up to for seven blissful days while sailing the Greek Islands in August.

We started planning this trip at the beginning of the year so it was with much excitement that we boarded yet another early morning flight and made our way to the marina in Athens where our yachts were departing. The plan was seven days of sailing, swimming, eating and partying our way around some of the Greek Islands.

Sailing the Greek Islands

We booked our trip with Medsailors, a NZ run company that organises week-long sailing holidays to Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Last year, six of us sailed around Croatia with them and had the most amazing time. It was the perfect mix of exploring, sailing and going out. This year we had no hesitation booking with Medsailors again and recruiting another 14 friends from all over the world to fill two yachts and sail around Greece with us.

The route covered some of the smaller (but still incredibly beautiful) Greek Islands. First was the taverna-lined town of Perdika, then Ermioni which sits on the mainland of Greece, the Greek ‘Riviera’ town of Spetses, beautiful Hydra, Poros where we spent an afternoon doing water sports before a fun night out on the town, and then Agistri for a toga party and our final night of celebrations before heading back to Athens.

Spending a week living and sleeping onboard a yacht with 10 others was quite a different experience but we all embraced boat life and ended up really enjoying it. The yacht we had was relatively spacious with five cabins (three double beds and two sets of bunks) and three bathrooms. It’s not luxury living but it was comfortable and quite refreshing to be away from the internet, social media and the hustle and bustle of London. The great thing about Medsailors is that breakfast and lunch is included every day and, thankfully, the food was pretty good. Over the course of the trip we had things like scrambled eggs and bacon, French toast, pancakes, fresh bread smothered with our friend from last year – Mr Choc (a delicious nutella-like spread), chorizo pasta, Greek salad, dips and garlic bread. Everything was fresh, tasty and prepared every day on board by our lovely skippers, Anna and Andy. Medsailors organised a few group dinners but the other nights we were left to explore the towns and source out the best places for fresh seafood and delicious Greek delights.

With a group of twenty friends, it was always going to be a memorable trip but this was something else. The beauty and charisma of the towns we visited, the never-ending blue skies and seas, the sunsets that stretched into sunrises, the endless days swimming and sailing, the balmy summer evenings, the people watching, the refreshing dips in the ocean and the good vibes all contributed to make this a completely unforgettable experience.

It went by far too quickly but there were so many highlights, including watching a whole pod of dolphins playing and diving in the ocean next to our boat as we sailed to Perdika; cliff jumping; ‘surfing’ behind the boat in the middle of the ocean; witnessing a double sunset in Hydra; dancing on the bar at a club in Poros and spending hours reading, tanning, chatting and napping on the deck of our boat. We experienced all of this surrounded by some incredibly beautiful backdrops and an amazing group of people.

Micu and I managed to take more than 2,000 photos and videos over the course of the week so I’ve picked just a few from each day to give you an idea of our Greek Island adventure. We’ve already decided to take on Turkey next year!

Day one: Athens to Perdika

Settling into boat life
Settling into boat life
Dolphin watching
Dolphin watching
Kit learning the ropes
Kit learning the ropes with our skippers, Anna and Andy
Sailing side by side with our other friends
Sailing side by side with our friends
The little town of Perdika
The little town of Perdika

Boats all lined up

Sunset

Sunset over the boats, Perdika

Some of the gang, pre-dinner in Perdika
Some of the gang, pre-dinner in Perdika
Dinner at the local taverna
Dinner at the local taverna
The BOYZ
The BOYZ
Perdika at night
Perdika at night
My yiros brings all the boys to the yard...
My yiros brings all the boys to the yard…

Day two: Ermioni

After-breakfast swims
After-breakfast swims
Boats all lined up in Ermioni
Boats all lined up in Ermioni

All the boats

Crystal clear water in Ermioni

Octopus hanging out to drag
Octopus hanging out to dry

Sunset over Ermioni

Street cat

Welome to our punch party
Welcome to our punch party
The CGS housemates
The CGS housemates

Dinnertime

Greek dancing in Ermioni

Boat drinks
Boat drinks

Day three: Spetses

Our boat
Our boat

Jump!

Spetses
Spetses
Beautiful doorways in Spetses
Beautiful doorways in Spetses

Micu and I

Boats in Spetses

Beach time in Spetses

Horse and carts running the streets

Boulevards in Spetses

Motorbike for sale

More doorways in Spetses
More doorways in Spetses

Pretty alleyways

Beautiful water

Baked aubergine with crumbled feta
Baked aubergine with crumbled feta
Grilled prawns
Grilled prawns

Sunset over Spetses

Happy days with Jaz and her giant peach ice cream
Happy days for Jaz with her giant peach ice cream
Greek treats
Greek treats
Dinner number two along the waterfront
Dinner number two along the waterfront

Day four: Hydra

Early morning walks through Spetses
Early morning walks through Spetses
Fresh local produce
Enjoying some of the local produce

Our boat

Surfing on our way to Hydra
Surfing behind the boat on the way to Hydra
Endless days reading and soaking up the sun
Endless days reading and soaking up the sun
Sailing to Hydra
Sailing to Hydra

Sailing to Hydra

Pulling into Mandraki Bay, Hydra
Pulling into Mandraki Bay, Hydra
Hydra before sunset
Hydra before sunset – one of my favourite towns from the trip
Donkeys in Hydra
Donkeys in Hydra
The girls
The girls

Hydra port

Hydra before sunset with the girls

Gate-crashing a Scottish/Greek wedding
Gate-crashing a Scottish/Greek wedding
So much beauty
So much beauty!

Hydra

Sunset bar
Sunset bar
Nan and I
Nan and I watching the sunset

The girls at sunset

Capturing the moment
Micu capturing the moment

Sunset over Hydra

The streets of Hydra by night
The streets of Hydra at night

Day five: Poros

Poros
Waiting for water sports in Poros
Kate, James and Justine on the biscuits
Kate, James and Justine on the biscuits
Jaz, Kit, Micu and I desperately trying to hold on
Jaz, Kit, Micu and I desperately trying to hold on
Parasailing over Poros
Parasailing over Poros
So high in the sky
So high in the sky

Boats at sunset

Dinner time in Poros

Micu and I, Poros

Sunset over Poros

Grilled octopus
Grilled octopus
Sea urchin salad
Sea urchin salad
Moussaka, the first of many!
Moussaka – the first of many!
Greek Island toasts
Greek Island toasts
Some of the group.. and a few randoms
Some of the group.. and a few randoms
Adelaide pals
Adelaide pals
Get low
Get low

Day six: Agistri

Blissful bays
Blissful bays

Under my umbrella

Beach bar time in Agistri
Beach bar time in Agistri

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My obsession with doorways continues...
My obsession with doorways continues…
Cute vine-line streets
Cute vine-line streets
Toga time
Toga time

Micu and I in our togas

The boys in their togas

Girls - togas

Boys - togas

Logan, Nan and Laura
Logan, Nan and Laura

Nan and Swedish Jesus

Sweaty but happy; dancing the night away in Agistri
Sweaty but happy; dancing the night away in Agistri

Day seven: back to Athens

Sailing back to Athens

The best crew!
The best crew!

Photos by Micu and I.

© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.

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