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Dream sailing destinations

from Adam Turinas and the readers of his blog Messing About in Sail Boats

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. - Douglas Adams.

Top of my list for tropical destinations is Fiji for a perfect combination of tropical paradise, great sailing, different culture and some spectacular diving. For my 50th birthday, I plan to go to the Galapagos. I hear the sailing is a little tame but the diving is incredible. At some point I want to sail the Classic Race Week in Antigua. Last but not least, how about sailing an antique Schooner in Maine?

One of my readers, a lake sailor in New Mexico had three dream destinations: the stunning lakes of Wisconsin, the beautiful islands of New Caledonia, a wonderfully peaceful, off-the-beaten-path place to go. Last as a fan of New Zealand's national sailing team her dream was to sail that nation's waters, not just Auckland, but around the coast of both islands, seeking out lesser-known ports of call.

JP from Putney is a man after my own heart. His dreams are to sail round Cape Horn or Bora Bora. One of my friends is living the dream. The last time I spoke with him, he was heading out to race in both Antigua and St Maarten Heineken Cup on Stars and Stripes. Lucky bugger!

A dinghy sailor mate of mine had one dream: Hayling Island for the 2010 Laser Masters Worlds. Definitely a great place for sailors, up the road from Chichester and close to the Solent.

Last but not least, a reader called Annie, inspired me to sail from anywhere on the east coast of Australia to Lord Howe Island, mooring in the lagoon, going ashore and enjoying a few days in this World Heritage listed paradise. One of the best things is that there's a limit of 400 tourists staying on the island at any time.”