No matter if you are into sailing just for fun, recreation or racing, when it comes to sailing – it is a sport which demands a lot of things. Firstly, you need a boat. Secondly, your need to have a plan of your boat trip. And thirdly, you need to have a lot of previous knowledge especially if you plan to make it to the international waters. If you still have not decided where exactly you want to head to, in the following few paragraphs you will find about top seven sailing adventures worldwide.
Tame currents and hundreds of protected bays in combination with island-flecked channel on the path of steady trade winds – is a sailing fantasy land called the British Virgin Islands. Hundreds of anchorages wide across more than forty islands which are all near one another are indeed a sight to see. This sailing site is the most popular in the sailing industry due to the fact that it is very easy to sail in, so many beginners as well as old sea wolves come to sail here. Cultural note: Even though Virgin Islands are a self-governing British overseas territory, their legal currency is the US dollar.
Europe and the alluring Mediterranean sea offer a lot of sailing places, such as Greece and Croatia, but one is simply more attractive than the others. The celebrated coastline of the French Riviera is swarming with legend and celebrity scandal – all happening in Nice, Saint Tropez, Monaco and Cannes. Many Hollywood rock stars and Euro royal come here to pose artfully on the deck of their boats. If you do not have these people in mind, you can just as well hire a set of sails in Cannes, Marseille or Antibes and stock your fridge with champagne and caviar to live your own, personal fantasy. And if you get bored after a few days, you can just as well head to East and see what opportunity awaits just round the corner.
For many a millennia, the Nile was the Egyptian main transport pathway. And the situation has not really changed much in the last few decades. Sailing through history on multiday river jaunts and cheap feluccas and houseboats can be just as fun as sailing in big cruisers. Instead of engines, the Rolls Royce of the Nile – dahabiyya – uses sail power and can stop easily at small islands and historical sites so that you can enjoy Egypt to the fullest. And during the night, you can regain strength from sun-worn dog days, gaze at the stars and listen to the sound of river.
A stop that you should not pass around is definitely the French Polynesia, especially Tahiti. This may be a cliché, but all clichés are based on truth. White sand palmruffed atolls, lagoons “bluer than Billie Holiday” and high islands lush slopes all witness Paradise on Earth. Somewhere between California and Australia, Tahiti is the perfect stop if you have decided to take a half-world tour to New Zealand. It offers you more than one hundred islands in the Pacific Ocean – sailing area almost the size of Western Europe. Cultural reference: avoid this are from November to March, since it is the time of tropical depression, that is if you are not into rain, this is the time of the year you should not sail here.
If you find yourself in the southern hemisphere, Whitsunday Islands is a place to visit. Off the Queensland coast, this collection of 74 islands offers cloudless skies and breathtaking azure seas. What was once a mountain range, and now is a half-drowned set of islands, belongs to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, filled with kaleidoscopic coral gardens, colourful fish and sea turtles. This is a great chance to go diving or snorkelling. And if you have a problem with your yacht, being in the Australian seas, Fix My Boat can provide you with almost any kind of help around your yacht or boat, so that you can continue your sailing experience almost without disturbances.
And finally, if you have another special destination you have recently discovered, or if you sail there often, let us know in the comments below so that we can share our experience and thoughts on it.
Diana Smith is a full time mom and a passionate traveler simply in love with Asia and South America. In her free time she enjoys exploring new destinations with her family and reading articles about exotic places.