Our base islands of Kos and Rhodes are broadly popular, welcoming a large number of tourists each year. Sailing here offers sailors the opportunity to enjoy the liveliness of these two bases and then the greater thrill of sailing away to enjoy the peaceful, unspoilt and diverse outer islands. It is with these smaller islands that you'll fall in love, enjoy their sandy beaches, warm waters, rich history, enchanting character, Venetian architecture, Byzantine churches and medieval castles.
Highlighting once more the wonderful freedom that sailing holidays offer, the Dodecanese actually has far more islands accessible by yacht than the 12 that are widely quoted. Sail away from the ferry routes to smaller, unspoilt islands, with their sandy beaches, beautifully clear waters and welcoming traditional Greek tavernas.
The choices for a one week yacht charter in the Dodecanese is generally split into two - the islands above Kos and those below, which include Rhodes. Above Kos, the islands which notably include Kalymnos, Pserimos, Lipsi and Patmos are generally laid out north to south, the same as the prevailing wind. This should be noted, particularly if the winds are blowing strongly as they tend to do so during mid and peak season.
The islands between Kos and Rhodes, which include Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki and the wonderful Symi are more lateral to the wind, which makes for easier sailing.
Wind and Weather (click here)
The Dodecanese Islands are subject to more wind than the Ionian and Saronic Islands. The Meltemi is a strong northerly wind that begins to blow in June and then 'powers up' in late July to early September, consistently reaching Force 6 (strong winds) and with Force 7 (near gale) winds not unheard of. Look out for stronger gusts on the leeward side of islands as well.
The weather in the Dodecanese is some of the hottest and driest in Greece. This means early and late season is the ideal time to go, when the winds are at their most manageable. This area is a fanastic place to sail and during this time expect temperatures in the mid-20s, while during the peak months of July and August it heats up to the mid-30s.
How to get here - flights and transfers (click here)
There are flights to both Kos and Rhodes throughout the summer from several airports around the United Kingdom.
To Kos you can fly direct on Saturdays from London Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow and Manchester.
To Rhodes, Saturday flights are far more prevalent, with direct flights from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, East Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Transfers to the airport can be arrange by Seamaster Yachting and take around 30 minutes.