Where To Go Now
Sailing your home waters in summer is fun; sailing someone elses home waters is an adventure.
Now, as you read this magazine, is the time to think about where youd like to spend your summer sailing vacation. Some mighty fine North American cruising grounds offer charteringthe way most of us get to sail outside our home watersonly in May through September or at least enjoy their finest moments at that time of year.
This year weve posted our U.S. and Canadian charter company listings on sailmagazine.com. Theyre linked to the charter companies Web sites, and theyll be continually updated as new information becomes available.
If youre looking to go farther afield, think about cruising in Northern Europe, the Eastern or Western Mediterranean, or the Adriatic (Croatia). And think quicklychartering is extremely popular in Europe, and, though the fleets are large, the boats get booked early. Id opt to sail the Med in late spring or early autumn to miss the crowds, the heat, the higher prices, and the frequent windless (or, where the meltemi reigns, overly windy) days.
Prime sailing season in the tropical waters of the Pacific falls conveniently in the local winter, March/April through November, with the crowds gathering in July and August. March through September, the dry season, is prime time in Australias Whitsunday Islandsplenty of charter boats there, plus access to the Great Barrier Reef.
Finally, if youre looking for a less-expensive way to cruise the Caribbean, take advantage of the summer specialslower price, or more days for the same priceoffered by just about all the Caribbean bareboat companies. Well have an up-to-date advisory in May, so keep posted.