Sailing the Gulf of Corinth

The Gulf of Corinth is a wide and inviting stretch of water. Under utilised by the vast majority of sailors, it hides some very pleasant harbours and bays. It also gives access to some wonderful historic sites.

My preference is for the northern side of the gulf as it is less busy. It’s more geographically and historically interesting and has a wonderfully remote feel. It also offers better protection should you need!

In the Gulf of Corinth, it pays to be prepared on the provisioning front. Supermarkets can be few and far between. While some towns have everything you need, it tends to be it in small amounts. The majority of places are tiny Greek holiday villages with only the basics available.

Tasty tavernas mentioned in pilot books may or may not still be in business, so my advice is to not go anywhere unprepared to self-cater if needs be. All that being said if you are looking for a sailing holiday with a point of difference, The Gulf of Corinth might be just the sailing area you are looking for.

Be aware the Gulf of Corinth can channel some very unpleasant weather conditions. Keeping an eye on the skies is a must as thunderstorms can build quickly, sending up some very nasty short sharp seas.

There’s just one small charter base in the Gulf. It offers both bareboat charter and flotilla holidays, with a skipper if you need. So you may prefer to charter from one  of the Athens or Ionian bases.

Of course, one of the major attractions of the Gulf is the famous Corinth Canal. If you charter from Athens, you will need to pass through it to reach the Gulf. It is however one if the most expensive stretches of waterway in the world. Taking a mid sized yacht through can cost you a couple of hundred Euros. And of course it costs the same again going back.

So a one way charter between the Ionian and Athens, or vice versa, may seem a good idea. Unfortunately, the charter companies will usually only offer these at the start and end of the season.

The Gulf of Corinth is an interesting area. And you can’t really say you’ve “done” Greece until you’ve been through the Canal. Why not give it a try.