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Destination Guide


DESTINATION GUIDE

CLASSIC YACHT SAILING DESTINATIONS

Are you cruising somewhere? Find out where to stay, where to eat and which yachts to charter here, in Classic Yacht TV's exclusive Destination Guide.

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Destination Guide


DESTINATION GUIDE

CLASSIC YACHT SAILING DESTINATIONS

Are you cruising somewhere? Find out where to stay, where to eat and which yachts to charter here, in Classic Yacht TV's exclusive Destination Guide.

Explore the best hotels, apartments and places to stay from Antibes to the Antigua, Marblehead in Maine to the European island of Malta or, as described here 'Rome by the sea'. Browse charters yachts associated with specific destinations and regattas. More locations are launching soon, please do send us an email recommending your favourite destination or even your bucket list.

All recommendations are via owners, crew and real experiences from CYTV's followers, collaborators and friends. Skip straight to your preferred location below or scroll through and be inspired to visit during the next cruising season.

Hotel Eden-Roc. Cap D'Antibes (France)

Hotel Eden-Roc. Cap D'Antibes (France)

Where to walk in Cornwall (UK).

Where to walk in Cornwall (UK).

Blue bath, Le Guanahani Boutique Hotel, St Barths.

Blue bath, Le Guanahani Boutique Hotel, St Barths.

North House Hotel Bar. Cowes, Isle of Wight (UK).

North House Hotel Bar. Cowes, Isle of Wight (UK).

Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Where to eat in Saint Tropez in 2017!

Where to eat in Saint Tropez in 2017!

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Antibes


ANTIBES

Antibes


ANTIBES

Antibes – located between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur). It’s known for its old town that's enclosed by 16th-century ramparts with a star-shaped Fort Carré. This overlooks luxury classic yachts moored at the Port Vauban Marina during the must-do Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge 'Les Voiles D'Antibes'. The forested Cap d’Antibes peninsula, dotted with grand villas, separates Antibes from Juan-les-Pins. This is a chic resort with buzzing nightlife and home to the Jazz à Juan music festival. Find out where to reside and what to do below.

Above image © Emily Harris

 
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Hotel du cap-Eden-roc, Antibes, Côte d'Azur.

As much as we love Antibes and its vibrant nightlife, sometimes just driving away from it, down the Boulevard J.F. Kennedy at sunset is a rest bite in itself. In true style you might anchor off the hotel or just drive...  By car you'll shortly arrive at the Cap d'Antibes and to the best hotel in town ready for a cool glass of something in the Eden-Roc Bar, over looking the prestigious swimming pool, originally built by using dynamite to carve out the rock in 1914.

Historically this hotel has been a retreat for writers and creatives for over 146 years. Originally built by the founder of Le Figaro as 'Villa Soleil'; then first restored and re-opened in 1889 by hotelier Antoine Sella as Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in 1920 Nobel Laureate George Bernard Shaw became their most loyal guest. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor sought privacy here straight after the Duke's abdication in 1936. During the Second World War this luxurious building was a military hospital and home to allied troops for 3 years. You can sit and compare the history of your classic yacht with the history of this world-renowneddestination all day long...

Look at it like a mid-week rest bite, soak those evening sunsets up – glow on! Get away from the crew, the crowds and relax inside one of the most glamorous hotels in the world. Book here.

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Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit

Creative and pioneering cuisine distinguishes Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit, as an inspiration which came into life by the hand of Head Chef Christian Morisset.

This gourmet restaurant is a gastronomical paradise on the rampart of the old Antibes, awarded with 1 star Michelin. A favorite of locals and celebrities, the restaurant’s authentic cuisine with a touch of contemporary flavors help explain its stellar reputation.

Housed in a rustic residence, the atmosphere can be characterized as elegant and inviting, giving emphasis to the diners’ needs and aesthetics.

The Blue Peter

The Blue Peter is one of the world's premier classic yachts. She is very competitive on the Mediterranean, Caribbean and North American classic yacht circuits, not only winning races, but often winning trophies for her elegance and immaculate presentation. She offers access to the world's finest cruising and racing destinations from Monaco, Cannes and Saint Tropez in the Med to Antigua, St Barth, and Grenada in the Caribbean to Newport, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in New England.

