Pembrokeshire Cruising, one of the UK's leading RYA sea schools, have compiled their top 3 destinations to sail to in 2017.
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1 - The Isles of Scilly
Basking in a micro-climate caused by the gulf stream, the white sparkling sands and crystal clear waters create a paradise which is a closer cruising destination than you may think. With over a dozen anchorages in the archipelago to choose from the Scilly Isles is a haven of tranquillity to cruise in.
Some of our favourite islands, anchorages and visitor moorings can be found in New Grimsby Sound, lying between Tresco & Bryher, The Cove at St Agnes, with a visit to the Turks Head to wet the whistle. St Martins Bay on the east of the Island or Tean Sound on the west, offer great visitor moorings. St Marys' Hugh Town, the capital of the Scillies is ideal for lunch at the Mermaid then a spot of shopping and victualling.
Padstow & Lundy Island are on route from Neyland to the Scillies and are a great place to stop at on your cruise. The light house and Marisco Pub on Lundy and the Fish & Chips in Padstow are worth dropping anchor for.
2- Southern Ireland
A warm welcome awaits the Skipper and Crew of any vessel that navigate across the channel to the Emerald Isles. Crossing the St Georges Channel from Neyland to Kilmore Quay will take around 12 Hours under sail with a favourable breeze.
From Kilmore Quay head along the south coast, to Dunmore East and pop into the Powers Pub on a Tuesday night for an open mic session with the local Irish Folk scene. Then onto Ballycotton where the Seafood & Shanty festival is held in June. Kinsale is the Gourmet Capital of Ireland & Cork has a bustling collection of cool coffee shops, vibrant art galleries, unusual museums and seriously good pubs.
Pop into Baltimore with the famous 'fort of the jewels' Dun na Sead, then past the Fastnet Rock heading to Roaring Water Bay. This mini archipelago has stunning, beautiful, wild scenery with an abundance of Islands, anchorages and watering holes.
Southern Ireland is truly one of the most beautiful and stunning cruising experiences of the World.
3 - The Pembrokeshire Coast & Islands
The abundance of anchorages along the National Park Coastline and the Nature Reserve Islands is not the only attraction that Pembrokeshire offers. Famous for its seabird and sea life; manx shearwaters, puffins, seals, dolphins, porpoise plus much more inhabit the waters.
From Angle Bay to Watwick Bay, Pembrokeshire offers an unrivalled A to Z of some of the best secluded beaches in the UK. Barafundle has just been voted one of the best beaches in the Travel Guide, quoted as 'a visual overdose of beauty'. With Watwick being one of our favourite lunch/swim stops in a westerly.
There are great sea fronted eateries offering locally caught, sustainable seafood: The Griffin at Dale, the Swan in Little Haven, a host of hostelries and eateries in both Solva and Tenby.
Whatever the weather and wind throws at you there is always a cruising destination in Pembrokeshire. Within the sheltered 24 miles of the Milford Haven deep water estuary there are plenty of interesting nooks, anchorages and moorings to discover.
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