For sailors, life coalesces around all things wet and blue. It is a world of freedom, challenges and discoveries. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of leaning into the wind, whether it’s for a race or for the distant shores of a quiet anchorage.
Sailing is a passion, a lifestyle and a community, where people can’t wait to set sail and are equally excited about returning home to a league of the like-minded. Camaraderie runs deep, even if no two sailors can ever agree on elements that make up a perfect boating town. Is it an escapist destination without a single traffic light in the Caribbean or South Pacific? Or a lively cosmopolitan port on the California coast? Ocean, lake, bay or river? The list of candidates for the world’s great yachting spots is a fluid one, arguably determined as much for their land-based amenities as the conditions of the wind, waves and weather.
Top waterfront communities excel at offering residents a vacation way of life on both land sea often that includes golf, tennis, dining and cultural events. One luxury yacht-centric development even has its own private airport and medical center.
Mallorca, in Spain’s Balearic Islands, draws international crowd, and with it second-home buyers, for its strategic location, mega-yacht accommodations and myriad of boating-related services. “And, obviously, one of the most important factors is the Mediterranean weather,” says Amalia Losada of Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty. “All these reasons make Mallorca a very attractive destination.” Boaters also know the island as an important stop on the global yachting circuit owing to the Copa del Rey, an annual regatta in which more than 130 teams representing two dozen nations compete for honors in the waters of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca.
Losada says the profile of sailing devotees is not a simple one. “There are risk takers and sun-and-sea enthusiasts.” And, fortunately, there are boating communities world-wide to accommodate any and all of them.