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$99 for a Three-Hour Introductory Sailing or Racing Lesson ($300 Value)
Hands-on classes can be tailored to accommodate beginners and the more experienced who wish to hone their abilities to sail in heavy weather. Captains-to-be can schedule their lessons for 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. on Mondays–Fridays or 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., or 5 p.m.–8 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
3rd Coast Cruising
A 30-foot sailboat 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.