The Blue Peter has an excellent racing pedigree and is the perfect yacht on which to experience the magic of classic yacht racing. She can be used to entertain clients, friends or family at any of the many beautiful regatta destinations around the world.

Her professional, yet relaxed and accommodating crew will ensure that your time on board will always be remembered, and who knows, you might even win something! Book for 2018.

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Antigua


ANTIGUA

Antigua


ANTIGUA

The longtime home of sailing in the Caribbean, the leeward island of Antigua offers a paradise for the discerning sailor. Events here include the 'Superyacht Cup Anitgua', and the world-famous 'Antigua Classics'. Find out where to stay, where to dine and what to do in Antigua below.

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Catherine's Café Plage

Relocated to Pigeon Beach, one of the most fabulous beaches in Antigua at the entrance to Falmouth Harbour, Catherine’s Café has evolved to Catherine’s Café Plage.  Established 19 years ago, “Catherine’s” has always been a favorite lunch location for ‘those in the know’ who wanted to enjoy French cuisine and delicate wines in good company. Your hosts Claudine and Guillaume, originally from France, took over this charming restaurant 9 years ago, and have brought with them the passion and desire to make the place one where it is easy to select good food and fine wine in a very pleasant atmosphere. Call: +1 268-460-5050

The Blue Peter

The Blue Peter is one of the world's premier classic yachts. She is very competitive on the Mediterranean, Caribbean and North American classic yacht circuits, not only winning races, but often winning trophies for her elegance and immaculate presentation. She offers access to the world's finest cruising and racing destinations from Monaco, Cannes and Saint Tropez in the Med to Antigua, St Barth, and Grenada in the Caribbean to Newport, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket in New England. The Blue Peter has an excellent racing pedigree and is the perfect yacht on which to experience the magic of classic yacht racing. She can be used to entertain clients, friends or family at any of the many beautiful regatta destinations around the world. Her professional, yet relaxed and accommodating crew will ensure that your time on board will always be remembered, and who knows, you might even win something! Book for 2018.

 

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Antigua yacht club resort

The place to stay in Antigua while racing is here. With dramatic views and the most central location, Antigua Yacht Club Resort offers luxury and extremely convenient studios – all with private balconies.

The resort has a health spa, Turkish steam bath and fully equipped fitness centre.  One bedroom suites start at $279.00 so not the cheapest but it beats driving around the island after a hard day's sailing. Standard rooms are around $149.00.

Book here.

 

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Argentario


ARGENTARIO

Argentario


ARGENTARIO

A destination to visit in Italy! Monte Argentario is a comune (municipality) and a peninsula belonging to the Province of Grosseto in the Italian region of Tuscany. Home to the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge sponsored event: 'Argentario Sailing Week'. Below you'll find hand picked and recommended hotels, places to eat and things to do from yacht owners who race there every year.

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La Fontanina

High above sea-level lies this beautiful, exclusive restaurant, up in the green hills and over looking Argentario. This was recommended by Jo and Griff Rhys Jones (British comedian, writer, actor AND classic yacht owner). It's where they like to go, much akin to other classic yacht owners, while attending the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge at Argentario.

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Ristorante La Bussola

Local resident and well known photographer – America (nearly, and almost Italian, at least in his heart), recommended this restaurant that's run by Mauro and Yula Piani. You'll find seasonal fish of course, dishes influenced from further in land. This is an award winning restaurant boasting locally sourced produce and convenient location, near the ferry landing. There are lots of restaurants in Porto Santo Stefano so decide carefully and book ahead.

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Hotel La Caletta

Its location takes your breath away, just in front of the sea and in Porto S. Stefano down town, the Hotel La Caletta offers rooms with seaview, seaside and private dock, and a magnificent panoramic terrace to watch the classics racing if you're not taking part.

Some of the most regular participants to the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge stay here so book well in advanced.

