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Denmark and The Sea

Denmark and The Sea

The sea is never far away anywhere in Denmark, with miles of coastline and minimal tides. Houses can be built close to the water despite bitter storms. The ocean stays where it belongs, not crashing over your house at high tide as happens around Long Island, Southern California and the Bay of Fundy. Danish homeowners protect their beach fronts from being washed away by installing concrete and boulder breakwaters.

Land is mostly rolling farmland with large patches of forest scattered throughout. All the forests are planted, with most trees the same species, same height in each stand. All the land has been altered in some fashion by man, right to the waters edge.

The pattern for farmhouses and villages, established long ago, before the 15th Century, say, was good enough to keep through the 20th Century. Open air abounds in parks and private courtyards, all well-groomed and colorful. Ponds and canals add quiet and peace and invite wild creatures. A typical farm home rises around a central courtyard with exposed timbers and thatched roof. Animals are sheltered in one section, people in another. Maintenance equipment, for wheel wrighting, candle making, forging and weaving, is contained in a third. Some habitations keep animals and people close together for warmth. Solid and tightly built, most homes are decorated with flowers inside and out as well as with orchards and crops.

Near Tisvildeleje, sand dunes along the beach give way to a gnarled pine forest which stretches along the coast. It was planted in the 17th Century after an extended period of sand-drift buried the entire community and its little Tiberke Church.

The village, located northwest of Copenhagen, was picked up and moved – but the church lay buried until the forest grew and protected its site. Dug out and restored, it sits on a knoll in the farm country surrounded by trees. garden and an ancient cemetery. Danes built the granite church between 1120 and 1130 on a site used for ancient pagan rituals. As the Reformation took hold during the 16th Century, Tiberke church became Protestant. The original altar-piece from 1475, once Catholic, now Lutheran, has been returned from the National Museum at Fredriksborg. Hanging from the white arches within is a ship model, a constant presence in all Danish churches since Viking times.

Everyone rides a bike, or walks, enough so that alongside every road through the country runs a well-maintained path. The path wanders through woods and fields and sometimes takes off cross-country, away from the highway. On a fine day, bikes, baby carriages, wheelchairs and hikers move along the path. Bikes carry sleek, managerial-type riders, blue collar nature lovers, old folks, kids and housewives. Bikes with baskets line the walks until 5 p. m. when everything closes up tight; even shopkeepers live a normal life.

The early morning destination in any town is the bakery, full of pastries, rich warm breads of every variety, marzipan delicacies, cakes, tarts, pies, all fresh, all mouth-watering. Danish recipes all seem to start with a pound of fresh butter. Yet obesity is uncommon and the kids have lovely complexions.

Out at sea, the only motorized traffic comprises tankers, tugs and the Danish navy. Everyone else uses sail, fishermen included, striking out from the ancient harbor at Gilleleje, North Sealand Island, within sight of Sweden. Everyone sails, it seems: with powerful steady winds it might be fine to motor-downwind, but returning home on imported gasoline would break the bank. With a fairly calm sea close to shore, binoculars will show a mainsail on the horizon nearly disappearing behind a sea swell at one moment, then a clear view of a keel leaning high across a wave at the next.

The Viking heritage of cooperation with sea gods has not been forgotten. Tomorrow’s sailors take to the waves with wind surfers after swimmers have gone for the day, or for the winter. Late, as winds and swells rise, the experts try their skills further out to sea.

At Tisvildeleje, the sun sets across the water. Residents hurry out of the woods with a few more grams of the delicious chanterelle mushrooms and find shelter from the rising wind. They watch transfixed as the sky lights up in glorious color, reflective in calm water or choppy and wild with whitecaps, brilliant clouds to the west and pastels to the north. They make a wish and, if the sun remains completely visible as it sinks into the ocean, their wish is granted.

First to Fly

First to Fly

Who was the first person to fly? Now when I say fly I mean sustained, controlled flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft.

Was it that snappy dresser from Brazil Alberto Santos Dumont? His countrymen fervently think so. His first flight was on October 23, 1906. It was recognized by Brazilians and by the French and other Europeans to truly be the first controlled flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft. It had the ability to take off from the ground without any catapult assistance and it was witnessed in public by a large crowd and the scientific community.

