Sailing Vacations - Exploring New England
Exploring New England's Shore By Sailboat by David Dunlap
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Of the six states that comprise our country's quaint New England,
five are on the coast, making the area a prime place for enjoying
water sports, including a top favorite, sailing.
Whether you make your home there or decide to take in the
sea air during your next vacation, you'll never encounter
a lack of ways to enjoy the water while sailing these unique
The coast itself is remarkably different from others farther
south on the Atlantic; here, you'll find craggy cliffs, white
beaches, and rocky beaches mixed with cracked shells. Because
New England is a relatively small area, you'll also enjoy
the "sea-to-city" landscape; you can sail far off
the New England coast or one of its islands and still see
the city lights blinking back at you.
For exceptional sailing opportunities, you can always find
a "sailboat race" or regatta going on, and you can
either join in the competition or get a good seat for a perfect
view from land.
Some of the best-known beaches, such as Massachusetts' Cape
Cod, and its glamorous "little sister," Martha's
Vineyard, bring thousands of tourists yearly to enjoy the
high cliffs, dunes, and white sands. The other great thing
about sailing in New England is that you can easily "jump
the waters" to another state and enjoy excellent sailing
in Maine's 100 miles of beaches, including Cape Elizabeth,
and New Hampshire's coast, as well. And if you're looking
for a little privacy, there are several "out of the way,"
less "touristy" beaches and islands to drop your
anchor. One is Block Island, off Rhode Island's coast.
You can opt to take a leisurely shoreline cruise on a guided
tour, or grab the helm yourself and "bareboat sail"
the day away at your own pace. And don't forget to sample
the renowned New England fresh lobster; take along the champagne
and cook it up on board for a festive afternoon of sailing
while watching for whales and other wildlife indigenous to
the area. Lighthouses also dot the shore, which make for a
romantic sight from your vantage point at sea.
So start your next sailboating adventure where America's
history began - you'll be guaranteed to see, hear, feel, smell,
and taste some of the most sensuous sensations ever!
About the Author
David Dunlap is the owner and founder of All About Sailboats
and The Ocean Sailing Guide, two online resources for every
sailing enthusiast. For sailing information and resources,
including boat insurance and sailing charters, visit http://allaboutsailboats.com