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Barcelona


BARCELONA

Barcelona


BARCELONA

A cosmopolitan seaside city, proud of its art, architecture and culture. Barcelona is also home to the classic regatta 'Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona'. The vibrant city's harbour welcomes a large group of stunningly fitted out yachts every year. Famed for its cuisine and nightlife, you won't be disappointed. Find out where's hip to stay and eat, year-to-year here!

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W Hotel

This contemporary hotel was recommended by crew who book this for their yacht's owners and guests taking part in the Puig Vela Clàssica Barcelona regatta. Compared to other European destinations and regattas, this hotel offers an impression of what Barcelona well known for – strong design and contemporary art. Hotels in France and Italy will ooze quintessential style, this place will give you splashes of bold colour and fantastic views of the racing from its 27 floors. Book here.

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Sensi Tapas

Again, CYTV is giving you recommendations from those who've been sailing and racing out of Barcelona for years.

This Tapas was tipped off to us by a crew member who's half Spanish and also lived in the city for a number of years. He recommends this place and it happens to also be in good distance from the port of Barcelona. We also found the staff, very helpful and friendly. So for somewhere that's not going to cost the earth, this is a must-try after racing. Book here.

 

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Marigold

Marigold is a beautiful 80ft classic gaff-rigged cutter magnificently restored and maintained. She was one of Charles Nicholson's first major designs built and launched in 1892.  Built primarily as a day racer, though down below she is beautifully finished in an authentic Victorian style. By day Marigold can accommodate up to twelve guests and three crew, for overnight stays she sleeps just 8 in total.

Marigold attracts attention wherever she goes and has been awarded "Concours D'Elegance" top prize for beauty. Book here.

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Cannes


CANNES

Cannes


CANNES

Long associated with the world's great movie stars, opulent parties and all things 'lux'; with its film festival and glamourous hotels, Cannes hosts some of the world's most celebrated yachts in its large harbour during the 'Régates Royales Trophée Panerai' in September of each year. This annual regatta is totally unmissable. Browse our insiders guide below for where to stay and where to dine in the French Riviera's most famous city.

 
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Sail historical yachts, stay in historical buildings... Why not? You are in Cannes!  Built on the famous beachfront road Boulevard de la Croisette the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez has, over the years, become one of the leading hotels on the French Riviera. This legendary Art Deco five star hotel offers 409 rooms and suites including a stunning 1,670 sqm (17,975 sq ft) Penthouse Suite, one of the largest in Europe. The gastronomy is managed by Executive Chef Christian Sinicropi; the 2 Michelin Star restaurant 'La Palme d’Or' is a must visit. The plage Beach Club & Restaurant, open during the season, is the place to be to relax. Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez consists of 15 versatile rooms. Book here.

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Best crew / owners accomodation

Owned by a well-spirited and successful sailor who understands you need to be close to the waterfront! This split level apartment has 1 double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms, fully air-conditioned, American-style kitchen, flat screen TV, WIFI and UK TV/DVD player. It looks out over the beautiful Marche Forville (market), with its French fresh produce available every morning. The apartment was renovated in 2009 so is clean and well kept. Just minutes from all the main attractions in Cannes it would not be possible to be more central and convenient for Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai. Book here.

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Peaceful Apartment In Cannes

Owned by another member of the sailing community – normally racing on classics – this apartment is close to the action but retains charm and privacy that well received after a day in bustling Cannes or at the regatta. Located in 'Le Tivoli', this apartment sleeps 4 in one bedroom and a sofa bed. Ideal for one couple or crew couples.  The kitchen is fully equiped with oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave and a washing machine, a kettle,toaster and nespresso coffee maker.The apartment has wifi, satellite television and air conditioning. Another option for participants for Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai. Book here.

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Cowes


COWES

Cowes


COWES

ENGLISH HERITAGE: In 1815 the Royal Yacht Squadron was established in the parish of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, ever since the town is considered to be the quintessential home of international yachting. One of the town's major events is the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge event: 'British Classic Yacht Club Regatta'... And it does get rather busy so below Classic Yacht TV has a guide for where to rest and recuperate after a challenging sail on the Solent!

