Sailing is one of the most popular pastimes in the world, and affords its practitioners the opportunity to enjoy some of the most stunning sights that the world has to offer. As opposed to those who traverse waters in motor yachts or engine driven boats, traditional sailing provides a more tranquil experience and a complete change of pace from any other kind of water based activity. With this in mind lets take a look at the most significant sailing locations in the world, and exactly why they are amongst the popular resorts for people from all across the globe.
1 The French Polynesia and Society Islands
This region is renowned amongst sailors, and provides some of the most tranquil and fascinating waters in the world. It’s pale white beaches and swaying palm trees adorn a series of stunning bays, and these are well situated to allow you to sail close to the shore and take in some the wonderful surrounding sites. There are also 2 deep water harbours around the Society Islands and the main port of Raiatea, which provide a slightly sterner challenge for more experienced and worldly wise sailors.
2 The Balearic Islands in Spain
Located not far from the splendid East Coast resort of Valencia, the Balearic Islands remains one the most popular sailing destinations in central Europe. Blessed with clear blue waters that stretch and wind beneath a gloriously sun kissed climate, the islands deliver sights of some of Spain’s most picturesque cities. The renowned sailing competition the America’s Cup also takes in its challenging waters, which happen to provide an excellent test of a sailors credentials. As a venue for the recreational sailor, it is second to none in European waters.
3 The Ionian Coast in Turkey
If you have a penchant for adventure when you sail, then Turkey’s glorious Ionian Coast is a must see destination. With a swathe of hidden coves and secreted bays, it provides mystique and wonder for all who traverse its waters. Similarly, its coast is home to numerous ancient ruins and historical villages, which provide a picturesque and culturally significant insight into Turkey’s heritage. It is also one of the most tranquil sailing destinations you can imagine, despite its popularity amongst eastern European sailors.
4 The Western Isles in the United Kingdom
As an island, the UK is often overlooked as a sailing destination for enthusiasts, although the South Coast of England is widely popular with British sailors. However the Western Isles, which adorn the coastline of Scotland, are infinitely more beautiful and provide more clear and tranquil waters for sailors. It also boasts a mild climate throughout the summer, which negates the need for thermal clothing and wearing layers. Most importantly it is one of the most unique sailing locations in Europe, and well worth travelling to if you are an enthusiast.
5 Borneo in Malaysia
As an experienced sailor, no resume of activity is complete without a trip to Borneo. As the host of the largest annual sailing event in the Asia, it provides ample opportunity for you to charter a yacht and even compete in some of the most challenging and stunningly clear waters of any location. Taking in waters from Labuan to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, its course takes you on a journey of some of Asia’s most stunning resorts, and delivers arguably the most fulfilling sailing experience imaginable.