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|If you are sailing in the eastern mediterranean sea on a yacht-holiday with a sailing vessel, a motoryacht or a traditional Gulet, donīt miss Rhodes, the island of the greek god "Helios" with an average of 300 sunny days a year!|
The island of Rhodes stretches 75 km (55nm) from itīs capital Rodes-City to the south, and has a wide variety of touristic attractions. Whilst the since year under construction being "Marina Rhodos" is still not ready yet, sailors enter the Mandraki harbour.
The harbour is used by daily boats as well as by sailing-yachts and motorboats. Coming in, the righthand quai is packed with daily boats, who have their fixed places, and it is not allowed to moore there. Exception are some places right in the beginning of the quai. On the left, charterbases have reserved places, and it can be very difficult in summertime, to find a place there. Often boats are in 2nd row, which means, you must keep 1 or 2 people on board or agree with the boats around you, in case they want to leave or not. In the middle of the harbour lies a big chain on the ground,(depth 5m) and it can be a pretty annoying situation, when your anchor hookes into that... either, you can dive yourself to free your anchor, always surrounded by boats going in and out (and nobody is very patient with you in that situation...), oder you call a diver, which costs 100-200 .
If you are lucky, one of the chartercompanyīs places is free, and they offer you a mooring-line. If not, drop your anchor maximum 25-30m from the quai (2 x length of your boat). Donīt worry, it holds in the mud of the harbour at usual summerly conditions.
Done that, take your time and enjoy the activities all around you: boats going out and cominbg in, the movement and noise of a city, that has about 50.000 inhabitants in winter, but 150.000 in summertime.
procedures for sailors in Rhodes:
Finally a recommendation for restaurant, which is famous already: run by Stavros, the owner of Symiīs Mythos restaurant, who is one of the most famous cooks in Greece
I can recommend Safran
about 5 km outside of Rhodes town in Ixia.
Print this card and show it to Stavros...
If you want to sail to Karpathos and further to Crete or around the island of Rhodes, you sail about 55 nm in the leeward-side of the island, which can be a very quick and comfortable sailingtrip! The wind usually comes from W, NW or N with 3-5 Bft. and there is no waves in the leeside. There are some very nice places to stay on Rhodesī eastcoast.
first possible bay is, after about 10 nm, the bay Ak.Ladika, which
is at the end of the Faliraiki-beach.
It is described in most sailorīs handbooks. Unfortunately, it is very small, and so it might be full in high season on early afternoon already.
are some more beaches on the way south, and because there is usually
no southern or eastern wind in summer, it is possible to anchor at
open shore...if you donīt mind the swell, it is very nice, because
you can swim and snorchel in crytal clear and fresh water. But take
care, that the anchor is good fixed to the ground, if there is a
Meltemi, it is recommended to bring out a 2nd anchor!
But then, you can stay there and wait for better conditions.
All the beaches have tavernas, and you can enjoy evening beach life, if you want.
The next big bay to enter is Lindos. There is a big castle under renovational construction since years, and the castle can be visited escept Mondays. The small and narrow streets of Lindos village are full with Bars, Tavernas, shops... and in the evenings it is one of the biggest party-places in the mediterranean. Unfortunately, some drink too much...
bay itself has enough place for many boats, only in May and autumn
be carefull about southeasterly storms. There is a Port Police office
in the middle of Lindos beach, and they come and check crewlists
occasionally (in private clothes, donīt wonder about that). In case
of an upcoming storm they might offer to move over 1 nm to the absolute
safe bay of Ag. Apostoli, which is not allowed to enter usually,
but in cases of storms, they offer that.
We recommend: do it!
We experienced once a stormy night in the middle of May with 9 Bft. and 4 m high waves coming in to Lindos, when a neighbourboat had problems with their anchor and crashed in our boat - luckily nobody was injured, but could have happened!
That was not our fault (our 2 anchors were absolutely fix!), but what will you do, when a neighbour crashes into you? Thatīs why we recommend to leave to a better safe place.
Further south, there are more beaches and small promontories, where it is easy to find a good anchorage for a night in the "wild and open sea" ;-)
carefull with the waterdepth, because it is pretty shallow in some
areas, and some rocks in the 3-5m-zone might be dangerous!
At the very end of Rhodes island, you arrive at the small anchorages of the peninsula of Prassonissi, where the surfers enjoy the best winds in Rhodes. Usually, as said, coming from W,NW or N, but if the wind might come from S, SE or E, you can sail around the southernmost part of Rhodes and anchor on the other side.
The rhodian westcoats offers nothing to sailors, only a very small quai at Kameiros Skala, which is open to N & E, and can only be used in very calm conditions, or the very (and I mean very!) little harbour of Phanes, which is for fisherboats only, even, if there were 2 42 ft. sailing boats in there in 2003 (when we visited this place). But we would not try to get into it with a boat with more than 1.60 depth, so the next spot to go is Chalki
Either use a Taxi, which needs 25 minutes and many
of them can be found besides the old market and cost about 14-17 ,
of your luggage or a bus, which needs about 40 minutes.
Here is the timetable of the bus (summer season)
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