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North House hotel

Anyone who's attended Cowes' regattas in the last few years has most likely been to the Coast Bar – past 'Tiffins', up the hill and, there you'll have seen yachties spilling out on to the street drinking fine wine, or dining on distressed wooden tables, eating bistro style food. Well, the successful bar and restaurant have now opened a boutique hotel called North House Hotel. Offering modern-chic interiors, this is a breath of fresh air for owners and crew with a healthy budget. As they have copies of Heckstall-Smith's 'Sacred Cowes' on the bookshelf, we recommend it. Book here.

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Murray's fish restaurant

Cowes High Street is ever-evolving but well known 'Murray's is still there and it's good, honest, fresh and of course,  locally sourced seafood. The interior is humble – it feel's like home which is what you might need to relax and debrief mid-week of a regatta.

Murray's Restaurant attracts super-star sailors from all over the world; commodores from the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Yacht Squadron are among crew and owners during regattas. Book ahead here!

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Cetewayo - charters

She is built for exhilarating yet comfortable sailing, which allows us to tailor our charters to suit our guests. We are delighted to teach those willing to learn how to sail, pamper those who prefer to relax.

The Solent is a world famous sailing area with the opportunity to choose from a variety of stopping off points during the day. Guests may prefer to visit the idyllic bird sanctuary of the Beaulieu River; explore Cowes, England’s yachting capital on the Isle of Wight or maybe just anchor in a quiet bay for a swim. Book here.

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Douarnenez


DOUARNENEZ

Douarnenez


DOUARNENEZ

Douarnenez is a magical place where history and rural culture invade you. It is at its most enchanting after the famous maritime 'Brest Festival' (held every four years) concludes. Participating traditional boats, classic yachts sail from France's famous naval port round the Crozon peninsula and into Douarnenez's harbour for Temps Fete sur Douarnenez

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Grayhound Lugger – SAILING EXPERIENCES

Is adventure sailing your thing? Would you like to be part of a team trading goods under sail to and from European countries, even across the Atlantic? Grayhound offers working sail experiences, delivering cargo under sail across the Channel, to Nantes and to Porto.  All weather sailing with a real purpose.

They offer family sailing holidays to the Isles of Scilly but only during the August holiday period.  They also offer daysails during the summer season. Book here.

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Falmouth


FALMOUTH

Falmouth


FALMOUTH

Once upon a time, England's King Henry VIII recognised the value of the deep and fine natural harbour this indent into the Cornish coast offered and, that the hamlet of Falmouth was strategically important in his Majesty's growing collection of defensive castles. King Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle in 1542, today this boasts incredible views over Britain's rural home of sailing. Home to the 'Pendennis Cup', tall ships events, 'Falmouth Week' and of course 'Falmouth Classic' regattas, read below for where to stay.

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The Falmouth Townhouse

Known as 'The Townhouse' – a family owned, small, stylish, contemporary hotel and bar within a grand Georgian townhouse right in the heart of Falmouth. Suitable for owners and guests associated with the super yachts which are frequent in this town, not just for drinks – but also for shore-side accomodation. Book here.

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Frenchman's Creek Cottage

Firstly, the Helford River south of Falmouth is in CYTV's top five rivers and locations. It is stunning. This is said to be one of the most romantic cottages you can rent. Its name comes from the near by 'Frenchman's Creek', built in about 1840 for a farm worker or boatman. Over the years it has inspired many different authors. It is maintained and rented out by the Landmark Trust.

Bessie ellen

Bessie Ellen is one of two West Country Trading Ketches surviving. The ship will feed your historical inquisitions about adventure on the waves in years gone by. Classic Yacht TV found she is a hearty ship that keeps you warm and safe, down-below she retains a homely feel and that you'll find you won't chase the wildlife. It comes to you – we filmed it!

She offers charters all over Europe and usually features Cornwall and the Scilly Isles on her programme every year. Book here.

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Hamble


HAMBLE

Hamble


HAMBLE

Apart from Cowes (Isle of Wight, just on the other side of the Solent), the town and River Hamble is also famous for its yachting. Hamble boasts great boatyards, as well as fantastic eateries, cafés, pubs and cocktail bars. You're close to the New Forest – one of the largest remaining tracts of unenclosed pasture land, heathland and forest. It's also near to Southampton and Portsmouth.

