2 - 9 MAY , 2020
During this week of sailing and island hopping, we will have a variety of fun activities for children and families, ranging from swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving (aged 10 and up). Get ready to compete in sailing races and several more exciting competitions. Explore the islands and sightsee the beautiful architecture, culture and nature that Greece has to offer. Spend this week making new friends amongst your sailing mates, relax and enjoy the delicious dinners, BBQ, and parties.
The First Place Winner of the Sailing Race of our festival will receive the unique prize of a free boat rental for next year’s Sailways Festival (Participation Fees excluded).
In addition to your boat rental, there is a Participation Fee:
Adults 100 €
Ages (14 - 18) 60 €
Ages (0 - 13) 30 €
Included in the Fee:
Our special BBQ at Dokos beach.
Participation for the sailing race.
Specialized staff to conduct the sailing race.
Farewell Dinner with Award Ceremony.
To distinguish you as a guest of Sailways Festival, you will receive a special wristband that identifies you as such. This will give you special discounts and benefits at specific clubs and restaurants.
Saturday 2/5 . DAY 1 - Marina Alimos
WELCOME TO MARINA ALIMOS!
Home to the Sailways Festival and your starting point, Marina Alimos is one of the largest marinas in Greece. It’s located conveniently next to a network of public transportation; trams, buses and taxis, and stations are within the walking distance of 500 meters of the marina. You may arrange transportation with us from the airport to the marina for an additional fee.
2/5 . DAY 1 – Alimos Marina
9:00AM - You can meet us at the Alimos Marina, Athens, in our Sailways office anytime from 9:00AM onwards. We will have a meeting with our skippers and your fellow sailing acquaintances.
2:00PM - We appreciate if the latest time you arrive to your collect your boat is 2:00PM. Punctuality is highly appreciated so we may all begin our journey together.
We recommend going grocery shopping before your trip to purchase anything you may need for your trip. If you are short on time this day, you have the option to pre-order your groceries through Sailways.
SUnday 3/5 . DAY 2 - Sail from Marina Alimos to HYDRA
WELCOME TO HYDRA!
Hydra, one of the most cosmopolitan Greek islands, is located in the heart of the Argo Saronic Gulf. One of the main reasons why Hydra is a popular destination is its proximity to Athens, as a ferry from Athens to Hydra, will get you to the beautiful island in just 2 hours. It’s the perfect option for a quick getaway! Having been a filming location of “A girl in black” and “Boy on a dolphin” movies, as well as a holiday destination for Leonard Cohen, Hydra stands out for its classy beauty! In Hydra island, you won’t see any cars! Everyone uses their foot, boats or donkeys to get around the island. The cars ban, along with the elegant stone mansions of the island, create a charming atmosphere and make the island one of the most serene destinations near Athens.
3/5 DAY 2 - Hydra island
9:00AM - We will regroup for our daily Skipper Meeting.
9:30AM - Our first race begins, and the overall distance of the race from Alimos to Tsilivinia will be about 30nm.
We will race to our Finish Line at Tsilivinia Isle and go for a well-deserved swim, or go to our Finish Line at Mandraki, where we’ll splash about for a swim (our Finish Line location will depend on the incoming winds and weather).
Kick back and enjoy the enchanting sunset at Hydra island while sipping on some cocktails. For dinner, we will meet at a charming traditional Greek restaurant. And for those who have energy afterwards, we can meet for a drink and music at The Pirate Bar.
monday 4/5 . DAY 3 - Sail from hydra Harbor to dokos island
WELCOME TO DOKOS!
Dokos is a small island of the Saronic Gulf, between Hydra, Spetses and the mainland coast of Ermioni Peloponnese. The landscape of the island is rocky and mountainous, while the highest peak is 308m. The island has few water reserves and the land is infertile. About 50 permanent inhabitants live today in Dokos and they occupy mostly with agriculture and fishing. Organized tourism is not developed there, but the island is known among nature lovers, hikers, and free campers. Beaches in Dokos are small and clean, while the remote landscape is ideal for camping.Many archaeological excavations have taken place on Dokos, as apparently, the island was an important port in the ancient times. According to findings, Dokos was first inhabited in the 5th millennium B.C., while it flourished in the 3rd millennium B.C. In the antiquity, it was called Aperopia. As the remains of a castle show, this island had a strategic position in the Byzantine times and was used to observe the ships in the Saronic Gulf.In summer 1975, the known underwater researcher Peter Throckmorton and archaeologist Giorgos Papathanasopoulos discovered an ancient shipwreck in the sea bottom close to Dokos. This shipwreck was full of ceramics vases and the experts dated it at around 2700-2100 B.C., making it the oldest shipwreck in the world. The findings from the shipwreck were transferred to the Museum of Spetses, where they are preserved. On the eastern tip of the island, there is a lighthouse constructed in 1923. This 9m tall lighthouse has the form of a round tower and a focal plane of 23m.
4/5 DAY 3 - Hydra - Dokos
9:00AM - Daily Skipper Meeting.
Because we won’t be docked in close proximity to shops and restaurants later in the night, we encourage you to spend the morning going grocery shopping, preparing your boats, and getting water for your boats.
Once we are ready, we will set sail to Dokos island.
