Fast becoming a ‘new generation’ of sailing locations, Sigri in Greece has impressed quite a few pros in recent years. Now with the EFPT set to stop there for 2012, it will host over 30 of Europes finest freestylers. Here is a report from Korbi Obermaier and Michi Krumm, who ventured there during the summer of 2011.
We went in search of a new summer destination in Greece, untouched by the mass tourist market. We came across the Greek island Lesvos.
The island is the third largest of the Greek Islands, located in the north- eastern section of the Aegian, 9km from the Turkish mainland.
"the wind was building to 6bft and so we went sailing with our 4.7 sail!"
Looking for the best windsurf centre in Lesvos, we discovered on the west of the island a small fishing village, which is off the tourist track with a few bars, around half a dozen restaurants and choice of small hotels/apartments. Best of all, it had a windsurf centre www.sigrisurf.com. This was simply, THE perfect place for us. We were fed up with spots where you do not have the possibility to gybe without looking around and being scared to crash into another sailor.
After a two and a half hour flight we landed in Mytilene, on the east of the island. The transfer from Mytilene airport to Sigri was 2 hours. Once in Sigri, getting around was easy as its a small village.
The main sailing spot is directly in front of Sigri Surf Centre. There we could perfectly sail in flat water and further out there were some waves. The Meltemi wind comes across the Aegian from Turkey with Sigri sitting directly in windzone and benefitting from the Meltemi because of the position of the offshore island to the mainland. The wind is cross offshore from the right and comes from the North/North West.
We struck it lucky in Sigri because already on the first day the wind came directly from the North West building to 6bft and so we went sailing with our 4.7 sail! The water was crystal clear and the landscape picturesque, best of all, we didnt need to worry about other sailors on the water, for the simple reason that the area is huge. Although there were sailors on the water we had more than enough space to practise everywhere we wanted to, which made this spot unique and perfect.
"We were fed up with spots where you do not have the possibility to gybe without looking around and being scared to crash into another sailor."
The centre also organised excursions and so we had the chance to go to Andromaki twice. Andromaki is a private wave beach and only guests from the windsurf centre were given the permission to sail there. This spot is fantastic and the waves are super fun for both jumping and riding. For photographers there is a great position high on the rocks.
We often went to the harbour for dinner; the food there was delicious and inexpensive. Of course there are some other restaurants serving authentic and delicious Greek dishes including freshly caught fish too. In the evenings we always went to the SUNSET bar which is a meeting point for the locals and of course for us ;). There was the classic Greek Ouzu and beers, which we drank until the morning and enjoyed the typical Greek atmosphere.
Fast becoming a 'new generation' of sailing locations
To sum up, we were very satisfied with the wind in Sigri - 28 from 30 days we were able to sail with perfect conditions. It is a really special place and we are looking forward to going there this summer again!
By Korbi Obermaier and Michi Krumm