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Royal Southern Yacht Club - Accommodation

Walk straight from the dock to your resting place here at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Open to non-members, you'll stay within their 18th Century listed cottages overlooking the River Hamble. 11 new bedrooms have recently been created including a master suite with 21st century technology and elegance. Book here.

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King & Queen

Rarely does one go to Hamble and skip visiting the famous King and Queen pub.

Inside you'll find super friendly staff and tons of yachting memorabilia on the walls. If you're in the yachting industry you'll probably find that you're within one degree of separation from knowing someone. Beware of long-sessions and hard-core boat chat. Enjoy the food and have a rum for us!

Visit their website here.

 

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Cetewayo - charters

She is built for exhilarating yet comfortable sailing, which allows us to tailor our charters to suit our guests. We are delighted to teach those willing to learn how to sail, pamper those who prefer to relax.

The Solent is a world famous sailing area with the opportunity to choose from a variety of stopping off points during the day. Guests may prefer to visit the idyllic bird sanctuary of the Beaulieu River; explore Cowes, England’s yachting capital on the Isle of Wight or maybe just anchor in a quiet bay for a swim. Book here.

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Kiel


KIEL

Kiel


KIEL

The home of yachting in Germany. Kiel is alive and kicking, hosting the famous 'Kiel Woche' or Kiel Week which attracts thousands of participants, hundreds of yachts and the town hosts a music festival in the city at the same time. Kiel Week is the largest sailing event in the world and now offers the 'Klassiker Rendezvous zur Kieler Woche' (Classic Meeting at Kiel, for classic yachts). Check out these great places to stay and resturants to be recommended.

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Hotel Kieler Yacht Club

This hotel has a history closely associated with the sport of sailing, once the Imperial Yacht Club (1887) was founded here. In the latter part of the 1880s it was handed over from the German Navy to the Kiel Yacht Club who rebuilt it in 1926 after the building was completely destroyed in the First World War. Today when you visit you'll be stepping on the same ground as the Spanish King Juan Carlos; Greece’s former King Constantine and King Carl Gustav of Sweden who stayed at the Hotel Kieler Yacht Club when they came to watch the Olympic Games in 1972. You couldn't be staying in a more nautical place within Hotel Kieler Yacht Club's 21 rooms and suites. Book here.

 

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Mahon


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Mahon


MAHÓN

 

Maó, in Catalan, in Spainish Mahón is the capital of Menorca is where the waters are turquoise and blue. Home to the annual 'Vela Clásica Menorca' – a relaxed regatta which some people dub as the best in the Mediterranean classic yacht regatta circuit. It's a spectacular Balearic-style island and below we aim to highlight the unique places to visit when you're not enjoying the view from aboard.

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Cova d`en Xoroi – 'The Caves'

Words cannot describe this place. This spot is perfect for sunset watching. Melodic music cools the warmth – in temperature and light – it is extremely photogenic and sybarite. The best sundowner bar in Menorca and certainly by far. A must see! Find out more here.

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Casa Menorquina con encanto, céntrica y luminosa

Single? Fancy a hideaway in a true home while at the regatta? This is the place that looks best to us. Typical Menorquina house, full of charm. Brightly decorated and central to Mahon, discover the city by foot. A yoga room and common spaces are available that will make your stay a magical experience aside from the sailing! Book here.

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Bar Restaurante Latitud 40  

Year after year this bar hosts sailors competing in the Vela Clásica Menorca; it is the rum bar, the meeting place, the watering hole where you here the most outrageous stories in yachting. Characters rock up, everyone hangs out. The staff are great, drinks reasonable. Cocktails abundant. You'll find it near the yacht club along the front on a street called 'Carrer Moll de Llevant. GO! +34 971 36 99 00

Hallowe'en – Yacht Charters

10 guests, 1 incredible and historic classic yacht, a series of races – just imagine racing in the turquoise blue waters off Mahon.  Hallowe'en, designed by the famous William Fife III and launched in 1926 is a exquisite yacht to charter at a classic yacht regatta. She can take up to 10 people aside from crew, you'll be surrounded by seasoned team of sailors who'll share her fast capability on the water and you'll be bound to fall in love with this very special 21 metre beauty. Snap her up for a classic regatta here.