When the Wright Brothers flew in the United States in front of people in general and in front of the press in particular they asked that no photographs be taken. They were very secretive because they were afraid that others would steal their designs or technical features of the aircraft. During the timeframe of 1903 – 1906 they still didn’t have an approved or accepted Patent which also was a factor in their secrecy. Their Patent (# 821,393) was granted on May 22,1906 – three years after they first flew. Then in 1908 they were awarded a government contract from the U.S. War Department ($25,000). They went to Paris on May 29, 1908 and finally demonstrated the aircraft in front of a very large crowd.

Was it Gustave Whitehead in Fairfield, Connecticut on August 14, 1901? Eyewitnesses have signed depositions years later attesting to that statement. Modern replicas of Whitehead’s aircraft have been successfully flown. A contract was made between the estate of the Wright Brother’s and the Smithsonian Institution to display the Wright Flyer’ at the Smithsonian (National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.) which stated that if it is proven that anyone else had flown first that the Wright Flyer would be taken back. Conspiracy theorists say that this contract’ was created to keep facts about Whitehead’s alleged flight from being divulged and published. Does a photograph exist showing Gustave Whitehead in flight in 1901? Has the existence of this photograph been suppressed? Controversy to this day still swirls around all these issues.

Was it Richard Pearse from New Zealand on March 31, 1903? He had eyewitnesses also. But there wasn’t any photographic evidence of flight. Also Richard Pearse has never said he was the first to fly and he does not want to take away that claim from the Wright Brother’s. The New Zealand Mint struck a silver medal in 1982 to commemorate the: “80th Anniversary of the World 1st Powered Flight”. The date on the medal is: “31-3-1982”. This of course would have made the alleged 1st flight in 1902. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland which had commissioned the silver medal states on their website that the 1st flight was in 1903. So was it 1902 or 1903? The debate still goes on.

Was it Glenn Curtiss? He flew an improved (structurally modified) version of Samuel P. Langley’s Great Aerodrome’ in 1914. So does that mean it could have flown in 1903 before the Wright Brother’s? The ‘Great Aerodrome’ fell off a houseboat in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. twice in 1903 (October 7th and December 8th).

Mr. Curtiss and the Wright Brother’s had Patent Litigation for many years with regards towards “controllable” flight and whose control system (wing-warping or elevator’s and ailerons) was the first and therefore legitimate.

Or was it really the Wright Brothers? It has been said that they didn’t really fly on December 17, 1903. Allegedly when Wilbur Wright was running alongside the aircraft he was supposedly balancing he was actually lifting it while his brother Orville Wright was flying’ it. The deep depressions of Wilbur’s footprints in the sand are supposed to be proof of that.

Well I was born and raised in Connecticut, but does that mean I have to automatically state that Gustave Whitehead was the first to fly? On the contrary, I emphatically state that I believe that the Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) designed, built, tested, and flew the first heavier-than-air aircraft in sustained and controllable flight. Who knows, maybe someone someday will prove beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt that someone else was first to fly. But until that day comes I am sticking with the Wright Brothers.

Taking a Vacation to Gold Coast Australia

Taking a Vacation to Gold Coast Australia

If you drive for about an hour south of Brisbane, you will find the Gold Coast of Australia. There is an airport at Coolangatta, which means Place of Good View in aboriginal. About 25 minutes from there is surfers paradise where all the high rises give way to casinos and shopping. There are forty two kms of golden beaches and surfers and bikini clad bodies.

Paula Stafford, the inventor of the bikini had a lot of influence on the Gold Coast development. The Meter Maids, who wore gold bikinis, and wandered the street for surfers, keeping the parking meters paid for people whose parking meter was about to expire, were the surfers’ mascots.

This is a really good vacations spot for all ages. Children like SeaWorld, Movieworld and Dreamworld, as well as the Australian Outback Spectacular. This is a horse and cattle experience that is live, like a rodeo.

Getting to these theme parks couldn’t be made any easier by the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle. This offers door to door transport from hotels. There is also a Surfside Bus that goes straight to the main theme park precinct at Helensvale/Coomera where all the above theme parks are situated except SeaWorld. If you are driving then parking is free at all theme parks and there is always plenty of space if you get there early.

Transport overall is incredibly easy. The Gold Coast Airport has a door to door transfer from Coolangatta to all registered accommodation houses and hotels in the gold Coast This meets all arriving flights into the Gold Coast and operates a one way or return transfer. Or a Gold Pass can be bought for AUD44 per adult which offers unlimited door to theme park transfers and all buses for 3 consecutive days (5 or 7 days are also available) or theere is a Freedom Pass which is the same as the Gold pass but includes Airport transfers too for AUD 58 per adult for 3 day pass.

