Scilly ‘Hard To Beat’ As Cruising Destination Says New Guidebook

boats in harbour 3A new book by a respected sailing author says that Scilly is “hard to beat” as a cruising destination and is one of the “top ten places to explore in Europe.”

Vanessa Bird, who sails out of Chichester, has written for Classic Boat and Yachting Monthly and she’s presented a boating series on The Discovery Channel.

Her new work, Dream Cruising Destinations, recommends Scilly along with more exotic destinations like Thailand, the Aegean Coast, the Virgin Islands and the Cote D’Azur.

Vanessa suggests that sailors moor in Scilly for at least ten days to get the most out of a visit to the islands.

She says that family facilities are limited but there’s plenty of beauty to admire, with our “crystal-clear, azure-coloured waters, bleached white, super- sandy beaches and palm trees.”

The author claims Scilly is “a gem of a place” which “would not look out of place in the Caribbean.”

All the islands are positively reviewed but St Martins gets the greatest praise as it offers “some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the UK.”

Vanessa Bird advises visiting between May and September but warns sailors to proceed on this “hard route” from the mainland “with extreme caution.”

She cautions that our waters can be “a tricky area to sail”, containing many hazards and that “a high level of skill and boat handling experience is required.”

Dream Cruising Destinations is published by Bloomsbury on September 25th.