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Nantucket


NANTUCKET

Nantucket


NANTUCKET

In Native American, meaning 'far away place' the island of Nantucket is located off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We think its isolation gives the place such unique beauty and spellbinding qualities.

Nantucket's Whaling Museum, recently restored, recounts the island’s role as a 19th Century whaling hub.  The island hosts the annual 'Opera House Cup' that takes its name from the eponymous venue whose owner, in 1973, had the idea of organising a regatta reserved for wooden sail boats. Today it's the oldest regatta of this kind to take place along the East Coast of the United States. Every year, a large fleet of vintage boats gathers, giving life to a unique and thrilling spectacle against the backdrop of marvellous scenery offered by Nantucket.  Find out where to stay and what to do below.

 
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Greydon House Boutique Hotel

Experience this exquisite new boutique hotel in Nantucket’s downtown historic district with 18 uniquely appointed luxurious rooms and suites and an internationally inspired and very lively restaurant.  Executive Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware incorporates the finest local ingredients with an emphasis on seafood for an elevated culinary experience. Both the hotel and restaurant are designed by the celebrated firm of Roman and Williams (The Standard, The Ace, both in New York). Greydon House weaves the warmth and comfort of a village inn with the many eclectic and worldly touches for today’s generation of sophisticated travelers.

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American Seasons

Chef/Owner Neil Ferguson of restaurant American Seasons brings his 25 years of experience from Paris, London and New York City to Nantucket. Neil carries on the tradition of this Island favorite, focusing on seasonal, local and thoughtfully prepared ingredients. We are open 5 nights serving dinner from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays and our bar is open until 12.00am. Book here.

 

Nantucket Whaling Museum

Discover Nantucket's great whaling history; the Nantucket whaleship Essex, which was sunk in 1820 in the Pacific Ocean and inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick; the island's oldest house and galleries including the art of engraving images on ivory – scrimshanding.

If you're on the island, the Whaling Museum and its' properties will put this magical destination into context. Visit the website for more info.

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Newport


NEWPORT

Newport


NEWPORT

Newport is a city in the New England state of Rhode Island, set on Aquidneck Island. Its yacht filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup for many years and remains America's home to yachting. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. Perhaps the most famous is The Breakers, an 1895 mansion patterned after a Renaissance palace.

The 'Candy Store Cup' is hosted in Newport, for where to stay and where to go, see our guide below:

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Castle Hill INN

Castle Hill Inn was commissioned as a house in 1874 by marine biologist and naturalist Alexander Agassiz of Harvard University. The Castle Hill Lighthouse was built in 1890 by well-known architect H.H. Richardson. Together these two builds, strategically placed, make this retreat the perfect place to sip a gin and tonic on the lawn and watch the regular yacht racing manifest. In fact the Inn has a rather close affinity to classic boats – the flagpole you see is a replica of the mast and rigging used on the 1905, Rhode Island built, Herreshoff NY-30 class sailing yachts. If gin and tonic's not your thing, you could always sneak down to the very classic 'Grace Kelly Beach' with a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and dream away an afternoon. Book here.

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The Clarke Cooke House

The interior says it all, it is the quintessential place in Newport R.I. What can you do here? Errr, well you probably have to start in the famous Candy Store (at wharf level), move on to the Bistro, and finally 'The Boom Boom Room' club below decks. The whole building is embellished in America's Cup prints, 12 mR yacht memorabilia. A must visit kinda place! Above photo © Onne van der Wal

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12 metre charters

City by the sea Newport, Rhode Island, has the largest fleet of America’s Cup 12 Metre yachts in the world, eight of which are available for charter through 12 Metre Charters. Have you experienced sailing a 12 metre? Times have changed in the America's Cup and as monohulls are a thing of the past this is a rarity to sail around the bay. Book here.

