Floats our boat: sailing Sri Lanka’s south coast

Not many people think of Sri Lanka as a sailing destination but that is now changing thanks to an initiative set up after the 2004 tsunami

After blazing down all day, the sun slips behind a bank of clouds in the west. As we make for a bay just beyond Dondra Head, the lighthouse on this most southerly point of the country grows slowly larger against a golden sky. It’s a laid-back moment on the sundeck of the Crystal, literally: most of us are pretty much horizontal in the relative cool of the evening.

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