Gerber Knives is a Name Most People Associate With Great Knives

Gerber Knives is a Name Most People Associate With Great Knives

Gerber knives is a name most people associate with great knives. They have been making pocket knives 1939 and are founded in Portland, Oregon. Its location now is in Tigard, Oregon and was established by Pete Gerber. Gerber knives is now a sub-division of a company called Fiskars Brands Inc. Witch is located in Finland.

This company is the first production knife company to work with Custom knife makers and also has work with other knife companies to try to get the best knife designs. Gerber’s first knives where kitchen sets that where sent out to clients during the holidays. Abercrombie & Fitch wanted Gerber to make more of these knives to sell in there catalog. That year was the year that Gerber started making knives on a much larger scale. Like I said earlier they where later taken over by Fiskars in 1987 and by 2003 reached sales of over $100 million. They are also one of the leading sellers of multitools in the country. There multi-tools are of the best quality and can make life much easier.

Gerber knives have worked with many different designs and designers. Designers such as Bob Loveless, Blackie Collins, Fred Carter, and Ernest Emerson. Also many employees that once worked for this company have gone on and made very successful Knife company’s them self’s. People like Al Mar and Pete Kershaw.

Gerber has many great designs like the bolt action socking system, the multi-tools, the push button locking Paul knives, and the clip-it diving knives. Gerber never stop trying to make pocket knives and hunting knives better for every one there constant struggle to make knives better is a testament to there products.

Choosing the Right Vancouver Lodging – Areas and Neighbourhoods to Consider

Choosing the Right Vancouver Lodging - Areas and Neighbourhoods to Consider

There are many reasons why Vancouver has consistently ranked amongst the top cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine and was selected as host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

The lush, green city landscape, surrounded by the mountains and the ocean provides outdoor enthusiasts with endless opportunity for activities and adventure. Multiple beaches within the city provide the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon soaking in the sunshine during the summer months. Three local mountains just a short drive out to North or West Vancouver offer skiing and snowboarding for those looking to get active during the winter months. World-class shopping, restaurants, sporting events and theatre provide excellent indoor entertainment on rainy days.

Vancouver also has an abundant supply of lodging available throughout the city and surrounding areas, ranging from bed and breakfasts, to vacation rental condos/homes to five star hotels. Whatever you choose to do while on vacation in Vancouver, there will be a perfectly-corresponding place to rest your head, as near as you’d like to be to your favourite sights and activities.

This article explores the various Vancouver lodging areas and neighbourhoods and should help you determine the most suitable choice for your next vacation.

Bright Lights, Big City – Staying Downtown

If you love to be in the middle of the action and enjoy the nightlife than staying downtown should be your first choice. Most nightclubs and theatres will be found in this area. Downtown is also where you’ll find the famous stretch of top-notch shops along Robson Street.

Many large hotels will be found in the centre of the downtown action with a large selection of vacation rental lodging in the Yaletown and Coal Harbour neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods are slightly less busy and noisy and have plenty of green space. Many Coal Harbour condominium complexes border Burrard Inlet near the convention centre and cruise ship terminal and provide easy access to the float plane docks with service to Vancouver Island. Most Yaletown condos can be found alongside False Creek and are just a two minute ferry ride to Granville Island for the markets. Most lodging in this areas is newer and more modern as well.

Extending just a little northwest from the core downtown area you’ll find the West End neighbourhood. Lodging in this area will be nearby many shops and restaurants and so long as you’ve got a comfortable pair of shoes, is walkable to the downtown area. The biggest perk of staying in the West End is that you’re in one of the closest areas to Stanley Park which is a must-visit attraction and includes the Vancouver Aquarium, famous totem poles, spectacular beaches and picturesque hiking and biking trails.

On the Edge of the Action – Mount Pleasant, Riley Park, and South Cambie

If you prefer a more peaceful night’s rest and don’t want to drive or ride a bus for long to the action of downtown than the areas of Mount Pleasant, Riley Park and South Cambie would be a wise lodging choice. These areas extend south from the downtown area and centre around the trendy Main Street corridor with great coffee shops and independent retailers selling vintage clothing, antiques, records or other interesting brick-a-brack.

The south end of this area of Vancouver also boasts Queen Elizabeth Park – the highest point in Vancouver with amazing views over the city, and a great fountain for snapping some interesting pics.

There are a few hotels in these areas but you’re more likely to find a nice vacation rental home or condo in a smaller complex as opposed to the many high-rises you’ll find downtown.

