In my experience the most efficient way to gain a good tracking is through use of either a skeg or a rudder. A skeg will perform much better in big waves as it is “staying” inside the water while rudder pedals will be a hell of a work to keep them in the proper position.
Over the years I found the most unreliable rudder pedals to be those from Smart Track as they tend to break easily once you start pushing a lot. I’ve replaced almost the majority in my kayaks with those from Sealect and found them excellent.
Our kayaking equipment is the best in Greece and one of the best in the whole Europe. We’ve got many kayaks available for trips and rental, both composite and plastics. Our current fleet comprises 49 singles and 10 doubles (tandem).
Why go kayaking in Greece? Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited; some of the easternmost Aegean islands lie just a few miles off the Turkish coast. Greece is bordered to the east by the Aegean Sea, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the west by the Ionian Sea. Only to the north and northeast does it have land borders.
Waves, wind, kayak hull, paddler height, paddler weight, all must be consider when loading a sea kayak properly for an expedition to the Greek islands and of course else where and of course a proper weather forecast check.
The Greek sea enjoys the privilege of hosting four species of dolphins: the striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), the Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) and the short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis). All dolphins have an echolocation system which they use to orient themselves, to forage and to communicate. Their sociable, playful and romantic communication involves codes that are hard to imagine for a marine mammal.
Public transport in Crete is surprisingly efficient but unfortunately only during the summer months, usually from May to September. The main bus company, KTEL is based in Heraklion with further main bus stations in Agios Nikolaos, Rethymno and Chania (west Crete).
A Katabatic wind, from the Greek word katabatikos meaning “going downhill”, is the technical name for a drainage wind, a wind that carries high density air from a higher elevation down a slope under the force of gravity.
We are glad that you are interested in taking a kayaking trip with us and spent your holidays in Greece with Enjoy-Crete. Below you will find a list of common questions and other useful information that will help you choosing the right day or multi day / expedition kayaking trip with us. Read more “Planning your kayak trip”