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Palma


PALMA

Palma


PALMA

This is the epicentre for yachting in the Mediterranean; a massive deep harbour allows for the largest superyachts and schooners to reside here in Palma. The city is colourful, stylish, sophisticated, and energetic. There's lots to keep you occupied. If you're planning on participating in the Vela Classica Palma or the Superyacht Cup Palma see our guide for more.

Above image: Pixabay

 
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Old Salt Sailing

Available for charter all year round, for both corporate and private guests. Old Salt Sailing offer tailor made trips to suit your requirements, such as a summer vacation with friends and family or a weekend of hiking in the Tramuntana mountains. Book here.

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Sumaq restaurant, palma

Now is just obscure because we wouldn't have thought about going to a Peruvian restaurant when there are in fact plenty of Mallorcian places to go in Palma. Like us though, maybe you crave something different to the samey seafood at every regatta event or port. This is absolutely amazing food, a great alternative to bustling Palma streets and restaurants that centre around traditional fish dishes. See here.

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sa foradada, Costa Nord

Yes that white speck of a restaurant is quite lost in the grand beauty of Mallorca's Costa Nord hills and its deep blue sea. These guys serve a great paella and local Spainish wines. 

It's not essential to arrive by boat but just, well, chic. Contact them here.

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Sardinia


SARDINIA

Sardinia


SARDINIA

With 2,000km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior, not to mention crystal-clear waters, Sardinia is a globally exclusive location in the regatta calender.  There's plenty to discover on land; its rugged landscape which is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives – are nestled between villages and towns offering exquisite cuisine. The 'Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta' is held every year and these are our recommended gems to discover...

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promenade du port

A cultural district connecting design, art, fashion and food excellencies. This is an area of Porto Cervo where you can stroll between art galleries and craft shops, music venues, bars, restaurants and classic car shows. It is an unmissable part of the town that gives you a break from the super yachts. See more here.

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Hotel Balocco

This four star hotel is in the area of Liscia di Vacca with views over the Marina Nuova of Porto Cervo and Costa Smeralda.

Hotel Balocco is entirely renovated and demonstrates the unmistakable architectural style of the Costa Smeralda: the refreshing whites, the elegance of terra cotta and wood, soft and sinuous walls, arches and wide windows, panoramic terraces overlooking the harbour of Porto Cervo. Book here.

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Porto Cervo CLipper Restaurant

Where yachties dine during regattas. This has a great atmosphere and serves up locally caught fish, as you'd expect.

Again recommended by our insiders, this was a favourite from a super yacht crew veteran who eats out in all major regatta towns across the world. Reasonably priced too!

Book ahead.

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St Barths


ST BARTHS

St Barths


ST BARTHS

The most luxurious classic yachts and superyachts gather here for the 'Loro Piana - St Barths, Caribbean' and the 'St Barths Bucket' every year.  The capital, Gustavia, encircles a yacht-filled harbor, it has highly acclaimed restaurants and historical attractions like the Wall House Museum, whose exhibits highlight Saint-Barthélemy'sSwedish colonial era between 1785 to 1878. Find out where to stay ashore and importantly, where to be seen on St Barths – the must-see French-speaking Caribbean island:

Banner photo © Anna Boulton (Painter)

Bonito's dining room, cocktail bar and terrace © Romeo BALLANCOURT

Bonito's dining room, cocktail bar and terrace © Romeo BALLANCOURT

Bonito

A chic experience will be had here as you can see from the interior and the views – Bonito's has a cocktail bar with views overlooking the port of Gustavia and suspended dining room with rustic styling.  The menu is under the direction of executive chef Laurent Cantineaux, who has worked at the famous Troisgros in Roannes, in Daniel Boulud’s kitchens in New York, and has been influenced by the flavors of Peru and Venezuela.

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Eddy's Restaurant

Run by one of the race crew on board the schooner ELENA, this was recommended by the boat's chief stewardess – thanks L.P. She says "it's excellent and in an exceptional garden setting in the middle of Gustavia."  Not sure there's much more to say, because if ELENA like it, it must be good!

Call +590 590 27-5417

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THe blue peter - classic yacht charter

Mathew Barker, Captain and owner of 'The Blue Peter' will be in Saint Barths, and whether you're a family, a couple or a group, this is a great boat to cruise and race on. Mat also has experience of this cruising ground so CYTV's destination guide is just the start, he'll take you to the most exclusive spots. Book here.

