Mr. Panos Pellas, captain of 53.54 metre O’Rama has been actively involved in the marine industry for over 23 years. He first began on board the merchant marine vessel Pacific Trader from there he moved into cruise ships with Celebrity Cruises before entering into the world of luxury yacht charters.
Throughout his career he has sailed extensively around Greece and its surrounding islands. Here he shares his experience of sailing from Athens down to Corfu via the Corinth Canal.
Day 1: Athens – Agkistri
Arrive into Athens for the start of your superyacht charter in Greece. Following a brief safety drill, you will set sail for one of the beautiful nearby islands.
Agkistri, located only a few hours from Athens is the ideal first stop to ease you into life at sea. Spend the afternoon diving into the lagoon-like waters, familiarise yourself with your yachts watertoys, or just ask for a tender ride onto the island where the beach is yours to relax. Agkistri (also known as Angistri or Agistri) is a pine-covered island forming one of the Saronic Islands. Maybe the most famous beach here is loacted in Skala, one of the best beaches in Greece, but there are many other options to choose from. Skala, being the largest town on the island offers plenty of choice in terms of bars, restaurants and cafes too.
After a leisurely lunch, the captain and crew will prepare for departure. Next stop Zakinthos via the famous Corinth Canal.
The Corinth Canal, often referred to as the “step-child“ of the Panama and Suez Canals, was completed in 1893 following several false starts. It was built to connect the Gulf of the Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. It stretches for 3.9 miles through a narrow gorgeway, at its widest point the canal is 21.4 metres wide. The transit requires a great deal of skill from the captain but for his guests, the sail-through is a remarkable experience.
The canal will take approximately 45-minutes to complete at which point she will sail overnight to reach the island of Zakinthos to arrive by day break.
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