Bequia in Grenadines is one of the best places on the planet for sailors. A small island with friendly people and a great place to chill.
On the way in and out of Bequia you pass a point of land with one of the strangest things I have ever seen sailing - the Moonholes. These structures are built into the rock. They look like a James Bondian bad guy lair or the perfect place to house a secret cult.
This has to be one of the most interesting set of sailing photos I have seen on Flickr. Sail North seems to be an outfit based in Norway that combines sailing and artic adventure. You can see a beautiful slideshow of one of their adventures here. It's well worth viewing.
A while ago, I created a map using Platial where people could share their favorite places. You can find it here. There is also a Facebook application which you can find here. So far there are 199 places on the map on Platial and for some strange reason there are over 500 on the Facebook application.
Check it out if you haven't seen it and please add your favorite places.
Despite the fact that we are having a vacation at 9,000 feet above sea level in landlocked Colorado, it would not be a good vacation without some kind of sailing. Fortunately we have Lake Dillon on hand. In the coffee table book, Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die, Lake Dillon is listed as one of the best places to sail in the US. It is certainly unique. Pat of a Desert Sea, also lists it in the top 12 places to sail in the Desert and Mountain Southwest.
I can see why it gets the accolades. It's actually a reservoir created by a dam. While it's a fairly restricted waterway, about 10 windey miles long but only a couple of miles wide at its fattest, the scenery is second to none. I have been lucky enough to sail in the Caribbean, the Solent, up and down the Eastern Seaboard and the Med but the views from Lake Dillon take the prize. You are surrounded by the Rockies. This of course also creates some interesting conditions.
Alice and I rented a Catalina 22 from Lake Dillon Marina. As neither of us had any sailing documentation with us, they put us through a quick sailing quiz. Most of the questions were about how you would deal with adverse conditions. This was our first clue to what sailing on Lake Dillon could be like.