 

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Saint Tropez


SAINT TROPEZ

Saint Tropez


SAINT TROPEZ

Saint-Tropez, a coastal town on the French Riviera, in the Côte d'Azur region of south eastern France. Longtime favourite destination for artists, the then fishing town attracted the international "jet set" in the 1960s, and remains known for its beaches and nightlife. The cobblestoned La Ponche quarter recalls its past as a fishing village, although yachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port).

Find out where to stay and where to try while at 'Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez' regatta.

Above image © Emily Harris

 
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la ponche

If you're attending Les Voiles de Saint Tropez then you must book ahead for a long French lunch in this quintessential hotel and restaurant, although you can on occasion sit and drink Rosé after racing. Once a fisherman's tavern acquired by the current owners parents in the 1950s, La Ponche is now a 5 star hotel, spiritually important to the town Saint-Tropez. Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, French President Georges Pompidou among others, once flocked here to spend their time soaking up the Tropezienne light and, to be captivated by its colours – notably the Cote D'Azur's deep blue. It is a must visit!

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la villa d'andrea

Owned by a couple closely associated with the sailing scene in Saint-Tropez, they offer this VERY chic villa.

Yes, it's a drive out of town, but nestled in the pine wood grove of Ramatuell. Who wants to spend all their time in Saint Tropez for 10 days? Stay stylish and well rested in this oasis. Book here.

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Le club 55

Every year on the 'lay-day' during Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez owners of yachts, grand and petit challenge each other to race from the usual regatta start line, in front of Saint Tropez's famous citadelle and round to Pampelonne beach. The winner buys lunch in one of the most exclusive restaurants in the world, Club 55. You can't miss it – it's a spectacle.

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Valletta


VALLETTA

Valletta


VALLETTA

'Rome by the sea' is one way of describing Malta's historic capital Valletta. With its North African, Turkish and Italian influences, the language alone gives you an impression of the multi-cultural make-up of the country's people. But that wouldn't give the place all the credit it deserves – the Grand Harbour which hosts Valletta, at first sight will seriously enchant you. The walled city was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. Architecturally, the city reflects Malta's linguistic complexity.  It’s known for museums, palaces, grand churches and you'll find them there. Baroque landmarks include St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the opulent interior is home to the world famous painter – Caravaggio's masterpiece 'The Beheading of Saint John'.

The huge harbour that surrounds Valletta hosts the famous annual offshore yacht racing event, the 'Rolex Middle Sea Race' and the smaller but more classic event; 'Trophée Bailli de Suffren'. See below for special places to stay and visit.

Above image: The Grand Harbour – Valletta © viewingmalta.com / Gergely Vas (Gregory Iron Photography)

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Apartment 2, the authentic place to stay

Sail hard and fast and then rest in the heart of Valletta, in this endearing, authentic apartment that's only £50 a night. You'll feel you've sailed your fair share of nautical miles in the Middle Sea Race, but also absorbed the great, rich history and culture that Valletta has to offer. Be aware though, this apartment is in the heart of the city, likely a bit of a walk or taxi from the dock.

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St John's church & Co-Cathedral Valetta

Roman baroque adorns Malta's grand church and co-Cathedral - St John's in an unmissable place to visit if you are to understand Malta's Christian history. The great Caravaggio's last masterpiece hangs in the same room he was imprisoned in. His painting, the 'Beheading of St. John the Baptist', a work once described as 'the painting of the 17th century' was commissioned for, and is still on display in, the Oratory of the Co-Cathedral of St. John, Valletta. Another of his most famous works, St. Jerome, is also in the cathedral. Read more here.

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RAMPILA

Rampila is a unique restaurant situated in the historic bastions of Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Rampila comprises a Restaurant, a Wine Bar, a Terrace and an Exhibition. The location has a fascinating history. Designed and built by the Knights of St. John in the sixteenth century as part of the defensive bastions guarding the newly constructed city of Valletta, Rampila is now a haven for good food and wine set against a spectacular Baroque backdrop. Book here.