For a seasoned sailing enthusiast, a good sailing challenge at sea is a welcomed experience. While rough seas and fierce currents may be a deterrent for some, a good fight with the most challenging waters that Mother Nature has to offer can be one of the most challenging and exhilarating experiences in a passionate sailors life.
Sailing through the various challenging aquatic areas throughout the world can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a sailing enthusiast. The bragging rights attached to some of the world’s challenging sea treks are beyond compare to any other thrill seeking experience available.
It is important to note that with a great sailing challenge comes great danger. Some of the most treacherous waters of the world can come with a very real risk of injury or even worse death. One should never embark on any sailing experience without proper training, safety precautions and equipment to ensure that your high sea adventure is as safe as it is exciting.
Regardless of your sailing skill level, any body of water you may choose to sail through can be dangerous, especially if you don’t have all the proper boat safety equipment necessary to ensure that your challenging sailing adventure is a safe one.
Read on for 5 of the world’s most exciting and challenging waters that the world has to offer, but be aware they are not for first time or novice sailors.
Like most of the world’s challenging waters The Mediterranean is both famous and notorious for being at its roughest during the fall and winter months, however its calm and serene spring and summer conditions can rapidly change to a rough and choppy sail on whim. The harsh sailing conditions, however, are paired with calming skies and breathtaking ocean views.
The waters surrounding the South American continent host some of the most breathtaking views the world has to offer, it is also home to the most challenging sailing locations there is, specifically the Drake Passage located between Cape Horn and Antarctic Shetland Islands.
Although this stunning area has its moments of calm and serene, the majority of the Drake Passage is packed full of rough sea and challenging currents to fight along the way.
The Bass Strait
Located between Australia’s mainland and the Island of Tasmania is the equally gorgeous and treacherous Bass Strait. Seasoned sailing enthusiasts flock to this breathtaking body of water for not only its majestic beauty but for the high-octane sailing experience that this rough and challenging ocean area has to offer.
The Cape of Good Hope
The waters surrounding the African continent have no shortage of challenging waters to sail through. The Cape of Good Hope, for example, can deliver some of the most exhilarating sailing experiences in the world. Especially where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.
This fierce area of water is by no means suitable for first time or novice sailors to embark on. Seasoned and expert sailors who crave a good challenge, on the other hand, can choose to take on the unforgiving waters that the Cape of Good Hope holds. Just be aware that this area is as dangerous as it is challenging.
The Tasman Sea
Australian and New Zealand waters are famous for having some of the most challenging sailing spots to embrace. The Tasman Sea located between Australia and New Zealand is no exception. The furious chop and unforgiving high winds to trek through are rewarded with awe-inspiring views and up close and personal encounters with the multiple species of aquatic life.