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Ferries, ships back to normal schedules; some sailing restrictions remain, though

Ferries and ships returned to normal schedules as of midday on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, following restrictions due to gale-force winds since Monday night. Ferries sailed from the port of Piraeus to the Cycladic Islands, Crete, and the Dodecanese Islands after the winds dropped in instensty. However, sailing restrictions are …

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Sailing ban of ferries to be gradually lifted as of Monday afternoon

The ban on ferries sailing from the port of Piraeus will be gradually lifted on Monday afternoon as according to the National Meteorological Service’s forecast the strong northern winds will gradually fade from the north, media report. However, ferries will remain docked at the ports of Rafina and Lavrio in …

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Ferries, ships in parts of Greece docked due to gale-force winds

Ferries and ships remain docked in several parts of Greece on Saturday, November 4, due to gale-force southern winds and the sailing ban imposed by the Maritime Ministry. Departure of ferries from the port of Piraeus is allowed, with the exception of the “Champion Jet” on Piraeus-Santorini route. Prohibited has …

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UPDATE Ferries, ships to islands and Crete docked due to gale-force winds

Greece’s Shipping Ministry issued on Monday a ban on sailing of ships and ferries due to gale-force winds in the Aegean Sea reaching up to 9 Beaufort. Ships will not be sailing from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio to the islands of Cyclades, the Dodecanese and Crete. Ferries …

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Olympics sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou speaks of being “sexually abused” by Federation official

Greek Olympics sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou has spoken about having been sexually abused at a young age by a senior official of the Hellenic Sailing Federation. The 43-year-old Gold metal winner broke her silence at an online conference titled “Start to Talk” organized by the Ministry of Sports in the …

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Olympics sailing champion Pelekanakis dies of Covid-19 at 58

Greek Olympic sailing champion Leonidas Pelekanakis died of Covid-19 on Thursday. The 58-year-old athlete was fighting the illness in hospital for two months. The athlete did not have any underlying health issues. Still in October 2020, Pelekanakis was taking part in open sea sailing events. He had competed in the …

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Ferries remain docked due to powerful winds in Aegean, Ionian Sea

The Greek Shipping and port authorities imposed a sailing ban for ferries and ships sailing in certain parts of the Aegean and the Ionian Sea early Wednesday afternoon. Reason for the ban are the powerful winds blowing with intensity of up to 8 and 9 Beaufort. Some ferries schedules especially …

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Copy of 8,000-year-old ancient boat sails from Attica to Crete

A … primitive, rowing boat, carved from a single tree trunk, anchoired at the port of Heraklio, Crete beginning of the week. The boatl was constructed by Czech scientists, an exact copy of an ancient boat Italians had used 8,000 years ago. The wooden boat left the port of Lavrio …

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Ferries docked at majority of Greece’s port due to winds up to 10 Beaufort

Ferries remain docked at the majority of Greece’s ports on Tuesday as gale-strong winds blowwith intensity up to 10 Beaufort in the Aegean Sea. The Maritime Ministry and the port authorities have banned ferries departure with destination the Aegean Sea. Ferries departing from the port of Rafina are only sailing …

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Rough sea in the Aegean: Tough journeys for ferry crews and passengers (video, pictures)

When strong winds are blowing in the Aegean Sea, the ferry and ship crews, the captains and the dock workers at the ports of the Greek islands deserve a special credit for the tough job they do  under extreme weather conditions. But also passengers often display a good portion of …

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Ferry breaks away from mooring in Piraeus as gale winds rage across Greece (video)

Passenger ferry Panagia Agiasou broke away from the mooring at the port of Piraeus due to the gale-strong winds blowing all through the night.  The ferry is sailing adrift in the area, an operation is underway to tow it to safety. No passenger or crew are on board. The incident …

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UPD Greek Coast Guard lifts ban on departure of ferries and ships due to stormy winds 9B

The Greek Coast Guard has banned departure of ferries and ships from several Greek ports due to severe weather conditions in the Aegean Sea with north winds blowing with intensity of up to 9 Beaufort locally. UPDATE   6 p.m. GR time, Sept 29/2017 The GCG lifted the ban as the …

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Rio 2016: Mantis-Kagialis win Bronze in 470 Men’s Medal Race

Another medal for Greece in Rio summer Olympics: Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis won Bronze in the 470 Men’s Medal Race. It is the 8th Olympic Medal in the history of the Greek sailing. Congrats, Mantis – Kagialis! – We are proud of you! #Bronze for #GRE   in 470 Men’s …

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You think, you can escape an upcoming storm?

The weather forecast was clear: a summer storm with rain and thunder was due on Saturday, July the 19th, and thus short after noon time. Rain and lightning and wind would hit Athens and the bad weather for Greek summer would last until the evening. And so it did. I …

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