Upon arriving at Dokos, we will host a BBQ on the beach and bask in the warm Greek sun. Expect an afternoon of fun with competitions, swimming, scuba diving and professional sailing lessons with our esteemed instructors, Sokol Shehu and Fiori Dobi. For those that choose to partake in Early Booking, you have the opportunity to attain a Sailing License during this sailing week. You will also have the opportunity to get a Scuba Diving license; Scuba Diving sessions have to be booked according to the schedule during the Skipper Meetings.
tuesday 5/5 . DAY 4 - Dokos Island to Poros Island
WELCOME TO POROS!
Poros Island used to consist of two islands, but after the explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC, the morphology of the area was drastically changed. Poros eventually took on the shape of an amphitheater over two beautiful hills, perfect for a scenic walk and sightseeing neoclassical buildings.
5/5 DAY 4 - Dokos - Poros
9:00AM - Daily Skipper Meeting.
10:00AM - We will begin our Sail to Poros island, and our route will be a distance of roughly 20nm.
5:00PM - Monastiri Bay, where we’ll enjoy the waters for a swim before we enter Poros’ harbor.
8:00PM - We will rest up and refresh ourselves to regroup for dinner. Once dinner is over, whoever believes the night is still young is welcome to join us for a party at the unique Joy Cocktail Bar.
wednesday 6/5 . DAY 5 - poros Island to vathi (methana)
WELCOME TO VATHI!
Vathi is a small fishing village, on the southwest side of the Methana peninsula. Is located in the bay of Epidaurus, across from Kalloni village in Trizinia, below Megalochori town and the volcano of Kameni Chora town. It is an ideal destination for truly relaxing holidays. An oasis of peace and tranquility, one of the few that are left.
Its small harbour is well protected from the weather and is a docking site for yachts and other boats. It is the main mooring place of the Saronic Gulf, where several tourist boats are found every night. At the pier of the small harbor, the visitor can see fishing boats as Vathi is a well known fishing village, where you will find picturesque taverns offering fresh fish from the local fishermen. The village houses are built around the small harbor, along with the lodges and the picturesque taverns, with the olive trees completing the landscape by reaching to the sea, while on the slopes there are small vineyards and few fruit trees. The floodlights that illuminate the street and the beach help visitors to enjoy their night walk along the waterfront on the coastal road. Wonderful is the sunset in Vathi, with the sun setting behind the Kimomeni mountain, painting the sky and the sea with crimson-yellow colors, gifting the visitor with a touch of calm and encouraging him to enjoy his swim in the crystal clear waters of the area. The visitor can see the ruins of the Ancient Acropolis of Methana, discovered on the hill of Palaiokastro. The archaeological findings indicate that the site has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic times (5000 BC) while ruins of ancient buildings are preserved under the sea, from the sunken town of Methana. All the bays which are formed from Vathi village to Krasopanagia location, are offered for underwater fishing, but also for fishing with a line from the coast rocks. From Vathi you can also visit the Volcano in Kamini Chora. From Vathi you can visit the volcano in Kameni Chora. The ascent to the crater is easy and the view from above is fantastic.
6/5 DAY 5 - Poros - Vathi
9:00AM - Daily Skipper Meeting.
10:00AM - We will begin our 2nd Race from Poros to Vathi , and our route for the race will be a distance of roughly 17nm.
After completing the race, we will rest up and refresh ourselves to regroup for dinner.
Thursday 7/5 . DAY 6 - Vathi to perdika
WELCOME TO PERDIKA!
On the Southern edge of the island lies the small fishing village of Perdika. This is perhaps one of the most picturesque spots on the island and still has the characterictics of the Aegean style of square houses and narrow streets. Many tavernas to eat fish. From here you can take a small boat to the island of Moni.Perdika village enchants many visitors with its simple charm. It is a small fishing village set in a pretty little bay. The traditional fish tavernas, modern cafés & bars are situated on a raised terrace above the small harbour and these are what attract the day visitor whether from Athens or Aegina Town. It is claimed that this is the best place on the island to come and enjoy a fish lunch overlooking the peaceful bay and Moni island beyond. The old town has the characterictics of the Aegean Sea-style of white square houses and narrow streets.
7/5 DAY 6 - Vathi
9:00AM - Daily Skipper Meeting.
10:00AM - Sail to Perdika harbor with a stop for swimming at Moni.
friday 8/5 . DAY 7 - perdika to Marina Alimos, Athens
Aegina Island’s maritime importance dates back to 500 BC. The ruins of the temple of Apollo and Aphea. The legend has it that Aphaea escaped the sailors near the coast of Aegina and was last seen climbing the hill until she vanished and hence the name “Aphaea” meaning vanish in ancient Greek.
Perdika - Agia Marina - Alimos Marina, Athens
On our last day of sailing, we will depart from Perdika and head to Agia Marina Bay at Aegina island to enjoy one final dip in the sea and soak up some sun. We will continue our journey to Alimos Marina, Athens.
6:00PM – Checkout your boat in Alimos Marina - but fear not, for the fun is not over just yet! We invite you to a farewell dinner in Athens where we will host an Award Ceremony for the races, and celebrate with ample amounts of music and dancing, so make sure to save some energy for that. After dinner, you are welcome to retire to your boat and spend one last night to rest on it.
8/5 DAY 7 - Alimos Marina, Athens
9:00AM - We thank you for your company during this amazing week of sailing as 9:00AM is the latest time to leave your boat.