Obviously, being a newb, I don't have the most sophisticated taste in fragrances. However I do really like this one. I tried it on before I ever even smelled AdG, so I wasn't at all influenced by whether AdG is good, bad or indifferent. I still can't speak to whether this is an AdG clone, but it doesn't really matter to me.
I have no desire to try AdG, simply because it seems EVERYONE is wearing it. I'm also not fond of the original Nautica, though I do like Nautica Blue. But I simply love White Sail. To me it's a very clean smelling aquatic, which are my favorite.
It seems you can only get it at Kohl's or Sears (I have seen it at Wal-Mart too) here in the U.S.. However, don't let that fact, or the fact that it's Nautica, or that it may be an AdG clone keep you from giving it a try. It's IM-(relatively inexperienced)-O surprisingly good.