GREECE – THE WINDS

Ιn old times the ‘god of the winds’ was Aeolus and he was regularly connected with the four breeze divine beings – the children of Astraeus, the Titan visionary god of the nightfall, and the Titan goddess of the first light, Eos – otherwise called Aurora. These four breeze divine beings were known as the Anemi and were named after the 4 cardinal ends of the compass. Their heritage echoes through to current occasions in language and folklore. Centuries later Anemi is the word for twists in Greek and the names of the directional breezes in Greece despite everything look to some extent like these old breeze divinities. When arranging a cruising trip in Greece, amateur or not, thinking about the breeze is an undeniable position of advantage.

Divine forces of the Wind
Of the four Anemi, Boreas was the divine force of the Northwind and bearer of cold winter air, Zephyrus was the lord of the West wind and carrier of light spring and late-spring breezes, and Notus was the lord of the South wind and bearer of the tempests generally summer and harvest time; Eurus was the divine force of the East wind.

Boreas – The North Winds
Boreas was the Northwind descending from Siberia and bearer of cold winter air and choppiness. Except if, you are cruising in winter in Greece you are probably not going to meet this breeze. The “meltemi” blows all late spring in Greece in the Aegean Sea, starting in the North Aegean and getting stronger as it moves south. It blows in a northeasterly to the northerly course in the late spring months, particularly July and August and gives a decent, consistent cruising wind and reprieve from the mid-year heat. Stronger toward the evening, the “meltemi” frequently fades away at night. Once in a while, it can blow for quite a long time continuous around 7-8 o’clock. At this quality, a few yachts and most island ships can’t cruise.

Blowing from the North-west in summer in the Ionian and the Adriatic when weight is low over the Balkan Peninsula, the Maestro is a new breeze joined by fine climate and light mists and an inviting breeze for mariners in the territory. Cruising around the Ionian Islands is along these lines known as perfect and useful for amateur cruising. Ionian storms are not obscure, yet they are very much gauge and don’t keep going that long.

Zephyrus – The West Winds
Zephyrus was the lord of the West wind and carrier of light spring and late-spring breezes. A charming breeze, useful for vegetation, absent a lot of threat for mariners. Truth be told it is said that the breeze god Zephyrus snatched the goddess Chloris and gave her territory over blossoms.

Eurus – The East Winds
In Greek history, Eurus, the East wind, was the main breeze not related to any of the three old Greek seasons. All through history, strict writings say the east wind has frequently proclaimed troublesome occasions or underhandedness. In Greece he generally makes his essence felt in association with the South and North breezes.

Notus – the South Winds
Genuine south breezes are hazardous in Greece, as the greater part of the harbors are set up to be shielded from the mid-year Etesian winds. They generally just blow in winter and you ought to depend on nearby information for this occasion.

Wind blowing from the South-east, otherwise called Sirocco, may blow from April to October, however is more continuous during April/May and September/October. This breeze can get very solid a couple of times each year and can keep going for as long as 2 days.

Whichever season you choose to cruise in Greece – may the wind be with you!

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