Recently Look Insurance emailed me asking what’s the world’s most exotic sailing destination is. LOOK offers marine insurance so they’re interested in hearing the opinions of sailing enthusiasts as part of their research.
Getting back to the question at hand…
When I heard the word ‘exotic,’ images of white sandy beaches, turquoise water, rain forests and strange colorful fruits came to mind.
Considering that our sailing adventure has only taken us around the Mediterranean, I had to respond to LOOK’s question with the following honest response:
“I have no idea what the world’s most exotic sailing destination is! I haven’t found it yet!”
That being noted, LOOK’s question made me think about my favourite sailing destination thus far. We’ve sailed from Palma, Mallorca to Gibraltar. Then we made an 850+ mile journey to Malta getting stormbound in Algeria. After that, we sailed to Sicily, up to Italy, over to the Greek Ionian Islands, through the Corinth Canal hitting mainland Greece. Followed with loads of island hopping in the Aegean with a couple visits to Turkey.
Bearing in mind our sailing log thus far, there are a few places that I disliked – Athens being the worst
The famous city sits under a veil of yellow smog and the Olympic Marina we stayed in was surrounded by abandoned parking lots and burnt out buildings. We also stay in a bay in the Aegean where loads of rubbish seemed to pool – it was disgusting. I was so annoyed with the dirty anchorage that I failed to note where I was!
But aside from a few dirty places, overall our experience of the Mediterranean has been absolutely amazing. Some bays are quiet allowing for days filled with sporadic swims, exploration adventures on land and amazing sunsets. Other anchorages are less quiet offering water sports; character filled restaurants and new sailing neighbors to meet.
Each anchorage seemed to offer something different from the one before
Either the scenery was different or overall feel of the area changed. Furthermore, as a new sailor, I noticed that I felt inclined to cycle through areas of peacefulness through to anchorages with more life and then repeat.
After a few days tied onto a busy town quay or time spent in a marina, the crew (my family) and I would all vote for our next destination to be quiet, unpopulated and sheltered. Eventually the quiet bay would feel too quiet and we’d decide on a more exciting anchorage. And so the cycle continued all summer long.
The worlds most exotic sailing destination? The Mediterranean’s best anchorage?
Coming back to LOOK’s question – not only am I unable to name the world’s most exotic sailing destination…I’m not even able to choose the Mediterranean’s best anchorage.
Almost every day my eyes are greeted with beautiful views, my stomach is filled with local, healthy, tasty foods and I meet the most incredible people. For me, as a whole, everything is the best and it just keeps getting better and better.