The day's sail from Lefkas south through the canal into the inland sea' was head into Force 45 winds. Here, the Island 32s truly began to show their form with both boats and crew being pushed to exhilarating lengths. Modern Greece passed us Top, Sunsail's fleet of Island 32s are ideal for Greek island-hopping conditions. Left, most evenings are spent in one of the picturesque harbours, while lunches are often taken with boats anchored alongside in a secluded bay (right).
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By as we circled Skorpios, Onassis' private island with its manicured gardens and avenues of cypress trees, and we all dreamed of one day owning our own paradise in the sun. As the wind picked up again, we reefed in the mainsail and tacked down the wind-swept channel between Lefkas Island and Meganisi, sensing a tense, nervous exhilaration as we ran back, surfing down the waves with the wind blowing the tops off. That night, the beach-side taverna in Spartahori witnessed many a tall sailing story as we drank and chatted the night away.
With all crews in high spirits and, by now, well Residential interior designers accustomed to their respective yachts, the flotilla disbanded for six day's free sailing, the skippers in contact with each other solely by means of VHF radio. The days blended together as we drifted from island to island, stopping for lunch in picturesque bays, to windsurf, snorkel or make excursions ashore. On one afternoon, as we sailed gently along, a school of dolphins swam next to the boat, playing in the water round the bows and in our wake, before flipping their tails and swimming off into the distance.