Laid Back Vancouver Westside – Fairview, Kitsilano and West Point Grey

If you love a peaceful stroll along the water, stopping off for a killer cuppa joe and a browse around some fun shops then the Vancouver Westside areas of Fairview, Kitsilano and West Point Grey are where you’ll enjoy staying most.

These are all beautifully kept and landscaped areas. The north edge of these areas borders English Bay and has some expansive beaches to enjoy in the summertime. The west edge borders the UBC Endowment Lands which are great for hiking or biking.

Both Broadway and West 4th Avenue are great streets to wander up and down for some retail therapy. Aside from these streets though, these areas are mostly residential and very quiet. There is no skytrain service to the west side of Vancouver so getting around or heading downtown is best done by car but could be done with a bus journey as well.

Like most areas outside of downtown, the majority of lodging in the Vancouver Westside area consists of bed and breakfasts and vacation rental homes or condos.

Superb South Vancouver – Dunbar and Kerrisdale

The southwest end of Vancouver is beautiful, but a little out of the way for tourists. There are some great upscale shops and restaurants to enjoy in the area though and if you’ve got a car it’s not too far of a drive to see the sights. The Dunbar neighbourhood also borders the UBC Endowment Lands that consist of a vast forested area with excellent trails for hiking and biking and gorgeous ocean views.

The south end of Vancouver is also very convenient to the airport and closer to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen if you decide to make a journey to the capital of BC, Victoria.

When it comes to lodging, you’re likely to find a good selection of larger vacation rental homes in this area.

A Guided Tour of New Zealand – The Small-Group Travel Paradigm

A Guided Tour of New Zealand - The Small-Group Travel Paradigm

The guided tour industry became mainstream in the late 1960s and 70s with the advent of cheap air travel, spurred on the adoption of the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. New Zealand, as a destination isolated by sea from all of its main markets, was particularly affected by this change.

The historical traveler was much more focused on “seeing” rather than “doing or learning”. This in part reflects the relative newness and exotic nature of the world, and relative lack of media coverage of its regions. Positioned in the mainstream, group tourism had a strong emphasis on cost, and the best way to see an exotic location at a reasonable price was to participate in a large guided group travelling on a very pre-determined route utilizing large accommodations and activity providers.

This situation has obviously evolved with the explosion of media throughout our lives. Now, it is possible very quickly to obtain information on almost any place, subject or person you may care to investigate. The modern traveler has moved well beyond a passive “show and tell” mentality, and is now looking for a New Zealand travel experience that explores and interacts with a higher level of cultural and ecological aspects of their destination. This is in stark contrast to the demands of bygone travel experiences, which were often passive and non-involving.

There are two elements critical to the provision of an active and interactive travel experience: group size and local knowledge.

In New Zealand, apart from a few defined city areas, the tourism infrastructure does not allow for large groups. This is particularly apparent in the provision of accommodation, which is very limited, but is also reflected in many of the nature experiences and adventure activities available. Group size determines where you can visit, and what you can do when you are there. Larger travel groups benefit from economies of scale in terms of their over-all pricing, but the quality of their experience cannot be compared to that enjoyed by a smaller tour group. Local knowledge is also critical in the provision of a truly interactive experience.

Local guides add a level of subtlety and understanding to travel not available through guidebooks or self learning. A guided tour can therefore offer a unique insight into many aspects of the travel destination that would not be available to the casual traveler.

In summary, the modern traveler to New Zealand presents new and unique demands to the travel industry. Their desire for quality, depth of knowledge, and participation in their travel experience can be met by a guided travel format that utilizes a combination of quality, knowledgeable guides, and a small tour size that preserves the values of uniqueness and subtlety when travelling.

Explore the Island of Contoy, by Boat From Isla Mujeres, Just Across the Bay From Cancun, Mexico

Explore the Island of Contoy, by Boat From Isla Mujeres, Just Across the Bay From Cancun, Mexico

Contoy Island National Park is located off the coast of Quintana Roo State about 32 kilometers north of Isla Mujeres, where the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea meet. The National Park can only be reached by sea using boats with special permits that leave from Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez and Cancun. The sailing time is between one to two hours.

The Park covers an area of approximately 51 square kilometers of which only 2.3 square kilometers is solid ground. The Island itself covers 8.75 kilometers in length and its width varies from 20 to 725 meters. The terrain is almost flat, with the only contrast being some low coastal dunes, whose approximate height is 12 meters above sea level.

