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post #35 of Old 09-26-2013
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Re: Best sailing spots of the world?

I have 'done' the East and West coasts of Australia, including the Whitsundays. Plus Fiji, the Virgin Islands and a little of Scotland and the Med.

Without a doubt, my new 'patch' of Tasmania beats all of the above. Sure, it can be cold, but the scenery and numerous sheltered bays with unspoiled beaches compensates for having to wear thermals some of the time. Despite being in the roaring forties, there are plenty of days both summer and winter when the winds are light enough to fly a spinnaker. Except on the western side, it does not rain nearly as much as people think. Some summer days are downright hot, but not humid like the tropics.

Also, despite their per capita boat ownership being the highest in Australia, Tasmania's actual population is small, so that really means it is always easy to find an uncrowded anchorage. Most places the holding is safe, so it is easy to get a good night's sleep when anchored out.

The south and south east coasts in particular have plenty of great short sails in mostly sheltered water, so you could spend half a lifetime there and never have to be at sea at night if you didn't want to.
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