Autumn adventures

Sailing the Med in September and October

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For experienced sailors and novices alike, the waters of the Mediterranean provide ideal challenges and breathtaking views. 

Bounded by Europe, Asia and Africa, the spectacular waters of the Mediterranean are home to winds with equally evocative names, including the Scirocco, Meltemi, Bora and the Mistral. The difference in temperature between the land and sea also creates more localised breezes, which are generally northerly in the morning, variable at midday and strong southerly in the afternoon. All this can make for challenging sailing, especially in the 'shoulder months' in spring and autumn.

But why should you try out sailing in September and October?

Discover Greece

The classic sailing destination, September and October is the perfect time to set sail and discover the quiet beaches, warm weather and uncrowded waters of Greece.

And this is the perfect time for food lovers, with the olive harvest and harvest festivals being celebrated all over Greece.

Windspeed: 8 – 9 knots

Temperature: 22 – 23˚C

Discover Palma, Mallorca

Palma in September and October is ideal for experienced sailors, due to strong winds and long passages if you fancy sailing to Ibiza and Formentera. For the party animals there’s unbeatable nightlife on all islands.

Plus, October is the end of the season so the clubs like to sign off in style, the closing parties across Mallorca and Ibiza feature the best DJs around.

Windspeed: 7 – 12 knots

Temperature: 24 – 28˚C

Discover Marina Agana, Croatia

Enjoy having the many islands of the Dalmatian Coast to yourself, with the overwhelming archaeological, historical and cultural wealth of Croatia at your fingertips. And it’s a sailor’s paradise in September and October, with light breezes in the morning building to stronger afternoon winds perfect for exploring.

Split’s famous Film Festival also kicks off in September, showcasing creativity from artists old and new.

Windspeed: 8 – 9 knots

Temperature: 18 – 24˚C

Discover Dubrovnik

Leave the crowds behind and explore the world-famous UNESCO World heritage walled city of Dubrovnik in peace and quiet. And in September and October you’ll get the warm weather, short island-hopping sails and a wide range of anchorages, jetties or marinas all to yourself

Late summer and autumn is also the time for festivals in Dubrovnik, with the Classical festival in September; the International Festival of Jams & Marmelades, and the Film Festival in October.

Windspeed: 6 – 12 knots

Temperature: 20 – 25˚C

Discover Turkey

Enjoy getting away from in all in Turkey from September to October, where there’s safe, calm sailing perfect for new sailors (or old hands who just want to take it easy). The steady winds and many sheltered bays along the coast make for a chilled-out holiday.

Music buffs will be in for a treat at the Fethiye Classical Music Festival, which celebrates Turkish muscians and music in September.

Windspeed: 8 – 9 knots

Temperature: 26 – 30˚C

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