There are two theories to the origin of the name Contoy: one refers to the word “Contoy” a combination of two Mayan terms “Kom” meaning depression in the earth and “To Oy” meaning shelter. Throughout time the Island has provided shelter to seafarers. The second theory being “Contoy” is adapted from the word “Ponto” meaning Pelican in Mayan.

Contoy Island is the oldest protected Nature Reserve in Quintana Roo. In January 1961 Isla Contoy was given the status of Nature Reserve and Wildlife Refuge, and then in 1986 it was also granted Marine Turtle Protection Area. National Park status was awarded in February 1998 increasing the Mandate to include a sea area around the Island of 51.28 square kilometers.

When visiting Contoy Island National Park, it is one of the few places in Quintana Roo that is still practically unspoiled; it is asked that a code of conduct is observed. These are simple, but important rules:

A) Do not remove, touch or pick up any animals, plants or life form.

B) Observe birds from a distance to avoid disturbing them.

C) Please only eat food and drink in designated areas and please, please place your litter in the bins which are provided.

Sorry to go on but in the Ocean Area please comply with the following further requests: –

D) Do not catch fish, disturb or remove any life form.

E) When snorkeling or diving do not touch any coral and avoid disturbing the sea beds.

F) Please stay in designated swimming areas at all times – this is important!

G) Please do not use sun lotion or oil.

H) And lastly please do not throw any solid or liquid waste into the waters, thank you.

Visitors to the Enhancing Island of Isla Mujeres should wonder down to the Jetty area where they will find Contoy Island Place – a fisherman’s co-operative who have a permit to take you to the beautiful National Park of Contoy Island.

Las Vegas Helicopter Rides Are a Great Way to See Sin City and the Desert

Las Vegas Helicopter Rides Are a Great Way to See Sin City and the Desert

Thousands of people enjoy the helicopter tours in Las Vegas every month. These tours can fly over the city itself or go to local attractions such as Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, The Grand Canyon or Red Rock Canyon. The Grand Canyon is the most popular of these tours.

There are different types of tours for each destination. Here’s one example of a Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas. First you will get picked up from your hotel with a shuttle that takes you to the airport. From the airport you are flown in an airplane over Vegas, then over Hoover Dam and Lake mead, then to the Grand Canyon. The flight takes about 40 minutes. Once you arrive at the Grand Canyon, you board a helicopter which the takes you to the bottom of the canyon floor. You then board a boat and take a short trip down the Colorado River. Then, you get back on the helicopter and go to the rim of the canyon. Then you take a bus tour for a couple hours. After the bus tour you have a BBQ lunch, get back on the airplane, return to Las Vegas and then the tour company drops you off at your hotel. The whole tour takes about seven and a half hours and usually only costs about $350 to $450 a person.

The Las Vegas helicopter rides that go over the city itself are most popular at night time when all the amazing lights of the strip are on display. A typical Las Vegas strip helicopter flight will be about ten minutes long and cost between $50 and $100 a person. You can find some specials occasionally such as two for one offers.

RV Travel Essentials – Extension Cords & Adapters

RV Travel Essentials - Extension Cords & Adapters

Millions of travelers hit the road every year in RV’s and motor homes. Vacations in an RV traversing the country are popular, affordable and educational. Viewing new places as you drive along the highways stopping in various towns, big and small helps travelers really understand the culture of the United States. Recreational vehicles also become home to many workers who travel from one construction site to another, following the available work. Before you set out on an RV road trip or make your life on the road, make sure you have the proper equipment. An important motor home staple item is an extension cord and set of adapters, for power when you need it.

Don’t roll up after a long day on the road, and be just an inch too short to hook up your RV or motor home. Now you might think you can use just any extension cord, or even several strung together with on the end to solve the problem. That’s a mistake with potentially serious consequences. Using an extension cord not made for RV power is a fire hazard and can damage your RV’s power equipment. This risk is not worth taking, especially when there are specialized extension cords that are designed for the specific power requirements of today’s recreational vehicles and motor homes

For a more in depth look at why a long extension cord needs to be heavy duty you need to understand some fundamentals about electricity. Though wire is highly conductive, it still presents some resistance to electricity flowing through it. And the longer an extension cord, the more resistance produced. That resistance creates heat which in turn can create fire – a hazard for you and your RV.

The solution is to buy the correct equipment. Depending on the application, an RV extension cord can be from 15 to 50 feet long. With the correct extension cord you will always be able to reach power sources and always feel safe.

Extension cords help provide electricity to your RV as well as power to any generators you may use. For long stays on the road you will want to run your microwave for quick meals, a radio for music and sports, fans for cooling down and even television. Also, if you’re traveling in the winter months or in colder locales, an RV extension cord can help power a generator for extra heat.

