In the summer months many people want to leave behind the British Isles in search of tropical weather, exotic scenery and clear water. However, when it comes to sailing, you don't need to go far afield to find some truly spectacular sailing destinations, in fact, many may be right on your doorstep. Britain has a strong nautical heritage and a wide range of desirable sailing spots that are simply too good to miss. So if you're looking to venture somewhere new this summer, Sea Chest have put together a list of the top places you need to go before the sailing season is out!
Isles of Scilly
The north of Cornwall features windswept and dramatic scenery that epitomises the classic British coastline, but in the south, just off the Cornish coast, you will hit upon the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Characteristically, the Scillies have fair weather, subtropical plants and a serene collection of islands that you can really escape off to. The lush picture-postcard setting is absolutely made for avid seafarers to enjoy - and who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two!
Seal Pups On Blakeney Point, Norfolk
An area of outstanding natural beauty, Blakeney Point is the perfect place for a sail. With a tidal harbour, enclosed by a shingle spit of land, you will marvel at the scenery as you make your way across the wonderful sea vista filled with wildlife and a grey seal colony. The summer is the best time to witness seals raising their pups on the sandbanks before they go out and fend for themselves - so don't delay, get your boat prepared today and have a look for yourself!
Loch Lomond, Scotland
A gorgeous and well regarded sailing destination, this freshwater loch is surrounded by the distinctively wild and arresting Scottish scenery. A huge draw for windsurfers, jet skiers and many other watersport disciplines, Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of inland water in Great Britain and for that reason makes it a perfect sailing area. If you like competitive sailing, look out for the sailing club which features training programmes and class racing.
For serious sailors, Dartmouth comes alive in the summer months with boating fanatics taking advantage of the picturesque setting and superior sailing conditions. With a strong Naval history, Dartmouth has also become a popular destination for those that love yachting - with many seafarers stopping by the river and the clubhouse. Keep a look out for the sailing regatta in August, where a whole host of music nights, air displays and black tie events get going.
Fit for international standards of sailing, Weymouth hosted 2012 Olympic boating events and is home to one of the most well respected boating centres in the UK. Beautiful conditions and a sublime location, Weymouth is home to many competitions, regattas and championship events. If you're looking to build your confidence and become a better sailor, practicing in the River Wey is one of the best locations to do it!
A beautiful marine setting with sandy beaches and harbours, Pembrokeshire is a sailor destination not to be missed. The sheltered, deep water harbour and Milford Haven waterway protect vessels from the brunt of the harsh weather conditions and are home to the yachting centre. A quiet place for cruising around in your boat or dinghy, you can either learn on an RYA course or simply relax on your favourite skipper in the summer sunshine!