$189 for One Two-Day Intro to Sailing Course at Sound Sailing Center ($400 Value)

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Students learn basics of sailing over two five-hour classes in stable 23-foot keelboat, such as tacking, jibing, & adjusting sails for wind

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Expires Oct 2nd, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. 2-week advance reservation required. 2-week cancellation notice required. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Must book by 7/1/13. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

$189 for Two Five-Hour Intro to Sailing Lessons ($400 Value)

Intro to sailing classes are held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends, and typically take place over one weekend or consecutive Sundays. After instruction of basic tasks, students then move on to the basic keelboat course, in which expert instructors introduce newcomers to basic terminology, rigging, turning, and sailing both upwind and downwind. Students rotate turns driving the boat and keeping it at a comfortable amount of heel, and will skipper a ship around a local island or course by the end of the second day.

Sound Sailing Center

A new graduate of Martin van Breems' Basic Keelboat course out on his first sail was pounded by driving rain and battered by winds raging at almost 35 miles per hour, but he kept his cool. When his fellow sailors found him, his jib was rolled, his main was reefed, and Breems recalls that it, "felt pretty darn good to see him doing exactly what he should have done in difficult conditions, instead of panicking."

Founded in 1986, Sound Sailing Center’s expert sailors introduce students to the Sound during their professional-quality classes. Their instruction philosophy ensures the proper learning environment for each student with classes that span several days with fewer students per class and a fleet equipped for single-handed sailing. The center also offers a variety of membership options.

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