For people permanently living in recreational vehicles and motor homes, quality extension cords and RV adapters are a basic necessity. Electricity ensures that you can make food, stay warm and light the area around your camp. An RV extension cord rated for all types of weather and made with durability and longevity in mind is a smart option.

When you travel in an RV or motor home, you might stop at a residential area, a campground, or even an in-town parking area. Often there will be a power source to hook up to. Look for a pole or electrical box with an outlet. This is likely the power source for your RV. If you’re staying in a campground, the grounds keepers or camp hosts should have more information on the cost of the electrical hookup, and the type of extension cord and adapter needed.

Depending on where you travel and when you travel, there are certain conditions you should expect. Anticipate different hookup types at different RV campgrounds. You should have an RV specific adapter so you know you can hook in to the campground-provided power source. Specifically, the types of outlets you might encounter are 15A, 30A or 50A outlets. Expect weather to fluctuate between rain and heat. An all-weather RV extension cord should be water resistant, heat resistant and durable.

For maximum convenience consider the extra features offered by premium RV extension cords. Planned or not, many travelers find themselves pulling into a campground or rest stop after dark. Campgrounds are not always well-lit, so a motor home adapter and extension cord with a lighted end is essential for late-night power set up. Extension cords with ends that light up when current is flowing help you know that your equipment is working properly. No need to walk from your RV to your hookup over and over, the lighted end signals a working connection.

Another convenience found on premium RV extension cords is foldaway nylon handles on both male and female connectors. You will find it easier to connect and disconnect your RV extension cord or adapter with far less effort and stress.

As a final recommendation, consider personalizing your extension cord. Often campers lend equipment to other campers needing help hooking up and getting settled in. Having your name, personal slogan or other identifying legend printed down the entire length of the cord will ensure that it makes its way back to you.

A vacation or lifestyle in an RV or motor home can be rewarding and fun. Make sure you have the correct equipment so you can enjoy the sights. Milspec Direct provides RV extension cords and RV adapters that are all-weather rated, have lighted ends and patented Pro Grip(TM) handles.

Top Sailing Around Britain

Top Sailing Around Britain

Britain’s wealth of quaint coastal towns and ruggedly beautiful coastline means that sailing around Britain is never boring, whether it’s your first circumnavigation of Britain or your fifth. The route you take will largely be decided by the anchorages you choose and the towns you want to visit on the way. The waters of the Solent, with Southampton at its northernmost reaches, Portsmouth Harbour on its shores and sheltered by the Isle of Wight, are a good starting pointing. From there, the prevailing South Westerly will probably dictate that you head in an anti-clockwise direction towards Edinburgh, instead of first visiting the dramatic west coast of Scotland.

The Solent

The Solent is prime sailing territory in Britain, due to its sheltered position between the South coast and the Isle of Wight and complex tidal pattern. I It  also hosts to the popular Cowes Week sailing race. The coastal area is of particular interest to naturalists and the estuary has been declared a conversation zone owing to its rich fauna and flora. The Solent is also one of the most popular places from which to learn to sail yachts in Britain.

The Hebrides

All the way up north, the Hebrides arguable possess the most evocative and breathtaking coastlines in Great Britain, and offer endless opportunities for coastal sailing and exploration owing to the dozens of islands that are scattered across Scotland’s western waters. The only drawback is that the weather is harsh and the waters can become extremely dangerous.  The islands support small populations of local people, and so the villages preserve old Celtic traditions. They also support populations of puffins, seals and otters and you are bound to see dolphins while on the water.

Tinker’s Hole off the isle of Mull has been voted as one of Britain’s best anchorages. It offers all-round shelter to yachts and magnificent views, sandy beaches and a cave that can be explored by dingy.

Northumbria

Northumbria in North East England offers some great sailing and interesting anchorages.  Holy island provides a peaceful haven to escape to while sailing around Britain. It boasts an attractive and historic village called Lindisfarne and an imposing castle that sits above the cliff faces. The Farne islands off the Northumbrian coast are home to the largest populations of many coastal species in Britain, including grey seals and puffins and are the ideal location for animal and bird lovers.  There are two good anchorages around the islands called Pinnacle Haven and the Kettle. The islands also boast an interesting cultural history.  

Sailing around Britain allows intrepid explorers the opportunity to escape from city life and explore places that are completely off the beaten track and is also a perfect way to see the best of Britain.