David Hayden, captain of 43m superyacht Sea Dream has been sailing the high seas for over 30 years now. His passion for his yacht and crew reflect in the friendly and competent service found on board. Personally, he is fluent in both French and Italian and enjoys nothing more than watching the rugby and cricket when on dry land. Here, David takes five-minutes out to offer his top three global destinations.
Our biggest trip on this boat was going from Genoa to the Maldives. That was in December. From the Maldives we went to India, from India to Oman, from Oman to the Emirates and again back to Dubai.
In India, we went to Cochin and I loved it. It was just so interesting to travel to India in this way. The entrance is unusual you sail up the two rivers that run through Cochin, Muvattupuzha and Periyar, then you go onto what is known as the train and boat quay, where the boats and big ships used to pass through, passengers would get off the boat and then onto a train. Now its just a quay, without any docking facilities. You go alongside, with maybe a military boat. There are taxis and tuk-tuks waiting to take you for a ride around town.
In Oman, most ports are fairly small, but youre going into a fantastic country if you want quietness. Its like going into the Norwegian fjords, you travel miles up an inlet, and just at the top is a tiny Arab village. The houses havent any windows and doors, and most people own a boat they fish and thats how they live. Youre really in the wilderness.
Ischia (near Capri)
I adore Ischia, its one of my favourite natural environments its a piece of yesteryear. Everyone wants to go to Capri because thats where society tells you to go, but Ischia is simply a mountain, a few shops and a laid back life.
Ischia is about ¾ of an hour away from Capri. In Lacco Ameno, the main town, theres a jetty with moorings. Its just a metal jetty, but its location is very pleasant. It is set to a backdrop of a quay, lagoon and beach; to the front is the open sea. Its very picturesque.