South West, UK
Best Sailing Months: April to November
Prevailing Wind: South West
The south west is famous for its nautical history. Explorers from foreign lands did and still do make this their first UK landfall. The remoteness to the rest of the UK made it an ideal coastline for smuggling, and Cornwall is steeped in pirate folklore. From the nautical town of Falmouth, where it is not unusual to see stunning superyachts out sailing with traditional Cornish luggers, to the beautiful harbours of Salcombe, Brixham and Dartmouth. In between you can visit the quintessential Cornish harbours of Fowey and Polperro and the Naval Port of Plymouth. Plymouth also drenched in nautical history with a huge natural harbour, from where the Mayflower set sail, and now hosts many famous sailing and powerboat races. The Hoe overlooks Plymouth Sound and it is from there that Sir Francis Drake first spied the Spanish Armada, yet he insisted on finishing his game of bowls first! Plymouth is also the finish line for the famous Fastnet Yacht Race, so August is an excellent time to visit this city. If you have a little more time there is always the opportunity to sail to the Isles of Scilly with its golden beaches to match any in the Caribbean. Circumnavigating these beautiful islands is a great navigational exercise.
The maritime tropical winds bring warm moist air in the summer and you might experience advection fog that forms over the sea.