The question a US yacht charter company asked a selected sample of 100 regular customers (for at least 10 years) and experienced sailors was fascinating: where would you like to sail to at least one in your lifetime?
Answers were stunning. Almost no one mentioned traditional destinations, preferring more exotic and off-the-beaten-path routes.
The following are the 5 top yacht destinations chosen by the interviewees, with detailed information to visit them.
1- Resurrection Bay,Alaska
The auspicious name was given by governor Alexandr Baranov (1746-1819), who took shelter here during a strong storm. An almost pristine place, where the opening scenes of “Hunt for Red October” movie were also shot. A true paradise for sailors, where the wind regularly blows between 15 and 20 knots, from the north in the morning, and then turns south in the afternoon. Perfect for downwind navigation, it is also the ideal starting point to visit Seward, the only town in the area equipped with a newly-restored marina.
But the richness of Resurrection Bay is also given by the large number of fjords and bays and by the sheer ice walls (such as those of Harding and Grewingk-Yalik), interspersed with steep expanses of forests. An unmissable anchorage is Thumb Cove, about seven miles from Seward, where you can drop the anchor in total safety and enjoy the spectacular surrounding landscape, especially in summer, when the sun does not cross the horizon.
If you go ashore with your tender, however, pay attention to the bears, very numerous in the area …
How to get there: by plane, you can land in Anchorage, then you can rent a car or take the train
When to go: from May to August
2- Andaman Sea,Thailand
The Andaman Sea is one of those places that, once visited, leave a terrible desire to return as soon as possible. The weather is great, people are welcoming and everything here is incredibly affordable. Marine traffic is rare and you will constantly have the feeling of being the only visitors, with the advantage of easy navigation, also suitable for unexperienced captains. Starting from the island of Phuket, where it is easy to find a rental boat in the port in the south of the island, you can choose whether to head north or south. In the first case you will find yourself immersed in the Phang-Nga National Park, a marine reserve made up of one hundred and twenty atolls that will make you feel part of a film by Peter Jackson (the director of the saga of The Lord of the Rings). The islands are full of caves and waterfalls. 007 fans can dock at Khao Tapoo Island, where the legendary mobie “The Man with the Golden Gun” was filmed. The water is phosphorescent and you absolutely must not miss a night bath. South, however, do not miss the peninsula of Krabi with its beaches.
How to get there: the starting point is the island of Phuket via Bangkok
When: from November to March
3- Ilha Grande, Brazil
Located about one hundred miles south of Rio de Janeiro, this island is the main of the 360 that dot the bay of the same name. Ancient base of the pirates who plundered Spanish galleons loaded with gold, this bay is also known as “The Caribbean of Brazil”. The vegetation is luxuriant, dominated by a tropical forest, which even recalls that of the Amazon (after all, we are not very far away …). For diving enthusiasts, it is a magical place, thanks to the numerous varieties of fish that can be found here. In addition to the numerous dream bays, and clear beaches, you can enjoy many floating restaurants, such as Barco Bar and Jango’s, near a splendid spot (in jargon, a place suitable for windsurfers) called Dentist’s Beach . You can order your food directly via the onboard VHF, or someone from the restaurant will come on board to take your order. Likewise, you can eat seated at a table on the floating platforms or receive food directly “at home”.
How to get there: from Rio de Janeiro, by ferry boat, train or sailboat
When: all year round, but it is best to avoid from December to March due to the rains
4 –Dodecanese archipelago, Greece
How to get there: direct or connecting flights
When : from late April to early October
5 – Firth of Clyde, Scotland
One of the most beautiful sea books (even if disguised as a thriller) is “The Celtic Circle” by Bjorn Larsson, which dedicates splendid and exciting lines to an adventurous navigation in the Firth of Clyde. A magical Scottish place par excellence, rich in remains from the Celtic era, this long inlet, about 20 miles wide and 50 deep at its mouth, includes a large number of islands: do not miss in Arran, also known as “Scotland in miniature ”, and Brodick Castle, a symbol of the island still inhabited by the Dukes of Hamilton. For whiskey lovers, the nearby and beautiful island of Islay (called the Queen of the Hebrides) is the best option: here are the headquarters of some of the most famous single malt brands in the world. It is not a very easy navigation, mainly due to the currents that are formed and which can take away from the boat even two knots of speed. The routes must therefore always be traced with care and calculating the times of the tide becomes fundamental. Ultimately, it is the ideal place for those who, in addition to sailing, love to discover history and culture.
How to get there: flights to Glasgow
When: from May to August
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