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The sailing weather of the area
The Dodecanese, in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a group of Greek islands known for their medieval castles, Byzantine churches, beaches and ancient archaeological sites. On the largest island, Rhodes, the medieval Street of the Knights and Palace of the Grand Masters show Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Kallithea and Ialisses are popular beach resorts, and Lindos' acropolis has panoramic coastal views. The name Dodecanese came into use in 1908 when twelve islands of this group excluding Lipsi, Kos and Rhodes but including an outsider, Ikaria, protested about their deprivation of the special privileges and tax exemptions they had been granted in the 16th century. Like most of the Greek Islands, the Dodecanese are the tops of mountains that stood on the plain of the Aegean before they were flooded. The islands are for the most part bare of vegetation although not to such an extent as the Cycladic Islands. Several are abundant with natural springs, especially Kos and Rhodes (Rodos), which are also relatively green and wooded. In the summer, the prevailing wind is the Meltemi which comes from the NW-W. It begins to blow in June, strengthens from July to September and weakens in October. In the summer months it blows with a wind force of 4-6 Beaufort and may on occasion reach wind force 7. It does not blow every day, but may do so without break for 5-10 days. When the Meltemi blows at full strength, mainly in July and August, the gusts off the lee side of an island can be considerably stronger than those in the open sea. Gusts are particularly strong off Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nissyros, Tilos, Karpathos and Astypalea. In open sea between Astypalea and Karpathos, the "Meltemi" may blow for days on end. Although it is possible to travel N when the Meltemi is blowing, it makes better sense to head S, especially in July and August. The typical short seas make sailing or motoring to windward arduous and tiring.

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