Set sail and you’ll embark on a new adventure every day. And you’ll continue a tradition that dates back more than 3,000 years and which has been fundamental in building civilisations, conquering kingdoms and exploring cultures all over the world. 
Of course, our seafaring ancestors would doubtless be dumbfounded  at the idea of sailing merely for pleasure. But a pure pleasure it is. Moments on the water stretch out and the pace of life changes. In the trim of a sail, life can transform from a wild exhilarating ride to a series of quiet moments where ageless seas and endless skies etch themselves into the memory.
Sailing calls for a fusion of feeling with the wind and water. It teaches alertness and courage, and in return gives a euphoria combined with peace that only a few other sports can deliver.  It’s hard to describe the feelings of sheer satisfaction when you sail all day, eventually reaching an isolated island where you can sit watch the sunset from your boat as time ticks away and the world is without end.

Some things are truly priceless. The joy of sailing is one of them. 

 

The 5 best places to sail  

Feeling the wind in your hair and the salt on your skin as you take to the water - that's true freedom. So pack your sea legs for a sail around our 5 favourite destinations.

Thailand
When you sail in Thailand you’ll be able to discover and explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for places to party hard and dance until dawn, or spots to relax, refresh and recharge you’ll find them all here once you set sail.

Croatia
Often described as the 'new Greece', the 'new Riviera' and the 'new Tuscany', Croatia nevertheless holds its own ground as one of the world’s must-go sailing destinations. The sun sparkles on the cerulean Adriatic which, with a 1778km coast and 1185 islands, offers a wealth of coastline to explore. Set sail for concealed coves, age-old fishing villages and isolated island groups like Kornati or Elafiti. 

Greek Islands
There’s something irresistible about Greece’s islands. Perhaps it’s the siren call of a magnificently rich and varied history, or maybe it’s the magic of 1400-plus islands scattered through the shimmering turquoise waters of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Select an island group to explore – favourites include the Cyclades (including Santorini and Mykonos) and the Ionians, including Corfu and Lefkada.

Menorca, Spain
Though it’s smaller and lesser known than other Balearic Islands like Ibiza and Mallorca, Menorca is scattered with more spectacular beaches than these two combined, including Cala Mitjaneta, Cala Pregonda, Cala Macarella and Macarelleta, Cala Turqueta and Cala Galdana, to name but a few. The stunning landscape is mixed with out-of-the-way coves and golden beaches along with a climate ideal for sailing, making it a true sailing paradise.

Southern Coast, Turkey
Every sailor should, at least once, sail the clear azure waters of Turkey’s Lycian or Carian Coast. In this much-chronicled part of the world, you’ll encounter moderate seas and fair winds that make sailing the deep water bays and towering coastline an absolute joy. Stop in at traditional fishing villages as well as lively towns and historic sites for an unforgettable experience. 

 

The 5 best tips  

These 5 tips will help make sure everything’s ship shape and Bristol fashion and that you have a safe, fun, and successful voyage.

1. Sail calm, clear waters.
If you’re just starting to learn how to sail and master the basics, then one of the most important sailing tips to remember is to practice in calm conditions of light winds with low traffic on the water. Remember that it’s often windier and cooler out on the water than it is on shore, so dress appropriately.

2. Choose a small boat.
The fewer lines and sails there are, the simpler it is to learn. A smaller, more responsive boat makes it easier to manoeuvre and to understand the dynamics of sailing. It’s also a much better option for practicing test capsizes.

3. Always be prepared.
Check tide, wind and weather conditions so you can be prepared for whatever the weather might throw at you. Make sure to take adequate provisions, clothing and basic weather gear as appropriate.

4. Be aware of the boom.
The boom is the big, heavy bar at the foot of the mainsail. It swings across the boat whenever you tack or gybe, and if it hits you it can cause serious injury and even knock you overboard. So whenever you hear talk of tacking or gybing, make sure you’re down in the cockpit, well out of the way.  

5. Learn basic sailing terms.
Before you set out on your first trip, acquaint yourself with basic sailing terms. Make sure you know the difference between port, starboard, and the points of sail, for example. Once you’re safely back on land, you can expand your nautical vocabulary to include key phrases such as “grog,” and “more grog, please.”  
 

The best way to go  

If you’re planning to get in a spot of sailing on your holiday, it makes sense that the best way to get to your destination is by sea. Charter a private, live-aboard boat and take to the ocean in style. You can choose from a timeless wooden sailing yacht, an elegant catamaran, a magnificent schooner or any of the beautifully equipped vessels.       
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