“I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.
Sailing is that one activity which evokes extreme reactions from people. Some consider it to be their life force, whereas there are others who feel that they are forced to endure it.
Whichever side you may belong to, you’ve got to admit that all the sailing hotspots around the world have one thing in common―they happen to be the most stunningly beautiful places on earth. Deep azure waters that sparkle in the sunshine, the gentle summer breeze … I’d pretty much give away an arm and leg to set sail right now.
Since that, tragically, isn’t possible, let’s just make do with the best sailing destinations around the world. But before we get to those, here’s a little on what sailing actually entails:
- Sailing is primarily a summer sport, with most trips being conducted from April to October in the northern hemisphere.
- Sailing enthusiasts tend to have their own vessel, but one may also rent a suitable boat.
- There are several companies that conduct sailing excursions, as well as rent out boats; you may do a quick web search to find such services in the destination of your choice.
A downside of being this beautiful is that sailing here will cost you a bomb. But expense or no expense, one always comes to the Bay of Islands with sailing on the agenda. Paihia is where you come to kick-start your journey, charter a boat, and set sail. Year-end spells summertime in New Zealand, and Paihia being a small town, accommodation needs to be booked in advance.
… by riding a dhow, a traditional sailboat to explore the surrounding archipelago, with its aquamarine waters and some incredible Instagrammy beaches.
Assuming you aren’t chummy with Brad and Angie, or the likes, you can hire a set of sails from Antibes, Cannes, or Marseille, and chart your own course. Be warned―monogrammed boat shoes from LV are a must, as are those Jackie O shades, if you wish to blend in here.
The northeasterly wind is a constant during the summer, so navigating the sails here can be a teensy bit of a challenge.
Sailing happens to be one of the best ways to experience Turkish destinations. So get aboard the traditional gület, and begin your voyage of discovery. Mind you, it can get fairly crowded here in the summer (April to October), so do your research well, and avoid getting fleeced by some smooth operators.
With the helpful trade winds blowing constantly, an island perpetually in sight, gorgeous turquoise waters, untainted white sand beaches, what more can a sailor ask for?
If the UNESCO status isn’t impressive enough, know that the calm and clear waters, combined with the exotic oriental appeal of this place will have you returning for more.
… is what they call Newport, and rightly so. The Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor are bustling with sailing boats of all sizes. Along with being the capital, Newport is definitely the rightful home of sailing.
Methinks it’s a tad unfair to call it the new Riviera, simply because it’s not. It’s Croatia! And it’s breathtakingly beautiful in its own right. What you have here are tiny fishing hamlets, hidden coves waiting to be explored, and historical port towns. All of this sans the celebrity ruckus of the French Riviera.