Sailing around the world is much easier when you learn which knots are edible and why dolphins aren't marriage material. Learn the basics with today's Groupon: for $150, you get two three-hour basic sailing lessons for one person at 3rd Coast Cruising (a $300 value).
The U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains and certified instructors at 3rd Coast Cruising employ more than 100 years of combined sailing experience to teach students the basics of boat operation and safety. In the three-hour class, four–six students heed Styx's call as they embark on a 30-foot sailboat across scenic Lake Michigan. Both newbies and veteran sailors can benefit from the personal attention of seasoned but not salty maritime instructors captaining the keelboat with hands-on techniques. Students also learn the dynamics, the mechanics, and the physics involved with sailing, such as how wearing bat wings can help or hinder a vessel's aerodynamics.
Classes are held seven days a week, allowing ample opportunity for busy Popeye impersonators to find a convenient fit. Online registration is required, as the 2011 season ends in October. Customers can peruse a list of frequently asked questions for further information.
3rd Coast Cruising
A 38-foot Sailing Catamaran floats across Lake Michigan. It churns through water twinkling with reflections of moonlight, stars, and the Chicago skyline. Suddenly, fireworks shoot into the air, painting the sky above Navy Pier in blooms of red and blue. The USCG–licensed and certified captains at 3rd Coast Cruising create moments like these during private charters and sightseeing tours. They also spend their days leading hands-on lessons that let sailors discover the basic workings of a sailboat or tackle more advanced conditions such as heavy-weather sailing. Launching from the giant wine bottles in DuSable Harbor, 3rd Coast Cruising's fleet also beckons potential captains to compete in sailboat races.
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