Sailing Greece 2023

In May of 2023, I chartered a Beneteau 46.1 for two weeks named “Eaux De Vie” from Navigare Yachting, out of Athens, Greece. The charter company accepted my credentials as a Captain, so I did not have to worry about getting an International Yachting Certificate. Overall, Navigare did a great job. The boat was clean and ready to go with new house batteries.

My wife Kay was supposed to join us, but she came down with Vertigo three weeks before departure. So, it was me and my friends Jack, Amy, and Buck on a beautiful boat that had 4 cabins and 4 heads.

Given that this was a two-week charter, it enabled us to sail further south and explore the Cyclades Islands. This time of year is great because there were fewer crowds, the med moorings, bars, and restaurants were less busy, and best of all – no Meltimi Winds! Below is a screen shot of our routing for the entire charter using my Garmin InReach:

Navigare Yacht Charter of Beneteau 46.1 in Greece

Before the charter began, I was able to explore Athens for several days while staying in a great area of the city called Plaka at a very comfortable boutique hotel with a balcony overlooking a square full of restaurants very close to the Acropolis.

View of Athens from Acropolis
In Athens, my Plaka Hotel Room Balcony is on the top floor
The Acropolis, Athens
Changing of the Guard
The Acropolis, Athens

Our plan was to cruise south to the Cyclades Islands with the goal of spending a few days in Milos before heading north again. The destination for the first night was Sounion, home of The Temple of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
Anchored off The Temple of Poseidon in Sounion, Greece
The Crew on “Eaux De Vie”, a Beneteau 46.1 Sailing the Islands of Greece
Our Marina on Milos
Our Marina on Milos
“Eaux De Vie”, our Beneteau 46.1 on a Med Mooring on Milos
This poor girl was terrified as her parents were trying to get her to jump!
One of many friendly dogs begging for scraps
We stopped for lunch at this restaurant with only locals
The other side of the island on Milos
Full Moon During our Time on Milos
Jack, Amy, and Buck (Too bad my wife Kay could not make this trip) 🙁

Later in 2023, I made up for Kay missing the Greece Charter by taking her on a 10 day Mediterranean cruise to celebrate her birthday on Celebrity Beyond (one of their newest ships). Yes, it was a bit more comfy and luxurious than a Beneteau 46.1 !

Celebrity Beyond Med Cruise to Greece, Italy, and Croatia

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