Zakynthos does not have strong temperature changes or high winds. It is particularly humid with the annual average humidity being above 65% and the sun shining on 296 days of the year. The best time for sailing here is from May up until mid September with July and August being the better months. Winds are mostly mild and in the afternoon there are mainly northern and westerly winds. September is characterized by southerly winds, humidity and rain. The main ports on the island are in Zakynthos Town, Keri and Skinari in St.Nicholaos, with refueling only available in Zakynthos and St.Nicholaos. In the area that is protected by the National Marine Park, which includes the Gulf of Laganas it is forbidden to moor while in the south western area of the island it is not suitable due to the winds and rocky coasts. During your trip the dangerous areas that have reefs are at the southern most point of the island at Vasilikos including St.Nicholaos and Gerekas, and also at Krioneri and Tsilivi in the area between the mainland and the small island that of which is referred to as ‘Vodi’ island. If you rent a sailboat you will have the opportunity to embark on any beach you want and to create your own program without any limitations on time or where you go. While sailing on the turquoise waters of the island you will find secluded coves, caves, islands, and well hidden beaches with a unique beauty that can only be reached by boat. While out enjoying your trip you can also learn how to operate a yacht combining your cruise with lessons. With regards to the races the main Ionian Rally takes place during one week usually in early August, the channel crossing races that are conducted by the Union of the Ionian Island take place on the 21st May.
If you wish to join or attend the races please bare in mind that the dates and routes may change. For more information about prices and entering the races you should contact the Port Authority (0030 26950 28117/28118)