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I'd strongly recommend Jonathan Raban's Passage to Juneau (Seattle to Alaska) , Coasting (round UK ) and Old Glory(down the Missisippi  ). To term him a mere travel writer is greatly to undersell him  , but if you like brilliant writing and boats he is perfect . His other , terrestrial, books are also superb - Hunting Mr Heartache and Badlands  I reread often.

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I've only read two of those, but I totally agree.

That reminded me of Life on the Mississippi. Especially as I seem to be running a one man campaign to remember Mark Twain.

And how could I have missed The Riddle of the Sands?

Jonathan

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If you are in a Flotilla then you should have had some advice from your organizing Company.  Ionian sailing is line of sight between Islands and you will be given advice by your Flotilla leader in the morning as to Heading and the like.  They will be ahead of you at the next mooring to tell you where to moor up. It's all stern to down there so you will quickly learn how to go backwards.

We bareboated there a few years ago, but were followed around by a flotilla so got some idea how it works.

Although it will be warm, you may get a squall so some waterproofs would be adviseable. Stock up on essentials when you get the boat, you will be able to replenish at each stop. Hats and sunscreen, that's about it.

Not sure how experienced you are, but advice I was given when starting out was make sure you are organised, the lines are tidy and fenders in after you set off, windows closed and all cupboards and crocks secured. Saves a lot of clearing up if the sea gets a bit lumpy. 

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I also take a small handheld battery powered GPS as a GPS below decks as on flotilla boats is next to useless. I buy a 2nd hand one on ebay and then resell it on return!

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I have been to Ithaca (Ithaki) twice in past 5 years. Stay with friends in Frikes, which is small quiet town with five or six restaurants right on the beach. Great place to stop in for a relaxing meal. Half hour walk up the hill to Stavros which was the home of Odysseus. Or the next herbour around, Kioni which is a touch larger and livelier. The island itself is mostly scrub so best bits are the beaches. There is a mountaintop lookout opposite the capital Vathi which my photo album says is Moni Katharon. It is supposed to mean Top of the World and it feels like it. 

Stunning part of the world! I hope you enjoy it. Am currently on Eastern Shore of MD (hi JK) and about to fly back to OZ after two months away, even survived a few sunny days in Scotland with Derek. A definite highlight. 

Bruce

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Oh, forgot to mention one other place on the beach at Frikes is called Dodoni. It does breakfast, good coffee and great ice cream. Peter is the owner. My friend Spiro’s lives around the corner but if you meet him you may never get away! 

Enjoy

Bruce

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Something I forgot to mention is to get some of those cords that hold your sunglasses on. They normally fix on the arms. Nothing worse than seeing your favourite specs disappear into the sea when you least expect it. Don’t ask me how I know. 

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I also take a small handheld battery powered GPS as a GPS below decks as on flotilla boats is next to useless. I buy a 2nd hand one on ebay and then resell it on return!

Why that rather an an app on a 'phone? In case it gets lost?

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Hi, Bruce.

There is a mountaintop lookout opposite the capital Vathi which my photo album says is Moni Katharon. It is supposed to mean Top of the World and it feels like it. 

Katharon is cognate with catharsis and means clear or pure or, especially in a religious sense, cleansed. But that one also seems to have a derivation from wild grass. I can't get to Top of the World...

A friend of mine had an amazing holiday walking between and staying in Greek monasteries, Anyone done that?

Jonathan

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I’m sure you’ll enjoy

sailed here a few years ago ... very safe (if any sailing is safe!)

I could go on about anabatic and katabitic winds ... sailing is generally ‘soft’ wind in the morning picking up in the afternoon ... sailing is also in view of land at all times

as to your question ...

sailing gloves to avoid damage to hands

head gear to protect from the sun ... 

sea sick tablets as it can get ‘choppy’ and if your crew is inexperienced ...

sunglasses with neck cord

prepare a check list for the boat before you fly and take your time checking the yacht before sailing ...

soft suit cases ... for easy of storage

Gin and tonic ... no yacht should be without .... however ensuring the ice is prepared is an art

remember there can only be one captain on a boat ...

 

enjoy

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Also sailed these waters extensively but a few years ago when boats were basic and only came with a depth sounder which mostly didn’t work.  The nav is really straight forward, so you don’t really even need a GPS.

I always took a multi tool of some sort, a small roll of duck tape and same of self amalgamating tape.  A small ball of string too.  (Think of it as a floating Caterham!). Fingerless gloves and lightweight waterproof.  Depending how basic the boat is a Solar shower might be useful.  Fridges rarely work well but you can buy bags of ice in most places you stop.  And drink loads of water.