Try sailing and yachting in Tasmania

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Whether you have years of experience on the sea or just want to try your hand at something new this summer, the coastlines and waterways of Tasmania are paradises for sailing and yachting adventures to suit all levels.

You can bring your own small craft, hire one from a local company or join an exciting tour to emulate the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race experience of being guided swiftly across Tasmanian waters by your trustworthy skipper.

With more boats per person than any other Australian state, many consider Tasmania to be the nation's nautical capital.

You will discover that this reputation is well earned as you explore the isolated bays and rivers or head out for a grand day on the ocean.

The standard route between the island and mainland Australia is along the east coast, where small villages provide important anchorages to seafarers.

Sitting on the banks of the broad Derwent River is Hobart and here you can dock just a few minutes' walk from Customs and Immigration, as well as a host of great pubs and restaurants.

Sailing from the capital city your first highlight will be unrivalled views of the gorgeous 300-metre cliffs that form part of the Tasman Peninsula.

Alternatively you might choose the route around the west coast, which provides more rugged sailing conditions and depends heavily on westerly winds.

For a more relaxing experience you can make your way to Port Davey in the south-west. This remote and beautiful location gives you the rare chance to explore a relatively untouched Gondwanan landscape.

Bass Strait is renowned by sailors worldwide as one of the most difficult stretches of water to navigate. Its shallow depths and intense westerlies cause high and sometimes chaotic seas, but for experienced boaters it presents a thrilling challenge.

Hobart from the River Derwent a whole other perspective on the city

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