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Like any kind of holiday, sailing holidays in Lefkas are best taken within specific windows to ensure optimum conditions both for sailing and for living. The Mediterranean famously experiences much warmer average temperatures than the United Kingdom, but it still gets cold in winter. There are certain times of the year that may also be less enjoyable due to the volume of other travellers in the area.
In general terms, the temperate months in the Mediterranean are the same as they are supposedly in the UK, roughly between Easter and October. The two months leading out of winter and spring are considered to be pleasant weather wise, though the Mediterranean waters may still be quite cold after a winter of low-temperature winds. The months after summer are again very pleasant in terms of weather and the sea is at its warmest, having spent the summer months of June, July and August warming up.
UK travellers should note that the summer months feature some relatively hot weather; and prevailing winds, (which make for good sailing, but can also burn) would not disguise the true effects of the UV rays until it is too late. Plenty of sun cream, plus good hats and sun clothes are essential for travel at this time of year.
Sailing conditions remain good through the spring, summer and autumn. Sailing holidays Lefkas experience their greatest amount of travellers through July and August. This is not necessarily because of better winds, but because these are the months when most families take their time away.
There are other things to note when specifically considering a sailing holiday (as opposed to a holiday in a villa or at a land based resort). Key among these are the different types of sailing holidays that Lefkas has to offer, most of which are defined by the level of crewing or assistance delivered with the boat.
Mainly, sailing holidays all across the Ionian tend to be bare boat, that is, a yacht is hired to the holidaying family or group, with no skipper or crew. In order to take on a bare boat charter, it is normal for a sailor either to produce the relevant skipper’s qualification, or to conduct an in depth phone interview with the yacht’s agents. In general terms, yachting agencies operating in the area are aware that not everyone who can sail has the papers to prove it. But of course, there must be some way of checking, so the interview may be the preferred option.
The other levels of yacht hire are skippered and fully crewed. A skippered yacht allows a non-sailing, or novice, family or group to go on a full yachting holiday without fear. The skipper instructs and will take over where it is necessary. Though again in general terms, the idea is to facilitate yachting for the holidaymakers rather than the captain.
The full crew option may be used where no experience is owned nor wanted, and where the holidaymakers wish to experience life on the ocean without any worry.
About author: Drusilla Anderson is a freelance content writer. In this article she shares her experience about Sailing Holidays Lefkas.