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Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Sorry guys, the title has already been taken! Ilhabela (on the coast of Sao Paulo) is the "sailing capital" (of Brazil anyway!). Great climate, year-round sailing, regattas, reliable wind and spectacular natural beauty!

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I was hoping for a few international competitors! Someday, I will have to go judge for myself.
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I still don't recall hearing of too many Narragansett Bay sailors that keep their boat on the Chessy........-Minneswaska

Thats a good point. I have often wondered why since your season essentially ends Oct 1 for many why some dont sail down and enjoy fall here as well as spring the following year and then sail back up. There are plenty of PB who pull here in October. We do have one person who comes from NE ( Portsmouth, NH every October and keeps his boat here in the shoulder months to get 3 extra months of sailing in.

We do see an influx of people in October, but usually they are headed further south. I dont blame them either. January in Maryland vs January in Florida or the Bahamas...no brainer/

On the other hand maybe this really is a terrible place to sail and I have blinders on ( hopefully this will keep everyone away so we can keep it to ourselves)

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...US Anthem- Star Spangled Banner was written in a spot I pass every time I take my boat out of the Club....

Now that's pretty cool, but not really sailing capital stuff. Francis Scott Key was a lawyer and poet, not a sailor
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He was negotiating prisioner releases and was havng dinner with the British officers, they didnt want to let him go so as to give the position and strength away. Key also was a supporter of the slave trade and helped defend the owners of the large slave trading houses in Annapolis.

They dont tell that part of his story when they memorialize him

Some times we anchor where he was sitting on the British ship watching the mombardment of Ft McHenry. It is our favorite spot to watch July 4th firemeowrks over the Fort.
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Re: Sailing Capital of the........

+1 for Newport. Spent many happy weeks there in the summer and in my mind Newport earns it. Vast array of activities and destinations, great place to eat and tours to take also amazing scenery and amazing sailboats everywhere. And generally decent wind in the summer.

p.s. I live almost within sight of Minnewaska State Park.
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Re: Sailing Capital of the........

I contend that the sailing capitol of the World is now the Internet.....I mean, just look how many sailors are here right now!!! Modern times and arm-chair sailing

Of course, in real time, my vote is where ever your boat happens to be.
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I think Annapolis's claim of being the 'Sailing Capital' is a pun lost on most who read it. The basis for Annapolis' s claim as the Sailing Capital is that we are the only U.S. state capital with a serious sailing reputation. Most, if not all state capitals are inland so that is why our fair city says that it is the Sailing Capital.

The misunderstood pun seemingly has worked a little in that someone took it seriously enough to decide that the Sailing Hall of Fame belongs in Annapolis much to the surprise and consternation of much of Annapolis's sailing community, but that's another story altogether......
..and what other State can you find a Governor walking the docks looking to find another way to tax the marine industry...
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Sorry guys, the title has already been taken! Ilhabela (on the coast of Sao Paulo) is the "sailing capital" (of Brazil anyway!). Great climate, year-round sailing, regattas, reliable wind and spectacular natural beauty!

Ilhabela - Capital da Vela - YouTube
Beautiful place. I think it makes more sense to talk about a country's sail capital and in that regards Portucal, Cascais. But even if we talk at world level and if we consider big sailing international top events, Cascais would be hard to beat. Just look at the big sailing events that took place there in one year:

Well in one year Cascais had:

America's cup (Ac 45)
Volvo Ocean race end of leg and in port races.
Audi med cup (TP 52 and soto 40)
Open 60 ( Europa warm up)
RC44 (Cascais cup)
Mod 70 (end of leg and in port race)


And even if I consider that Dinghy competitions are less important, 5 years ago the ISAF sail world championships were sailed there.

The conditions for sailing are just great, take a look:














and the town and surroundings are beautiful:




Cascais is not only a nice place for racing, it has a great bay protected by the predominant winds. It was a favorite place of mine when I cruised in Portugal, 30 years ago, on my traditional wooden boat. Great place, great food and great night live.

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Noank, CT is the sailing capital of the Milky Way.
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Having been to every port on Lake Michigan, to Mackinac Island, into the North Channel and on to the Benjamin Islands, I can say the only want I had was warmer weather (occasionally) and a longer season. There are some absolutely gorgeous places to visit on the Great Lakes.

I had a day sail out of Newport and one out of Annapolis and both are beautiful. But the shallow waters of the Chesapeake and the constant vigil one has to keep on depth made me long for the carefree sailing I know so well sailing out of Chicago. Newport was flush with maxi-sailboats. Both Newport and Annapolis are rich with sailing history. I'd like to get to know both better.

I spent a week sailing the Bahamas and a week sailing in the Keys. Both have left me with great memories. One worldly sailor told me you can get everything you want in the Bahamas. I'd like to return to both places.

Sailing Capital of the World? I can't say. I haven't been everywhere. But where I have been sailing has almost always kept me in awe and happy as a clam.
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