yachting takes you along New Englandís rugged shores, where a rich maritime history blends with modern first class services and amenities. The southern coast of Massachusetts, including the waterways of Nantucket Sound, Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Marthaís Vineyard, has been a favorite yachting destination for decades. There are more than 40 yacht clubs around the Cape that offer services to both members and nonmembers. Yachting takes you past picturesque beaches, dunes dotted with lighthouses, weather-shingled homes and quaint harbors. Each town along the Cape has numerous boat ramps, marinas and boatyards that offer all the necessities such as fuel, launch services and repair shops. Harbormasters are on hand for general information, as are the personnel at the various town piers and marinas. Cape Cod boasts 45 marinas in all, many nestled in harbors and picturesque coves along the peninsula, where youíll find sailboats, cruising yachts, charter fishing boats and sightseeing boats. The waters near Provincetown have one of New Englandís largest whale populations and many consider this one of the most scenic parts of Cape Cod. Baxterís Wharf in Hyannisport Village, which was settled in 1666, provides a variety of onshore activities, and Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape, settled in 1639, is well-known for its glassware. Cape Cod also has some of the best windsurfing on the East Coast, diving for shipwrecks and superb fishing and surfing on the Outer Cape.